It is that season, the season of home-made competition. I haven’t been organized enough in probably ten years to enter anything in any competition, or else I’ve been living overseas or gallivanting around the globe. Once upon a time I entered a pair of socks into the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair and got a second-place ribbon. But at least one of my fellow Stitch ‘n Bitchers that I recently left behind when I moved has far overtaken me and has won a number of blue ribbons in the last several years at SAFF and the State Fair.
This time I have plans for one state fair and two Sheep and Wool festivals. The parameters are all different, so the entries won’t be the same. Here are shots of four of my five entries that I dropped of yesterday for this weekend’s fair.
I’m really proud of my work, ribbon or otherwise! [See project links below.]
For one of the fests taking place in two weeks, I have two items planned, and neither has made it to the 50% finished benchmark yet… Also, why did I decide to do a handspun item, when I don’t have all the yarn? It requires four colors, and fortunately I located three in my stash, but the fourth is still a wild card.
And for my last fest of the season, I may have up to five pieces to enter, but again, two of them aren’t finished (and one FO isn’t blocked), for a total of three projects still on the needles across my planned entries.
It is exciting, though, to be motivated to race to the finish line. After jumping into the deep end this year, I should be familiar with the guidelines and better able to anticipate for next year. The most permissive competition is the state fair, and I would have entered more than five pieces if I hadn’t missed the pre-registration deadline. Apparently five is the cut-off when you just show up the day of drop-off.
Have you ever entered any of your handiwork in a competition?
Project links from the photo above: