Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A "Fair" Weekend

This past weekend was my third weekend in Des Moines in three months. And this was the first one that didn't involve a wedding. Instead, the highlight of this trip was the Iowa State Fair. Going to the fair is something I look forward to every year. I've only missed being there one year in my life, but there's always something new to see along with my old favorites. My niece, Megan, started off the fair on a high note by winning 4th place in the kids plant competition.

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Her prize winning plant was only a few feet away from the world famous butter cow, and the special butter sculpture of Harry Potter. The butter cow exhibit is always a must see, and this year's didn't disappoint. Other highlights of the fair included my annual foot long hot dog, the hard boiled egg on a stick from the Egg Producers, going down the big slide with Megan and having my 2-year old nephew show us all how to drive the John Deere tractors.

After two days at the fair, my legs were worn out, so instead of relaxing, my sister Linda and I spent Saturday dying yarn and roving. We took the lessons we learned from our first dye day, and came up with some really beautiful color combinations.

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Once again, we tried many different methods.

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This was our first attempt working with roving. It was looking a little rough as it was drying, and I think we could have been a bit gentler with it, but it turned out great.

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I've started spinning the purple and orange. It is going to be gorgeous! I can't wait to start to knit with it.

And we also dyed a bunch of fingering weight sock yarn.

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The group photo - Once again a successful day.

It was another wonderful weekend with my family. I just wish I could figure out a way to make the drive shorter. Six hours in the car gets a little boring. Thank goodness for my iPod. I was able to listen to several podcasts while I drove.

When I got home, I found that the kittens had once again disobeyed orders and grew while I was gone. The are getting so big so fast. They're just so cute and so much fun to be around

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If that glass wasn't there, the squirrel on the other side would be in big trouble.

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It's a kitty noddy.

1 comment:

Tempted Handpainted Yarns said...

Wow those are awesome, I love the rovings. Some of your yarns look good enough to eat yummy. Looks like you had a great time, congrats to the neice too. I'm sure it's tough to be away from your family. Welcome back to Oklahoma! 103 today but the weekend looks better. lol