Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Last of our Fair Knitting Fun

Wow, so much has been going on that I didn't realize just how long it's been since I had blogged last.  I have some catching up to do!  My last few posts had been about the knitting fun at the Western Fair so let me show you what we did on the last day.

My Son's birthday was the next day so we decorated the booth with balloons and brought in gifts,

 the painting ladies at the booth beside us brought him in a coffee, a donut and a gift card,

and we had some Knitters stop by to knit with us so we created a knitting circle in front of the booth.
All week long we had people knit on our community charity project.  On the first day of the fair I cast on this scarf with the goal of knitting the entire ball into a nice size scarf to donate to one of our local charities, Keeping Kids Warm.  This proved easy to do.  Some people learned the knit stitch and knit a stitch or two on this scarf and others pulled up a chair to sit, knit a few rows and chat for a while. 

When the last Sunday of the fair came around I was hopeful that we could get 200 different people to knit on our scarf.

This officer had been at the fair all 10 days with us at a booth on the other side of our building.  A couple of nights during the week we ended up leaving the building at the same time and each time I invited him to try his hand at knitting. I knew he wasn't all that excited about nurturing his inner Knitter but if you know me at all, you know I don't let too many people get away without trying at least one stitch.  I caught up with him on the last night :)

After about 8pm on a Sunday night the building quiets down quite a bit so I decided to take the scarf around to the other vendors in the building so they could be part of our project.
The high school and university students in the robotics club all knit.  Some were hesitant but I assured them that if they could build a robot they could learn the knit stitch!!

The Bee Guy was a lot of fun and knit a few stitches for us.  We made a knitting date for next year at the fair so he can refresh his new found knitting skills.

  This was probably the craziest thing I've ever done to get someone to knit; thank goodness Lady the alligator didn't seem to mind my hand so close to her mouth!

The egg lady knit a row,

 and this was the 200th Knitter!
Robyn is one of the hard working fair employees who always visits the booth for her once a year knitting lesson.  This year we tracked her down in her office for a little knitting time.
Amanda had the honour of casting off the final stitches of the scarf - 1 ball of yarn and 203 knitters later.