Going to the county fair each summer has become a tradition. The kids go off to the rides, while I stroll through the arts and crafts and animal barns. I already knew from previous fairs that there were some extremely talented thread crocheters in the area. What I saw yesterday was truly impressive.
The first piece to catch my eye was a framed (yes, behind glass!) 24" pineapple doily. The stitches really popped from the black matte background. It was definitely a work of art! I like the idea of framing - I think it would make a wonderful gift.
The most memorable piece for me was a child's granny square afghan. What's so special about that? It was all done in thread! Each 4" square was done in 3 different colors. As it was on display, I couldn't get close enough to it to count the number of rows, but I did comment to my husband "now THAT was a winter project!" What a wonderful idea, to cover a toddler in the summer heat with a light cotton afghan! I can only imagine how many hours that took to create.
Remember that water bottle sling I wrote about last week? I spied someone wearing one, quite similar to the ones I used to sell, walking through the fair. I know I didn't make it, though, as I could clearly see it was made of acrylic as I walked past. Whoever did make it had put little accents, like a row of double crochet around the middle and a couple of curly-cues at the top. It was actually quite cute!
There was one vendor there who's table was half crocheted baby sweaters and baby afghans and half jewelry. I felt somewhat sad for them, as the summer heat was not the environment for selling these items and there never seemed to be anyone visiting their table. As it was a county fair and not a craft fair, people were there primarily to have fun, not purchase gifts.
As usual, I return home from the fair with a head full of ideas for my own crochet projects. Time to write them all down in my idea notebook!