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Friday, June 23, 2017

Ready, Set, Knit!

An amazing thing happened last week--I was interviewed by Kathy Elkins on the Ready, Set, Knit podcast!

How did this happen? When I received the state fair results, I dropped Kathy a line to let her know that both pieces were done in the WEBS brand, Valley Yarns. That's when she asked if I could come on the podcast. Eek. Scary. I was excited, flattered, and apprehensive. But I could do it, I could talk about knitting, right?

Lady's Circular Cape in shell pattern, Victorian Lace Today, Jane Sowerby
2017 1st Place & Best in Division
Project Details on Ravelry


Must Have Cardigan
2017 4th Place
Project Details on Ravelry


We agreed on a date and then I did some homework--on myself. That might sound strange, but I've been sending entries to Sacramento for years and I've been knitting since I was quite young. There are over 200 projects on my Ravelry page so I thought it would be best if I reviewed my knitting history.

I rediscovered the other Valley Yarns projects that placed at the fair in 2014:

  • Mixed Tide Shawl - original design

    Mixed Tide shawl
    Project Details on Ravelry
    Honorable Mention, Division: Knitting,
    Class: Knitted Wearing Apparel

    Judge's Comments: Good color choice for a "tide" pattern. Better blocking would "show off" pattern more clearly. Well done for a challenging technique.


  • Crackle Sac

    Crackle Sac
    Project Details on Ravelry
    2nd Place, Division: Other Fiber Art,
    Class: Any Other Fiber Art

    Workmanship: 20
    Level of Difficulty: 19
    Design: 19
    Appropriate Pattern or Technique: 19
    Creative use of materials or fabric: 18
    Judge's Comments: Very good job! Weaving, making bag, matching pattern on seams! Well done.


  • When recording day came, I found a quiet spot in the house with the best cell reception, which can be iffy at best. Thankfully the phone showed 2 bars that morning. The call from Kathy came, she reviewed the process, and then I listened to her and Steve talk for a few minutes before my segment. I want to say that I waited patiently, but "patiently" doesn't describe the mass of butterflies that I swallowed with my morning coffee. Maybe I shouldn't have had so much caffeine, huh? Ya think?

    Then it was my turn. [Deep breath] I did my best to slow down, listen, and think about what I was going to say before words started spewing forth. I was super nervous, but Kathy was a champ and guided me through the interview like the pro she is. Now when I listen to the podcast, I wish I didn't say "um" so many times. I wasn't even aware of it. Oh and there was the slip when I said I started the shawl in 2006 instead of 2016. Thankfully Kathy corrected that. Nerves. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with the end product.

    I still can't believe that I was a guest on RSK!

    Here's a link to the web site where you can hear "Ready, Set, Knit! Show 491: Kathy Talks With Janice Kang"

    Ready, Set, Knit! Show 491: Kathy Talks With Janice Kang

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    HMF

    It's Hand Made Friday! What hand made pieces are you wearing today?

    I'm wearing a Beadlemania stamped cuff. #believe #love #unite

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    Friday, June 16, 2017

    HMF

    It's Hand Made Friday! What hand made pieces are you wearing today?

    I'm wearing a Beadlemania original copper bangle next to my fitness tracker. I'd be happy to make a bangle for you.

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    Friday, June 09, 2017

    HKF

    It's Hand Knit Friday! What hand knits are you wearing today?

    I'm working from home in comfort.


    Felt Clogs
    Project details on Ravelry

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    Saturday, June 03, 2017

    State Fair Results

    Happy Dance!

    The Lady's Circular Cape in Shell Pattern got 1st Place and Best of Division!! The division is "Knitting", so yeah, it was judged best of all knitted things. :D

    Lady's Circular Cape in shell pattern, Victorian Lace Today, Jane Sowerby

    Judges comments:
    Wow! This is a beautiful shawl, and knitted beautifully. Well done.

    Lady's Circular Cape in shell pattern, Victorian Lace Today, Jane Sowerby

    You might remember the story about this project, it's the one where I played yarn-chicken and won.

    Lady's Circular Cape in shell pattern, Victorian Lace Today, Jane Sowerby

    Here it is modeled by Diana and styled by Rick at this year's Stitches West. The yarn is Valley Yarns Colrain Lace from WEBS.

    Lady's Circular Cape in shell pattern, Victorian Lace Today, Jane Sowerby

    The Must Have Cardigan got 4th place, so it will be shown as well. Hey, it's in Valley Yarns Northampton from WEBS. How about that?

    Judges comments:
    Beautiful soft sweater. Perfect ribbing - nice touch with different buttons.

    Must Have Cardigan

    They'll be on display next month.

    July 14-30
    California State Fair
    1600 Exposition Blvd
    Sacramento, CA 95815

    I'M BACK, BABY!!

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    Friday, June 02, 2017

    HKF

    It's Hand Knit Friday. What hand knits are you wearing today?

    I'm wearing Manoa. Happy Friday!

    Manoa sock pattern

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    Friday, May 26, 2017

    HMF

    29 degrees C calls for another Hand Made Friday. What hand made beauties are you wearing today?

    I'm wearing earrings made by Rolf Schrade and a beaded bracelet.

    HMF

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    Friday, May 19, 2017

    HMF

    It's Hand Made Friday. What hand made beauties are you wearing today?

    I'm traveling where the weather is in the low 80's, so I'm wearing hand made earrings. Stamped and domed, these Sacred Heart Earrings are accented with jade.

    Sacred Heart Earrings
    Beadlemania

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