The results from the state fair just went up.
The lace got a second place. The Blue Shimmer didn't place at all.
We go up Saturday to 'do the fair', and I will check out the other entries then. Ranting, if appropriate, to commence Saturday night. I did see that the person who won 'best of show' for knitting is the person who beat me in the lace division. So it better be something fantastical, is all I've got to say.
Many of these contests are 'thrown' by the judges, who are the sisters/aunts/cousins/husbands to the people entering. I'm also wondering if that has any bearing on this.
But never fear; I shall check all this out Saturday and take photos.
If needed I will give you guys the e-mail address to the judging coordinator. Heh heh heh.
EDITED TO ADD: One of the reasons I'm so cranky about that second in the lace division is, they award more than one first, if they think it's warranted. They COULD have given me and the other chick firsts, by their rules. So if that doily was second-place work, I REALLY want to see what first-place work is. The husbeast's comment, "Hers was probably bigger" is likely true, unless someone knit a freakin' Shetland wedding ring shawl. In which case, I will shut the hell up.