I’m sure you know that the Minnesota State Fair is the answer to the question above.
The crop art was outstanding this year. Not only are the sentiments expressed in the senior division winner*, “November”, fully resonant with my views,…
…but the detail, all executed in seeds, resonates with my love of precision work.
And the art of brewing resonates, too! New this year in the Ag Building, flights of local craft beers. Wilson drank the sweet ones, I drank the hoppy ones, and we both enjoyed it very much.
Part of the art of sculpting a bust of one of our galaxy of Princesses Kay of the Milky Way (the title is shared by about a dozen young dairy farmers), is keeping your model from having a literally frozen smile. It doesn’t live up to my butter sculpture expectations, nor yours, I’m sure. The annual butter cow at the Ohio State Fair is higher on my list, topped only by the one time appearance of the butter computer programmer.
I hope I have feigned enough interest in non-woolen aspects of the fair to be polite. Let’s get on to why we are really here.
First, a banner year for firsts for me! I received 3 first place ribbons, one each for my Greek Swan and Kai It, You’ll Like It socks…
and one for my fingering weight yarn spun out of bison down.
My apologies for the photos through glass. I couldn’t help myself showing the full skein of yarn as it is my first ever spinning ribbon. The yarn is a 2-ply spun from 50 g of bison down in a semi-woolen method. It is yummy soft - I suspect that once the judge touched it s/he was under its spell and any spinning defects were not noticed.
I did win 5 other ribbons - my handspun sweater, two more pairs of socks (big for me - previously my socks weren’t even good enough to judge!), my beaded wristers, and the Gima sweater all placed. I believe I cover every place from 1st to 5th this year.
Returning to the wooly pursuits, Wilson was a good sport and let me linger in the sheep barn where we saw Columbias and Lincoln Longwools and some other curly, oh, wait, that was in the pigeon barn. We learned that they now are breeding pigeons to look like miniature sheep. I believe that is what the breed standard says - “feather structure similar to the lock structure of a Romney lamb”.
Perhaps that isn’t 100% accurate, but I am 100% sure that this would be a stunning colorway. Look at that teal around her neck, combined with the black and grey curls.
And yet another colorway with eyes - this tan bunny whose ears glow so sweetly rosy behind the elegant two tone fur. Erica, I hope you are taking notes.
After visiting the bunnies, we headed on home to plan for next year’s entries.
I’ll share another animal inspired yarn in a natural colorway in my next post. Until then, Happy Labor Day!
*Laura Melnick’s comment on the upcoming state constitution amendments. Two amendments - one against gay marriage and one that would change all sorts of voting procedures, all making it harder for legitimate voters to vote and none of which have any evidence that they are needed to decrease fraud. Fraud which is nearly non-existent in MN. So, thanks, Laura, for the humorous support for No votes on both!