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  • Fern is absolutely stunning! Once again, Ann, you are an inspiration. And dispite their un-shellness, those buttons are gorgeous and perfectly compliment your fabulous sweater. Can’t wait to see how she stands up to the competition at the big show.

  • Ann, what a sweater of utter wonderfulness.

  • It looks great! A sure Red Ribbon.

  • Fern is stunning! Love those fiddleheads. Can’t wait to see what ribbon it will earn.

  • It’s gorgeous! Good luck!
    And, you inspired me with all this state fair talk. I went to my local fair last week and got the information on how to enter next year. The knitting stuff (this year at least) wasn’t too over-the-top so I think I can enter something without embarassing myself.

  • Fern is gorgeous. You’ll win best in something for sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I am experiencing a sharp intake of the breath. It’s fabulous. Congratulations and best of luck! I’m crossing my fingers and holding my breath…good news is sure to follow!

  • BEE-YU-TI-FUL!! And inspiring. Truly, very lovely.
    So nice to see an original!!

  • Wow! That’s amazing!

  • Your Fern is an absolute stunner, beautiful and inspiring. I hope you kick ass at the fair. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beautiful, beautiful! I just love it. Blue Ribbon worthy, for sure!

  • Wow! Fern is so beautiful! What a wonderful service you are doing the craft of knitting by including such a marvelous sample in a state fair. Pieces like this invigorate interest and awe from knitters and non knitters alike. I look forward to hearing more.

  • Fern looks wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration to get back to colour, colour and more colour.

  • ….”pheasants under glass?”….how ’bout “fiddleheads under glass?”….heirloom quality!

  • Gorgeous sweater!

  • Good luck, Ann!
    Fern is so beautiful; I’ve loved seeing the progress!

  • This is the most beautiful sweater I have ever seen! Bravo!

  • Beautiful!

  • Wow.
    I am just starting to think about embroidering my knitting, and this is pure motivation/inspiration!

  • Beautiful… just beautiful.

  • Beautiful – worth all that work!
    And just so ya know – we can, and will beat senseless any judge who deems Fern less than a first place/best in show/whatever.

  • Beautifully done!

  • Fern is lovely. Can’t wait to hear how the Fair goes ….

  • Blue Ribbon Babee! All the way! Really, Ann, just a wonderful piece of work. Kudos to you!

  • truly a thing of beauty!

  • I absolutely adore it. Just beautiful!

  • Everything about Fern is perfection Ann! I hope you’ve picked out the perfect spot to display all the ribbons she garners!

  • Wow. How wonderful. If you don’t win the highest honor, I will personally come to Tennessee and threaten them with pointy sticks. I saw some photos of some state fair entries on another blog and it included foam-soled flip-flops with fuzzy yarn “embellishment”. If that’s the kind of thing that gets entered in Tennessee, then Fern might just knock the judges over dead. Or at least a bit stunned. Be sure they know you designed it from scratch.

  • It’s already a winner! Best of luck, Ann!

  • A beautiful sweater. But I have to admit that I like the colors even more than the knitting. It really does look like the mountains of east Tennessee where I grew up!
    Since leaving Tennessee I have moved to Minnesota where thanks to your encouragement I entered The Fair. I got a Third Place ribbon. My family is so proud of me in a very sweet Meet the Fockers kind of way that it is touching.
    Thanks for doing such inspiring work and encouraging all of us to also.

  • Glorious Fern! She’s sure to win first prize. Keep us posted! And hey, you can always add that Peter Pan collar on later, right?

  • Fern looks absoluuttttearley amazing! Well done!

  • Your Fern is so pretty~

  • Wow, a lucky person will wear that delightful item!

  • lovely wonderfulness, a true treasure!

  • Wow, Ann! Great Fern. When do we hear about your blue ribbon?? And what’s next on your plate?
    Mary de B

  • A beautiful piece of work – should be treated as a family heirloom.

  • Wow, Fern is lovely! You should be really proud of it. Good luck at the fair!

  • Wow. Wowie, wow, wow!

  • Wow Ann,
    This is one super impressive and beautiful sweater. You really brought your vision to life! What an inspiration.
    The blue ribbon is so yours – but that’s not what it’s about, right?

  • It’s gorgeous. You should be very proud. If they don’t give you a blue ribbon, I’ll lend you my pointy-toed cowboy boots with the steel tips to kick them with.

  • If that doesn’t win a blue ribbon at the fair, there’s something very wrong with the judges. The sweater is so beautiful!

  • Fern… she be so utterly gorgeous that if you dont win… well I will be with out words!

  • Woa, I am amazed at your creativity and perseverance. A beautiful sweater that does an amazing job of capturing a bit of nature. Good luck at the fair!

  • Wow oh wow. That is one gorgeous fiddlehead fern sweater — a blue-ribbon knit if ever I saw one.

  • Stunningly beautiful !
    A superb piece of knitting and design.
    Fab !


  • I’m leery of the jinxing, so I’ll have to be careful here. Basically, I’d sure like to see what would beat that sweater becuase it’s impossible to imagine. So purty!!!

  • Truly amazing! You did a great job all around, the design, the knitting, the finishing. If you don’t win there is no justice in the Fair World.

  • Never mind about the silly old fair; you’ve gone WAY past any category of prize. That is a treasure of a sweater.

  • Those are the most beautiful fiddleheads I’ve ever seen. What a gorgeous sweater!

  • oh, ann – no only does little fern ROCK – you ROCK – now, show that state fair just where it’s at. you go, girl!

  • Ann, this is definately a ribbon winner. I can’t imagine any other entries that can come close to this beautiful sweater.

  • Ann, this is definately a ribbon winner. I can’t imagine any other entries that can come close to this beautiful sweater.

  • That’s gorgeous! When are you making an adult sized sweater? *ducks*

  • Fern makes me want to swoon, weep and have a little lie down all at once. She really is perfect. Congratulations on a beautiful piece of work.

  • Great job, Ann! Good luck at the fair.

  • That sweater is so gorgeous, I can’t even express myself adequately. Just gorgeous! And those buttons are perfect.

  • Oh my gawd!
    Fern is so loverly – great work. Best wishes at the fair.

  • Fern is absolutely gee-orgeous! It definitely is way up there with the other “blog-land county fair” grand prize winners. Hopefully the judges in your neck of the woods agree.

  • OHMYGODANNITSBEYUUUTEEEFULLLL! I hope that conveys the vigour with which I am attempting to express my total state of rapture over Fern. I cannot even imagine how cute fern is in person. The fiddleheads are simply amazing and the fact that you could pull them off while sitting next to a rather large and screeching five month old is really impressive. You are truly worthy of sitting in the chair of ————-. May you go forth and win the blue ribbon.
    I also want you to know that we saw the preview of your bookbookbook at the store last night. It looks heavenly! Can’t wait to see it in person as well.

  • Wow, Ann. It’s Fern! It’s very cool how clearly the inspiration from the spring walk in the forest you described is manifest in this lovely and perfect piece of knitted art. Excellent!

  • If you don’t win first prize for that, it’s a DAMNED SHAME!!

  • You definitely stuck the landing, Ann. You will ribbon in the final round.

  • Wow! Just… wow!!! I have to say, I was having a hard time visualizing the finished product along the way, but it was well worth all the effort you put into it. Congratulations on finishing a must stunning project – blue ribbon or no, you’ve earned accolades from all your devoted readers. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Can I be the 65th person to say how wonderful this sweater is, from all views? Congratulations. If they don’t give you a blue ribbon I’m gonna lead a write-in campaign for impeaching the judges.

  • Gorgeous! Not only is Fern a splendid design, beautiful done, but you have also set new, impossible standards for in-flight needlework…Remember to show us Fern modeled by your baby niece in a couple of years.

  • Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!

  • Ann, that is just too cute! Looks like a blue-ribbon winner to me. The lucky recipient is going to have a beautiful heirloom to wear. what an inspiration!

  • I’m not going to waste my time reading everyone else’s comments,because I know they all say what I said. OOOOH! Glorious.

  • Good luck at the fair with your ultra-fab creation!

  • Wow! Incredible!

  • Hard to imagine wool sweaters from my current vacation post in Hawaii (mustering up the desire to knit anything, even silk, is somehow a challenge here), but even in this setting I can appreciate the Finished Fern!
    So…are you and Kay going to create a Virtual Mason-Dixon State Fair so that we can all motivate ourselves to actually finish a project of such magnitude? Just wondering, because this whole external deadline thing seems pretty powerful.

  • Yeah, a deadline would probably help push me over the edge to complete some of those projects!

  • Absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait to see the photos from the fair.

  • love, love, love Fern. bravo ann!

  • Whta a beautiful sweater!
    It is a masterpiece :o)

  • It looks so great! You did an amazing job of taking it from idea to finished, and in such a short amount of time too. Can’t wait to see how you do ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ann, Fern is waaaay more classy, beautiful, adorable etc. than anything published by Rowan in the laST mag (and a few others)!
    i am impressed beyond words. i just came up for air from my books, and now i am just speechless.
    and i totally love the collar. totally.

  • Practically Perfect In Every Way.
    That is Art, is what that is.

  • Wow, absolutely beautiful! I hope you win! You deserve best of show!

  • Good god, that’s wonderful.