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Janice
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May 02, 2006 at 14:22
L.A. County Fair

Hello Everyone,
Now is the time to get started on your knit or crochet projects to enter in the Los Angeles County Fair. The L.A. County Fair takes place in the city of Pomona during September & October of 2006. When I find out when and how to submit I will let everyone know.

Last years deadline was sometime in July. You can enter in a number of catagories. They take, purses, scarf & hat sets, baby items, blankets, sweaters, etc.... There is a small fee to enter. I will keep people posted. Janice


Wendy
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May 03, 2006 at 11:10
Re: L.A. County Fair

I will be entering again, but I only enter the handspun categories. The general knitting categories are SO CROWDED! And the judges seldom like what I like, I must admit. But I won the blue ribbon for items knitted, woven or crocheted from 100% handspun yarn last year for a pair of socks. I dyed the roving, spun two different yarns, designed and knitted socks. Now I happily wear them! Good luck to all! This year I'm going for a rosette!
Janice
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May 06, 2006 at 18:03
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Dear Wendy,
How exciting to have won a blue ribbon! When I went around and looked at items, I noticed they judges seem to like light colored items. A lot of the things that won were either made out of white, cream, baby pink or baby blue yarn. Although the person who took 1st place in last years bag category made a bag completely out of black yarn. Good Luck to you! Is a rosette a "Best of Show" ribbon?
Cindy
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May 08, 2006 at 11:22
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What are the rules for this? Do we have to use our own design? Or, can we use someone elses pattern?
Wendy
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May 08, 2006 at 22:12
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I don't know the rules for the general knitting category (which I avoid), but only the handspun. They do not specify designer, or even that you dyed the fiber or yarn yourself. Only the fiber content (for the yarns) and that the item is from 100% handspun (for the knitted stuff).

I tried to post yesterday about why I don't like the general knitting classes. Partly, there are SO MANY entries. A huge amount of competition. But moreover, the judges and I have different taste. They seem to like garments with things hanging off, fur, etc., which is just not to my taste. I'm a color junkie. I don't need no stinkin' fur! Anyway, there are so few entries in the Handspun classes right now that the competition is not very stiff. Anyone want to join in? It's really fun!
Evelyn Van Orden
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May 09, 2006 at 09:57
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It's great fun entering the LA County Fair and seeing your work on display. I participated in 1999 and 2000 and won many ribbons. This experience gave me the confidence to pursue a career as a knit/crochet designer and teacher.

In case you'd like to learn more about this year's Fair, here are some links...

Fairplex website:
http://www.fairplex.com

LA County Fair website:
http://www.fairplex.com/2006/homepage.asp

Entry Info and Forms:
http://www.fairplex.com/2006/Competitions/index.asp

Here's a photo of my blue ribbon filet crochet centerpiece...

Janice
May 24, 2006 at 17:25
Re: L.A. County Fair

Good News everyone! The L.A. County Fair will be taking submissions from "Amatuers" as well as "Professionals" this year!!! Their website has more info. The deadline for sending in your entries is JULY 11th. ALL entries must be mailed via UPS (Brown Truck guys) and there is a small entrance fee. If anyone wants more info I will be at the "JCK" meeting in June. Hope lots of people enter.
Evelyn
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May 24, 2006 at 19:54
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Here is the link for the entry info and forms:
LA County Fair Needle Art Entries

Entries can be delivered in person (what I used to do) or mailed via UPS. I always feel safer delivering them myself.

In addition to amateur categories, there are now professional categories, so I may enter something!
Janice
May 24, 2006 at 21:21
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Evelyn,
I think you should enter!
Janice :)
wendy
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May 24, 2006 at 22:01
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They have always let amateurs enter; professionals would be new. Oh, great! Well, it must be a different class at least. Off to check the rules!

Here's a photo of my 2004 red ribbon socks (baby) and last year's blue ribbon (large).

Deborah Kac
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May 31, 2006 at 19:12
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Thanks for all the info on the fair, guys. I am tempted to do this myself, though I am so scattered lately I am not sure I can pull it together in time. But it's nice to have something to aspire to.

See you all next Wednesday!
Wendy
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May 31, 2006 at 21:09
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I just downloaded the forms and the rules for this year. Now we can enter more than one item in a class and I won't have time to make more than one thing! More skeins of yarn, maybe.

Gotta get everything in the mail at a reasonable time, though, at least I can send stuff before I leave on vacation this year.

I have three and a half of my colors spun up for my socks and plan to have it all spun by June 15. Wish me luck!
Evelyn
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July 09, 2006 at 11:03
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The Fair runs Friday, Sep 8 thru Sunday, Oct 1.

Entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, July 11. The fee is $2 per entry. Entries must be delivered to the Fair July 29.

For more info, check the JCK Calendar or Fair Website.
Visit the Fair website.
Wendy
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July 10, 2006 at 09:38
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I have called the office and delivered entries are due JULY 25th, not the 29th. Be careful! Carpool! I will be driving my entries out to Pomona on the 25th, if anyone would like to go along or send their stuff with me (or drive instead if you live closer, nudge, nudge, wink, wink). I will probably have to take the kids with me! Here's a picture of half of my knitting with handspun entry for this year. I need two more weeks!

Evelyn
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July 10, 2006 at 10:35
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Thanks, Wendy for the correction on dates. Here they are again...

Tue, July 11: Deadline for mailing entry forms/fees.
Wed, July 12: Actual entries must be postmarked by this date and mailed separately from entry forms/fees.
Tue, July 25: Date for delivering entries in person from 7am-8pm.

Mailing address:
L.A. County Fair/Tapestry
P.O. Box 2250
Pomona, CA 91769


For more info, try these links...
Entry Form
Entry Info
Entry Requirements
Wendy
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July 10, 2006 at 17:43
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Thanks for your post! I thought the postmark date for the forms was the 12th and it's the 11th so I will be at the post office tomorrow. You've saved my fair!!
Wendy
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July 24, 2006 at 21:05
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I seem to be rather alone in my competitiveness here! But my entries are going to the Fairgrounds tomorrow morning so wish me luck.

Evelyn
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July 25, 2006 at 09:08
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Wendy,

What gorgeous socks! You're sure to win a ribbon. I'm photographing my entries now and plan to take them to Fairplex this afternoon.

Here's a photo of my lavender camisole and lace shawl ensemble...

Wendy
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July 25, 2006 at 09:43
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Absolutely lovely! I hope you win! Isn't it nice they have Professional classes this year? Hope we both have uneventful drives...At least I got out of taking the kids with me!
Janice
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August 23, 2006 at 14:06
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I hope you both win ribbons! What wonderful work.
Evelyn
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September 07, 2006 at 12:00
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Here's a photo of another entry: an original design cardigan. The yarn is 100% wool worsted weight in a charcoal color.

This project was an excercise in design and finishing and was made in 2003.

The body is knit in one piece in a(knit 7, seed stitch 3) pattern. Borders, sleeves, and collar are seed stitch.

There are no seams except at the shoulders, which were done with 3-needle bind-off.

The pockets are invisibly handstitched on the inside.

The sleeves are picked up and knit from the armhole down in seed stitch with a (k7, seed stitch 3) cuff.

The collar is picked up and knit around the neck edge. It was designed so that another collar could be made of novelty yarns or beaded, then attached with buttons around the inside of the neck.

The buttons are from La Knitterie Parisienne in Studio City and cost more than the yarn!

I plan to write the pattern for this design someday.

Wendy
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September 09, 2006 at 10:17
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I called yesterday to see when they were going to post the results and the answer was, "After the fair starts." (crickets chirping) The fair started yesterday! Anyone else going mad?

Good luck all who entered!
Evelyn
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September 09, 2006 at 12:18
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Wendy,
Congratulations! You won Second Place for your socks.

Evelyn
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September 13, 2006 at 11:19
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Here are my 5 entries, along with their ribbons (3 First Place and 2 Third Place).

The Peach Mohair Lace Shawl is my original pattern which you can buy at the shops. The pattern for the red "I Love Terriers" Blanket will be available next month. The pattern for the charcoal Seamless Ribbed Cardigan will be available next year.

Thea
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September 13, 2006 at 16:41
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Congrats Evelyn! They look lovely.
Wendy
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October 03, 2006 at 10:54
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Finally made it to the Fair myself. And I won the Intermediate Class of the Spinning Contest on Sunday, woo-hoo!! I must encourage all of you to enter things in the Fair, it makes the whole thing lots more fun!

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