This year, I finally did something I have been wanting to do for almost as long as I’ve been knitting: Enter a project into the Minnesota State Fair. In the end, I did not place. But I did show. And I got to show of a piece that I am really, really proud of.

I started this hat back in January. This beautiful Malabrigo yarn was a gift from my brother’s family. The pattern is Copy.Cat C.C beanie and I loved knitting it. It’s a really fun and simple knit. I am a tight knitter so I ended going up a needle or two from the original pattern. I added a faux-fur pompom to the top which I think make this hat perfect. I love, love, love how it turned out.

It took me a while to find the perfect pom for the hat. Because I was searching for it during the warm weather of the spring, I ended up purchasing three different pompoms for the hat (I got a really cool one that was supposed to snap on and off for washing but the hat was too thick for it to snap). The plus is that I now have two extra pompoms for future hats.

As I was making the hat, I knew it was going to be a Christmas present. But first, it had a detour to make. Normally I can be a careless knitter. Sometimes I’m a little sloppy in how I fix my mistakes. And I tend to have inconsistent tension. But I somehow managed to create a pretty clean knit here so I decided to enter it into the state fair.

The Creative Arts entries at the Minnesota State Fair is one of the highlights of the year for me. This is where Minnesotans show off their creative side and the fair showcases them all: beginners, masters, children, teens, adults, seniors, simple, complicated. All of them on display at the fair and it is so amazing. Also I think it would be cool to win a ribbon. So, you know, future goals.

I entered. I didn’t win, but I did get shown. And it’s was kind of cool. Normally the knit and crochet entries are put together in one section. But apparently some hats were used through the sewing display.

Do you see it? right there in the middle? Maybe this will help.

Yeah. I was kinda excited to see my hat at the fair.

As soon as the fair ended, I went to pick up my hat. With each item, the scoring card was included. I am 100 percent okay with the scoring for my hat: top marks across the board except in how difficult the pattern was. Which is a fair assessment. In, apparently, a competitive lot.

I’m really proud of my hat. And I’m really proud that I submitted it to the fair. Not really a giant, life-changing moment (I know a lot of very talented creative people who have entered and placed at the fair many, many times). But, something I’ve wanted to do and finally did. And that is satisfying.

Have you entered your creative work into a competition? Let me know about the experience in the comments below. Don’t forget links if you have ’em!