Alright, here we go again…
1:39 pm: The sheep are being judged, the teams are starting to set up, and I’m trying desperately to find a pamphlet because, if my sources are correct, there are 8 teams competing…
1:43 pm: This woman is wearing a gorgeous hand knit sweater. She says it’s really warm. I envy her.
1:51 pm: Gandolf! How I’ve missed you!
2:00 pm: My sources were correct. Here are the 8 teams that are competing in the Sheep To Shawl contest:
Locks to Loom
Two Rams, Two Lambs, Ewe & Me
Lovely Lambs and Ornery Rams
Friends Thru Fiber
Treadlers Through Time
Red Rose Treadling Toes
As many of you know, some of these teams submitted bios and answers to interview questions a few days ago. Scroll down for the interviews, and visit the 2009 PA Farm Show tab for the bios. I don’t think I’ll have time to type in all the other bios, but if I can track down a pamphlet, I’ll post that information in the next day or so.
2:03 pm: While everyone’s setting up, it’s time for lunch… be right back.
2:14 pm: Mmmmmmm… baked sweet potato. With butter and brown sugar. I could live on these…
Carpe Ovis! Seize the Sheep! I LOVE THAT!!!
2:50 pm: I just had a lovely conversation with 16-year old Katie Watson of team Time Warp. She did double duty today, competing in the F2S contest (Fort Freeland Flickers) and again with team Time Warp. She’s been spinning since she was 9 years old, and learned how through her school’s Heritage Days. I’m tellin’ ya, these kids are really amazing.
2:56 pm: The sheep are getting ready… the teams are all set up… PCN is walking around…
2:58 pm: The stands are completely full of spectators…
2:59 pm: The sheep are being led out of their pens (my neighbors!) and up to the stage. I asked one of the competitors if the sheep get very cold in this weather after being shorn. She said that they end up wearing coats and have lots of warm hay in their stalls to nestle in.
3:01 pm: BELLY UP!
3:11 pm: Team Time Warp finished shearing first, followed by Loyalhannon Spinners. The other teams followed close behind.
3:13 pm: Unlike last year, as soon as the shearer was done, the team was allowed to start spinning. All teams are now carding and spinning.
3:35 pm: Christine Flanagan, weaver from 2 Rams, 2 Lambs, Ewe & Me, is giving an interview to ABC 27 News as she weaves.
3:51 pm: What would a S2S be if we didn’t have a Lamb and Wool Queen? This is Mallory Ketterer, this year’s Queen, modeling the shawl that’s being raffled off later. By the way, the shawl’s weaver, Tom Knisely, is the resident Master Weaver at The Mannings.
3:58 pm: Long shot of team Friends thru Fiber:
And a short shot of weaver Rae Newhouse of Red Rose Treadling Toes:
4:05 pm: In my world, this is what Heaven looks like:
4:11 pm: Weaver Susan Rex from Loyalhannon Spinners:
4:20 pm: Friends thru Fiber‘s shawl:
4:24 pm: Team Locks to Loom‘s sheep, sans fleece, avec coat.
4:39 pm: 1 hour to go. Treadlers thru Time:
Weaver Tina Volz is wearing a vest that lights up – no missing this team!
4:47 pm: Right around now, my back’s killing me and I’m hungry and getting tired. I kind of wish I was doing this right now:
4:49 pm: Oh, Gandolf, you handsome thing!
4:54 pm: Looks like Locks to Loom and Loyalhannon Spinners are almost done…
5:01 pm: Red Rose Treadling Toes:
5:05 pm: 1/2 hour to go…
5:06 pm: …and Locks to Loom is done!
5:09 pm: Red Rose Treadling Toes is finishing up…
5:13 pm: Treadlers thru Time is finishing up…
5:19 pm: …Red Rose Treadling Toes is finished!
And Treadlers thru Time are done!
5:25 pm: Go go go!!!!
… and Time Warp is finished!
5:29 pm: 2 Rams, 2 Lambs, Ewe & Me are finished!
5:31 pm: Loyalhannon Spinners are done! So are Friends thru Fiber!
5:34 pm: With 1 minute left, Lovely Lambs and Ornery Rams are finished (whew!)!
OK, it’s all over… let’s take a short breather before the winners are announced at 6 pm…
5:43 pm: Tables of shawls:
5:50 pm: The teams and organizers are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the S2S contest with cake. Many of the teams are socializing with family, spectators, and fellow competitors.
5:51 pm: Looks like the judges are measuring up the last shawl…
6:07 pm: The TV news people are homing in… must be close to announcing the winners…
6:16 pm: Oy. Still waiting for the Big Announcement (the winners)…
6:21 pm: OK, here we go. First, the raffle for the shawl. They made over $500 for the youth 4-H teams… how great is that? The winner is…Wayne Appleman, of team Locks to Loom!
6:24 pm: Champion Shearer award: Loyalhannon Spinners
Fleece award – Locks to Loom
Team’s Choice award – Time Warp
Weaver’s Award – Time Warp
Spinning Award – Red Rose Treadling Toes
6:27 pm: 8th Place – 2 Rams, 2 Lambs, Ewe & Me
7th Place – Lovely Lambs and Ornery Rams
6th Place – Friends thru Fiber
5th Place – Loyalhannon Spinners
4th Place – Locks to Loom
3rd Place – Treadlers thru Time
2nd Place – Red Rose Treadling Toes
1st Place – TIME WARP!
OK… now it’s time for the AUCTION!
6:36 pm: This is gonna be fast and furious…
Fort Freeland Flickers: $525
Fast and Fibrous: $500
Between the Threads: $150
Royal Castle Spinners: $150
6:46 pm: S2S:
Time Warp: $900
Red Rose Treadling Toes: $425
Treadlers thru Time: $800
Locks to Loom: $800
Loyalhannon Spinners: $1150!
Friends thru Fiber: $3400!!! (Might be a Farm Show Record)
Lovely Lambs and Ornery Rams: $600
2 Rams, 2 Lambs, Ewe & Me: $250
That’s all she wrote, everyone… see you soon!