On Saturday, we made our annual pilgrimage to the land of food-on-a-stick, butter sculpture, odd shaped veggies, livestock, and people watching. Yes, it's Iowa State Fair time. It was hot, but not close to the heat and humidity we had earlier last week, and it was crowded.
One of our primary reasons for attending was to peruse the "Fabric & Threads" display. I submitted four projects this year, and was awarded ribbons on two.
My Weiner Dog Sweater received a 4th place ribbon.
And my Ballerina Monkey also received a 4th place ribbon and was awarded one of the "Randall Parkin Knitting Awards."
I don't know exactly what the Randall Parkin Knitting Award is, but I do know that the fair awards a number of privately named awards for various reasons. I'm guessing that this individual (or someone on behalf of this individual) has endowed such an award. Hopefully I will get more information when my entries are retrieved after the fair.
My Alligator Scarf and Bunny Sweater didn't receive any ribbons. Last year was my first year entering and I received an Honorable Mention ribbon. This year I received two 4th places, so I guess that is progress. Looking at the other children's cardigans and the other toys, I think the judges probably did a really good job of placing the items in those categories. But...
I still don't understand the judging. When I objectively look at categories that I didn't enter, I don't always think the judges get it right. So I'm still baffled as to what precisely they are looking for to distinguish a blue ribbon from a red and so on. Hopefully I'll remember to think ahead enough to enter again next year. If you are interested in seeing more pictures of the displays from the fair, please check out this Flickr set.
The knitting display at the Fair is situated with the other fabric and thread categories: crochet, weaving, tatting, cross stitch, sewing, quilting, etc. I don't know very much about these other categories, but I have to say that the quilts are quite impressive.
For example, this postage stamp quilt (I think that's the correct term for quilts that use tiny little scraps of fabric) that creates this photograph mosaic.
They have an entire room dedicated to the blue ribbon quilts.
The one on the far left in the picture also won the "Best First Quilt" award. This quilt is HUUUUUGE, so I was so impressed that this was someone's first project.
And I also discovered they have a category for doll clothes.
I'll have to remember that next year in case I'm still sewing doll clothes.
Tomorrow, the rest.