Ahhh…Summertime! Warm weather, gardening, swimming in the local pond, and, best of all, County Fair Time!
Here in the Midwest, we take our County Fairs seriously! It’s 7 days of Fair Fish, checking out 4-H Projects, Hog Wrestling, Demo Derby, rides and games, and hearing local and some national celebrity musicians play at the outdoor auditorium! In our county, practically everybody attends so you spend most nights visiting with neighbors, friends, and relatives! The Fair Queen is usually someone I know (except now it’s someone I know’s granddaughter!) so you chat with her and her court.
County Fairs usually have an Open Class competition in which you can enter your knitting, crochet, garden vegetables, cake decorating, photography, quilts, etc. I love the Fair so of course I enter! Our Fair is held around the first of July so the month of June is when I check out my past year’s projects to determine which ones to enter. Most years, I get a blue ribbon but one year I won Grand Champion! Hooray! I’ve pictured here some Fair winning entries.
Do you enter your County Fair Open Class Exhibits? Tell me how you did!
I love to knit for babies! You can knit so many different cute things and they don’t complain about the colors, style, and/or pattern! I try to knit a few baby things to keep on hand for when I am asked to attend baby showers, as baby gifts, etc.
Yesterday, I attended a baby shower for my friend, Shea, and while I did not get a chance to take a picture, her gift was the ever-popular Baby Surprise Jacket. After the gift-opening time, several of the ladies rushed forward to get a glimpse of the jacket and asked me about the pattern. As of today, there are 15,311 Baby Surprise projects on Ravelry. Wouldn’t surprise me if there were a few more after this shower. It’s really a fun and easy knit!
I also enjoy knitting Kids’ Fruit Caps by Ann Norling. I have knitted quite a few of these and they are great gifts! One year, for the fall, I knitted Pumpkin Hats for all of the babies in my Sunday School Class!
I have even knitted a few baby blankets, but most of them were ‘way before Ravelry and so I don’t have pictures. But, I did start a new circular baby blanket yesterday after the shower. It’s more of a Christening Blanket/Shawl. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Since it’s 100% Merino Wool, it should block beautifully!
I probably will start some more fruit caps, as well. I have plenty of yarn in my stash!
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