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T Minus 12 Hours And Counting.

Sheep To Shawl Day approaches!  As I gather the last few items on my checklist, why don’t you take a minute to read…

yarnyMarni’s Rules of Engagement

  1. Keeping up with the Fleece and Sheep To Shawl contests here on yarnyMarni is very easy (if you’re not yarnyMarni).  All you have to do is go to the Home page, and every few minutes or so, hit your browser’s Refresh button to see the updates.
  2. I will also post updates to Twitter (@yarnyMarni), but not as often.  These posts will include the “#farmshow” hashtag, for easy searching.
  3. I’ve heard rumors that the free Wi-Fi at The Farm Show has been spotty the last few days.  I have attempted to secure a back-up Wi-Fi network for myself if that continues to be the case, but if that should fail as well, please bear with me as I try to remedy the situation without resorting to alcohol.
  4. All comments are welcome, and encouraged, as long as
    a.  they’re not spam;
    b.  they’re written with respect for your fellow readers.
    Comments that are not in compliance with these 2 simple rules will not be published.

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Quick Updates On Lace Jacket, Sheep To Shawl Contest.

Just a quick post tonight… much more to come very soon, after I photograph the Lace Jacket.

Yes, my friends, it’s finished.  The Lace Jacket is actually done, much faster than I thought, and much, much more beautiful than I ever expected.  I tried it on before I blocked it, just to get an idea of how much stretch it would afford me.  For the first time in the 8 years I’ve been knitting, I was speechless.  This is the best… FO… ever.  I can’t wait for the recipient to see it… that is, if I can find a way to part with it.

Sheep To Shawl Contest… I really don’t have any news here, except that it’s getting closer and I really can’t wait.  Once again, if you, or someone you know, is on one of the teams that are competing in either the Sheep or Fleece To Shawl contests , and you’d like some FREE PRESS by agreeing to an interview, please leave a comment with some contact info and I’ll be in touch.  One team did leave a message about a month or so ago, but maybe they didn’t get my enthusiastic email because I never heard back from them… ?  Or maybe I scared them away… ?  Try me again, oh Mystery Team!


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Snow In October: Why Bad, Why Good? Discuss.

I can only think of one thing that’s more bizarre than snow before Halloween, and that’s trick or treating on a day other than Halloween.  But I digress…

Why is snow in October bad?  Because if it falls on the day that you planned on traveling an hour north to lovely Milton, PA to interview a Sheep To Shawl team whose members happen to be the reigning champions of the Farm Show contest for the past 3 or 4 years, it’s really, really, really disheartening when such freakish snow cancels your plans.  But… while I missed my chance to interview the entire team as they practiced for the Farm Show contest (insert expletive here), I may still get the chance to hang out with the team’s weaver, Libby Beiler, sometime in the near future.  A good time and a great interview will ensue… keep watching here for details.

Why is snow in October good?  Because if it cancels your plans to travel to Milton, PA, you can always…

… finish your Cable Detail Sweater 

That sleeve on the right side was completely re-knit... much better now. I'll be wearing it tomorrow... WOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!

… sew a button on your husband’s suit jacket

Not as exciting as the sweater, but my husband was simply thrilled with my handiwork.

… sew an ear back onto your daughter’s stuffed animal

Atta boy, good dog!

… re-gather your Gathered Mesh Polo (it mysteriously un-gathered recently)

These gathers should hold for awhile... I hope...

… clean your house in preparation for your 2nd round of trick or treating with friends, clip coupons, pay bills, do laundry, go through email, post pictures on Facebook, and… write a new post for your blog.

A somewhat disappointing weekend, yes, but also rather productive, wouldn’t you say?  Here’s hoping that your plans weren’t similarly affected… along with the electricity.


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A Brief Update.

  • Working furiously on re-knitting the sleeve of the Cable Detail Sweater.  Should be well on my way to re-joining the pieces and re-starting the yoke later today or tomorrow.
  • Entertaining my SIL (not the yarn store owner, my other one) this weekend as we await the big finale competition of the PA National Horse Show later this evening (PA… National?  So… is it PA, or is it National?  Or should it be “PA’s National…”?  Am I overthinking this?).  This SIL lives in Boston, attends grad school at Harvard and plays polo.  What can I say, I have interesting S’sIL.
  • Making plans to spend a whole day up at Mad About Ewes to interview Team Time Warp, who will be defending their championship title in the 2012 PA Farm Show Sheep To Shawl Contest in January.  I absolutely cannot wait to get up there – I’ve been meaning to visit for at least 2 years now, but my crazy schedule kept me away.  Many, many thanks to Libby Beiler and the rest of the team for allowing me to hang out with them.  Watch this blog for the interview!
  • Starting to put together some ideas on how to teach knitting to kids, without tantrums or frustration… for me or the kids.  I don’t know, it’s just something that’s been going through my head lately.
  • Still have to register for VKLive in NYC.  Hopefully this weekend.

I think that’s enough on the To-Do list for now.  Back to the sleeve…

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The 2012 PA Farm Show Website is UP!!!

Finally!!!  The post title says it all… I am SO excited!!!  Click here to go to the site.

And I was right… the Fleece and Sheep To Shawl contests will be on Wednesday, Jan. 11th.  Fleece To Shawl starts at 10:00 am, Sheep To Shawl starts at 3:00 pm, and both will be held in the Sale Arena.  If you can’t make it that day, don’t sweat it, your friendly neighborhood yarnyMarni will be carrying both events, plus the shawl auction afterwards, live via this very blog.  Take a look at my coverage of these events from 2009 and 2010, and you’ll get an idea of how I do this.  And this time, I’m going to try like mad to include some video footage.

I’ve had some questions from readers about how to enter handknits and quilts for judging.  I may have mentioned it before, but I’ve heard that for some of these categories, you have to win at the County level to be included in the Farm Show judging events.  But… I did find an entry form on the website for the Fashion Show.  Click here to check it out.

Now, if you know someone who’s entering F2S or S2S, send them my way, won’t you?  I’m looking for teams who would like to be interviewed before the big event (read, Free Press!  I’m giving you free press!).  Don’t worry, I won’t give away any team secrets or shawl designs.  I am a professional, you know.



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