Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Better luck next time

This year I finally got my act together and entered a knitted item in the Creative Activities competition at the State Fair. They gave five ribbons in my category (sleeveless sweater or vest, textured or plain), not a single one awarded to me. I was sad about that for a few hours after I found out (I couldn't stand the wait, so I checked the results online), and then I went to the Fair and found all the ribbon winners so I could see if I could figure out what their entries had that mine didn't. I have to admit that aside from the first and second place winners, I wasn't sure what had distinguished the other ribbon winners, so I waited patiently for the Fair to end so I could pick up my entry and scorecard. I did have the feeling that I may have been marked down for working only the front in the textured pattern, while all the ribbon winners appeared to have patterning on the front and the back.

Here are the results:

Score: 92
General Appearance: Excellent. "Nice use of lace cable pattern. Tough competition in this lot."
Color and Design: Excellent.
Construction/Workmanship: Very Good
Level of Difficulty: Very Good
Choice and Handling of Finishing: Very Good

And that's it. No other comments. The scorecard criteria don't seem to match what's listed in the Creative Activities registration booklet, so I'm not sure if each of those 5 categories are worth the same number of points, or if some are worth more than others, or what.

There's always next year!


Anonymous said...

It's so odd how items are judged, and you wonder what they were drinking or smoking sometimes. At our Fair this year, a really complex but ugly sweater won its category. My friend and I looked at each other and said, "Isn't there a score for ugly?"

Heather said...

I was also disappointed by my placing this year in the county fair. Last year, I had done well with crochet, but maybe because few people crochet in my community. This year I did intermediate knitting and did not do as well. I don't know why it stings so just does.

Rocket Cherry

Deborah (aka Mt. Mom) said...

Well, for what it's worth, I still think it's a marvelous vest, Rox! :-)