Young farmers show off their knitting skills

Young farmers show off their knitting skills

Young farmers have come together to compete in the final of a knitting competition held by a number of groups.

The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) and the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) hosted the recent event at the Staffordshire County Showground. It was designed to promote the use of wool made in the British Isles and also gave competitors an opportunity to show off their skills with a pair of knitting needles.

Participants were tasked with creating a garment solely using yarn which consisted of 50 per cent or more British wool. It could include buttons and other accessories but it was required show value for money - a factor which is becoming increasingly important in the tough economic climate the country is going through.

Anne Wildgoose from Derbyshire scooped the top prize by knitting a pair of socks. She impressed judges BWMB producer and communications manager Gareth Jones and textile designer Berni Raeside. Mr Jones said that he hoped competitions of this ilk would help to promote the qualities of wool to NFYFC members.

Hannah Talbot, NFYFC competitions chairman, added: "Competitions are at the heart of Young Farmers' clubs, from a club level right up to the national finals. It will be brilliant to see the diversity of talent and skills we have in our membership as they compete in competitions ranging from knitting to dodgeball."

The knitting contest was part of a day of activities in Staffordshire with a team from Derbyshire claiming the Ultimate Frisbee title despite only having an hour's practice in the park on the day. NFYFC stated that over 500 members, friends and family attended the summer bash which was enjoyed in warm, sunny weather.

There are currently around 25,000 registered members of the NFYFC aged between ten and 26 who take part in activities aimed at developing skills, helping out in the local community and enjoying a "dynamic social life".

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