KCWC – Days Five, Six and Seven

Well, I didn’t get as much sewing done as I would have liked but I was pretty productive for the Kids Clothing Week Challenge. But that was because we were at the MOFGA Common Ground Fair all day on Sunday!  We love the fair.  This is not your typical scary-amusement-rides-and-gross-food county fair.  No rides here, unless you count the $2 discount on admission you get for riding your bike into the fair.  Lots of displays on traditional crafts, huge fiber extravaganza, green living displays, spinning wheel demonstrations, rabbits, chickens, goats, alpacas, horses, and lots and lots of organic food.  And of course, the kid’s favorite, cardboard sledding!

Cardboard sledding at CGF

I always love to take pictures of all the yummy yarn.  I restrained myself this year and didn’t buy any fiber at all!  But I just have too much of it here in my stash and I need to use and organize it all before I can buy more.

Yummy hand-dyed yarn

The little pleated strip skirt is almost done, and hopefully I can knock it out today.  Just needs the ribbon hem and the waistband elastic.  I finished the Leila and Ben Sweet Little Dress in corduroy this morning.  I added a pocket using the pleated pocket tutorial from Made by Rae.  Because really…how can you not have a pocket to hold your little treasures??  The pattern only goes up to size 5 (bigger sizes are in the works from Leila and Ben) and I needed a size 6, so I just enlarged the pattern a little bit.  Made it a big longer and a little bit wider, trying to use the same dimensions as the other sizes.  And I added a little bit of length on the neck and sleeve elastic.

Full dress, made with fine wale corduroy

Pocket close-up

It’s hard to see the pocket there in the picture above because it’s made with the same fabric.  But, trust me, cute and just a little puckery to make it easy to get your hand in there.

Neckline close-up

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MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair

This year was our third Common Ground Fair.  Put on by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association every September, it is quite the event.  This is not your typical New England country fair.   There’s no midway, no carny rides, no skee-ball.  Just a big, beautiful Maine field with gorgeous animals, awesome fiber, and yummy Maine organic food.  Although of course there was fried dough – but it was Maine organic ingredients fried dough.  The boys had a ball in the Children’s Area where they got their faces painted, jumped in the haystack…many times, and hammered nails.  We did the cardboard sledding hill both on the way in and out.

Cardboard sledding is not as easy as snow sledding

Cardboard sledding is not as easy as snow sledding

Woo-hoo!  Haystack!

Woo-hoo! Haystack!

Hammering nails

Hammering nails

Go organic.  Buy local!

Go organic. Buy local!

We visited on Saturday because of the expected rain on Sunday.  Along with 52,000 other people, I think.  We met some friends there who were having their first Common Ground experience, and got to meet their new baby!  Wee!  She was precious.

Border Collie / Sheep demonstration - almost extremely popular

Border Collie / Sheep demonstration - always extremely popular

Cool foot-operated lathe

Cool foot-operated lathe

Hand drilling

Hand drilling

As always, my favorite is all the yummy wool and fiber.  I was good though, and only bought one thing.  A kit to make little table mats.  I’m not sure what they are called, but it has this weaving cloth that reminds me of latch hook, and you weave bits of wool roving in and out.  The boys had fun picking out a bunch of different colors of roving.  So, who knows how it is going to turn out!  The fair artwork this year was Maine heirloom apples, so with the hubby’s current obsession with cider making, we had to get something from the MOFGA store.  (Who am I kidding, we ALWAYS get something at the country store.)  The boys/men all got t-shirts, and I got this super-cool bag that I love, which I don’t seem to have a picture of.  I’ll remedy that.  It’s very cool.

Yummy yarn

Yummy yarn

More yummy yarn

More yummy yarn

Until next year, Common Ground Fair!

Hey wait!  Who's selling the kids?

Hey wait! Who's selling the kids?