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Special Comment.

I can’t resist.  I’m going to revisit the Sheep To Shawl Contest one more time, then I’ll let it go.  

Let’s talk about this picture:

Do you see anything wrong with this picture?

Do you see anything wrong with this picture?

This is Christine Flanagan of Team Two Rams, Two Lambs, Ewe & Me, being interviewed by a newswoman from ABC 27 News.  I took this picture not solely to capture Christine weaving – I took it because it was representative of what was happening on the contest floor about an hour before time was up.  As you, dear reader, already know, this is a competition.  Every member of every team is focused on what s/he is doing in order to finish on time, and also finish with the finest-quality shawl they can possibly create.  Now it’s true:  I’m not a sheep shearer, nor have I tried my hand at carding, nor do I spin (I can kind of use a drop spindle, but I need more practice), nor do I weave, but I think I can say with 98% certainty that the last thing I’d want if I were in any of the competitors shoes is to have a news person sticking a microphone in my face, trying to grab that perfect sound bite for the 6:00 News.  I’d be happy to oblige the press with an interview or a demonstration after I was finished, but certainly not during a contest that means a great deal to my team and myself.   Perhaps Christine agreed to the interview.  Or perhaps she felt like she couldn’t say no to an opportunity to educate the public on the art of weaving, even though it might have cost her valuable time or workmanship.  I truly don’t know the answer to that.  But what I do know is what I saw:  many, many members of the press sticking cameras, notebooks, and microphones into the faces of the competitors while they were still competing. Did they do the same at the rodeo, too?

Full disclosure:  I’m married to the press.  I’m a big fan of the press, free speech, and Freedom of the Press, always have been, and I have great respect for what they do and what they’ve accomplished.  I just had to wonder when I took the above picture, how much respect did the press have for the competitors?

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Closing Ceremonies.

Today was the final day of the 2009 PA Farm Show.  I didn’t head over there today, nor did I catch any footage of the closing ceremonies.  I commemorated the event at home, watching movies with my daughter.  I always feel kind of sad when Farm Show Week is over, and this one is the best I’ve been to so far.  Well, there’s always next year to look forward to.  With that in mind, I’ll give you one more picture from the Sheep To Shawl contest:  

That's me in the corner.  That's me in the spotlight...

That's me in the corner. That's me in the spotlight...

Libby Beiler, weaver for Team Time Warp, sent this picture to me today, which was taken by her husband just before the shearing began (if I’m not mistaken).  From left to right:  Christine Flanagan (weaver for Team Two Rams, Two Lambs, Ewe & Me), yarnyMarni, Carl Geissinger (Time Warp‘s shearer) holding Eva the Sheep, Libby Beiler (weaver), and Jeff Johnstonbaugh (carder).  It’s the only picture taken of the day with me in it!  Many thanks to Libby for sending this to me.

Now I’ll segue back into my yarn habit with a story…

My daughter has ballet lessons every Saturday morning, which is very exciting for both of us.  She gets to leap and sashay and plie with lots of adorable little ballerinas, and I get 45 minutes of knitting to look forward to.  Today, I hadn’t even completed one round on my 3rd pair of fingerless mitts (these are for Daughter’s babysitter, who’s pretty much part of the family now) when one of the other moms started asking me about it.  She said she had learned to knit long ago but “probably couldn’t remember anything now.”  I pulled out my spare needles and yarn that I keep in my bag for just such occasions and asked, “Wanna give it a try?”  She was off and running in less than 5 minutes of coaching – she may even have a scarf project ready to start by next week, which I said I’d help her with.  Then another mom came hurrying in with her daughter, late after missing the exit off I-81.  Annemarie was my scheduled knitting lesson of the morning, and as soon as her daughter was ushered into the studio, she plopped down next to me, got some needles and yarn out of her bag… and again, 5 minutes later, she was casting on and then knitting like she’d been doing this forever.  When our daughters came running out after their lesson, Annemarie was beaming.  “This is so great!  I can’t wait until next week!”

Neither can I!

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The 2009 PA Farm Show, On My Off-Day.

Husband, Daughter and I made our yearly Family Pilgrimage to the Farm Show last night.  We ate, we bought honey made by Pennsylvania bees (I highly recommend the cinnamon honey… whoa.), we bought maple syrup made by Pennsylvania maples (again, you just can’t go wrong here).  We visited some animals for about 2 seconds – someone was more interested in the kids’ area…

Bean-bag toss, anyone?

Bean-bag toss, anyone?

A reader named Elizabeth asked me if I had any pictures of quilts or knitting that was entered in those respective contests.  I tried to get pictures of the knitting, but it was impossible – they were mounted in a case about a foot over my head, and the light was bouncing crazily off the glass.  But I did get some nice shots of the quilts:

Very apropos for 14 degree weather.

Very apropos for 14 degree weather.

 

Some nice examples.

Some nice examples.

This was one of my favorites.

This was one of my favorites.

 

Cute!

Cute!

 

I don't know much about quilting, but this one looks complicated.

I don't know much about quilting, but this one looks complicated.

This won 1st prize in the Wall Hanging category.

This won 1st prize in the Wall Hanging category.

We walked around a bit more after these shots were taken, then headed home with a very tired girl.  My daughter eventually went to bed, too.

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Quick Wrap-Up.

What an amazing day yesterday was.  I want to thank everyone who posted such nice comments during the day (and afterwards as well) – they really helped keep my energy high!  I also want to thank the spectators who stopped by to chat, and definitely the F2S and S2S teams.  Every one of them did an amazing job, not just in the competition itself, but also in promoting the fiber arts.  So if no one has any objections, I think I’ll do this again next year… sound good?

I’ve got to get moving.  Yesterday was my “work” day at the Farm Show, and today’s my “play” day – Husband and I are taking Daughter over tonight for dinner and to see the animals.  Her favorite?  The bunnies.  Or maybe it’s the alpacas.  Ten minutes from now it might be the cows…

BTW… this article was pretty good.

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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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