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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Not just any Fair... (and a contest)

The California State Fair baby!!!

The letter arrived in the mail today.

Third Place in Division 160 - Knitted, Class 3 - Any Other Knitted Item, and winner of the California Wool Growers Auxiliary Award:
The California Wool Growers Auxiliary will award a sheep skin pelt to the best entry fashioned in wool selected from the combination of the following Shows: Fiber Art Show and Wearing Apparel Show. (These shows compete for one award)

A Step Above socks .

Judge's comments:
What a fun pair of socks! Not sure how the entrelac will feel underfoot, but well done! Good job.

For the record, the entrelac doesn't feel bad on the sole of the foot. They're not as comfortable as st st sole socks, but I have no problem wearing them all day at work. And to think that I entered a wool item at Spinnity's suggestion just so I'd be in the running for the sheep skin pelt. lol (Thanks Spinnity!!)

Not to be outdone by a pair of socks, Juliet stepped up. (She's such a show off.)

First Place in Division 160 - Knitted, Class 2 - Knitted Wearing Apparel (Adult and Youth), and winner of the Camellia City Stockinettes Sacramento Knitting Guild Award:
The Camellia City Stockinettes Sacramento Knitting Guild will award $100 cash to the judges choice from any knitted entry.

Juliet Pullover .

Judge's comments:
Very nicely done. The attention to detail is wonderful. A simple design, well-executed. Congratulations!

I'm floating.

The Contest
To share my good fortune, I'm holding a contest and the winner will receive one hank of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in Fire on the Mountain.

Socks That Rock .

What should I do with the sheep skin pelt? Shear it? Use it as a rug? Post a comment on this post or send your suggestion to knitflix at gmail dot com by midnight (PT) August 4th. The funniest entry will win. One entry per person per email address please.

I will pick the entries that I think are the funniest and will enlist the help of other individuals to select the winner. I have some people in mind, but won't know who the judges will be until the entry deadline has passed because a person can't be a judge if they submitted an entry. And because the winner will be chosen based on how funny the suggestion is, the judging will be completely subjective. International entries are welcome.

So, what do you say? Road trip to Sacto? The California State Fair runs from August 17 to September 3.

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  • Awesome! Congrats. Our county fair is ramping up this week, maybe I need to look into the State fair too?

    By Blogger Chrisknits, at 7/17/2007 8:47 PM  

  • You rock! Congratulations.

    By Blogger Lauren, at 7/17/2007 9:07 PM  

  • Congratulations!! How fabulous!

    By Blogger B, at 7/17/2007 10:19 PM  

  • Congratulations, Janice! I can't say I'm surprised. :)

    By Blogger Abigail, at 7/17/2007 10:49 PM  

  • you could "remake" the sheep by sewing the skin into shape and then knitting the missing parts of the body. You could give it a funny face (a la Shaun the sheep and use it as a foot stool.
    Or donate the born-again sheep to a yarn store as window dressing.

    By Anonymous Anamaria, at 7/18/2007 5:41 AM  

  • Congrats again!

    I'm thinking you'd look good in a nice prehistoric Flintstone's style dress made of a sheep pelt.

    By Anonymous Kristi, at 7/18/2007 7:35 AM  

  • Wow! Congrats!!! Are you going to give us the pattern?

    AS for the competition, I'd suggest making a blanket or a throw out of the sheep skin pelt. Just cut up the pelt in squares and make holes around them. Then you knit different same sizes squares and attached them all randomly together.

    By Blogger Elemmaciltur, at 7/18/2007 9:04 AM  

  • Congratulations!
    As for the pelt, remember... anything can be a hat.
    A tuck here, a fold there, a few stylish feathers... Woola! A KnitFlix original! Sure to be the only one of it's kind.

    By Anonymous Kathleen C., at 7/18/2007 9:29 AM  

  • Congrats - those socks are gorgeous! As for the pelt - I say make a bikini.

    By Blogger Frenchy, at 7/18/2007 9:33 AM  

  • Those are some nifty looking socks.

    I think you should make a wolf costume for Halloween and go as a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    By Blogger Seanna Lea, at 7/18/2007 1:18 PM  

  • Congratulations!! Why hasn't anyone mentioned the possibility of youtubing Hannah the Sheep, vol. 2 with the pelt? (So weird, "pelt" reminds me of beavers, not sheep!)

    By Blogger aija, at 7/18/2007 1:21 PM  

  • Congratulations! I don't have any funny ideas for using a pelt. I have 2 that my parents brought back from New Zealand, though. They're rugs. And fabulous!

    By Blogger Kim, at 7/18/2007 4:40 PM  

  • I believe the wisest idea for use of the pelt would be to turn it into a disguise... you know. So that you can rob sheep of their wool before they know what you're doing! It would be so sneaky like.

    By Blogger pharmgirl147, at 7/18/2007 5:39 PM  

  • That is so awesome, congratulations Janice!!

    You know the only really viable use for that pelt is to make another sheep suit for Hannah!! ;)

    By Blogger Teenuh, at 7/18/2007 7:07 PM  

  • Congratulations! How wonderful! Unfortunately, I believe anamaria stole my idea out of my head before I could even think of it...

    By Blogger Octopus Knits, at 7/18/2007 7:29 PM  

  • Congratulations! That's wonderful!

    First thing I thought of for the sheepskin?


    For the hands, of course. Like this:

    ...or a rug.

    By Blogger Janelle, at 7/18/2007 8:41 PM  

  • Congrats. I wish I still lived in Sacramento and could go. socks are great, love the patterning and colors.

    By Blogger Jen C, at 7/18/2007 8:42 PM  

  • That is so great! They are both awesome, of course, and its no surprise to me that you won. Though I am suprised those socks only got the third best Any Other Knitted Item. What possibly could have outdone tree-dimensional entrelac, a freakin knitted tesseract??

    By Blogger Emily, at 7/18/2007 11:49 PM  

  • I would cut a hole in it, and wear it as a poncho!

    By Blogger Kim in Oregon, at 7/19/2007 7:51 AM  

  • Congratulations! I'm completely NOT surprised, but I'm happy for you and happy that the judges obviously have good sense.

    I love your prize, but damned if I can come up with anything clever right now. Maybe after more coffee...

    By Blogger no-blog-rachel, at 7/19/2007 8:07 AM  

  • Congrats!Gorgeous socks.I say it would make a rockin sheepskin covered guitar.It would be a one of a kind.Some rock star might pay alot of money...or some rockin knitster!

    By Blogger LaVerna, at 7/19/2007 9:15 AM  

  • Congrats, those are some great knit pieces.
    You should try to cover your car (if you have one) with the pelt, then you would have a sheepmobile .

    By Blogger nat, at 7/19/2007 9:49 AM  

  • I'd wander the countryside with my pelt and shears as the Trojan Sheep. Just sidle up to the flock and snip, snip, snip. Like the wolf in those great old cartoons. You'd never be short of yarn again!

    By Blogger Kitten With a Whiplash, at 7/19/2007 10:56 AM  

  • Both of those entries are fabulous! I couldn't help but think of those sheepskin steering wheel cover and seat cover for your car. Very stylish and and warm, right?

    By Blogger Connie, at 7/19/2007 4:24 PM  

  • What beautiful socks!

    As far as the sheepskin is concerned, you could hang it on the wall as decoration/conversation piece.

    You could squash it between two large pieces of glass and put it on a sturdy low base and use it as a coffee table.

    I understand sheepskin is very soft, so I suppose you could use it for just about anything - wallet, moccasins ... oh! There's an idea - turn it into feet for slippers. You'd get a bajillion of 'em out of one pelt. They'd last you forever!

    Mind you, if the thing belonged to me, I'd probably throw it over a chair to contemplate what I was going to do with it. It would end up being a never-sewn slipcover.

    Beautiful socks.

    By Blogger Whining Procrastinator, at 7/19/2007 9:05 PM  

  • You should make a "lamb" costume to go with Hannah's "ewe" costume.

    By Blogger Patti, at 7/20/2007 7:16 AM  

  • That is completely awesome, although I must admit I'm not surprised. That sweater is truly incredible!

    By Anonymous Jo, at 7/20/2007 10:11 AM  

  • I just knew Juliet was headed for greatness! Woot!

    Non-serious pelt suggestion? Knit Flix needs a mascot so craft that sucker into a little spinning/knitting felted animal named "Juliet" of course.

    Serious pelt suggestion? A comfy seat cover for your Prius.

    By Blogger Dusa, at 7/21/2007 10:44 AM  

  • You could stuff the pelt to re-create a sheep and keep it outside to lure any neighborhood moths and keep them the heck away from your stash? Focusing outdoor lighting on it would help even more!(Here mothie, mothie..)

    By Blogger no-blog-rachel, at 7/21/2007 11:29 AM  

  • Congrats!

    Here's my idea: use that sheepskin to launch a new photography business, "Cheeky Babies." It will be the perfect accessory for taking those naked baby pictures that haunt us when we reach adolescence.

    By Anonymous Sarah-Hope, at 7/22/2007 6:51 PM  

  • Congratulations, I would have expected nothing less from your talents. As for the sheepskin - forget the babies I think you need to find some hunk to pose on it ;} I'll be happy to help with the auditions.

    By Blogger HoJo, at 7/22/2007 8:41 PM  

  • Way to go, Janice! congrats on teh beautiful knitting and the awesome loot.

    As for the pelt -- I think the photo suggestions are trending in the right direction - I bet you could stuff the pelt into the light box and use it as the background for every future Knitflix photo.

    By Blogger spinnity, at 7/23/2007 12:59 AM  

  • Do you have a bicycle? You can cover it with your sheep skin pelt. So your bicycle doesn't freeze when you cycle on cold morning...

    By Anonymous jaanaL, at 7/24/2007 12:16 AM  

  • Wow, how awesome is that?! Congratulations! I have to say, that I'm not at all surprised. We all knew you'd win first place with Juliet. She's pretty darn classy! And the socks...? What a nice surprise, didn't know you were entering them. That Mary is a pretty smart gal, eh?

    ...not sure about the sheep pelt, hmmm.

    By Blogger theknitist, at 7/24/2007 6:01 AM  

  • I mailed you my suggestion - it was pretty long. I hope that's acceptable way to enter since I really want to win!

    By Blogger Elaine, at 7/27/2007 6:48 AM  

  • score! way to go. I second the poncho suggestion. Definitely a bold fashion move. Alternatively, a nice wall hanging for your entryway.

    By Blogger Juls, at 7/27/2007 4:51 PM  

  • I'm just wondering whether you've selected the winner yet? Enquiring minds want to know!! And right now I need to laugh too!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/08/2007 3:41 PM  

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