Sydney Easter Show … No. 221 March 2013
If you’ve listened to Sticks and String over the last few years, you’ll know of the constant “hanging” problems. Shawls back to front, sweaters back to front, fine lace shawls strung up with fish hooks and the now famous case of a friend of mine who found two holes in her fairisle sweater after the show (caused presumably by the said fish hooks).
Last year, the people who run the Show, the RAS, allowed a Guild member to watch the garments being put into the cabinets to ensure that they were treated appropriately and to advise on “right and wrong” sides. This year it was my turn, along with another member, Elaine.
And what an eye-opener that was. We started by going through every entry in the knitting and crochet sections and moving the entry ticket that’s attached to the garment so that it won’t show when it’s hung. For shawls, blankets and other flat objects, it was put on the wrong side in the top RH corner. The hangers then knew that the side with the ticket was the wrong side.
What struck both of us forcibly was that people just don’t bother to read the instructions, or they just don’t understand them. Why did so many people attach a ball band when none was requested? I don’t think any category now asks for a ball band (it was used to prove the yarn used, where the category was specific about what was allowed). Whatever the entrant includes is returned to them where possible, so we had to find places to hide ball bands on the inside of a garment without spoiling the line of the item when it was hung. My suggestion? Tell people that any attachments to the item will not necessarily be returned to them. And let those doing the job I was doing just throw them away. Some people attached samples of the yarn – in one case, a small bag full.
And don’t talk to me about tension/gauge! More of that tomorrow.
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