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Sipalu Bag Wins First Prize at Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair

I couldn't believe my Sipalu Bag took first prize!

September 12 and 13 were the dates for the Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair in South Jordan, Utah. I went to see my friend Linda's exhibit. (She's the one of the friends who raises alpacas.) I gave a ride to my friend Joanie and her daughter Kristi, who are both avid knitters. My Kromski Sonata rode in the back. My plan was to sit and spin for a while with Linda. I also took along the skein of yarn I had just finished using the hand-painted roving from Greenwood Fiber Works so I could show it to her. I was using my Sipalu Bag as a purse.
On my way in through the gate, they took away my yarn and my bag, insisting I enter them in the competitions, which were set up in different categories. I dumped all of my purse stuff into my knitting bag, filled out the forms, and left them there. Linda's DH, Mike, said he would pick them up for me Sunday afternoon. There were a lot of great vendors, including the aforementioned Greenwood Fiber Works.
I went to Linda's today to spin for a while and see her two new babies. That's when I found out that my Sipalu Bag had won first prize in it's category, which was items knit from commercial yarns. Of course, at the time I dropped it off, they didn't have much in that category. Still, the judging form had some nice comments, including what a lovely design it was and how nice the colorway was. Of course, I had nothing to do with the design and colorway, other than choosing to buy the kit. I'm sure if they hadn't thought the workmanship had been any good, it wouldn't have won, though. This was what I got in addition to the ribbon:

Won't this be nice for my knitting? It was donated by Three Wishes, which is where my wheel and lots of my spinning fiber came from. My skein of yarn took a 4th place, with some nice comments about the Navajo plying, and some constructive suggestions about the spinning, which was irregular in some places. The judge wrote that she would like to see what I can do after another year of spinning.
Back to activities at Linda's. I got to see the new babies. So far, there are three: two girls and a boy, one each in black, white and sort of a caramel color. Here's the white baby, less than 2 weeks old:

Linda also showed me her new swift, made for her by her DH, Mike.

The base is from a fan. Mike is handy when it comes to making things. Linda also had a boo-boo in a finished shawl she wanted me to fix before she sent it to it's intended recipient, a new mother and baby. A join had apparently come apart with washing.
When I got back from Linda's I just had time for lunch before my friend Marianne came to practice German with me. We eat Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) and knit while conversing in German. It's good to keep in practice, because we don't often get a chance here in the US. Marianne is making progress on her pullover, which is a Swedish pattern (she's from Sweden) with some yarn substitutions.

I made some progress on my EZ leggings, too. They should be ready to wear soon. I'm doing the waist shaping.

In non-knitting/spinning news, DH had his birthday on Saturday. He was delighted with the new indoor herb garden I got for him as a present. I don't think I've ever been so successful in choosing a good present for him. He couldn't wait to set it up.

Besides the KP podcast, which I like to listen to again and again, I have Lorna Doone on my iPod from It has been a busy week, and it's nice to have some down time. But tomorrow is knitting group, and it's at my house this time. Happy knitting! --P
P.S.: Please excuse the dog butts in the photos. It happens.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 4, 2010 at 8:03am
Thanks, Beverly! You were supposed to be looking at Marianne's pullover, LOL!
Comment by Beverly Roberts on October 4, 2010 at 7:11am all the others, I had to go back and look for the dog butts, but could only find the one. Congrats on winning! That is a lovely bag and You DH's cardi is awesome. I was sure you were going to say that you whipped it up in 2 months or less...super fiber person that you are. I do so want to hug that sweet white baby llama, er alpaca...what do I know? I'm trying to convince my neighbor to get some pygmy goats...if/when I succeed, I will then start working pygora goats (or whatever you call the fiber animals that produce that cashgora). Once again you have come through with lots of lovely eye candy!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 2, 2009 at 10:35pm
I may have to hide dog butts in all my photos from now on..."Find the dog butts..." I would start with an angora bunny rather than an aplaca. Surgery may be end of this month or early November. I haven't scheduled it yet. I'm putting up supplies: coffee, tea, cookies, other snacks, bubbly. If you can think of anything else you want for the party, let me know soon, so I can do it now. My elec. toothbrush died, and I can't brush my teeth with my left hand, so I'm going to order one. I can get other stuff for the party, which should be early-mid December. --P
Comment by cellogirl on October 2, 2009 at 3:44pm
Great post!!--loved the butts!! I guess that we all had to go back and see them!!--didn't spot them at first, too busy looking at your georgeous sip--not surprised it brought home a first--with a lovely basket prize!! That baby alpaca sorta steals the show--so cuddly--wonder if our neighborhood deed restrictions would allow those??
When is the surgery? after the holidays? please keep up posted--so that we can get the party ready!!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 30, 2009 at 7:46pm
Ruth: I like the same two. Also leaning toward red. I have red all over my house, but I think the roses show up better in that colorway than any of the others1 --P
Comment by ruthmci on September 30, 2009 at 3:38pm
Oh, now I see it! I saw the white doggy with the swift.
So you'll be making a wedding quilt! Do you know what kind, yet? I seem to rotate between quilting and knitting; lately it's been more knitting but I've been doing some applique...
What colorway do you like for the E meets W bag? I like red and green, leaning toward red.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 28, 2009 at 9:38pm
Ruth: Which dog butt did you find? Sunny's is more subtle, being in the background, and her color fades in. It's the photo with the basket. My Nona is about 2". I'm trying to finish up some UFOs before I have the other thumb fixed, and DD is getting married next summer and wants a quilt.
OMG! Do I want one of the East Meets West bags? I hope I can get one before they run out of kits! --P
Comment by ruthmci on September 28, 2009 at 11:31am
I had to go back and look for the dog butts, too! I only found one... Congratulations on the prize--your Sipalu bag deserves it. I liked the yarn, too, if I'm remembering it correctly. How are you doing on the Nona shawl, and are you going to do any of the East meets West bags? I'm tempted.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 27, 2009 at 9:13pm
Pickle: Brown is practical, especially if you're subject to sudden frights! --P
Comment by PickleSue on September 27, 2009 at 9:09pm
Thanks for the nice laugh there at the end. I had to go back and LOOK for the dogs' rears. How funny. Thanks for sharing your projects, too! Very inspiring. Beautiful work! I love the practical color of your Nether Garments. :) You wouldn't have to wash those often in the long harsh winter...

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