Fine knitting wins two top awards in Sydney

Jenna Howatson with her Aunt Robin Smith viewing the Queen Susan Shawl (left) and the Papillon Shawl (above)
02nd Apr 2024

Guyra fibre artist Jenna Howatson has won two major awards at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Her Queen Susan replica Shetland Shawl won first place in the All-over Lace, Scarf, Wrap or Shawl, (2 ply or finer). The shawl was a labour of love for Jenna and took more than twelve months of work to complete. It also won the Margot Chick prize for Best Exhibit in Hand Knitting classes, sponsored by the Knitter’s Guild.
Jenna received another first prize at the Show in the Knitted Scarves and Shawls (not included in other classes) category, with a colourful Papillon Shawl. Both garments were selected to be displayed in the Standard of excellence Case at the Show.
It is not her first win at the Show, having previously gained first places in 2007 and 2008. Jenna visited the event on Easter Monday with her Aunt to see her works on display. She said it was extremely pleasing to be recognised for her craft and it was humbling for her to receive many messages of congratulations from friends and fellow knitters.
The garments may also have a second chance at winning prizes at another upcoming mayor event before being put to use for their intended purpose of being worn. At the moment she is working on more practical projects including garments suitable for the upcoming winter months in Guyra, and has plans to create more exhibition worthy projects in the future.

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