There are two kinds of Christmas people: the ones who open their presents on Christmas Eve and the ones who wait until Christmas morning. We were Christmas morning people. One year, we decided to honor the other tradition and we opened all of our gifts on Christmas Eve. The next morning, I was so disappointed: where was everything? Somehow, I had expected presents to be “re-stocked” and that there would be more gifts to unwrap. But of course there were no extra presents. My husband comes from Christmas Eve people, but I refuse to let their tradition taint our home!
What does that have to do with August and the Minnesota State Fair? Well, yesterday I wrote that the anticipation of wondering if your knitting got a ribbon made it all the more fun.Â The state fair posts the results on-line. A few years ago, the results were available the NIGHT BEFORE the fair opened! I read the results — I knew how my stuff did before I got there. Bummer!! It was not as much fun. But the temptation was too much for me!
Well, this morning, the results were up before I left for the fair. So I could have read them before I left. I DID read about the baking results because my friend entered some cookies and bars — she won a ribbon, BTW:
The ones with the pink ribbon are hers!
But for my stuff, I knew better than to read about it ahead of time, and I was glad I waited. I walked in through the back way and right in front of me was this:
I just burst into tears! I was so expecting it to be overlooked. It was entered in the “Table Linens” category and up against very lacy and lovely crochet and tatting. I did not know what to expect, so I was very, very pleased!
PS — Twinsetellen commented that she went to the fair and saw Lyra and wondered why it was displayed with the purl side up (i.e, wrong side up)! I looked at a close up photo that I took and sure enough, they are displaying the wrong side. I wondered why it looked “rougher” to me than I remembered! I’ll need to mention this to the fair people when I go back. Jeesh! My eyesight needs a tune up…
Around the corner I found my Roslin Hoodie:
Can you believe the mannequin? Such a dramatic pose! 😉
Again, I was very pleased to see that it did so well. Off in another case was my Mystic Waters Shawl:
Yes, a second place — which thrilled me especially when I saw how it looked hung up like an old dishrag. I think this shawl would show better in a richer, more vibrant color, but too late now! So, those are my results this year.
The big thrill was seeing Kim’s sweater, decked out in all of its child-sized glory:
Again, why does it look like it was made for infant Quasimodo?
She made a beautiful Dale of Norway sweater that turned out just perfect — note The Yarnery award! Kim was there so we hung out and looked around at all the displays. We were both disappointed when fellow Thursdays at Four knitting peep, Ellie, did not win a ribbon for her darling child’s sweater:
I fell in love with this petit point Christmas Stocking:
The judges must have, too, because it was bedecked with ribbons and awards.
After perusing the displays, I checked out the Knitters Guild event outside the Education Building:
Knitting Squares at the Fair
I also wanted to see Kris King’s felted bag on display at the Fine Arts exhibit — it is where the real artwork is displayed (painting, sculpture, photography). OMG, her bag is gorgeous:
Wow! Felting as an artform. Way to go, Kris! It is absolutely stunning.
So long for today, State Fair — I’ll be back with DH in tow!
PS — an answer to a question: “What exactly is the Sweep Stakes award?” The sweepstakes is awarded by comparing all the blue ribbon winners in the category and then selecting the best of the blue ribbon winners. It is a thrill and an honor because it is the best of the best!