National Make-It-Yourself with Wool Competition
Beginning in 2008, handspun wool yarn will have its own category in the National Make-It-Yourself with Wool Competition sponsored by American Sheep Industry Women. Preteens, juniors (ages 13 to 16), seniors (ages 17 to 24), and adults are eligible to enter garments, wearable accessories, and fashion/apparel design. Offered through state fairs, there are prizes for junior and senior state winners who advance to the national competition. Scholarships and awards from the American Wool Council, Mohair Council of America, and Pendleton Woolen Mills, among others, are part of the incentive to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns. Projects must contain at least 60 percent handspun yarn (yours or another’s) and be completed after January 1, 2008. Entrants may weave, knit, crochet, or use a variety of techniques to create clothing and articles from sheep’s wool.