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South Shore woman recognized for her needlework at county fair

Nancy Oliver Hayden
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Jonnie Crawford displays her knitting and the ribbons she won at the 2005 El Dorado County Fair.
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Jonnie Crawford has added to her growing number of ribbons from the El Dorado County Fair. The South Lake Tahoe resident received Best of Show in the knitting and crocheting division as well as ribbons for first, second and third place at the 2005 fair.

She received The Best of Show for a knitted scarf.

“I saw this beautiful lacy, fine yarn made of silk and possum fur and wanted to see what it would look like if I made a scarf,” Crawford said. “It’s color is called Indian autumn and it is a hand-painted, variegated rust and dark purple. There is no real pattern – the colors are muted together.”

“This is the kind of yarn you see and say ‘I can make something out of that’ – then you go out and buy an outfit to go with it,” Crawford said.

First- and third-place ribbons were awarded for Scandinavian-type ski sweaters with lots of color she made for her son, and a second place was received for a felted tote bag.

The tote bag was knitted with yarn and then thrown in the washing machine with hot water and it became felted. Other felted items Crawford has made are hats and socks. She said that they wear forever.

“I made the felted bag because I wanted to see if I could do it,” she said.

Crawford works each Sunday at The Wool Tree, 3119 Harrison Ave., a store that carries yarn, buttons and accessories for knitted items. Four of her sweaters are on display and for sale at the shop.

Crawford, who has been knitting almost all her life, also likes to sew. A few years ago she worked on costumes at Harrah’s South Shore Room, where a line of dancers opened every show. She was responsible for fittings and alterations. She also was a 4-H leader in Placerville before moving to South Lake Tahoe, where she taught sewing classes.

Crawford has been entering items in the El Dorado County Fair for seven years and has won big every time.

“My first entry was a sweater I made for my son and I received a blue ribbon. I was flabbergasted,” she said.

This year was the first time Crawford has won Best of Show, but she has collected about two dozen blue, red and white ribbons during the past seven years.

“I would like to see more people from South Lake Tahoe get involved in the fair and enter their handiwork. We have some wonderful craftspeople up here,” she said.


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