Saturday, August 16, 2008

Oh! Hi!

It's been a week and I thought I didn't have anything to blog about, but then it occurred to me that I did have a little knitting I could show you. I've got two projects going, but one is a gift, so no pictures (even though my sister knows she's getting a pair of socks). The other is the Daedelus shawl I'm test-knitting for Helen. I'm finally well into the second chart and have begun the beaded section. See them, up near the top? (You can click to enbiggen.)

Daedelus beads

As usual, it doesn't look like much, but you know lace -- it will definitely get better!

This photo shows a little more, although I don't think you can see the beads.


The yarn is JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk, which is lovely to work with.

So, that's the knitting content, but I have more! The Iowa State Fair!

My boss and I went over to Des Moines on Monday to work at the University's booth at the State Fair.

We rolled football schedules.
Iowa State Fair

We also hung out at my library's booth, promoting our GoLocal site. (More about GoLocal here.)
Iowa State Fair - GoLocal booth

We had some free time so we ate some fair food (yum, corn dogs!) and explored.

We found the butter cow
Iowa State Fair - butter cow

and the largest boar. (His name is Freight Train, and he weighs in at over 1250 pounds.)
Iowa State Fair - biggest boar

We saw sheep in jackets.
Iowa State Fair

All in all - a lot of fun!


Courtney said...

I love State Fairs and I'm sad to be missing the one in Minnesota this year. Is there such a thing in Texas? Something tells me that Texas has a big, huge, state fair.

Melissa DeSantis said...

The state fair looked great - loved the photos!

Chris said...

I'll vicariously attend a state fair this year via your pictures - my actual tolerance for it is every 2-5 years.

Steven said...

Your state fair is a great state fair! I love the verb "enbiggen," BTW!

And to Courtney, of course Texas has a state fair.

My grandparents used to go every year right after the rice harvest.

Anonymous said...

I miss the Illinois State Fair. I really do wish I could spent about six weeks at home every summer. I would be there for Raymond's Fourth of July festivities clear through Janna's birthday, my birthday and the Illinois State Fair.

Love the sheep in coats and the butter cow. :)

Anonymous said...

I mean "spend" not "spent". Oy.

Anonymous said...

ooooh.... prettty!
not that I'm biased or anything..

Enid said...

What a big goodness 1250lbs.

I like the stripey jacket. heehee.

And of course the knitting is gorgeous. So you really like working with the jagger spun?? I think maybe it's the needles i'm using.