Last Thursday she hosted the Fastest Dishcloth in the East competition.
Brave knitters, who rigorously practiced making dishclothes at home, came forth and crossed their needles at 6:35 pm. The clock started ticking and the needles started clicking. What began as a fun activity soon turned into a foul play as it was clear that Rachel was winning. Some knitters lost their cool. Distracting cupcakes were offered. Suggestions were made to move closer to the table to see the pattern better. One crafty lady called the store from her cell phone hidden under the table to make Rachel get up and loose precious time. I am telling you, it was madness.
So while the knitters are clicking with their teeth clenched, let me give you a little tour of the store if you haven’t been there yet. We could probably agree that yarns stores are wonderful and magical places. They all have their distinct atmosphere and feel. From Ewe to You feels warm and friendly to me. It has a welcoming table with chairs around it. It has a huge sheep toy tucked under the table. My kids call him Sheepie and take turns riding him, a very helpful animal if you ever consider taking two preschoolers to the yarn store. It has Lost Mittens tree with a crow wearing a scarf.
It has a knitted Santa and at Christmas time they put up the wolliest Christmas tree I have ever seen.
Rachel herself is very nice and friendly. She provides useful public service to Lower Sackville knitters who knit for the IWK by collecting donated items and delivering them to the city. I picked up three bags full of baby hats that I will drop off at the hospital on Monday.
Did I tell you that the store has yarn, too? It does.
Back to our knitters. Rachel got carried away with her early success and blew past the decrease point ending up with 46 stitches instead of 43. There was evil laughter. One contender was so nervous, she kept dropping her needles, after which inappropriate giggles were heard. Meanwhile, some knitters passed the decrease line and were getting closer and closer to the finish. This happy knitter is Caroline, the Second Place Winner, who finished her dishcloth in 65 minutes. Rachel gave her the most logical gift, a bottle of dishwashing liquid, and Donna donated a family pass for the Haunted Hollow in Hammonds Plains. (They are scary but nice people who give money to local charities).
This is the Winning Dishcloth, that was finished in 55 minutes. The winner was really surprised and she confessed that it was her first dishcloth ever.
She was presented with these wonderful prizes, the Fastest Knitter in the East Cup, a pass to the Haunted Hollow and a beautiful Queen of the Dishcloth towel embroidered by Ann-Louise.
Thank you, everybody. It was a lot of fun.