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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

the fair

Thank you all for your comments yesterday about my cotton bag. I've accepted the fact that it should indeed be lined I just need to settle myself to it. Thanks Amanda for the awesome sewing link. I think its going to be very helpful.

I’m picking up the gauntlet and running with it. This year I’m entering my knitting in the state fair. I couldn’t stop thinking about the idea every since I read Ann’s post.

Being the little researcher that I am I reviewed the winners list from last year. Weeding through the hieroglyphics I believe that no one won in any knitting category in any class last year. Does that mean that no one entered? Not necessarily. According to the rules, which I also looked up and reviewed in detail J, “any article not up to standard in the class in which it is exhibited can be ruled out by the judge.” However, I would guess since this is such a hot state that not many people are into knitting and of those people an even fewer number go to the state fair. This means I could probably get away with entering an intermediate level object and still be in a good place to get my hands on that ribbon. For that’s what I really want folks: the Blue Ribbon.

There are exciting cash prizes, or premiums as the fair lingo states, in each category. Ten dollars for first place, $8 for second place, and a whopping $6 for third. Oh, and honorable mention gets a ribbon. It also states that all those place holders receive ribbons. However, it doesn’t state whether or not the ribbon is blue. I want the Blue Ribbon. I don’t care about a lousy ten bucks as a prize that costs the ten with another zero added to the end. I want the Blue Ribbon. There is even a shot at an ‘Award of Excellence’ rosette. Wow.

Here is the scariest part of the ‘rules’: “All articles that require hanging for display should be brought with wire, etc., attached and ready to hang.” I have a horrid little feeling that the judges may think that a knitted sweater would be something they consider in need of a wire hanger. My insides are churning at the thought of it. Must check into this in more detail. Probably requires speaking to a live human being to allay my fears otherwise I’ll only be submitting baby blankets.

Entries must be received by September 17th. Can I make it? Who’s with me?


Blogger amanda said...

what a great idea! it really is too bad the prize money doesn't even begin to cover the cost of yarn for a new project.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Miriam said...

I've been thinking about my state fair. Or my county fair, which means I wouldn't have to travel. Perhaps I should enter my shawl, since I designed and knit it. I think it would be considered advanced level. I'm gonna go look into it!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Janice in GA said...

Oh good for you! I know a number of handspinners who enter work in the Perry fair. Enter and knock their socks off!

12:03 PM  
Blogger sturdygirl said...

Wow, I never even thought of doing something like that! I can't imagine what I'd make...but I can't wait to see your creation!

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Ryk said...

Wow, good luck with the fair entry...I'll keep my fingers crossed :)

10:06 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Great Idea! You can do it. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

11:13 AM  

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