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Monday, August 01, 2005

Blue Ribbon Knitting

Remember this? Its the Mystery Stole aka Leda's Dream. Well, last week was the Loudoun County Fair and because of the suggestion over at Mason Dixon Knitting that we enter our knitting in fairs, I entered it. I didn't plan it to enter in the fair, it just worked out that this was done and then the fair came up (found out about it the Friday before) so I thought, hey, why not? So last Sunday afternoon, Caleb and I found ourselves over at the fairgrounds standing in line between a woman with blackberries the size of golfballs and a little 4-H er with a pictorial explanation of "The Castration of Goodfella." Goodfella is a horse and is probably a little tender at the moment if the pictures are any indication. While I totally get the 4-H value of such a project, seeing in full color photographs is a little unexpected. Anyway, we checked in the stole, took our claim ticket and left. I felt like it was pretty good, but you never know what you're going to be competing against or who the judges are. For all I know the judges have been permanently scarred by lace knitting because their moms wrapped them up in lace blankets as babies and they used to get their toes and fingers stuck. I mean, you never know. So Thursday, we went back so we could see the fair and check on the stole. This is what we found:
A BLUE RIBBON AND A BEST OF SECTION RIBBON! I couldn't believe it! I'm still giddy from it all. I forgot to take my camera to the fair, so I had to wait until yesterday to pick up the stole and the ribbons to get a picture and tell you guys. Anyway, I had to share what happened. This is pretty big for Chez Pink Lemon. I'm trying to figure out how to wear the ribbons around my neck now.

By the way, the blackberries won a first place and Goodfella came in second, in case you were wondering.


Blogger Kary said...

Oh my GOSH!! Congrats, Melanie ... the ribbons are well deserved! That stole is FAB!!! YiPpEE for YOU!

7:14 AM  
Blogger Marion said...

Aren't you so proud of yourself! I know i would be. And i am proud of you! Its a beautiful shawl!!!!!!!!! Glad you entered it! God Bless Marion

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulations - but then you actually deserved it, since it's very pretty indeed!

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Diana S. said...

Congratulations! Makes me even more anxious to start my own. I love the close-up photo, too. The knitting is beautiful (easy to see why you won) and I can't wait to do that gorgeous edging!

8:59 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Woo hoo!! Congratulations Melanie!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is fabulous! Thanks for the results on the blackberries and castration. Those are the kinds of entries I usually see at the fair! :) Mindy

9:42 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

WOOHOO! That is so cool. Congratulations!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Micky said...

Congratulations! Now I can say I am knitting a blue-ribbon worthy pattern made by you!
I was just dropping by to let you know I added your link to my blog. I have been reading you for a while, but just hadn't put you on there yet. I have been a very lazy blogger.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Congrats! You did a beautiful job on the stole and totally deserve those ribbons! Yippee!


2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! Congratulations! And thank you for sharing the pattern with us via Mystery Stole-along. --Elisa (still not finished with first full repeat...)

2:49 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Congrats Melanie!! The ribbons are well deserved for such beautiful work, and you EARNED both of them! Now, are you going to start designing professionally?

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations from your very proud mother! I'm glad I didn't have to wait for the blog to find out. :)
Caleb's Grandmama

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Goodfella said...

You definitely came out of the fair better than I did. That certainly was NOT worth a red ribbon. (It wouldn't have been worth a blue ribbon either, most likely.)

3:15 PM  
Blogger luvs2knit said...

Good for you for winning two prizes. The stole is so beautiful.

Hooray for you!!!

11:44 AM  
Blogger Marlene said...

Congrats on your ribbons. Best in Show! Wow, now THAT one has got to be hard to get. Good going.

I hope more bloggers enter their work in fairs and then report back. I won a handful of ribbons myself, NOT Best in Show though!...You GO girl! I will get a picture up on my blog shortly.

10:15 AM  

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