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September 9, 2016

From Susan — It’s a Two-Fer!!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 1:16 pm

Sally is in Colorado selflessly tending to her DD’s medical needs and helping cheer her up.  She really appreciates that many of you responded to the question she posed about the mystery knitting needles!!

I picked up my stuff from the fair on Wednesday.  There are several items that I had not yet posted on the blog or Ravelry.  One is the hat that no one saw!  Literally.  No.  One.  It was better hidden than [insert your favorite insulting political comment here].

The pattern is called Mother Goose Hat and to me it screamed invisible stranding!!  The last pattern row has one white stitch and the rest blue!  The technique worked beautifully.

I think it’s pretty cute!!  The hat received a 5th place ribbon at the fair which means I received a $0 award.  Yep.  Not even a buck!!

And to Gretchen — you will have to wait until next year to get a picture with Babe!!

PS in response to Amy:  I will bring my stuff and judges’ sheets to the fair, but you are only allowed to talk about five entries.  :)

PPS to Angela:  I wasn’t complaining about 5th place (maybe about the $0!! 😉 )!  I feel like getting any ribbon at our fair is recognition.  The competition in Minnesota is fierce!


  1. Very curious what the score and comments were – are you going to be sharing this at the upcoming Guild meeting?

    Comment by Amy — September 9, 2016 @ 5:27 pm

  2. This hat is so darling and so beautifully knit! The Penelope’s couldn’t figure out why the 5th place! Nothing in the comments either to justify this. Sure would have been nice to learn what the problem was! Actually there was no problem and the invisible stranding was totally invisible with the inside as neat as a pin!
    Go figure!

    Comment by Kathy W. — September 9, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

  3. Sorry your beautiful knitting didn’t get the recognition it deserved! It reminds me of the time my youngest daughter put her first scarf in the fair (she was six at the time). There was a mix-up and somehow it got put into an adult category, instead of with the children her age. She nevertheless received a third place ribbon. She was not happy though, because she would have had first place if it was in the children’s category. But looking at some of the other entries, she remarked, “Well, at least I didn’t get Horrible Mention!” Hahahahahah….I’m still laughing 10 years later.

    Comment by Angela Langdale — September 10, 2016 @ 12:29 am

  4. That hat is fabulous! I too wonder what the judging criteria are and what the judges’ qualifications are. I am about to enter items in our local county fair. The last time I did, the article that was the most challenging to knit and that has received the most favorites on my Ravelry page only got a third place ribbon. So who knows?
    Any way, I really enjoy your blog and I am inspired to make many of the beautiful patterns you feature.

    Comment by Mary Lou Keenan — September 10, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

  5. Well, I don’t understand those judges either – that hat is adorable and beautifully made. Love your checkerboard and yours is my favorite style of pompom especially on kids’ hats. Would love to see the inside :)

    Comment by annie — September 10, 2016 @ 2:07 pm

  6. I agree with the other comments. The hat is beautiful. Judging at fairs is so hit and miss. Sometimes I wonder if the judge needed a bathroom break and didn’t even bother to look. This blog is one of my favorites. Thanks

    Comment by Anita Dodds — September 12, 2016 @ 1:27 pm

  7. Truly wonderful! SOMEone is going to be very happy to receive it! Beautiful project.

    Comment by Joan — September 12, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

  8. It’s so adorable and the technique worked like the magic that it is.

    Never know what will happen when a fair item is entered. Love it.

    Comment by Urbanite — September 13, 2016 @ 11:11 am

  9. Great little hat and nicely done! I’m curious how the inside looks… I am working up to trying invisible stranding.

    Comment by Susan — October 4, 2016 @ 8:44 am

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