Our county fair was a few weeks ago, and I did something this year that I’d never done before. I entered two pieces into the knitting competition. Truthfully, it was a bit more nerve-wracking than I thought it would be.
First I read through the entrance guidelines for the different classes to find out which ones I should register for. No biggie, I can see where entering a lace shawl into a class for fitted cardigans could be confusing for the judges. The part which was a little tough for me was the bit in the on-line registration which said I couldn’t blame anybody if something bad like fire, flood or indelible stains, happened to my knitting. It occurred to me at that point that I was actually going to have to take my knitting to the fairgrounds and give it into Someone Else’s Keeping. Be still my heart… is this what it feels like to drop your kid off for the first day of school?
I didn’t cry, I promise you. I confess I got a little bit chin-quivery, but I did not cry.
If anyone reading this was one of the volunteers that day, please rest assured that I didn’t doubt your integrity for a moment. I know, just know in my heart of hearts, that in case of fire, flood or leaking pens, you would have saved my shawls.
It turned out that all my worrying was for naught. Not only did my shawls come back to me in perfect condition, but they both got ribbons.
Ancient Woodlands received an Honorable Mention in Knitted Shawls, Stoles and Wraps.
See how the ribbon matches the color of the shawl?
Wisteria Garden also did me proud, getting Second Place in Fine Lace.
Red ribbon, pink stole… seeing a trend here!
I’m very pleased with my results, especially since I didn’t knit either of these shawls with any eye towards entering them into competition. I do believe I’ll be doing this again!