I entered eight items this year (I know- crazy!): three hats, two scarves, a small afghan, a sweater, and a belt. The sweater nearly killed me. I was sewing seams two hours before the entry deadline.
I am proud to say that not only did I successfully attempt CABLES and BLOCKING, but the sweater actually fits me. Except for some weird arm shaping. I think I can fix that post-fair.
First, the losers.
Item 1: Knit scarf, in a 2x3 broken rib-type pattern. Prize: honorable mention.
Sorry about the poor detail photo. There's nothing particularly wrong with this scarf, although I admit it's not my best effort.
Item 2: Crochet baby afghan, half-double crochet surrounded by single crochet and a curly border. Prize: fourth place.The crochet afghan category is highly competitive. I thought the curly edge would catch the judge's attention. It's perfect for little hands to grab on to. Alas, the judges did not agree.
Item 3: Crochet adult hat with celtic border in tapestry crochet. Prize: third place.
Wha? Third? This was the hat I made for my father last Christmas and in my opinion, the most challenging piece for me. This design was incredibly difficult to execute. Third??
Next, the winners.
Item 4: Crochet scarf, overall curly. Prize: second.
I was into the curlicues last year. I actually wore this scarf in my passport photo. I look like I'm being strangled by a sea slug.
Item 5: Crochet infant hat. Prize: second.
More curlicues! Brewgal's standard baby hat design.
Item 7: Crochet belt. Prize: second.
I made this for Little Brewer #2 last year. I entered this on a whim just because there was a category for it. I couldn't tell if there was any competition in this category. Little Brewer #2 was very anxious when I entered this. He was afraid he would not get it back. Not that he ever wears the darn thing.
And finally, Item 8: Child's crochet hat with flower. Prize: first.
I made this the week before the fair. Little Brewer #1 chose the color scheme. I felt it was a winner. Faux hatband with two-tone crochet flower? How could the judges not love it?
In conclusion, I have no idea what the judges like. They typically do not provide comments, so I cannot tell what I did wrong or right. I'm plotting next year's entries. I may attempt a log cabin blanket from Mason-Dixon knitting.