Well the show went well last weekend. My two boys helped out with being stewards this year in the art and craft pavillion. My eldest boy had a section all to himself (a huuuuge section) of kids art and craft. My youngest helped me with the knitting, crochet and needlework (also a large section). I wasn't sure that we were going to get it all done but as usual, it all comes together and we were done earlier than I thought. It helped greatly that we both had someone writing out our certificates for us; a job that takes longer than you would think. I am proud of both boys and of what they managed to achieve.
I did well, and won the needlework aggregate; which is my seventh one. I have to say though, to anyone out there; needlework entries are slowly dwindling. To all of those ladies (and men) who do these crafts but think they are not good enough to go into shows; think again and have some faith. Without entries, our shows will wither and die. And it would be such a shame to lose this valuable community event.
My eldest son did well too; he won two rosettes for Best in Section; they give one out to each section to the item that they think is the best overall. So he got two which he was very happy with. One for photography and one for woodwork. I told him the photography one should go to me as I was the one who liked this photo and printed it off and made him enter it!! I am just happy for him.
So, the rosettes look like this:
And now to the disaster:
I have had a few people this week turn their noses up when blue washout pens are mentioned. Can I just say that I use them often and have never had an issue with them. I have even ironed over them and still find they washout. So, i used two of my pens on my quilt to rule straight lines for the quilting. I started doing the quilting without and noticed a few of my lines were not straight. So i used the pens and did the quilting and then washed the quilt, only to find that the blue pen has bled into the fabric and turned a nasty shade of black. I am devastated. This has never happened before, and as they were not new pens they both had been used here before. But here is the weird thing; it has only bled into all the red. Nothing on the yellow or bue and even the white has no marks whatsoever. I would assume it was the material, the red I used to shash it all together with, only it has also bled into the red Dr Seuss fabric. Bizarre. So now I am going to try a couple of home remedies to see if i can shift them. Any ideas out there? Yoghurt will be my first port of call today I think. I was told the other day that it makes a great stain remover so will see how it goes.
So we have had highs and lows in our house this week! One good thing is that now the show has finished, and the next show I will enter I already have everything, now I can relax and do some sewing, and knitting, that I want to do just for fun. I have been knitting bootees this past week which has been fun. And there is a scarf at work that I would love to knit, so with my prizemoney from the show, I will get the wool I need for that. i think I have promised you all photos of the bootees; hopefully I might get some tomorrow for you.