7 Small Shawls: T - 218 days and counting down.
It was a crazy day! The boys showed their rabbits at the fair this morning and did well! The garden barrel auction was this evening, and the concept #1 Son created - a gourmet pizza barrel - was the top earner for the kids' barrels. It was a great lesson in critical acclaim versus actual popularity. The barrel - with a centerpiece of a lovely olive tree, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, peppers and a gift basket with Chianti salami and other delicious tidbits - placed third behind two other barrels. We thought they were nice, but not as original or as substantial (maybe we were a little biased - but just a little). The boys had to endure the snide comments of a volunteer judge yesterday who said easily overheard things like "there are smoked oysters in the gift basket, and I hate smoked oysters. Give them a 4 instead of a 5 for creativity." They were feeling pretty low. But this evening at the auction, the barrel was so well received that you could see them glowing! The rabbit judges this morning were another thing altogether, lest you think this is the norm. They were kind, thoughtful and thorough. Just what judges should be, and what we have come to expect at this little fair. A thoroughly good experience, with tons to learn if one had a mind to do so. The auction this evening was another great experience, with the community coming out to bid on garden barrels and desserts to help the kids' scholarship funds. I won a cake. :) Pics soon! Before moving on, I wanted to thank you all for your great comments on my shawl! You have me walking on air. :) I was actually able to knit on shawl #2 today, but there are no progress pics, I'm sorry to say. To atone for this sad lack of eye candy, I will answer questions and have a little contest!
scifiknitter asked: "Are you going to try to include a design or two that will work well with the more raucous hand-painted yarns?" Yes! I will try to include at least one. :) I know there are tons of you with variegated sock yarns in stash!
Adrienne said: "That green yarn is going to haunt me. What is it? I think I'd give a kidney for that color!" It's a "mistake" by Karen at Royale Hare. Isn't it incredible? I am obsessed by it! I am working on her to make more of it soon.
Several people have asked me if the new shawl I'm working on is part of the 7 Small Shawls eBook. Yes!!! You betcha. :) So down to the contest. For which sister (of the Pleiades) do you think the new shawl should be named? Leave a blog comment for me by midnight PST on Tuesday, June 1st and be entered to win a nickel swirl shawl pin (below - or copper if you prefer)! Name to be drawn randomly. Last, but definitely not least, look what came in the mail today! I had been talking with Kathy at WEBS about her yarns, and she sent me a giant box to swatch!
It was completely jam packed full of yarn, including my favorite: this alpaca/silk lace weight. Yowza.
And yes, I know. Another pink yarn on my blog! But can I just say that I have nothing against hot pink? In fact, I quite like it. The hotter, the better. This picture does not in the least do justice to its hotness.
Well, back to the fair tomorrow, but I'm going to take a few hours off to go to my knitting group so they too can fondle all of my
goodies yarn. Have a great weekend!
Labels: 7 Small Shawls, contest, kids