Tuesday To-Do Fairly Well

Last Week’s Goals:

  1. Quilt Disappearing 9 Patch 
  2. Knit on Ruby Red Bolero
  3. Enter the County Fair
  4. Wash fabric for Cabin Skein 
  5. Make Churn Dash blocks for Mystery BOM


This Week’s Goals:

  1. Work on Charity Quilt
  2. Sew Cabin Skein
  3. Start quilting Shades of Suede
  4. Babysit Dogs at Sister’s house
  5. Work on Guild BOM

This week is county fair, a small but fun one. I worked the fair on Sunday, and got to see how my entered items “faired”.

Grand Champions

Reserve Grand Champions

1st and 2nd Place Winners

Very happy with the results. I do not produce to win a competition, I just make what I want and enter what fits their categories, so I am not worried about perfection.

As always there are judge comments on the tickets. On all of the quilted items her comment was “Corners could have been sewn shut”. You know, they could have, but they aren’t GOING to be. I don’t have time to tack the mitered corners. My quilts have yet to fall apart because I didn’t. I think next year I will continue to not do it just to make her have to write it over and over and over. Snark off LOL.

Wandering Cat will get this irk. The knitting division covers all hand knit items, so they all compete for the Grand Champion ribbon. The GC was a vest, totally bypassing an Aran sweater. The vest was a modular knit style, nothing really jaw dropping. Reserve was taken by a sock made with self patterning yarn. There was my colorwork hat and a pair of colorwork mittens, and you’re going to tell me a pair of socks beat out those? Sometimes I wonder where they get the judges.

Thursday to Saturday I am dog sitting, so I plan to take my sewing machine and work on Cabin Skein, front cover of book, lower left corner. It’s on my new project list, so this is its month, I’m going in!

What’s on your list today?

Linking with:
To-Do Tuesdays
Color and Inspiration Tuesdays

27 thoughts on “Tuesday To-Do Fairly Well

  1. claire93 July 16, 2019 / 5:58 am

    well done for all those rosettes!

  2. Kate July 16, 2019 / 6:36 am

    Congrats on all the ribbons! You entered some wonderful projects.

    • chrisknits July 16, 2019 / 8:47 am

      Thank you. Next year I will be more intentional in my making.


  3. delightedhands July 16, 2019 / 7:47 am

    Congratulations on all of the first place ribbons! Don’t try to figure out the judge’s top picks;
    it is unknowable!!!!!

  4. Karen Goad July 16, 2019 / 9:58 am

    I entered the local fair two times running with quilts and one time got Best of Show which resulted in them asking me if I would work the fair the next year so I did and I got to overhear those judges decide what ribbons got placed on what. Keep in mind this was for a small fair like you say yours was so it probably isn’t done the same way but these two judges didn’t go by how well an article was made but what they liked and they actually fought over the best of show and the one that won was the one that the elder judge liked because she had been around longer!!! It made me wonder about my win the year before – I never entered again because it just didn’t seem like it meant anything

    • chrisknits July 16, 2019 / 12:58 pm

      When I judged the other judge looked at color and decided if she liked it or not. Anything purple got her vote! 😳 But I am sure your ribbon was well deserved!


  5. wanderingcatyarns July 16, 2019 / 10:30 am

    Congrats on the ribbons!
    I am done with our local fair exactly for the reasons you described. I have a feeling the judges aren’t knitters themselves and know nothing about the craft

    • chrisknits July 16, 2019 / 12:56 pm

      Thanks! Unfortunately that is probably true. The local small fairs just don’t have the depth of knowledge for techniques and skill.


  6. AJ July 16, 2019 / 10:44 am

    Congratulations! I often wonder what the judges are thinking too!

    • chrisknits July 16, 2019 / 12:54 pm

      Thanks! When I judged it was based on workmanship, not color or style. My thoughts were about the method, difficulty, and execution.


      • AJ July 16, 2019 / 1:05 pm

        Sounds like what I would want a judge to be looking for. I’d also want to make sure a judge was a knitter!

  7. nothingbutknit2 July 16, 2019 / 1:08 pm

    Congratulations!! Just entering and being judged deserves a ribbon:)
    As for why one thing wins and another does, maybe the judge liked the color better? It’s all pretty subjective.
    The one time I entered something the comment from the judge was “Beautifully blocked”.

    • chrisknits July 16, 2019 / 5:24 pm

      Yes, it is almost always subjective, which is why I tried so hard to not look at color or style, but judge the execution of the knitting. And everyone does get a ribbon at this Fair, judged on their project, not against another. So that is a nice feature. > >

  8. Christine July 16, 2019 / 1:20 pm

    Congratulations on your fair success! I did notice that “corners could have been sewn shut” on the project bag (yay for getting First Place on that!), and was sitting here thinking… Huh?! Nobody has time for that! I’m with you on the snarky no corners shut next year! LOL!!

    • chrisknits July 16, 2019 / 5:25 pm

      Glad I am not the only one who thought, Seriously? Thanks! > >

  9. Christine July 16, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    …No corners closed next year. Not shut. *facepalm*

  10. Vireya July 16, 2019 / 9:12 pm

    Congratulations on all those ribbons!

    • chrisknits July 17, 2019 / 10:06 am

      Thanks! It helps that everyone gets a ribbon, so that’s a participation trophy right there. LOL > >

      • Dione @ Clever Chameleon July 22, 2019 / 7:44 am

        Lol. but your hoard of ribbons are clearly not just Well Done ribbons! xx

      • chrisknits July 22, 2019 / 11:23 am

        Well, to be honest, everyone gets a ribbon, you are just judged by the level of workmanship on your entry, not judged against how well the other entries were. So there are very few ribbons less than blue or red. Thanks!


  11. rl2b2017 July 17, 2019 / 9:01 am

    Oooh, Chris! Look at all those checkmarks. That has to make you feel better darn accomplished. Here’s to another great week. And look at all those RIBBONS. Holy moly – great job. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits July 17, 2019 / 10:10 am

      Thanks! Yes, it was a good checkmark week and an even better ribbon one!! > >

  12. quiteayarnblog July 19, 2019 / 3:31 am

    Congratulations! You did great at the Fair, and also did great with your to-dos last week! Excellent week!

    • chrisknits July 19, 2019 / 10:40 am

      Thanks! I was happy with my showing.


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