Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sand Sculpting Competitions

As I have to tink or frog my knitting, my mind starts to think of one of my favorite competitions - sand sculpting. Wow! That's all I can say. I've been several times to Virginia Beach for their annual sand sculpting competition and it is amazing.

When I see the end result of the designer's work I get upset at the thought that after the competition is over the sea will engulf their designs forever. I wish I could build a wall that would go deep into the sand so that it would stop the waves from crashing down on such masterpieces. And I would place each piece in a glass container with a special protection from the sun on each design to preserve them for at least a year or more. I think many more people should be able to see and appreciate the passion, talent, and skill in each designer's work before it's gone.

Pictures don't do the designs justice, but I just have to share with you some that I took in the past. If you haven't been to a sand sculpting competition yet you are missing out on a treat. It's fascinating to watch them work on their designs as they try to outdo the other designers. As I watch them put such details in their work I can't even imagine the sleepless nights they must have had to come up with yet a better design than their last one.

I couldn't go this year, but I will be looking at the website 37th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival to see the pictures. These competitions are held all over the world. To see if there is a competition in or near where you live, search 'sand sculpting competitions' on the web. You could plan a vacation around a competition. This is another area where true creativity has made its mark for sure.

So the next time you have to tink or frog your work, just think, you can redo a couple of stitches or rows and you are able to keep your end result. These designers create their pieces and say goodbye for good after every competition. A little tinking or frogging doesn't seem that bad after all.

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