I didn't get ANY of my projects into the state fair this year. I found this out right before leaving on vacation, but didn't really notice/process that uh...if you didn't get in, you had to pick up your items a LOT sooner than I was planning. Which is to say, on Saturday I got a phone call saying, why didn't you pick up your stuff? Uh....because I am hours away right now? Shit. I actually started dreaming that night that I'd forgotten my stuff, but at that point there wasn't shit I could do about it and couldn't even check the due date without say, downloading a giant PDF on my phone (which is not cool with that). Anyway, the lady I talked to, Julie, was extremely nice and went above the call of duty about letting me pick up my stuff on Monday after work, even though I got caught in whopping traffic (despite my doing some kr8tive driving to get around freeway clogs in certain places, there's only so much you can do) and didn't make it exactly by 6 p.m. She said she'd liked my stuff and was surprised it didn't make it in. However, they have different judges every year, and apparently this year they only handed out one honorable mention per category rather than more than one. I don't know if that's a permanent change or not, but...ack.
Anyway, I got home and got my scoresheets in the mail. The fairy garden was "the scale isn't right." (Uh...for fairies?!) The handspun yarn one mentioned my "Bavarian twisted stitch" (I have never heard of this before and I don't know what it is) and said the yarn was too thick to wear--okay, there's some merit to that, though I've done it. The Desert Bluffs one nitpicked my weave-ins and said that the position of the sun in the logo was "problematic," which is to say uh...I didn't notice it was over the crotch. Anyway, I can't really argue with the critiques too much. I wasn't good enough. (Note: last year's note on my winning sweater on the sheet was "Needed better blocking," so whoever's judging this year was more nitpicky.)
And if they're only going to have four winners from now on--I asked Julie and she said she didn't know if that was just this year or what--then I'm clearly not going to be good enough to make it. Since I paid $10 per item to have them judged, if I'm clearly Not Good Enough to make it into the top four...well, maybe I should just save my money. Or become a lot more nitpicky with my knitting, but I am not super super picky about my crafting, so that might not happen. Either way, I don't think I'm likely to enter fair any more. Sigh, but there it is.