Thursday, August 25, 2011

MO Fair 2011

After the ecstatic wins, we sped through the rest of the fair. Well, we lingered in the home ec section for a while.
yarn
Handspun yarn. How is it possible there are so many categories?!?  There are at least 10 blue ribbons there! In knitting, there are only 5 categories (shawl/stole, sweater, foot, accessory, household).

socks

All of these socks were amazing.

handdied-shawl
This hand-spun and hand-died (not my spelling, seriously) and hand-knitted stole competed in a separate, hand-everything, category from my shawl. It looks super soft but we weren't allowed to touch.

Kudos to all of the Missouri knitters who competed this year!

felted-hat
Felting is something I don't really understand.

felted-sculpture
If you're thinking, holy f*ing shite what is that thing, you are not alone. It is, according to the tag, a "felted sculpture." It is a sort of 3-dimensional, hairy, rodent-y Guernica.

doily
The crochet lace section proved much more appealing. This amazing tri-color doily didn't even get a ribbon!

jams
The juniors' jam session. Heh.

weaving

Men have a monopoly on weaving at the MO fair, for some reason.

smocked-dress

As in every year, sewing takes top prizes. This is an astonishing smocked dress.

patchwork-quilt

A lovely patchwork quilt in old-fashioned fabrics with wee flowers.

cat-quilt

I want this quilt! Are you the quilter of this quilt? If so, I will pay you big moneys for this! My halloween decorations will be set for life!

bestinshow

Best in Show went to a quilt this year. Far away, it looks like a regular quilt.

bestinshow-detail

Close up, you can see the unbelivable hand-stitching and detailed quilting, done in color matching the underlying quilt pieces. The curlicue shapes look like they are filled with extra padding too.

bestinshow-back

This is the view from the back. The back is plain blue fabric, but the super-neat quilting stitches from the front recreates the ornate pattern on the back. We all applauded for the very talented quilter who made this quilt!

After the home ec, we continued to the rest of the fair. Since it was the last day, most of the animals and such were gone. The only non-human animals we saw were these sweet bunnies!
bunny1

bunny3

bunny4

bunny2

They look sad in their cages, but actually people can take them out and snuggle with them, and the bunnies will sit contentedly, thumping their little tails.

We looked high and low for the angora bunnies.
bunny-angora

Yikes. Here is one, cute and poofy. Holy mole that is a lot of hair.

The other usual stops at the fair include the fine arts and flowers.
art

This was the only fine art that I took a picture of. Very clever, and deserving of the rainbow-colored ribbon, I think.

flower2

flower1

By the last day of the fair, the flower competition/show is well past the high-stakes roses, leaving room for the dahlias (I think, they might be something different).

painted-squash

Also, an intricately painted ginormous squash.

choc-orchids

And chocolate scented orchids.

A rose is a rose is a rose, but this is all 100% awesomeness!

roads

We drove away, got lost, and ended up driving down some picturesque farm roads. Missouri has lettered roads/highways, but they are not in alphabetical order.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Winning

sign

Another August, another field trip to the Missouri State Fair.

food

After a delicious and nutritious meal, we made a beeline for the home ec building.

silvana-vest

Look! Ribbons! Hooray hooray!! Silvana won in the sweater category, with this beautiful fair isle Ivy League Vest.

We couldn't find my Peacock Shawl for a while, then DH spotted it in a totally different display case.
peacock

Yay yay yay! A blue ribbon for the shawl category and a purple rosette for "best in knitting" division!!

wall-of-winners

I am super excited! And grimy from the long ride. But more excited! Here I am excitedly gesturing at my name on the "Wall of Winners!" Unfortunately my body/arm is not quite winningly long enough; I am pointing about a foot below my actual name. No matter, it's such an awesome idea, a giant sign saying "wall of winners"--everyone should do this at home!

So that's 2 for 2 for our knitting group! I'll let the good news soak in for a day or two, then share the rest of the many pictures from the fair next time.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hullo hullo? Anybody?

Hi everyone! I wish I could say the 3-week hiatus was due to a fabulous vacation, but really, I've been frantically and barely treading water with work work work. The new version of the kangaroos did not make it to the Missouri state fair because I ran out of yarn and got sick...Jill remains dismembered and unfinished, but minty Joey is all ready to go!
kangaroo_green

They will go to the fair next year. This year, the Peacock Shawl went alone to the fair. I too am going to the fair this weekend, and will find out if I won anything--the prize money is BIG this year, like six dollars for the grand-poobah-of-home-ec-super-blue-ribbon. So I'll be back soon with more pictures from the roadtrip, and hopefully, a bit more knitting mojo!