Good morning, fiber lovers! I’m here in the Sales Arena, getting ready for the day’s events. So why don’t we get this show on the road?
8:53 am: From what I can see, there’re at least 4 teams getting set up for the Youth Fleece To Shawl contest. That’s an increase of at least 400% over last year’s number of teams… fantastic!
9:21 am: Here are the teams for the Youth contest:
9:23 am: The judges are getting ready. The kids are milling about. And I think I’m gonna need a lot more coffee.
9:35 am: The teams look great!
9:37 am: Did I mention it was 16 degrees when I got here this morning? Did I mention that there’s no heat in here… and I’m sitting next to an open bay door… in 16 DEGREE WEATHER??? Anyone got a space heater?
9:52 am: The teams are all seated and waiting. One girl on team Royal Castle Spinners is barefoot. Barefoot. A spinner, no doubt. And I thought I was cold.
10:00 am: And they’re off!
10:01 am: The Royal Castle Spinners got their name from Roman history. When the Romans invaded England and saw Jacob sheep outside of the castles, they named them “Castle Sheep”.
10:03 am: Team Fast and Fibrous shawl is called “Sailing into the Sunset”: “Our team handspun the two-ply warp from a lovely white fleece and then hand painted our interpretation of a sunset on it.” The sample is gorgeous.
10:09 am: Between the Threads, in keeping with their soda shop theme, is weaving a shawl called “Ice Cream Delight”: “The colors of our warp represent Pennsylvania Dairy Products, specifically ice cream flavors, and include Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookies & Cream. The Border Leicester fleece used for our weft symbolizes hot fudge sauce.”
I should’ve eaten breakfast this morning…
10:16 am: “BAAAAAAAAAA!”
10:16 am: Team Fast and Fibrous makes it look easy:
10:28 am: Here are our esteemed judges, who are now wallking around, observing the teams and taking notes.
10:29 am: There are a good many spectators watching right now – lots of family and friends of the teams, and what looks like an elementary school class on a field trip.
10:34 am: Erin Webster of team Fort Freeland Flickers at the loom:
10:39 am: Team Royal Castle Spinners. That fleece looks… warm.
10:47 am: Just got my first comment on the day. Not what I was expecting, but just to be clear, all comments are welcome (unless you hurl personal attacks against anyone).
10:50 am: Between the Threads:
10:54 am: Will y’all excuse me for a few minutes? I’ve got to get something to eat and warm up my hands a bit. Be back in a flash…
11:04 am: Mmmmmmmm. Cheeseburger.
11:18 am: Last year was the first Youth Fleece to Shawl contest, with only one team: the Fort Freeland Flickers. You can see part of their winning shawl in this pic (and their plaque!):
11:34 am: Fast and Fibrous‘s Careena Emerich at work. Sunset colors indeed:
11:39 am: Team shot of the Fort Freeland Flickers:
11:43 am: 3 teams are off the loom: Royal Castle Spinners, Fast and Fibrous, and Between the Threads.
11:49 am: First to the table was Fast and Fibrous, followed closely behind by Between the Threads.
11:56 am: Third to the table is Royal Castle Spinners. (Having trouble with pictures… please stand by…)
12:11 pm: The Fort Freeland Flickers are off the loom!
12:19 pm: OK, I think I resolved my picture transfer problems… apparently I ran out of room in the folder storing the pictures on my hard drive – had to move what I had into another folder and start fresh. That didn’t happen to me last year…
12:24 pm: Fort Freeland Flickers are on the table… and the Youth Fleece To Shawl contest is done! The winners will be announced at 1:15 pm.
12:27 pm: Here’s one of my neighbors for the day:
12:34 pm: The judges are finishing up measuring Fort Freeland Flickers’s shawl:
12:42 pm: To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the S2S contest, they’re holding a raffle for a gorgeous shawl woven by Tom Knisely. It’s made of hand dyed merino, wool boucle, and a special silk and wool blend. The proceeds from the raffle are going towards the youth 4-H teams. Only $1.00/ticket. I’ve bought 3… so far.
12:45 pm: 3 of the 4 shawls, after they were individually judged:
12:51 pm: Here’s the trophy for the F2S contest. The S2S contest trophy looks exactly the same:
1:05 pm: More neighbors are moving in…
1:12 pm: Time for the awards ceremony!
1:15 pm: Fleece award: Fast and Fibrous
Team’s choice award: Royal Castle Spinners.
Weaver’s award: Between the Threads
Premium Spinning award: Fort Freeland Flickers
4th Place: Royal Castle Spinners
3rd Place: Between the Threads
2nd Place: Fast and Fibrous
1st Place 2009 Fleece To Shawl Grand Champions: FORT FREELAND FLICKERS!
Alright, on to the Sheep To Shawl contest. I’m going to start another post, so you won’t have to scroll so far. See you back at the top!