Shall I Or Shan’t I?3 March 2009
Last year there was a lot of criticism in the Sydney knitting fraternity (and sorority) about the entries in the Sydney Easter Show. They have a large knitting competition – probably the biggest in Australia, I think. There was some exquisitely executed knitting, that’s for sure, but the majority of it was stuck in a 1950’s time warp. Really ghastly items that my 88 year old mother wouldn’t dream of wearing. Some of the garments were lovely but there were so few of them. One woman was overheard saying that if you can knit as well as this, why would you knit THAT? (If you want to see a really good description of last year’s event, go to Knitabulous’ blog)
So I told myself at the time that next year, I’d enter something. My skills aren’t good enough for a lot of the categories – I don’t knit Shetland lace, and my Aran knitting wouldn’t produce a perfect item. Any Fairisle garment wouldn’t really pass muster and my finishing techniques aren’t fantastic. Actually as I write this, I’m wondering why I considered entering in the first place.
But I do enjoy, and am reasonably good at, designing my own garments. So I sent off my application form for the Original Design section. And the paperwork arrived yesterday.
Now I have to decide whether to actually submit the garment. I haven’t finished knitting it yet – heck, I haven’t finished designing it yet. But I’ve got 3 weeks before I have to take it in.
On the plus side, it would be great to see it displayed in the cabinets at the Showground. And if I actually got a ribbon, of any colour, I’d be over the moon. It’s also important that as many people as possible enter items that reflect the 21st Century.
On the down side though, am I going to be very disappointed if it doesn’t make the display cabinets? How am I going to feel when I hear people make disparaging remarks or, even worse, write disparaging comments on the internet? I haven’t developed a thick skin for this as I’ve never entered a knitting competition before.
In other words, shall I bother? I think at the moment, it’s wait and see.