State Fair Knitting?

Im thinking about entering some knitting into the local State Fair creative arts contest. I have one project done that I really love how it turned out. Its the Monarch Butterfly Cardigan, pattern by Taiga Hillard Designs. I knit it up in yarn by Indiewayarns in the colorway Moose Mountain Maples which is a sport weight MCN blend (my favorite!!). I really loved working with that yarn, so soft and smoothy, and the colors are amazing. Anyways, here is the result:


The buttons were custom made by digitsdesigns and she did an amazing job. I just did a custom request, told her what I needed, and within about 2 weeks I had my perfect little monarch butterfly buttons, and they match the sweater perfectly!

I was originally knitting this cardi for my sister’s baby, but that baby has decided to be a boy baby and he would look funny in a butterfly cardigan…so Ive decided to hang onto it until either my sister has a baby girl, or possibly enter it into the State Fair. Ive never entered anything into the fair before, and our local fair is HUGE with tons of knitting and other needle arts entries. It would be fun, even if I didn’t win a ribbon. My family wants me to give it a try, so Im seriously thinking it over. Have any of you ever entered anything into any type of knitting contest? How did it go? Were you glad you did it?


About zenren

I am in my mid-thirties, and blissfully married to a guy named Dave with whom I have a 17 year old daughter named Anela, and she is my world. I'm the RN Clinical Nurse Manager of a Transitional Care Unit where I work extremely hard to make my nurses and my patients happy. I knit shawls, and hats, and baby sweaters. I obsessively use Burt's Bees lip balm. I love spending weekends on our little slice of lake in northern Minnesota, and laying in the grass near the bonfire on a cool spring night with the kiddo watching for shooting stars while eating gooey s'mores with sticky fingers. I enjoy wrapping up in over-sized, snuggly warm sweaters in the autumn and going for walks with the smell of fallen leaves and trees blazing with color. I read a lot of self-help books. I frequently do not answer my cell phone. My husband adores me because of my quirks, not in spite of them, and I do my best to appreciate that. Im learning to meditate, and have a weakness for a good cup of tea. My nephew is adorable, and brings me so much joy. I knit to wind down, stay sane, and create beautiful things.
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