Our State Fair is a Great State Fair!

Any other old-school movie musical fans out there? I have a confession; I have a bad habit of throwing out random lines from random songs from random musicals from time to time (not in public- I'm an introvert. Only my family has to endure this particular quirk). In this case, however, neither the song nor the musical is random. No, I'm not on my way to the Great New York State Fair (see above- introvert), but my sweater is!

To go back to the start of this story, I have always had a weird obsession with state fairs and 'country' living, especially since (or maybe because) I've lived almost my whole life in NYC. I practically memorized the Little House books (remember how they made the butter more yellow with carrot juice?). My favorite TV show was the British import The Goode Life (I was into self sustainability before hipsters were born). While other kids played with Barbies, I preferred the Sunshine Family and most of all, I loved my Sunshine Family Craft Store.

So, it's no surprise that the idea of a state fair appeals to me. I've actually entered quilts- without success, unfortunately. I've never yet entered a sweater, but there's a reason. Years and years ago, I decided to enter a sweater in the local County Fair. I designed and knitted an elaborate Aran cardigan for a toddler cousin. I used fine yarn and cabled every inch in a variety of cabled patterns. It really was beautiful, if I do say so myself. I was so disappointed when I got the red, second place ribbon. That might sound petty, but there were only 2 sweaters in the competition to begin with. The other sweater, which won, was a completely plain woman's pullover in medium weight yarn, one color, stockinette, no patterning of any kind. When I went to pick up my entry, I was told that I had lost because the other sweater was bigger, so there was more knitting in it. So, I've been a little hesitant to enter a fair ever since.

This year, though, I decided to bite the bullet and enter. I want that blue ribbon. Don't get me wrong, I'm not competitive-  Really! I'd actually be thrilled if everyone in the category got blue ribbons. But at least in the State Fair, there are specific divisions for different sizes and kinds of knitting so hopefully I have a better chance. I designed this sweater years ago, and remade it in a new size and colorway. Let's hope, even if I don't win anything, that at least it won't be because the square inch measurement is too small!