Lambtown Sheep to Shawl
2019-10-06, 9:13 p.m.
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Today I went to Lambtown. I usually show up to this in the last few hours of the event on the last day, but this time I actually showed up fairly early, so I got to see Sheep to Shawl, which was on Sunday this year. I know a few people on a team: my spinning teacher Debra and my knitting group buddy Alison, so I got to watch them start and finish. A team has four spinners, one plyer, one “gofer” who was dealing with the fiber in the back, one weaver (Alison) and an “educational” person who was there to explain what was going on. They have 4.5 hours to spin and weave a shawl from more or less scratch, and then it gets judged.
I ran into Vera and she’s still wearing tie dye, as was I because I decided to rewear the outfit from Friday since it was Lambtown. Everyone loved it. LOVED IT. About 3/4 of them thought I’d made the top because it’s lacy, but as far as I can tell it’s fabric rather than crochet, ah well.
I bought the following:
My favorite vendor, Colleen, was mysteriously missing. I hope she’s okay. Maybe just retired for all I know.
I briefly watched sheep dog trials but mostly they were doing sheep shearing demos instead. Watching the guy just grab the sheep by the fluffies and swing them around into submission was a damn hoot.
Everyone I knew there turned up at the end for Sheep to Shawl. There were seven teams this year. Two of them were disqualified for not finishing in time. A third was disqualified for being not long enough for regulations. And Alison’s team’s shawl... well. They were apparently hell bent on doing a fancy shawl that’s double layered and double woven, and it sounds like that had some issues the first time they tried it in May. The judge definitely gave bonus points in her brain for difficulty level ("for sheer chutzpah, these guys take it"), but it sounds like it got disqualified(?) for having mistakes on the bottom that there was literally no way for her to see. I’m sad for her since usually her team straight up wins. Maybe they were getting bored/cocky.
At one point the judge (whose nametag said "Da Judge") lost her tape measure and when someone asked where it was, someone said, "I hid it." The judge then hid it behind her own back. Also, some guy at the end (who was wearing a shirt from a disqualified team, so he was NOT the husband of someone on one of the top three, as others claimed) spoke up to ask why one team won and another one didn't, and after she answered, she said, "Sir, would you like the job?" This was quickly followed by "He's running away." Yes, yes he was.
I also met some interesting people, like a lady named Liz who had on an interesting shawl and amazing amounts of snark. She said my outfit was "covering up for my dull personality" and after I talked about the vest I wanted to design, said, "You're not as dumb as you look, are you?" and when I showed her the yarn I bought, said "You gotta get out of your rainbow rut." She amused me greatly.
I overheard a lady saying the following: "I don't want to discourage you from becoming a sheep farmer, but it's a lot of fucking work."
After that on my way out of town, I hit WalMart. I have been trying to find iridescent rainbow license plate frames and the Internet has been all “close but no cigar” on that one. I saw a possible frame that didn’t look shiny but was otherwise multicolored and while I was in the vicinity, I thought “what the hell, I’ll look.” THEY HAD IT. Totally shocked. Guess who I need to go ask to put those on. Though later I found some kind of engraving device for $2.99 so now I’m considering trying to engrave the things first? I also found two cute watches for $4, some needles, some pouches to try to incorporate into my Halloween costume, and another umbrella because I go through umbrellas like I do watches and all of mine are broken again.Then I went back to town and well, hit Goodwill and bought myself a fairly decent brown wig for $10, along with a purple cloche hat. Do I need any of this? No. Do I think it'll make a fun disguise sometime? Apparently so!
I checked my email and as a member of the costume team, I got sent this video of another version of Coney Island Christmas. I thought of much snark, which I may email off to my friends.
(a) Clara is a Gryffindor in this one.
I need to go do something bloody else now besides writing things....