Welcome Back To The 2010 PA Farm Show Fleece/Sheep To Shawl Contest!

6:30 pm
Here we go with the auction… !
Team Time Warp – $800
Team Treadlers Thru Time – $400
Team Friends Thru Fiber – $1300
Team Dream Weavers – $300
Team Butler County Pedalers – $400
Team Fort Freeland Flickers – $300
Team Bountiful Bobbins – $400
Team Warrior Run Weavers – $325
Team Twisted Treadlers – $475
Team Woolie Trekkers – $175

That’s all she wrote, everyone.  Thanks for tuning in… see ya soon!

6:14 pm
The teams are giving interviews… there’s a bigger crowd waiting to bid on the shawls… I love this part!

6:10 pm
Here we go… ! First a few words again from Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding…
Champion Shearer Award – Treadlers Thru Time’s Matt Geissinger
Fleece Award – Friends Thru Fiber
Team’s Choice – Treadlers Thru Time
Weavers Award – Dream Weavers’ Frances Appleman
Premium Spinning Award – Treadlers Thru Time’s Ellen Anderson, Irina Lawrence, and Shannon Snyder

5th Place – Butler County Pedalers
4th Place – Dream Weavers
3rd Place – Friends Thru Fiber
2nd Place – Treadlers Thru Time
1st Place – TIME WARP!!!

… now it’s time for the AUCTION!

5:56 pm
The awards part will be kind of a whirlwind.  I’ll grab pictures as I can…

5:54 pm
More finished shawls…

These are SO beautiful!

5:50 pm
Ten minutes ’til the Awards Ceremony.  Who will win this year?  Stay tuned… !

5:47 pm
Mmmmmmmm… chocolate milkshake…

5:40 pm
The teams are milling about, waiting for 6:00 pm for the big announcement.  This is a good time for a break… be right back!

5:38 pm
Maybe I misjudged.  The press this year have been awesome.  Not at all the mob scene that it was last year.  I’m officially done with this topic!

5:35 pm
OK, I know who these guys are  now.  It’s James Roxbury from Roxbury News, and also Harry Fisher and Arlene Martinez from some other paper of my acquaintance…

5:24 pm
So there’s this guy who’s set up next to me.  I think he’s from a news outlet, but I can’t tell which.  He’s got a really nice video camera, an even nicer Mac, and an iPhone all out on display.

I’m so jealous.

5:23 pm
And it’s OVER!  Team Friends Thru Fiber is now finished!  The judging will continue, and the awards ceremony will be at 6:00 pm.

5:20 pm
Team Treadlers Thru Time is now finished!  Go, Friends, go… !

5:16 pm
Team Dream Weavers is now finished!  3rd finished.  15 minutes to go…

5:15 pm
… and Team Friends Thru Fiber, finishing up… now off the loom!

5:09 pm
Team Treadlers Thru Time… almost there… !

5:04 pm
Team Butler County Pedalers are now finished!  Team Dream Weavers are almost there:

5:00 pm
Down to the wire!  Team Butler County Pedalers is finishing up:And Team Time Warp finishes first:

1st done: Team Time Warp!

4:55 pm
A fiber family:

Young and old, they’re all here watching…

Elaine, this one’s for you (and you know who you are!):

4:46 pm
Here they are… the shawl models!  I’m afraid I don’t know which is which, but they are Olivia Knisely and Alexandra Hartman.  Work it, girls!

They've been up and down the bleachers... in high heels, no less.

4:41 pm
This is not really a closeup of chocolate chip cookies, it’s Team Time Warp‘s sample shawl.  It makes me hungry.


4:37 pm
How about some shawl close-ups?

Team Butler County Pedalers' sample shawl.

Team Dream Weavers’ sample shawl.

4:32 pm
One hour to go!  My nose is so full of hay and sawdust and wool right now.  I want to sneeze… but I can’t.

4:30 pm

More of Team Time Warp.

More of Team Treadlers Thru Time.

4:27 pm
It’s oddly calm here right now.  The teams are working at a good clip, the audience is medium-sized and rather quiet… that must mean that the rest of the camera crews are on their way (I know I keep harping on this, but last year they were practically running people down to “get the shot” or “get the story”.  What can I say – people acting rude annoy me.)…

4:18 pm
Some of Team Friends Thru Fiber… spinspinspin…Some of Team Dream Weavers, spinspinspin…

4:14 pm
… looks like instead of a Sheep & Wool Princess, we have 2 models who are walking around, showing the audience what the finished shawls will look like. Mystery solved.

4:10 pm
I’ve been looking around, but I don’t see our Sheep & Wool Princess… anyone know who/where she is today?

4:07 pm

Team Dream Weavers' sheep, sans wool.

Team Time Warp's sheep, Bear, sans wool, too.

4:01 pm
Team Dream Weavers:
Carder Jeri Robinson-Lawrence of Team Treadlers Thru Time:

I love this team. They haven't stopped smiling and laughing since the contest started!

3:54 pm

Weaver Michelle Lushbaugh of Team Friends Thru Fiber.

Weaver Libby Beiler of Team Time Warp.

3:46 pm
Crowd shot:

Closeup of Team Treadlers Thru Time's shawl.

3:39 pm
Team Treadlers Thru Time’s weaver, Tina Volz, on carding duty:

… and the lovely ladies of Team Butler County Pedalers:

3:34 pm
As I mentioned before, there are a lot of camera news crews here.  If someone sees me on TV tonight, please let me know… but only if I don’t look dorky.

3:32 pm

Spinners Ivy Allgeier and Kathy Dashner from Team Time Warp.

3:28 pm

2 of the 3 spinners of Team Friends Thru Fiber.

Weaver Frances Appleman of Team Dream Weavers

3:22 pm
Team Butler County Pedalers‘ weaver Donna Fike.  BTW, she’s doing this in bare feet… in January… brave woman.

3:20 pm
Team Dream Weavers:

Spinners Abby Schrack, Carol Chaapel, and Joanna Smith, and carder Wayne Appleman

Team Time Warp:

3:15 pm
… and they’re OFF!

Team Friends Thru Fiber, carding.

Team Treadlers Thru Time, laughing away!

3:10 pm
Team Friends Thru Fiber – 4th done shearing.

Team Butler County Pedalers – 5th done shearing.

You go, girl! Megan Guterkunst of Butler County Pedalers.

3:06 pm
Team Treadlers Thru Time – 1st done shearing.
Team Time Warp – 2nd done shearing.

Team Time Warp in action.

Team Dream Weavers – 3rd done shearing.

3:02 pm
Belly up!

2:57 pm
Getting ready…

2:55 pm
The news crews are here… hmmmm, early this year…
5 minutes to go…

2:50 pm
Whew!!! OK, the teams are getting ready…

2:47 pm
Team Butler County Pedalers‘ shawl description:
In contemplating the weaving of a shawl, I am transported back in time to an era when women owned very little that showed their feminine side.  I imagine a woman sitting next to the fire in the cool of the evening spinning at her wheel the threads that she will weave into a piece of cloth to be clothing for a family member.  Her hands have been busy all day long outside weeding the garden, tending children and feeding the animals.  She knows what hard work is and yet she has still found a way to show her feminine side.  I am drawn to the shawl across her shoulders, it is LACEY!  How feminine!! It is a beautiful had woven shawl from her very own hands, of her favorite pattern.  Her shawl shows her personal taste as well as her skill in spinning and weaving.  That shawl, the one I see in my mind, will be this year’s entry.  It is white on white, the warp handspun by a team member, a lovely diagonal eight shaft huck lace pattern as our weave structure.

2:46 pm
Team Friends Thru Fiber‘s shawl description:
This year we named our friendship shawl “naturally beautiful”.  It just naturally goes with any outfit, of any color, for any occasion-from casual to formal wear.  We picked out the dark areas from a spotted Jacob sheep to spin our threads for the warp.  The slightly lighter Corriedale weft allows the basket weave and herringbone pattern to stand out.  Watch as our home-spun threads twist and turn to create a garment that is surprisingly, naturally beautiful.

2:44 pm
Team Treadlers Thru Time‘s shawl description:
Pennsylvania Skies: We are using Pennsylvania Blue Face Leicester wool from Ava and Bonnie (owned by the son of Shannon Snyder and kept at a member’s farm (Ellen Anderson).  The warp is dyed after being spun to get a soft variegated effect that looks like the skies over Pennsylvania.  Along with the white warp threads we created an easy-on-the-eye appearance reminiscent of a pleasant summer sky.  The weave structure is our own.  We have assigned each letter of our name, Treadlers thru Time, a number value.  These numbers were used to thread the warp through the loom.  Every other thread is white to give it the slight appearance of a loosely woven overshot.  The soft handle of the Blue Face Leicester wool invites you to wrap yourself in a summer Pennsylvania Sky.

2:43 pm
Team Time Warp‘s shawl description:
Of all the states in the union, Pennsylvania has the most state symbols: a bird, mammal, fish, dog, tree, flower, insect….even a cookie, to name a few.  Our team has based its shawl design around one of these symbols: our state bird, the Ruffed Grouse.  This small game bird lends itself well to the design of a shawl with its striking barred wing and tail patterns and beautiful natural shades of tans, browns, grays and black.  The natural colored warp is a combination of Romney/Montadale, Border Leicester, and Blue Faced Leicester/Cotswold.  Our weft will be provided by Bear, a silver/grey Shetland wether and a five year veteran competitor here at the Farm Show!

2:41 pm
Team Dream Weavers‘ shawl description:
The idea for this shawl was born in the beauty of early spring in the Pennsylvania forests, when the dogwood blossoms dance across the lacework of still-bare twigs.  Plain-weave dogwood flowers stand out against a background of Bronson lace in a pattern  based on Margaret Gaynes Dogwood Placemats.  The warp is a handspun, natural colored Shetland fleece from Pairodox Farm, Clinton County, PA and a Shetland ewe from the same farm is providing the weft.  The finished shawl is light but warm, perfect for any Pennsylvania season!  The proceeds from our shawl are being donated to Camp Victory, Millville, PA; a non-profit camp for children with special needs.

2:39 pm
OK, I’ve got information about how the judging is done, but there’s no way I’ll be able to type all that here before the contest starts.  I’ll post that either late tonight or tomorrow, I promise.

2:34 pm

This is one of Friends Thru Fiber's chairs. Many teams make sitting for 3 hours look very comfy.

2:29 pm
Hmmmm… looking around for the Sheep To Shawl pamphlets.  In the meantime,

Fort Freeland Flickers, Woolie Trekkers shawls on display.

Warrior Run Weavers, Twisted Treadlers, and Bountiful Bobbins shawls on display.

2:21 pm
It’s so nice… so many people have stopped over to introduce themselves and to thank me for the blog.

2:18 pm
Team Dream Weavers‘ display:
Team Friends Thru Fiber’s display:

2:10 pm
Team Time Warp‘s display:

I can't do this display justice - it's interactive! Very cool!

2:04 pm
Team Butler County Pedalers display:

And their sheep!
1:59 pm

Team representatives are being called up for the Team Meeting…

1:56 pm
Team Treadlers Thru Time‘s display:


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10 responses to “Welcome Back To The 2010 PA Farm Show Fleece/Sheep To Shawl Contest!

  1. Cozy B

    thank you Marni, for sitting and typing in the cold so I can spin and read while I watch the STS live at home this year. Thank you also for sharing the sweet potato. i’ll be at work during the auction, so i’ll look for your posts to update me.
    -Cozy Bendesky, spinning reader.

  2. Liz

    Go team Time Warp!!! Thanks so much for doing the play by play for those of us at work.

  3. Debbie

    Many thanks for posting these. Must admit cheering for our hometown favorites Friends through Fiber (YEA!) but congratulations to everyone. Gorgeous shawls from all the teams!!

  4. Debbie

    Wow! Friends Through Fiber did it again in the auction. Theirs was the top bid last year. Not bad at all for only their second apperance at the farm show.

    Many, many thanks for providing the blog. I’m a knitter, too. Have finally mastered the drop spindle; now to figure out that walking wheel of mine!

    Congratulations to all the teams. They all did an awesome job. Had the chance to see some of the youth teams at Spinners Day Out at the Mannings this past year. I’m in awe of the work all of these teams do. Ah, one day maybe I’ll learn to spin and weave.

  5. Jan in CT

    Thanks so much for the live blogging. I’ve been following all day from CT. I was fortunate to be at the Farm Show last year, and saw every minute of both competitions live, except for when I ducked out for a powdered potato flour doughnut or two. All of your pictures are wonderful; I felt like I was right there.

    Congratulations to everyone for their artistry and teamwork! Way to go Time Warp!

    PS On your next doughnut run, go pick up some emu oil from the emu people. I got some last year, and it worked wonders on what would have been a bad burn from the oven rack over the holidays.

  6. Beautiful work by all teams! Thanks for sharing! -With love from Alaska 🙂

  7. Just a short note to Thank You again this year for great coverage. PCN’s camera crew had too much lighting and I just saw white rectangles. On here I was able to see the detail. And they didn’t cover the 4H auction. Thanks again.

  8. thepaintedtiger

    Thanks for your coverage of the event…..it looked like a lot of fun, and it warmed my heart to see so many young people involved!

  9. Kathy

    Thanks for putting so much effort into sharing this event with everyone. I saw you… all over the place! For me the day was a blur, I’m glad you were there to record it.

  10. Wow, loved all the pictures. Way to go ‘Team Bountiful Bobbins’ from the East Berlin 4H fiber club!


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