Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Caturday Report!

 Hello Effurykitty & Effurybody!

It's the Caturday Report - a day late as usual - I keep telling Mummy that beans and kitties expect the Caturday Report to come out on Caturday - but she said she was busy and this was a good as you were going to get.

The big news this week was THE FAIR! 

 Mummy and The Shepherd entered some things in the NW Washington Fair, which happened last week in Lynden WA.  It was a beautiful week for the fair, in that it didn't rain, but boy was it hot.  Mummy & The Shepherd went out on Wednesday so she could do her "civic duty" and spin in public in the wool barn. It was so hot, that Mummy said she was almost as roasted as the yummy BBQ Roasted beef sandwich with baked beans that she had for dinner. 

She had also entered a couple of things in the Wool Show.  All items in the Wool Show must be made from handspun yarn and then hand crafted.

She took out the fingerless gloves that she made for her nephew Jason. 




 Here is the note that she put with the gloves: 


Class B – Items made from Handspun yarn
Lot 22 – Men’s gloves – (fingerless) 
I spun this yarn from a bump of plain red merino roving, but I knew I was going to use it to crochet these fingerless gloves for my nephew,  He is football coach for a small High school in Eastern WA, and their team colors are red and black.  While I was spinning the yarn, I added bits of black and white roving here and there to give the yarn a little bit of added zip!  I made the cuffs extra long to fit under his jacket.  Go Broncos!  





 
  
The other thing that she took out was a scarf that she just made.  She said that she hated the color of the yarn, but really liked how it worked out for the scarf because of the striping.  The scarf is right below the green and black sweaters.  The pattern is called "Mosaic's Scarf's Little Sister"  It was really fun to make. 

She got BLUE ribbons on both items. 






Here is a closer picture of the scarf that she took today after The Shepherd brought it home from the fair.  She got points taken off because, as you can see, the corner of the scarf curls up.  That's because she didn't block it.  That's because she didn't decide until 10:00 the night before things needed to be out at the fairground that she was even going to take anything out.  Pure dumb luck to get the blue ribbon, - well, actually, the yarn was well spun, and the crocheting on the scarf was very well done.  She thought she would get a red ribbon on the fingerless gloves because the seam was not straight, which the judge did comment on.  But again, she knew her yarn was well constructed  and the crocheting was very even.  

Here is the story that she put with the scarf:


Class B Items made from handspun yarn
Lot 21 – scarf
The fiber that this yarn is from was part of a “roving of the month” Christmas present from my sisters.  I love the soft cushy feel of Corriedale fiber and thought the yarn it made would be perfect to use for this little mosaic scarf for my co-workers to wear around the office this next winter (it gets REALLY cold in our office – last year I made them all fingerless gloves)   It is just the right length so it will not get caught in the shredder and it has so many colors that it will go with almost any outfit they might be wearing and keep them warm and toasty to boot.   The Judges liked her stories too. 



This is Rita's fleece - it got a blue ribbon too. 




 

As you can see, it has very nice crimp in the fleece.  Sorry, this fleece was sold last spring at the Wonderful Woollies sale - but if you are interested, I'm sure that The Shepherd would take your name for next year. 

The Shepherd took out two fleeces, but the Wool Barn lady would only let him enter on under his name, so he entered the other one under Mummy's name.  She got a Blue Ribbon too! 

They were beat out for best of show by a Romney ram's fleece owned by Mummy's friend Janet.  Oh, well, we beat her out last year. 


This is Eva's fleece - Mummy said it is so different from Rita's - soft and buttery, and hardly any crimp.  This one was sold last spring too - the ladies who bought them were nice enough to let The Shepherd take them to Black Sheep and to our Fair. 

Well, that's all I have to tell you for now.  Effuryone have a GREAT WEEK!!! 


XOX  Your Roving Reporter, Gracie

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8 comments:

Katnip Lounge said...

Oh MY! Mommy is going to be getting a real piece of Art! Your Mom does beautiful work. Do you ever get to sleep on the fleece?

Tammy said...

Beautiful work Tina! Congrats on all the blues. The fleeces are gorgeous too, and I love the variety within the Shetlands that can produce two very different fleeces that are both wonderfully soft. The pictures make me want to sink my fingers into both fleeces.
Tammy

Michelle said...

Good work in supporting your local fair and well done on all the blue ribbons!!!

Knatolee said...

Wow, so many blue ribbons! Fabulous! At our fairs, blue ribbons are for second place, red is for first. Odd, isn't it? I always think of blue as first place!

Beautiful fleecy wonders!

schoonoverfarm said...

Congratulations on all the blue ribbons- well deserved!

Tina T-P said...

Thanks everyone and Welcome Knatolee! Glad to have you stop by!! T.

Kathy said...

I am so proud of your mum, Gracie! I know how hard so works with her woolfurs.
Our mum is getting lots of strings on the big wooden things she sits at, but she sex it's getting cool enuf to use those things that go round and round to make strings. Bridget Moochie really likes them.

L'il Rascal
In Airy Zona

Kathy said...

I am so proud of your mum, Gracie! I know how hard so works with her woolfurs.
Our mum is getting lots of strings on the big wooden things she sits at, but she sex it's getting cool enuf to use those things that go round and round to make strings. Bridget Moochie really likes them.

L'il Rascal
In Airy Zona