First of all, my son Clif came home from the last day of school with a blue ribbon. Who’s giving out blue ribbons to preschoolers? What would Dr. Montessori say about that? Rudolf Steiner is rolling in his eurhythmic grave.
The thing is, Clif won’t tell me what it’s for. “I’m not saying,” is all he says.
All you State Fair Knitters out there, I hope you’re figuring out what to enter in your state fair. The Tennessee State Fair has its 94-page catalog posted in PDF form here, so you can figure out what you want to make. And you can decide whether to enter the Biscuit Competition.
The Knitting categories are: afghan, sweater, holiday sweater, children’s sweater, knitted accessory, suit or dress, poncho, first garment, jacket or coat, household item, cable sweater, socks, and “professional.” Personally, I feel that anybody knitting a suit should get a blue ribbon for chutzpah. And the “first garment” category leaves it wide open for all the new knitters who are finishing those first projects.
Infant/Toddler/Children Knitting categories: afghan, “sacque, cap and booties” (how’s the sacque knitting going these days, y’all?), mittens, sweater or garment, “multicolored.”
Let me know how it’s going, and I’ll share your links and updates. Email me or leave a comment.
For all you international types who have always meant to enter the Tennessee State Fair, I’ll be glad to enter your beautimous handiwork for you. I’ll even spot you the $2 entry fee as a gesture of international good will. We already have the tragically blogless Brit Sarah W. working on a fabulous Butterfly (the foxy camisole on the cover of the current Rowan 37). And our man in Denmark, Thomas. Well, he’s off to the races with a lace shawl that is downright epic. A worldwide lace-off looks to be in the works.
My State Fair Knitting?
I don’t think I’ve ever been in such a whiz: the perfection of the unmade project is so delicious that I may never actually knit anything else. I’ll become a conceptual knitter, like those conceptual architects who just sit around and think about their never-to-be-built buildings.
I’m going to need a lot of advice, so please jump in with your thoughts. My goal is to make something unique, slightly complicated, and state fair worthy. I know–I could enter a Butter Cow, but melty was not one of my criteria.
So many decisions:
1. Yarn. I decided to use stash if at all possible, in keeping with the State Fair’s implicit respect for frugality and making do with what you have. I thought about the yarn I love most, and the yarn I’ve used least, and they happen to be the same thing: Shetland wool. The yarn of kings! OK, The Yarn of Crofters in the Outer Hebrides! It comes in more shades than any other yarn I know. I have a wad of it.
2. The category. I’m aiming for the Infant/Toddler/Children’s category, seeing as how I want to actually finish this thing on time. It’s looking like the category “multicolor” is for me, what with all the Shetland yarns around here.
3. The project. The workshop with Sasha Kagan got me thinking about woodland things, and a weekend in the mountains got me thinking about the incredible ferns coming up in the woods, and so I’ve found myself imagining a small coat that says “that child looks exactly like a forest on the Cumberland plateau.”
4. The name. Anybody who’s read Charlotte’s Web can see where this is headed. We’ll call this little coat Fern in honor of the heroine of the E. B. White book.
Next time I’ll show you the swatch I’ve made.