There is a wonderful program sponsored by the American Sheep Industry called the Make It With Wool Contest. This program encourages young folks to design and make clothes and to model and exhibit them using American grown wool. Boys and girls of all ages up to 24 years are eligible to enter. It encourages personal creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and other needlework arts. The garment must contain a minimum of 60% wool. Check the National Make It With Wool website to see if there is a program in your state!
We are supporting this program as follows:
-- On the National level, we will award to each of the winners of the Junior and Senior divisions a beautiful 100% merino wool throw blanket made from our Mt Vernon collection.
-- To each of the winners of the Junior and Senior divisions of Virginia, a beautiful prize consisting of 6 skeins from our 100% wool collections will be awarded.
We would ask that each yarn shop in the U.S. participate in this program by offering any contestant a 20% discount on any of our Cestari wool collections.
If any contestant should win on the National level using our yarn, we will award a beautiful plaque and 10 skeins of yarn to the shop that sold that yarn.
Please advise us if your shop wishes to participate and we will list your shop and send you a sign acknowledging your participation!
Farming is a lifelong passion for Francis Chester. Born in Brooklyn, he moved to Long Island, NY as soon as he could and learned about vegetable gardening, how to milk goats, and how to care for chickens.