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: