Fair Entry Info!
Time to think about the Fair! If you're a Kittitas County resident, online and in person entries are accepted from August 1st through August 15, and the late entry period is from August 16-18 for online entries and August 16-24 for in person entries. Entries after August 22 require approval from Fair Director of the Department. There is no cost to enter during the regular entry period, and the fee for late entry is only $3.
Here's the secret: there is no penalty if you don't submit your items! So if you think you might like to enter an item in the fair, go ahead and do it! You can always change your mind later.
Home Arts exhibits are received in the Home Arts building between 10am and 7pm on Friday, August 24th. Pick up is on September 3rd (Labor Day), from 6-8pm.
You can find Fair 101 and the Exhibitor's Guide here. Enter your things--it's fun to see a big range of projects on display, and that only happens if you participate!
(Not a resident of Kittitas County? Here are links to info for the Central Washington State Fair, Chelan County, and The Puyallup. (Grant and Douglas County deadlines have passed.)
July 2018 HerStory Sock Club
July's colorway, "Time Flies Like an Arrow, Fruit Flies Like a Banana" is on the shelves, and was created with genetic researcher Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard as its inspiration. Her work with fruit flies connected genetic mutation with embryonic development, and you can read more about her career here.
A few weeks ago, I highlighted the Dressed Podcast, and I recently listened to the first of two episodes devoted to the history of swimwear. An important player in the development of modern swimwear was Portland, Oregon based Jantzen, originally called the Portland Knitting Co. Some of the earliest suits they produced were made on just a few hand-knitting machines using wool yarns, and were made at the request of a friend who rowed competitively. The company's timeline, featured on their website, provides an interesting view of how swimwear has changed through the decades.
(There are 859 patterns in the "swimwear" category on Ravelry, knit and crochet combined. Here's a look (with the "mature content" filter enabled).