Welcome Back To The 2009 PA Farm Show Sheep To Shawl Contest.

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.  

Love those colors...

Love those colors...

1:51 pm:  Gandolf!  How I’ve missed you!

Gandolf, from team Loyalhannon Spinners, was my neighbor last year.

Gandolf, from team Loyalhannon Spinners, was my neighbor last year.

2:00 pm:  My sources were correct.  Here are the 8 teams that are competing in the Sheep To Shawl contest:
Loyalhannon Spinners
Locks to Loom
Two Rams, Two Lambs, Ewe & Me
Time Warp
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…

2:33 pm:  

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Team Locks to Loom

 

Team Loyalhannon Spinners

Team Loyalhannon Spinners

Team Lovely Lambs and Ornery Rams

Team Lovely Lambs and Ornery Rams

 2:37 pm:  

Team Treadlers Through Time

Team Treadlers Thru Time

 

Team Two Rams, Two Lambs, Ewe & Me

Team 2 Rams, 2 Lambs, Ewe & Me

Carpe Ovis!  Seize the Sheep!  I LOVE THAT!!!

2:42 pm:  

Team Time Warp

Team Time Warp

 

Team Friends Thru Fiber

Team Friends Thru Fiber

Team Red Rose Treadling Toes

Team Red Rose Treadling Toes

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!

2 Rams, etc's shearer Megan Gutekunst.

2 Rams, etc's shearer Megan Gutekunst.

 

Lovely Lambs etc.'s Jason Seibert.

Lovely Lambs etc's Jason Seibert.

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.

3:21 pm:  

Team Locks to Loom, spinning away.

Team Locks to Loom, spinning away.

Spinner Dave Keefer of Red Rose Treadling Toes.

Spinner Dave Keefer of Red Rose Treadling Toes.

 

The ladies of Friends thru Fiber, carding.

The ladies of Friends thru Fiber, carding.

 3:29 pm:  

Loyalhannon Spinners.

Loyalhannon Spinners.

 

Lovely Lambs and Ornery Rams, ages 12 - 17.

Lovely Lambs and Ornery Rams, ages 12 - 17.

 

Treadlers thru Time's loom.

Treadlers thru Time's loom.

 3:35 pm:  Christine Flanagan, weaver from 2 Rams, 2 Lambs, Ewe & Me, is giving an interview to ABC 27 News as she weaves.  

Christine is a terrific hand spindle teacher, too.  Ask me how I know...

Christine is a terrific hand spindle teacher, too. Ask me how I know...

3:44 pm:  

Team Locks to Loom's shawl.  Well... some of it.

Team Locks to Loom's shawl. Well... some of it.

 

Weaver/yarn shop owner Libby Beiler from Time Warp.

Weaver/yarn shop owner Libby Beiler from Time Warp.

 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.

Isn't she lovely?

Isn't she lovely?

 3:58 pm:  Long shot of team Friends thru Fiber:

Love those colors!

Love those colors!

And a short shot of weaver Rae Newhouse of Red Rose Treadling Toes:

... but I love these colors, too...

... but I love these colors, too...

4:05 pm:  In my world, this is what Heaven looks like:  

Locks to Loom's been busy...

Locks to Loom's been busy...

4:07 pm:  

The Lovely Lambs and Ornery Rams are Going Green.

The Lovely Lambs and Ornery Rams are Going Green.

4:11 pm:  Weaver Susan Rex from Loyalhannon Spinners:

This pink shawl is in memory of teammate Bonnie Meyer.

This pink shawl is in memory of teammate Bonnie Meyer.

4:20 pm:  Friends thru Fiber‘s shawl:  

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The Time Warp spinners.

2 Rams, 2 Lambs, Ewe & Me spinners.

2 Rams, 2 Lambs, Ewe & Me spinners.

 4:24 pm:  Team Locks to Loom‘s sheep, sans fleece, avec coat.

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4:39 pm:  1 hour to go.  Treadlers thru Time:  

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Weaver Tina Volz is wearing a vest that lights up – no missing this team!

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 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:

This IS a knitting blog, after all.

This IS a knitting blog, after all.

 4:49 pm:  Oh, Gandolf, you handsome thing!  

My buddy from Loyalhannon Spinners.

My buddy from Loyalhannon Spinners.

 4:54 pm:  Looks like Locks to Loom and Loyalhannon Spinners are almost done…

Locks to Loom, finishing up.

Locks to Loom, finishing up.

5:01 pm:  Red Rose Treadling Toes:

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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…

2nd off the loom, maybe?

2nd off the loom, maybe?

 5:19 pm:  …Red Rose Treadling Toes is finished!

5:22 pm:  

Time Warp's starting to pack it in...

Time Warp's starting to pack it in...

And Treadlers thru Time are done!  

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 5:25 pm:  Go go go!!!!

Loyalhannon Spinners, just about done...

Loyalhannon Spinners, just about done...

2 Rams etc, finishing up...

2 Rams etc, finishing up...

 

Friends thru Fiber, almost there...

Friends thru Fiber, almost there...

… 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!)!

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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:  

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Measuring up.

Measuring up.

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

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3rd Place – Treadlers thru Time

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2nd Place – Red Rose Treadling Toes

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1st Place – TIME WARP!

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OK… now it’s time for the AUCTION!

6:36 pm:  This is gonna be fast and furious…

F2S:
Fort Freeland Flickers:  $525

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Fast and Fibrous:  $500

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Between the Threads:  $150

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Royal Castle Spinners:  $150

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6:46 pm:  S2S:

Time Warp:  $900

You go girl... work that shawl!

You go girl... work that shawl!

Red Rose Treadling Toes:  $425

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Treadlers thru Time:  $800

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Locks to Loom:  $800

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Loyalhannon Spinners:  $1150!

The woman who won this shawl is a breast cancer survivor.  Again... you go, girl.

The woman who won this shawl is a breast cancer survivor. Again... you go, girl.

Friends thru Fiber:  $3400!!!  (Might be a Farm Show Record)

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Lovely Lambs and Ornery Rams:  $600

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2 Rams, 2 Lambs, Ewe & Me:  $250

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That’s all she wrote, everyone… see you soon!

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8 Comments

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8 responses to “Welcome Back To The 2009 PA Farm Show Sheep To Shawl Contest.

  1. This is so fun, being able to check in on the competition from afar (i.e., WORK). Thanks for blogging this!

  2. Kim

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time Warp wins….fabulous since this is their first year as a team! I so wanted to be there today but couldn’t. Spent 4 days there over the weekend and had to go to the office. I am thrilled for Libby and her group.

    Thank you for the terrific blog! You did a fabulous job.

  3. Thanks for the great coverage again. I think that $3400 is a National record! The raffled shawl was gorgeous! My favorites in the competition would have to be the pinks from Loyalhannon and the diamond pattern from Locks to Looms. Oh to be there in person…maybe next year if not I know where to come! Thanks again.

  4. Elizabeth

    Thanks for the great pictures and updates. This is my favorite event. Someday I hope to make it there. I saw the quilts on TV and they were fantastic. Do you have any pictures of the knitting or quilts?

  5. Ssuan

    Thanks. It was nice to get to see what we did yesterday. See you next year.

  6. You did a great job of capturing every aspect of the day. Even for someone like myself that was there in the heart of it, you brought it to life. Congrats to all 12 teams that worked so hard for months getting ready for the event! I think we should make you the official record keeper of the PA Farm Show S2S & F2S competitions!

  7. Laurie

    Thanks so much for creating this–I was lamenting missing the whole thing when Eve (Troy Fair F2S organizer extraordinaire) sent me the link…so a week later I still got to see the essence. I always think the shawls cannot get better, but they always do!

  8. Joanie Kline

    What a wonderful competition!! I was unable to attend this year but was inpressed by the coverage and informative commentary that was televised.
    Congratulations to all of the entrants – all of you are winners in my book. I’m glad I wasn’t a judge!
    Special congratulations to Friends thru Fiber on your record-breaking auction bid on your shawl. I’d love to have the patteren for your neck shawl as a remembrance of the event.
    I viewed the event every time it was repeated. Congratulations to all who competed or were involved in promoting this event!!

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