Disappointing results for me again at the Western Fair. Unfortunately, the judging does not give you feedback to explain their decision or what the knitter should do to improve their work. My best guess is that the judging at the Western Fair is subjective, based entirely on what the judge likes. I have pictures so you can draw your own conclusions.
I entered two knit items. Up first, knitted sweater. In this category, I knit Jim a Shetland jumper weight sweater, which didn't place. This pic shows my sweater on top and the first place sweater below.
The second category for knitted items was non-wearables. In this class I entered a knitted dragon, named Oolong. He took second place.
First place was a knitted hedgehog, made with fun fur. I didn't get a usable picture of it, but this is pretty close to the same thing.
And third place was a knitted pig. Note the tiny teddy in this picture. Incredible knitting!
I am trying to be a gracious looser. I really shouldn't be disappointed, because I know what the judging at this fair is like. I think it is time I stopped entering my knitting. I know I am a good knitter, I don't need a ribbon to prove it. The biggest reason to enter is to promote the craft of knitting. But how does it help educate the public when the judging results are so odd?