As promised… please check out my 2010 PA Farm Show page for more fiber-y (and quilt-y) pictures.
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Yesterday was Family Nite at the Farm Show. My husband, daughter and I trekked over, fought through the crowds to get our milkshakes, then made our way through the exhibits. My mission was a simple one: take photos of quilts, knitting, crochet, etc. to put up on the blog. Easy.
Well… not so easy if your camera needs to be recharged. Mission totally not accomplished.
So what’s an intrepid fiber blogger to do? The answer is simple, and a tad on the warped side after spending 12+ hours at the place on Wednesday (pun totally intended): she heads back to the Farm Show. To get her pictures. And some batter-dipped veggies. And a quart of maple syrup…
I have to run out for a school function with my daughter. But look on my 2010 PA Farm Show page later tonight for the pictures I took today.
Wow… what a day! Thanks to everyone who dropped over to say hi, posted comments to the blog, and sent general good vibes my way (my computer survived!).
I’m exhausted. I can’t smell anything, but apparently I “smell like hay” (according to my daughter). And my computer screen is coated in Farm Show dust. But I wanted to post one… more… thing.
Here are the rules and judging criteria that was listed in the Fleece and Sheep To Shawl pamphlets. They were very similar, so I’m combining them:
Fleece To Shawl means just that – A shawl created from the fleece (wool shorn from a sheep), spun and woven into the finished garment. Each team is comprised of three spinners, a weaver and a carder. The judging is broken down into the following categories:
[Sheep To Shawl means just that – a shawl created from the wool shorn from a sheep, spun into yarn and woven into the finished garment. Each team is comprised of a shearer, three spinners, a carder and a weaver.]
Shearing: The shearer is judged on even shearing, uniformity, and lack of second cuts (shorter lengths of wool).
Fleece: Cleanliness, condition of fleece, luster, and crimp.
Spinning: Spinners are judged on their individual spinning, as well as how their spinning relates to the design of the shawl. The members try to spin very evenly to produce a uniform team product.
Weaving: The judges will look for evenness in the weaving, checking closely for errors. The selvage edges are examined for evenness and lack of pull-in. The finished shawl must measure at least 22 inches wide and 78 inches long or points are deducted from the score.
Design: The design and appearance of the finished shawl counts for a large percentage of each team’s score. Judges look for originality in design, difficulty of weave, color coordination between the warp and weft, softness and “drape-ability”, and execution of the finished fringe.
Speed: The teams are awarded a bonus for finishing their shawl first, second, third, etc. Speed combined with quality is the goal of each team.
OK, for real now, I’m checking out for the night. See you tomorrow!
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!
The teams are giving interviews… there’s a bigger crowd waiting to bid on the shawls… I love this part!
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
… now it’s time for the AUCTION!
The awards part will be kind of a whirlwind. I’ll grab pictures as I can…
More finished shawls…
Ten minutes ’til the Awards Ceremony. Who will win this year? Stay tuned… !
Mmmmmmmm… chocolate milkshake…
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!
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!
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.
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.
Team Dream Weavers is now finished! 3rd finished. 15 minutes to go…
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!
This is not really a closeup of chocolate chip cookies, it’s Team Time Warp‘s sample shawl. It makes me hungry.
How about some shawl close-ups?
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.
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.)…
… 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.
I’ve been looking around, but I don’t see our Sheep & Wool Princess… anyone know who/where she is today?
Team Treadlers Thru Time’s weaver, Tina Volz, on carding duty:
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.
Team Dream Weavers:
… and they’re OFF!
Team Friends Thru Fiber – 4th done shearing.
Team Butler County Pedalers – 5th done shearing.
Team Treadlers Thru Time – 1st done shearing.
Team Time Warp – 2nd done shearing.
Team Dream Weavers – 3rd done shearing.
The news crews are here… hmmmm, early this year…
5 minutes to go…
Whew!!! OK, the teams are getting ready…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Hmmmm… looking around for the Sheep To Shawl pamphlets. In the meantime,
It’s so nice… so many people have stopped over to introduce themselves and to thank me for the blog.
Team Time Warp‘s display:
Team Butler County Pedalers display:
Let me just say, these kids in the Fleece To Shawl Contest are the nicest, most wonderful bunch ever. The Fort Freeland Flickers just came over to thank me for doing my bloggy thing today. I’m still blushing.
OK, I’m going to start a new post for the Sheep To Shawl Contest in just a bit. But just one more picture:
And the winners of the 3rd Annual Youth Fleece To Shawl Contest are…
(First some words from our Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding)
Fleece Award: Fort Freeland Flickers
Teams Choice Award: Twisted Treadlers
Weavers Award: Warrior Run Weavers
Premium Spinning Group Award: Twisted Treadlers
5th Place: Woolie Trekkers
4th Place: Twisted Treadlers
3rd Place: Warrior Run Weavers
2nd Place: Bountiful Bobbins
1st Place: Fort Freeland Flickers
Almost time to announce the winners… the crowds are gathering again…
Team Time Warp’s sheep is in da house!
There’s no doubt about it. Everything tastes better at the Farm Show.
The arena floor is almost completely bare – amazing how quickly the teams moved their gear out. The crowds are ebbing and flowing through the space. The Fleece To Shawl team members are off in the stands, talking to friends and curious bystanders. And I’m starving. There’s a sweet potato calling to me…
The Fleece To Shawl teams are cleaning up, the judges are still judging… and I need a little break… be right back!
Team Warrior Run Weavers are finished! The contest is OVER! Judging and awards presentation is at 1:30 pm.
Thirteen minutes left to the contest. Go, Warriors, go!!!
Just a note – I saw a lot of videotaping going on for some of these teams. I don’t know what they’re planning to do with it, but maybe a quick search on YouTube in the next few days might show some live Fleece To Shawl action.
… and Team Bountiful Bobbins is finished!
Team Warrior Run Weavers is almost done…
Team Bountiful Bobbins is almost done…
Some comedian in the stands behind me has a light pen, and is having a grand ol’ time shining the thing right onto my computer screen. Sigh.
Team Woolie Trekkers is finished! Second one done!
Team Fort Freeland Flickers is finished! First one done!
Team Fort Freeland Flickers is finishing up… !
YESSSSSSS!!! A spectator just asked me if I knew where the butter sculpture was!!!
Let’s try this again…
Yep, having technical difficulties… just lost a whole post with pictures. Please stand by… oh, and I was mistaken before. There is now 1 more hour to go before this contest is over.
BAAAAAAAAAAA!!! More neighbors are moving in – Team Friends Thru Fiber‘s sheep Tiger Lily is checking out her quarters…
Team Woolie Trekkers pedalin’ away… !
I must look very official sitting here at my computer. A very perky girl with PCN emblazoned across her chest just came over to ask my permission to enter the arena. I told her to ask the organizers… hee hee hee…
A couple of spectators were talking about the kids just now.
“I heard this is a practice for the Sheep To Shawl contest.”
I corrected them:
“No no no no no no no! This is a real competition!!!”
There’s a nice crowd watching the kids do their fleecy thing. Once in a while you hear a group of spectators cheer their team on. One hour down, one hour to go…
The judges are walking around, making notes about the kids’ work…
The lovely spinners of Team Twisted Treadlers: Ashley Shaw, Irina Lawrence, and Megan Klawitter (but probably not in that order):10:26 am
Just look at the colors of Team Bountiful Bobbins shawl!
Please, everyone, send good vibes my way so that I won’t have any technical difficulties. My computer is acting slooooooower than usual. It’s scaring me.
I’m happy to report that this year, the large garage doors off the Sales Arena are blissfully CLOSED. Last year they left them open, and the wind blew through our little area all day… yeeeesh. Much better this year (still chilly, though…).
And they’re off! Teams are carding their fleece, some spinning has begun as well.
4 minutes to go to the start of the Fleece to Shawl contest!
Oh… I forgot to mention, keep hitting that Refresh button to get my latest posts!
Just got a copy of the Fleece To Shawl contest’s pamphlet. It lists the team bios (which I’ve got on the 2010 PA Farm Show page), shawl descriptions (which I’ll post at some point), and a great explanation of the contest and how it’s judged. I’ll post that at some point, too, but it may not be until after the contest – too much typing!
Team Warrior Run Weavers‘ display:
Team Woolie Trekkers display:
The display for Team Twisted Treadlers:
… and Team Fort Freeland Flickers with their display:
So I thought I was going to run all the way to the other side of the Farm Show to hit the Food Court before the Fleece To Shawl contest started. I was deluded. Even now, with the light crowds and slower pace of a Farm Show morning, there’s just no way I’m gonna haul myself over there. So I’ll do as I did last year – make do with the mini Food Court on this side of the place. Mmmmmm… powdered potato doughnuts…
My first neighbor of the day has arrived…
Team East Berlin Bountiful Bobbins‘s display makes me think of warmer days.
Team Fort Freeland Flickers are setting up…
Good morning, fellow sheep, shawl, and all things fiber-y lovers out there. I’m here in the Sales Arena at the Farm Show complex, setting up for the days events. The Fleece To Shawl teams are arriving and setting up, as well. There’s a definite “calm before the storm” feeling in here. Get ready for a great day!