Where shall I start? Ok, let's start with the knitting...
First up, the "big one," my lace coat:
I'll take a moment to repeat an exchange I had on Facebook last week:
Aunt: Lots of great entries. I think your lace coat is the star of the entries. But that's just me.
Me: (Not just you...frankly, if it doesn't win Grand Champion, I'd like to see what does.)
So in the spirit of eating my words, I looked around for what did win. It was this hooded zippered cardigan:
I didn't see another "coat or cardigan" which means despite wearing a red ribbon, my lace coat also placed last. :(
My vest entry also won second:
For the sake of completeness, I'll show you the first place vest:
In the pullover category,
In the knitted hat/scarf/mitten set (any two pieces will do):
In the knitted "other" category:
But alas it was another pair of socks:
On to quilting, oops I mean sewing... My "tied" comforter won...
While I was working in the building on Monday, I heard one comment on this blanket. A lady said to her friend, "Hey! I think that's made out of tshirts." Then as she continued to look at it, "Yes, it is because I have the 2002 one on there!" They were moving on, so I didn't make conversation and ask about their volunteer time at the House but that was kind of fun.
In the jewelry category:
On to canning, where I did get to hear the judge's comments because I was the clerk for this section.
First, my pears which I decided to enter at the last minute because I thought they looked bright and fresh. Well, then a quart of someone else's pears came in and made mine look down right dingy. I knew as soon as I saw them on my check-in table that I was outdone! The judges agreed. It didn't take them five seconds to put my jar aside as a non-winner for it's unappealing appearance. The quart got first place.
Then as they were getting down to ranking 1, 2, and 3 the other judge picked them up and said to the first "Oh, you really liked these?" just to confer on what she thought. And the first judge says very off-handedly "Oh no, not particularly." They still managed a second place.
Now I'll run through the photography. The only ribbon winner was the black and white seascape with another...second place.
Black and white "head or figure"
|I love this metal (enamel?) frame I found at Goodwill.|
(Not sure it's the best for this picture, but it will be great
for something in the future, I'm sure.)
And let's end with a cutie from the "baby animal" barn: