Everyone who see's Amanda's lovely Claire's Shawl on display at River Knits admires its intricacy and beauty.
They are even more impressed when I tell them it was designed by one of our teachers for a River Knits class. (And if they are Diana Gabaldon fans, from whence comes the inspiration for the name of this design, we talk a bit about how we are not sure we'll make it even 28 more days until the new Outlander book comes out. But I digress...)
Now I can also tell them that this design won not only one but TWO prizes in two separate fairs this season!
Sheryl Krohne entered two pieces in the Tippecanoe County fair and won prizes for both. Her Claire's Shawl won a Blue Ribbon in its own category and also got the Sweepstakes Award, in the entire hand knitting group, which means it got the award for "best of the best" in hand knitting. Way to go, Sheryl!
Peggy Favorite also entered 4 items in the State Fair in Indianapolis. All four pieces won ribbons!
Her Claire's Shawl received an "Honorable Mention in Lace, Knitting" and I believe was displayed in a special case for fair goers' admiration. Congratulations, Peggy!
And big congratulations to Amanda for creating this lovely design that has been so well received in many venues!
We can all be so proud of everyone who is so nicely spreading the joy of knitting by sharing their talent in this way.