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August 30, 2008

From Susan — Fair Well

Filed under: Back Story,Lyra by Niebling — lv2knit @ 10:55 pm

The state fair is winding down and I had yet to visit with hubby, so we went yesterday — a perfect day weatherwise.  I ate the best thing I’ve ever had there: a huge skewer (a stick, of course) of smoked salmon served with crackers that had cream cheese and chutney.  Whoa!  I could eat that anytime!

I finally found the sweepstakes winner for the “regular” knitting category and this year’s recipient of the Thursdays at Four Award.  We give out a $20 giftcard to Panera’s and invite the winner to visit our knitting group.   

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This is a very traditional shawl knit with cobweb weight yarn.  Quite lovely!  I also checked out Lyra to see if it had been flopped over to its proper position, and yes it had.  I don’t know if others could tell the difference, but it looked better to me. 

Lyra by you.
Old View:
Lyra by you.

While hanging around the table linen case, I got to talking to a very nice woman and found out that she had won the sweepstakes for hardanger:

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It was breathtaking.  The work involved is inbelieveable. 

Now, let’s go from the sublime to the ridiculous…the knitters guild supported a display of knitted and crocheted state fair icons.  Shelley Monitor knitted a Corn Dog (or is it a Pronto Pup?  Hmmm, I always get those mixed up! 😉 ).  Sorry for the poor photo quality:

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And I always have a picture of the prize winning boar, but this will have to do instead:

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The boar is the purple one!!

So ends another summer.  School starts Tuesday.  The Republicans are swarming.  I’m off next week because the Republicans are swarming very close to where I work! 

Hope your holiday is fun filled, and the weather summer-tastic!


  1. What — no sock monkeys?

    Comment by surly — August 30, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

  2. I wish you had posted a picture of the boar from the other end – the end that makes people gasp! 🙂

    I checked out Lyra on Friday when we were there and was happy to see it right side up. It DOES make a difference.

    And it is so cool that your knitting group gives an award. I’ll have to talk to you about that. Suddenly our group is growing and it would be neat to add to the recognition for great knitting at the State Fair.

    Comment by twinsetellen — August 30, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

  3. Hey, Susan – I mentioned your Lyra being upside down to the fair officials that I talked to late last week when I was trying to get them to straighten out the misplaced ribbons – they had originally put the Thursdays at Four ribbon on my blanket, and I wanted Carolyn to get the credit she deserved. The lady I talked to didn’t seem to believe me about Lyra, but said she would check into it, so I guess they did get it figured out after all!

    Comment by Shelly Kang — August 31, 2008 @ 12:00 am

  4. Enjoy the hub bub of the convention!

    Comment by Susan — August 31, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

  5. Well, I don’t know what it’s called in other states, but in Texas that is known as a corny dog.

    Mary G. in Texas (who has relatives in Minnesota named Monitor)

    Comment by Katie's Granny — September 1, 2008 @ 12:06 am

  6. Your Lyra is gorgeous, and it was right side up when I saw it!

    Comment by Miss T — September 1, 2008 @ 8:21 am

  7. We call those corn dogs “Pogos”- my daughter is addicted to them.

    Hope you’re enjoying your long weekend.

    Comment by Lorraine — September 1, 2008 @ 11:18 am

  8. Corn dogs have a cornmeal batter on them. Personally, I prefer pronto pups.
    Even from the photo I can tell the difference in your Lyra. I kept telling myself I would go just to look at all the lovely things in the Creative Arts building, but I can’t bring myself to spend the entrance fee to spend 2 hours in a hot building. I spent it on yarn instead.

    Comment by Pam/2muchfun — September 1, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  9. How do you find out how to submit items for the fair. I was there yesterday and saw your work. I for some reason was completely unaware that you were local. I have added you to my raverly friends.

    Lovely work!

    In appreciation,

    Comment by Elizabeth — September 2, 2008 @ 12:55 am

  10. Hmmm… Just how exactly did a garter stitch sow give birth to stockinette piglets? Definitely some cross breeding there!

    Lovely work, thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Natalie — September 3, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

  11. Wowza! Big congrats to you!!! 😀

    Comment by Romi — September 4, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

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