So I finally entered some of my things in the county fair and I won a couple of ribbons (Woot)! I had to post this first to toot my own horn and secondly to tell you about the craziness that I encountered.
Woohoo me for winning some blue ribbons my first year!! (There, no more horn tooting.
When I brought my big ole bag of goodies up to the desk to enter in the Household Arts category I told them my list of things to enter ".....knitted and crocheted hats and scarves, sewn knitting needle rolls and crochet hook rolls, and some handspun yarns I made" . "Whoa, did you say you spun some yarn? That may be too old fashioned for even us." the lady said to me with a straight face!
Can you believe she said that? For real! So what did I do? I reached in my big ole bag of goodies, whipped out a squishy jet black thread plied skein with lengths of grey supercoil, slapped it on the table, and said right back to her "Does that look old school to you? My grandma never knit anything like that." As they reached out to touch and started with the oohs and ahhs that we all did the first time we saw handspun I looked at her and said with a straight face "Yes. That's how I roll."
Course after my "Oh yeah, I'm a yarn pimp" moment, they said they had never had handspun entered in their lifetimes. So they didn't know where to put my handspuns for entry, lol. I ended up with one blue ribbon and two red ones from my three skeins entered. When I picked them up today the lady who returned them to me actually apologized to me and said they all agreed I should have had a purple best in show ribbon but the judge had no idea what handspun was, lol. She told me she was there when the judge picked up one of my skeins and said something to the effect of "well, look at that. It has pieces of yarn hanging out the bottom". She told me she tried to explain it was where some lookey-lou pulled a few strands loose from the wound skein but she said the judge had no idea what she was looking at anyway, lol.
Overall, I feel proud of my ribbons but shocked that by the reactions to my yarns. I think spinners rock personally and the more people think it's too old fashioned the more fiber there is for me to buy up and spin!
Anyone else ever entered your handspun in the county or state fair? If so, what was the reaction to yours?
Oh yeah, here is the stuff I entered and the ribbons. I barely made it all fit in my lightbox, lol.