I love our county fair. We have the best fair in the State of Indiana, and it's always a highlight of my summer. We take in as much of the spectacle, people and food as possible.
This year, I worked a few shifts at our church booth and spent a very sweaty hour looking at projects in the 4-H and Family Arts buildings. That was it. It was just too hot. Uncomfortably hot. Icky hot.
I did take some projects, though. As I've noted here before, it's always been a quiet little dream of mine to win a big purple rosette. My mom won a few, as have my kids, but the grand champion has always eluded me.
UNTIL THIS YEAR!
I got a blue on a baby sweater set I finished up as a gift and haven't given yet,
and a red on this scarf (knit from the last of the Russian/Chinese yarn Clay brought me several years ago!
I entered in this purse I made out of a felted sweater, an old purse strap, a big button (from mom's button tin, of course) and two binder rings in the "Recycled" category, and got a blue.
The only thing I made up especially for the fair? This crocheted purse:
The only thing I didn't get a ribbon on? This crocheted purse! But I'm not upset at all -- there were many entries in that category, and honestly, I'm not the best crocheter -- I just like doing it. And I really like my purse, until I go back and look at the purse I based mine on, another great Pinterest find:
Isn't that beautiful? Mine is made up of leftover kitchen cotton from many, many dishcloths, in a traditional granny square -- I think I would like to try it again, using wool and colors similar to the original, in the sleeker motif shown here.
Tomorrow, I have a knitting pattern to post!