This year’s Premium Book was just released, and I am disheartened. The Premium Book is what lists all the categories of county fair competition, the prizes, the submission information and rules – all the technical stuff.
Here’s how it works when you submit something for competition, be it a knit scarf or a baked pie or a pig: your submission falls into a specific category (called a “class”). You are competing against every other entry in that class. You are also, in a less immediate sense, competing against all the entries in that particular division. But the nitty gritty, the thrown elbows, that all happens between class entrants.
Obviously, therefore, the fewer entrants into your particular class, the easier your competition will be.
I could have sworn that “Shawls” was a separate class in the hand-knit division. I couldn’t check, because by the time I got around to planning it, last year’s Premium Book had already been taken offline. (I saved a copy of this year’s Premium Book PDF so this doesn’t happen next year.)
But no. Shawls belong in the “Accessories” class, along with hats, caps, gloves, mittens, scarves, etc. Which is to say: all the things that people want to knit. This category is so crowded with outstanding entries – including some stunning lace shawls – that last year my Selbuvotter mitts barely got a look in.
The full list of classes in the Hand-Knit division is: Sweater/Pullover, Cardigan/Vest, Suit, Accessories, Dress, Baby Set, Baby Blanket, Doily, Pillow, Toys, Afghan, Other. Short of trying to figure out what might fall into “Other,” I think my best bet for next year would be to knit a dress (!!) or a suit (!!!).
(Can anyone recommend a “beginner’s doily pattern”? I just searched Ravelry’s Patterns page for “doily” and I was all like, NOPE.)
In other news, this week I found an adorable frog. It hopped onto some ferns, and I had to run inside to get pictures before it hopped away again. Such perfect camouflage!
Excellent work, good sir.
I award it a blue ribbon in the “Small Frog; Decorative” class.