I knit because I enjoy it. People often compliment my work but really I only do it for myself, because it makes me feel good to look at these things and say “I made that!”
Back in the summer when I realized I would be staying in Canada a little longer than originally planned I decided I would enter a few things in our local fall fair, just to see. Because it wasn’t a planned thing I decided I really only had things to fit in three classes; socks, shawl or small cape and fancy scarf. The items I chose have all been on Boxer Yarns before because they were all 12 in 14 projects, Don’t Blink!, Salt Water Waves and Deep Sea Fronds.
I dropped my projects off to the nice ladies from the Agricultural society on the Wednesday evening, snuck off for my pickup of salt water taffy and headed back home. The only day I had planned to attend the fair myself was Monday for the heavy horse show so I even though I knew the judging was Thursday I didn’t think much on how I might have done. Saturday some friends came by the house to hang a ceiling fan for us before going to the fair that evening. She sent me a text asking how many entries I had and I told her three and what they were. She said they had seen the socks and shawl and they were very nice but since she didn’t say anything else I assumed I hadn’t placed with those. On the Monday at the fair my mom also asked how many entries I had and she too had only seen the shawl and socks when she was there the night before, she was also holding out on me. As we walked up to the building I said to her that I didn’t know what the problem was, I could see my scarf from where we were. She asked how and I said “because it’s long and green, I can see it hanging over there on the left”.
So my socks were the “worst” of the bunch if you can call a third a worst. I have a couple of theories on them, one is they are a bit of a lace sock which maybe makes them less practical in Canada. I also have to wonder if they didn’t think my heel was complicated enough although I personally think all heels are plenty complicated thanks.
The shawl apparently went over well. I thought it was considerably prettier than the one that came in first but I know where I went wrong here. I read the word small and entered a small shawl, had a read the category properly I would have entered a different one.
Then there was this. I guess nobody could see my scarf for all the “stuff” on it. I won 1st Place and Special: P.A.S. Homecraft Division in Class G440 an additional prize of prize item chosen by committee. There are 87 categories in class G440, look at that ribbon!!! I was just shocked, I kept saying “I won a special…”
I don’t have data or most of my US friends on my Canadian phone so I was texting another friend to relay to Haldecraft headquarters that I had done good things with her yarn babies, her words. I really do have to thank her for providing me the medium to make such beautiful things.
When I went back Monday evening to pick up my stuff and told the nice ladies that my scarf was the green one they all came over to tell me how beautiful it was and the beading was such a lovely addition. They also wanted to know that I would be entering next year and you bet I will. Here’s the photo I took when I got home.