Fair fun!

Well I had a great fair this year! 

We demonstrated Handspinning and Knitting on Sunday.

This is last years pic as I forgot my camera. Gwen was ill and couldn't come and it was nice and warm, so no sweaters. Otherwise everything is the same ;0)

This is last years pic as I forgot my camera. Gwen was ill and couldn’t come and it was nice and warm, so no sweaters. Otherwise everything is just the same ;0)

5 -1st prizes 

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 4 -2nd, 2 -3rd, 1- 4th, 3 honorable mentions 

I didn't include the non-winners in this photo

I didn’t include the non-winners in this photo

1st – Dress socks 

Special feature: Simple texture design goes down the back of the heel.

Special feature: Simple texture design goes down the back of the heel.

1st Hat 

Andy Cap

Andy Cap

1st Mittens 

Front and back

Front and back

1st Boot Cuffs (other knitted)

Really pleased with these!

Really pleased with these!

1st Handspun skein 

Handpainted superwash Lambswool "Mixed Gladioli" from Alchemy Fibre Designs

Handpainted superwash Lambswool “Mixed Gladioli” from Alchemy Fibre Designs

2nd – Glass sweatsuit 

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3rd – Shawl 

Glam shell Shawl

Glam shell Shawl

3rd – Socks work 

Toddler Tootsies

Toddler Tootsies

2nd – Handcrafted jewellry 

Bracelet

Bracelet

2nd – Artical Handspun 

100% wool

100% wool

And I won a $30.00 gift certificate from my LYS, for most points!

All in all lots of fun!

And the Funniest blog post of the week! Lol 

WIP List = 9 (doing a little list trimming)

  1. My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks 
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  9. Simplicity Lace Scarf 

FO’s 2014 = 34

WIPS 2014 = 9

 Stash Used 2014 = 60

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 = 313 yds

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 23

Thanks again, cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

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Getting ready for the Local Country fair

It’s that time of year again! It always sneaks up on me. 

The Orono fair is a local tradition. I have been entering for more than 20yrs.  This is an awesome little country fair that has not changed much. Everthing from pies, and handcrafts (including Handspinning) to Goats, Cows, and Sheep. There is also a midway for the kids.  

Here is the Events Schedule 

This year I am entering 14 items, (handed in today) 

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Socks Dress – Anniversary clog socks

Socks Work – Baby socks

Shawl/wrap/shrug – Glam shell shawl

Scarf – Buttermere shawlette

Cowl – Warm Collar 

Cardigan Adult – Iced Cardigan

Headgear – Andy Cap

Mittens – Northman Mittens

Any other knit garment – Boot Cuffs

Small novelty item suitable for Bazaar – Glass sweatsuit 

Something new from something used – Headband

Handspun Skein – Superwash merino 

Handpainted superwash Lambswool "Mixed Gladioli" from Alchemy Fibre Designs

Handpainted superwash Lambswool “Mixed Gladioli” from Alchemy Fibre Designs 213yds lace weight

Handcrafted Jewellry – Bracelet

Artical created from Handspun – Piles of Smiles cowl 

100% wool

100% wool – 100 yds

Will provide most pictures when things come home :0)

WIP List = 9 (doing a little list trimming)

  1. My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks 
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  9. Simplicity Lace Scarf  
  10. Head Band for fairfinished
  11. Piles of smiles Cowl for fair – finished
  12. Linus scarf – Frogged, (decided I didn’t like it)
  13. Little Varya Started July 29/14 child too big for this sweater Frogged
  14. Shazzas Bucket Hat for my June Kal group -frogged (decided I didn’t like it)

FO’s 2014 =32 + 2 = 34

WIPS 2014 = 12 – 3 = 9

 Stash Used 2014 = 57 + 3 = 60

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 = 313 yds

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 21 + 2 = 23

Thanks again, cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

FO Friday: Fair Results… 2013

 

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Orono Ontario Agricultural Fair this weekend!

This will make 22 years that I have competed in the  Cultural Expressions class (Knitting, Sewing, etc) I was a bit surprised when DH pointed this out to me. I have won a few ribbons over this time. I have been thinking of sewing them into a blanket. Maybe enter it in #81 – Something new and useful from something old… Maybe not ;0)

What I have learned over the years participating in the fair.

– People can be trusted with your precious handmade stuff. I have never lost anything.

– The best item doesn’t always win. Occasionally something splendid is not understood or appreciated by the Judges.

– Judges don’t do nuance, If an item needs explanation to truly appreciate it e.g. special fibre or technique, don’t enter it!

– Colour rules, not texture, and rarely complexity

– If an item is 3 dimensional i.e. a tea cosy, put a teapot in it. (I have won so many ribbons following this dictum). Note the Barbie in the Barbie Dress, simple I know, but you would be amazed how many people don’t…

– Before handing anything in double check for loose threads, and undarned ends.

– Take your own coiless safety pins, and a hole punch. The volunteer pinning the tag on the alpaca/silk lace weight shawl that you spent all summer knitting, is probably not at knitter and has no concept how much damage that straight pin and heavy tag can do in a weekend.

– Once you have handed in your entries, go home put up your feet and relax.

I can tell you after all these years I have stage fright every time. I stress out, and can’t sleep and I make DH & DS go look to see how I did.

Why, do it you ask? Well my Grandmother, my Mother, my Aunt, and a long line of women before them in my family have entered local country fairs in the past and I am carrying on the tradition. Handmade / Handcrafted needs to continue, people need to see it as a part of our heritage and a fair without baking, quilts and handmade stuff just isn’t a fair anymore. That’s why I do it!

Here is the Box and the Bag.

Packed and ready to go.

Packed and ready to go.

Handed in Thursday morning, went in for results in the evening.

The Competition was really stiff this year!  17 Entries – 9 winners

(5) 1st, (2) 2nd, (0) 3rd, (2) 4th,  (1) show special

Total Prizes $ 31.50

Last year

We are Demonstrating Hand spinning, Knitting, and other fibre crafts at the fair on Sunday. We’re in the Ag barn, come see us. More pics and story on Wednesday.

Next week I plan to knock something off the WIP list.

Current WIP List (11)

  1. Foots first Socks – my design  45% done started July/13
  2. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  3. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  ( 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  5. Beryl Blanket – Long term project (67 + 3 = 70 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  6. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  7. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  9. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  10. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  11.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  12. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  14. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  15. Easy Peasy Shawl – Done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13
  16. All about love shawlette   Done Started Aug 3/13 – finished August 17/13

FO’s 2013 =   88 + 1 =  89

  97 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 11

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 74 + 2 = 76

Sewing FO’s = 3

Books 2013 = 26 + 1 = 27

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

WIP Weds: Tomorrow’s the day!

tami_wip

Tomorrow morning at 10:00 am the Judging begins, the stress begins!

The Handspun Article  is done!

60" x 9"  30% Seacell / 70% Superwash Merino 2ply fingering, 16wpi, 172yds, 35gms

60″ x 9″
30% Seacell / 70% Superwash Merino
2ply fingering, 16wpi, 172yds, 35gms

Doll dress, with Underwear and a Hat 

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Not the best pic of the hat

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and undies

These were a little fiddly but fit well.

These were a little fiddly but fit well.

I made up this post on Tuesday night, I have till Thursday morning to finish these.

Working on mittens,

Mitten #1

Mitten #1 – classic 2 needle option, done on a circ

Baby Blanket if I have time I’ll finish this.

Have about 7" more to knit. Not sure it's going to the fair this year.

Have about 7″ more to knit. Not sure it’s going to the fair this year.

My 18 Entries: class 56

Wish me luck!

The Scrap Jar as of August 31,2013

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Current WIP List (11)

  1. Foots first Socks – my design  45% done started July/13
  2. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  3. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  ( 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  5. Beryl Blanket – Long term project (67 + 3 = 70 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  6. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  7. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  9. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  10. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  11.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  12. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  14. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  15. Easy Peasy Shawl – Done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13
  16. All about love shawlette   Done Started Aug 3/13 – finished August 17/13

FO’s 2013 =  84 + 4 = 88

  97 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 11

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 =  71 + 3 = 74

Sewing FO’s = 3

Books 2013 = 25 + 1 = 26

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

WIP Weds: The rush to get ready!

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Well the fair is coming and I am doing the near impossible. I am doing a little plan and a little fair entry.  Let the fun begin!

Friday

Isla lace Pillowcase edge 

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Saturday

Finished The Tiny Tea Cosy for the fair

2" x 2 1/2"

2″ x 2 1/2″ my own design

Box of Boxes Blanket (1)

One square

One square

Sunday

Hand dyed Blue/Black/Grey/White Merino

Hand dyed Blue/Black/Grey/White Merino

Monday

Superwash white/pink/green/blue purple with sparkle

Superwash white/pink/green/blue purple with sparkle

Tuesday

An off day spent in bed reading

Side projects for the fair deadline September 5th:

Doll dress, mittens, handspun, handspun article.

My 17 Entries: class 56

Wish me luck!

Current WIP List (11)

  1. Foots first Socks – my design  45% done started July/13
  2. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  3. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  ( 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  5. Beryl Blanket – Long term project (67 + 3 = 70 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  6. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  7. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  9. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  10. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  11.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  12. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  14. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  15. Easy Peasy Shawl – Done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13
  16. All about love shawlette   Done Started Aug 3/13 – finished August 17/13

FO’s 2013 = 81

 96 + 1 = 97 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 11

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 =  71

Sewing FO’s = 3

Books 2013 = 24 + 1 = 25

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

FO Friday: Fair results… 2012!

Busy, busy :0)

My nephew is recovering nicely from surgery one. Thank everyone that sent their best wishes.

Tomorrow is the Kitchener / Waterloo Knitters fair. I’ll tell you all about my weekend next week.

So here goes, 17 entries this year

Tea Cosy – Purple tea cosy of sex – 3rd

Shawl – Afternoon tea Shawl – 4th

scarf – Wingspan with Beads – 4th

Cowl – Horseshoe Cowl – 3rd

Cardigan Childs – Puerperium cardigan –

Headgear – Because of love beret -2nd

mitts – Arc mitts –

Any other knit garment not listed – Barley Corn Newborn Cuddle Cocoon –

Socks – Sue’s Boxes with a twist socks -4th

Christmas stocking – Christmas Sock – 1st

decorated hat – Easter hat – 2nd

child’s stuffed toy –  Pookies – 4th

small novelty item for Bazaar – Untangled #8 –

handspun skein – 2ply seawool – 2nd

handcrafted jewellery – Anglican Rosary – 1st

small christmas tree decoration – Christmas Ball –

handspun article – 100% Superwash Merino Claret Cowl – 2nd

(2) 1st, (3) 2nd, (2) 3rd, (4) 4th, (1) 2nd show special

Total Prizes $32.00

Last year

Well off to the Kitchener/Waterloo Knitters Fair on Saturday

then

Demonstrating Handspinning and Knitting at the Fair on Sunday.

I tell you all about it on Wednesday :0)

Current WIPS

FO’s 2012 =  53 + 1 = 54

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 5 – 1 = 4

Stash used 2012 = 65 + 1 =66

Stash Purchased 2012 = 79

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books =  25

Take Care and cya next week

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

For links to my blogwalk come join me in the blogpond :0)

Wip Weds: Just about ready to hand in Fair entries!

Life is getting a little busy this week!

Looking for prayers today, my nephew in Wisconsin is going in for surgery. His knee was badly damaged in a football game this week. Doctor is going place screws through the right side of his knee, across the two broken pieces and up from the right side into the top of the bone.  In six weeks or so these screws will be removed and the ACL  will be sown back together.  After that it’s physiotherapy for four or five months to get everything working again.  Surgery is at 2:30pm.  When offered Wed or Thur for the surgery my nephew chose Wed so he could go to the game on Friday against Osseo.

 Tonight is the first “Knittin nite” at my favourite LYS, yay. I have missed this group over the summer. On Thursday get my entries ready and handed in at the fair grounds between 8-10am. DS goes back to start his 4th year of University. On Friday I have physiotherapy in the morning, lunch with my MiL and giving a knitting lesson at 2:30pm, then to Fair to see the entry results. Saturday off to the Kitchener / Waterloo Knitters fair. This is the only knitting event that my guys take me to. My DH, and DS take turns driving me around the enormous halls full of fibre! Then we go to lunch on the way home. Sunday I will be spinning all day in the Bunny Barn at the Fair with the “Durham Handspinning Guild”. Hope to see ya there :0)

The Jar – I haven’t decided if spinning fibre scraps are Jar worthy.

The Jar Sept 2012

Handspun Artical is complete

and Tea Cosy is well on the way.

My unfortunately named Tea Cosy

This year I have a long list of entries. (items with an * are in production)

  1. Tea Cosy *
  2. Shawl – Afternoon Tea shawl
  3. scarf – wingspan with beads
  4. Cowl – horseshoe cowl
  5. Cardigan Childs – Autumn cardigan
  6. Headgear – Because of love beret
  7. mitts – Arc mitts
  8. Any other knit garment not listed – Barley Corn Newborn Cuddle Cocoon
  9. Socks – Sue’s Boxes with a twist socks
  10. Christmas stocking – Christmas Sock
  11. decorated hat – Easter hat
  12. child’s stuffed toy –  Pookies
  13. small novelty item for Bazaar – Untangled #5
  14. handspun skein – 2ply seawool
  15. handcrafted jewellery – Rosary
  16. small christmas tree decoration – Christmas Balls
  17. handspun article – 100% Superwash Merino Claret Cowl

Current WIPS

FO’s 2012 =  52 + 1 = 53

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 6 – 1 = 5

Stash used 2012 = 64 + 1 = 65

Stash Purchased 2012 = 79

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books =  25

Take Care and cya next week

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

For links to my blogwalk come join me in the blogpond :0)

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