Welcome To The 2012 PA Farm Show Fleece And Sheep To Shawl Contests!

8:34 pm
I’m home now.  I can’t smell a thing, due to the dust that’s lodged in my nose and throat – although my daughter kindly informed me that I stink to High Heaven.  I’m exhausted… but so, so happy.  Many, many thanks to the teams, the judges, the spectators, Joanne Evans and Tom Knisely, and of course, you, Dear Reader, for making this day so incredibly amazing.  I can’t wait to see what happens next… !

6:55 pm
… and that’s all she wrote, folks.  Gotta pack up now… I’ll try to update a few things when I get home later.  Hope you had as much fun as I did today… see ya soon!

6:53 pm
$1,300 – Time Warp
$1,850 –  Friends Thru Fiber
$1,400 – Fort Freeland Flickers
$1,000 – Just A Little Twisted
$900 – Dream Weavers
$700 – Butler County Pedalers 

6:39 pm
Auction time!!!

$550 – Treadling Lambs and a Ram
$600 – Surfin’ Ewe S. A.
$400 – Bountiful Bobbins 
$275 –  Fibering Five
$325 – Sugar Valley Shepherds 

6:25 pm
I’m getting cold again.  Ironically, no one has a shawl that I can borrow.

6:23 pm
Ok… get ready for the shawl auction, coming up next… !

6:22 pm
Here they are… Team Time Warp, our 2012 Sheep To Shawl champs!

They heckled me as I took their pic... I love them anyway!

6:15 pm
Champion Shearer Award – Time Warp’s Carl Geisinger
Fleece Award – Just A Little Twisted
Team’s Choice Award – Dream Weavers
Weaver’s Award – Friends Thru Fiber’s Michelle Lushbaugh
Spinning Award – Friends Thru Fiber

7th Place – 2 Rams, 2 Lambs, Ewe & Me
6th Place – Butler County Pedalers
5th Place – Dream Weavers
4th Place – Just A Little Twisted
3rd Place – Fort Freeland Flickers
2nd Place – Friends Thru Fiber
1st Place – Time Warp

6:05 pm
We’re about to start announcing the winners… keep it here!

6:00 pm
Faces in the crowd… I couldn’t make this up if I tried.

5:54 pm
A sheep in sheep’s clothing… ?  A sheep in people’s clothing… ?

5:51 pm
Francie Appleman just brought me 3 mini 3 Musketeer bars.  I think it’s safe to say that everyone from Loganton, PA is as awesome as her… wouldn’t you agree?

5:48 pm
Finished shawls… and an unfinished milkshake.

5:45 pm
Knitting and jewelry-making going on… it’s not live yet, but check out Arline Janison‘s beaded jewelry website soon.  Just Google her – she’ll be there!

5:39 pm
Not that he’ll see this, but let me stop to give a happy birthday shout-out to my brother Gary, who unbelievably turned 39 today.  I still see him as a little kid…  I think I always will.

5:36 pm
Ok… the judges are now tallying up the scores, the teams are starting to pack up their gear, and everyone’s goin’ for milkshakes.  Everyone except me.  I’m here typing.  Why am I here typing when I could be goin’ for milkshakes… ?

5:34 pm
Team 2R2LU&M delivered their shawl to the judges… only to find that it wasn’t long enough.  I believe that’s a disqualification… 😦

5:32 pm
… and the 2012 Sheep To Shawl Contest is OVER!!!

Butler County Pedalers, with 2 minutes to go... !

Done!!! Whew!!!

5:30 pm
Butler County Pedalers, almost done…

Team 2R2Lu&M, off the loom:

5:24 pm
Dream Weavers are finished!

Closeup of Team Dream Weavers' shawl.

5:22 pm
Dream Weavers are off the loom:

5:21 pm
Fort Freeland Flickers are finished!

Closeup of Fort Freeland Flickers' shawl.

5:16 pm
Here’s Just A Little Twisted’s finished shawl:

5:13 pm
Dream Weavers are almost off the loom… !

5:10 pm
Team Just A Little Twisted is off the loom and finishing up… !

5:08 pm
Team 2R2LU&M:

Team Dream Weavers:

5:03 pm
And here it is… Friends Thru Fiber‘s finished shawl!

4:59 pm
Team Just A Little Twisted will be off the loom shortly:

Team Friends Thru Fiber is off the loom and sooooooo close to done…

… and Team Fort Freeland Flickers is at the beginning of the end…

4:53 pm
Hey!  Where’s the Fleece and Wool Princess this year???  Anyone seen her?

4:52 pm
Closeup of Time Warp’s shawl… how gorgeous is this???

4:50 pm
Team Just A Little Twisted:

David Weaver and his huge pile ‘o fleece:

Team Fort Freeland Flickers.

The ladies of Friends Thru Fiber are almost done…

A team meeting ensues around the almost-finished shawl.

4:46  pm
Team Time Warp has delivered their shawl to the judges!

4:43 pm
Finishing the shawl…

Team Time Warp's off the loom and just about done... !

4:41 pm
Team Dream Weavers:

Team Butler County Pedalers:

4:37 pm
Whoa… Team Time Warp‘s almost off the loom!

Libby Beiler's finishing the shawl... !

4:34 pm
I’ve been fleeced!!!  Get it????  Fleeced???  *wince*  Yeah, I know… it’s been a long day.

4:30 pm
More knitting goin’ on…

She's knitting a scarf from wool she bought at the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival. How I long to go to Rhinebeck...

Team Just A Little Twisted gets a bobbin of newly-spun yarn ready for the weaver.

Team Time Warp's shawl...

Spinning for 2R2LU&M.

4:20 pm
Team Butler County Pedalers with their moonshine… just in case I have more technical difficulties.  They must’ve read my Rules of Engagement last night…

That'll taste good *after* the competition...

Jeff Johnstonbaugh, carder for Team Time Warp:

4:09 pm
Fort Freeland Flickers:

This woman should look familiar to you... it's Abby Schrack, spinner and Social Studies teacher extraordinnaire for Team Sugar Valley Shepherds!

4:04 pm
Wayne Appleman of Team Dream Weavers:

"Are you saying good things about us?" Of course I am!!!

Team Friends Thru Fiber and I compared our knitted socks and remarked about how warm it’s gotten in the arena.  Michelle Lushbaugh is busy at the loom:

3:57 pm
Whenever I look up from my laptop, I can see a haze of dust over the arena.  Dust that’s getting all up in my nose and throat now.  Not one of my favorite things about spending 15 hours at The Farm Show… but it’s worth it, right?  Right?  Right??? 

3:55 pm
Team Just A Little Twisted

… and Team Fort Freeland Flickers:

3:51 pm
My once-fuzzy neighbors are quite silent now…

3:48 pm
Butler County Pedalers‘ weaver, Donna Fike… not weaving yet, but will be soon.

Friends Thru Fiber.

3:41 pm

Ashley Shaw, weaver for Just A Little Twisted.

The Time Warp spinners.

2R2LU&M spinners.

3:35 pm

Libby Beiler, weaver of Team Time Warp, being watched by PCN... and me.

Emma Olshefski, weaver for Team Fort Freeland Flickers. She's moving a lot faster than it seems.

Francie Appleman, like most of the contestants, is multi-talented. She's weaving for Dream Weavers today, but, as you already saw, can spin and card with the best of 'em.

3:29 pm
Dream Weaver women…

This is Christine Flanagan, weaver for 2R2LU&M. She taught me how to use a drop spindle!

3:24 pm
Butler County Pedalers carding away…

And here’s Two Rams, Two Lambs, Ewe & Me, which will now be known as 2R2LU&M.  Actually, I don’t think that’s any easier to type.

3:19 pm
The teams are being introduced to the audience while the teams get started carding…

Team Just A Little Twisted.

Team Time Warp.

Team Friends Thru Fiber.

Team Fort Freeland Flickers.

3:12 pm
Heh… look at my neighbor now… !

3:09 pm
More shearing…

3:05 pm
The crowd counts it down… and off we go!  The sheep are being shorn:

2:56 pm
5 minutes ’til start time… tons of  people are lining up now around the perimeter of the arena.  We’ll be starting with the shearing of my neighbors.  The sheep, that is.  What did you think I meant?

2:54 pm
Team Just A Little Twisted‘s warp…

2:52 pm
Oh goody, my absolutely favorite part of the contest is starting – photographers and other press people are taking over the arena.  You know, I’m a big fan of the press, but not when they think they’re so much better than everyone else that they can put their gear wherever they want… like right in front of my work station.

2:49 pm

Team Time Warp's... warp.

Team Dream Weaver's warp.

Francie Appleman of Team Dream Weavers, and her awesome wheel.

2:38 pm
The teams are milling about as the first 2 stands of seats fill with spectators.  I see PCN‘s camera at the top of one of the stands, unsupervised, just capturing everything in front of it, I suppose…

2:33 pm
Team Just A Little Twisted‘s shawl display:

"Spring Garden". Truly.

2:30 pm
More neighbors move in…

Team Two Rams, Two Lambs, Ewe & Me's sheep.

Team Butler County Pedalers' sheep.

2:24 pm
More shawl displays:

Team Time Warp's "A Walk In The Woods: A Pennsylvania Palindrome".

Two Rams, Two Lambs, Ewe & Me.

Fort Freeland Flickers and their Blue Butterfly.

2:18 pm
Here are some of the team shawl displays:

Team Butler County Pedalers with "Moonshine".

Team Dream Weavers with their Pennsylvania Brook Trout.

This could be mistaken for a museum exhibit. Team Friends Thru Fiber and their Gettysburg Battle Commemorative Shawl.

2:02 pm
The Sheep To Shawl teams are setting up and a larger crowd is gathering in the arena stands.  And my sheepy neighbor will not stop bahhhhhh-ing.

1:59 pm
Oh glorious batter-dipped vegetables, fried to within an inch of your lives and served with horseradish sauce… I am not worthy.  No one is.  But I’ll eat you anyway.

1:42 pm
FOOD!!!!!  Be back soon…

1:41 pm
And here they are… Team Treadling Lambs and a Ram!

Congrats to the Grand Champion Fleece To Shawl team!

1:35 pm
Time to announce the winners!

Fleece Award – Treadling Lambs and a Ram
Team’s Choice Award – Surfin’ Ewe S. A.
Weaver’s Award – Bountiful Bobbins
Spinning Award – Treadling Lambs and a Ram

5th Place – Sugar Valley Shepherds
4th Place – The Fibering Five
3rd Place – Bountiful Bobbins
2nd Place – Surfin’ Ewe S. A.
1st Place – Treadling Lambs and a Ram

1:30 pm
The Fleece to Shawl teams are beginning to gather… it’s almost time for the awards ceremony.  I want to mention, Team Wooly Workers didn’t finish their shawl within the 3-hour time period, so I think they’ve been disqualified.  But the fact that they made it here to the Farm Show competition in the first place is a big deal… well, there’s always next year.  Great effort from a great team!

1:21 pm

I have really noisy neighbors.

1:14 pm
I’m… so… hungry.  Need… fried… vegetables…

1:11 pm
… and this one’s part of the Just A Little Twisted team…

1:08 pm
Look at this face!  This beauty belongs to Team Dream Weavers:


1:04 pm
Donovan’s in da HOUSE!  This is Team Time Warp‘s sheep.

1:02 pm
And the contest is OVER!  Awards will be given in just a bit… stay tuned… !

12:57 pm

Here's the finished Bountiful Bobbins shawl...

Per reader request, a closeup of Team Treadling Lambs and a Ram's shawl. It's hard to do this one justice, it's sooooooo pretty!

12:48 pm

The Mardi Gras shawl.

Team Bountiful Bobbins is DONE!

12:40 pm

Team Fibering Five's shawl, at the judges' table.

Team Bountiful Bobbins are almost off the loom...

12:33 pm
Down to the wire now… Team Surfin’ Ewe S. A.‘s off the loom, while Team Fibering Five delivers their shawl to the judges.

12:31 pm
Team Fibering Five‘s off the loom… almost there…

12:27 pm
And it’s official… Team Sugar Valley Shepherds are DONE!  Their shawl is in the judges hands now…

12:21 pm
Team Fibering Five is very close now…

So is Team Surfin’ Ewe S. A.

12:19 pm
Nope… it’s Team Sugar Valley Shepherds, 2nd off the loom!  Go go go!!!

This is an amazing moment for the teams... so much goes into these shawls. Go kids go!

Meanwhile, the judges doing their judge-y thing with Treadling Lambs and a Ram's shawl.

12:13 pm

Will Team Surfin’ Ewe S. A. be next off the loom… ?

Here's their shawl, sans weaver... must be close to done!

Team Wooly Workers weaver, with almost-done shawl.

12:08 pm
A few final touches, and it’s off to the Judges’ Table…

12:03 pm
Team Treadling Lambs and a Ram are first off the loom!

12:00 pm
I feel like I can’t move fast enough to grab pictures and upload them to the website, and the Wi-Fi is slow… how am I doing?  Need some encouragement right around now… !

11:58 am

Carding isn't as easy as it looks. You really have to know your fleece, and the kind of yarn you want to spin, to do this well.

Team Fibering Five's spinners.

Team Bountiful Bobbins.

11:50 am
Team Surfin’ Ewe S. A. are sporting tails today…

Team Treadling Lambs and a Ram.

The Sugar Valley Shepherds spinning away.

11:43 am
Wow, Farm Show Wi-Fi really isn’t very reliable.  Back up network engaged…

11:32 am
If I weren’t a blogger, I’d still be here today, doing this:

Knitting. A great way to watch F/S2S!

11:30 am
Want to join The Bountiful Bobbins team?  See below…

11:25 am

The Spinners of Team Wooly Workers.

A long shot of Team Surfin' Ewe S. A.

11:18 am
Another sheep has arrived – this is Team Fort Freeland Flickers‘ sheep, who absolutely refused to stay still.

See what I mean?

Ah, got one!

11:10 am

Great pic of Team Fibering Five, from their shawl display. Part of the team's score is based on these displays, which explain the theme, shawl, etc.

'Nuff said.

11:04 am

Spinner Tyler Shaw of The Fibering Five.

Here are the "cooks" from Team Wooly Workers.

Doesn't this look like fun? Team Treadling Lambs and a Ram are laughing and chatting it up.

10:59 am
These offices overlook the arena.  I bet it’s warm in there.  I bet they have a coffee machine, too.  Just sayin’.

But they'll still have to walk to the Food Court for potato donuts. Hah!

10:51 am
Closeup of Team Fibering Five‘s shawl:

10:47 am

Team Wooly Workers at the wheel.

And here come the sheep!  This is Sajani (sai -AH- nee), of Team Friends Thru Fiber, for the Sheep To Shawl competition later today.  “Sajani” means “beloved”, or “well-loved”.

So chic!

10:43 am
The other teams are starting to weave now…

Here's Alex Norris, the Ram of Treadling Lambs and a Ram.

Weaver Lia Schmittel of Surfin' Ewe S. A.

Love the encouraging signs on the back of Team Sugar Valley Shepherds' chairs!

10:34 am
The crowds are starting to gather around the perimeter of the arena…

I'm sure you remember David McFeely, superhero weaver of The Sugar Valley Shepherds. He's goin' strong!

Judge Susan Keslar Simpson is being... judge-y. I just made that word up.

10:26 am
The weaving begins… remember, these teams have 3 hours to complete their shawl.  Sounds like a lot of time, but it’s really not.

Team Bountiful Bobbins' weaver, Leah Martin.

Team Fibering Five's weaver, Jennifer Bauer.

Team Wooly Workers' weaver, Angela Villanueva.

10:20 am
I gotta say, watching these kids spin and card, and in a little while, weave, is really amazing.  What do you think?

Team Wooly Workers.

Team Surfin' Ewe S. A.

10:13 am
Bacon.  I smell bacon.  I already ate 2 potato donuts… but now I want bacon.

10:12 am

Team Bountiful Bobbins are starting to spin...

... and so are the Sugar Valley Shepherds.

10:07 am
The teams are being introduced to the spectators as they all begin carding their fleeces…

Treadling Lambs and a Ram carding their fleece.

Team Surfin' Ewe S. A.

10:02 am
“5… 4… 3… 2… 1… GO FOR IT!”  And they’re off!

10:01 am
The judges are making the rounds to the team displays…

This is Suzanne Fry, one of the 4 judges.

9:55 am
A view from the top:

... the top of the Small Arena, that is. It's nice and WARM up here!

A view from the bottom:

I took this from the stage... the closest I'll ever get to being seen on the Small Arena stage, for sure!

9:48 am
14 minutes to go until the competition starts.  If these kids are nervous at all, you wouldn’t know it by watching them.  They’re mingling with each other, chatting, viewing each other’s displays, laughing.  A very friendly atmosphere in the Small Arena today.

9:45 am
Ooooooooohhh… fleecy goodness…

Specifically, this is Team Wooly Workers' fleecy goodness.

A Mardi Gras spinning wheel:

A Team Fibering Five wheel.

9:38 am
The team captains have been called to the judges’ area for the Team Meeting.  This is when they get their last-minute instructions and all.

A few spectators have taken up the first rows of seats here in the arena… 20 minutes until show time!

9:35 am
The Bountiful Bobbins‘ theme is well realized in their display:

"Under The Deep Blue Sea"

A closeup of their shawl:

And here’s Team Wooly Workers… ready for bed!

9:30 am
The Sugar Valley Shepherds with their display:

9:16 am
How about some Breakfast in Bed with the Wooly Workers?  Gotta love that theme!

Eggs, bacon, waffles with whipped cream and berries... it's all here, in their shawl!!!

9:14 am
Team Treadling Lambs and a Ram‘s display is dedicated to their mentor Tina, who’s battling bladder cancer.  The shawl they’re weaving today is gorgeous, isn’t it?

And here’s their display – hard to get the whole thing, it’s so tall!

More of their display:

8:59 am

Welcome, Team Bountiful Bobbins! Here's their warp.

2 members of Team Surfin' Ewe S. A.

The Sugar Valley Shepherds pose with their practice shawl. Our heroes!

8:52  am
AAARRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH… I’m having serious issues with video.  I may not be able to post what I’m getting during the contests, but I’ll do what I can to load them tomorrow.  My apologies.  More pictures on the way…

8:48 am

Here's the warp for Team Treadling Lambs and a Ram.

Mardi Gras!

Surfin' Ewe S. A.'s entire area is decorated with safari animals and pith helmets.

8:34 am
Just spoke to Tom Knisely, co-coordinator of today’s events.  He is truly one of Central PA’s MVPs when it comes to fiber arts – visit him and/or take his classes at The Mannings.  Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

8:28 am
Welcome the 4-H Wooly Workers of Lebanon County!  Set up begins…

8:20 am
Team Fibering Five‘s warp – in Mardi Gras colors:


Surfin’ Ewe S. A.’s shawl display is almost ready:

They've gone with a Safari theme for their shawl.

8:11 am
I’m experiencing some technical difficulties with my pictures and videos… but meanwhile, The Sugar Valley Shepherds have arrived:

7:47 am
Team Fibering Five
warms up with some balloon volleyball.  The team is wearing shorts.  Shorts.  I’ll stop complaining now about the cold.

7:36 am
Well, here I am, in the Small Arena (it used to be the Sale Arena… when did that change?), setting up for the Fleece and Sheep To Shawl contests.  F2S team The Fibering Five are already here with their spinning wheels and looms.  And… I’m freezing.  As usual, the garage door directly in front of me is wide open and blowing cold air all over me.  Please, someone take pity on a poor blogger and have The Powers That Be close that door… please!!!

Remember, keep it here all day and hit that Refresh button every few minutes for the latest in F/S2S action.  It’s gonna be a great day!


Filed under 2012 PA Farm Show

9 responses to “Welcome To The 2012 PA Farm Show Fleece And Sheep To Shawl Contests!

  1. Go honey, go! Have a great day!

  2. I’m biased, but I think Treadling Lambs and a Ram’s shawl looks fabulous! I’d like to see a close-up photo if you get a chance. It seems to me that Surfin’ Ewe S. A. used hardly any weft in their shawl, which looks like they’re trying to cut corners. Just curious.

    And thanks for photoblogging again this year, Marni! I missed this service last year.

    Also, shout out to Tina Volz and the Treadlers Thru Time. So sad they couldn’t participate this year, but I’m glad that Tina’s in recovery. Hopefully they’ll come back strong next year!

  3. Thank you Marni for showing the Fleece to shawl competition. I am Tina of Tina’s Hope shawl by the Treadling Lambs and a Ram. I have been enjoying your blog since I can’t be there in person. Tell my team Hi and I waiting to hear from them.

  4. Wow the Fleece to Shawl looked amazing! You certainly do a wonderful job of capturing everything for us, even despite the rush and technology issues!

    I’m trying to quickly finish things up work so that I can leave early and catch the Sheep to Shawl. If I manage to get there early I may be able to assuage some of my own curiosity but I’m wondering how the teams manage to get everything they need, especially those big looms, transported and set up?

    I hope you’re off enjoying more Farm Show treats before round 2!

  5. Elaine in Colorado

    Time Warp is almost finished?!? Go team! Thanks for such great coverage of the competition Marni. (I followed along two years ago from Alaska) my mom and twin sister are spinners for Time Warp!

  6. Katherine D one of the Time Warp team

    Marni – Great coverage once again! Thanks so much for doing such a great job.

  7. Barb Anderson

    Another fabulous job of following the weaving competitions at the Farm Show! I was watching on PCN, but their coverage switched to various places during the event! I love your “up-close” pictures. Makes me feel like I am there. I will be attending the Farm Show today, so I can take in the sounds and smells, which were the only thing missing (?) from your coverage LOL! Thanks again for a great job!

  8. Kris Peters

    Great coverage of a fabulous competition!

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