I still can't believe I did it, but I entered three of my crocheted pieces into the local county fair this year. I was the only competition in my divisions: dolls or toys, clothing not baby, and ripple afgahan. But I did score 90 on the afgahan, 94 on the doll, and 95 on the poncho. That's still an "A", right? lol.
I made the baby ripple afgahan for the next baby girl in the family. I made the purple/white poncho for my sister's daughter last Christmas. She likes it and that's what matters to me. I also made another one for my brother's daughter using the same purple/pink as this afgahan.
I made the doll for my sister's other little girl that same Christmas. I made her eyes brown and put highlights in her hair like my niece. Evidently she likes her, because we had to sneak her out of the house to place her in the fair. That's better than any ribbon.
A blue ribbon means that you can enter into the state fair. I'm not going to. I don't think they'll show well, they didn't score as high as needed to win at that level, and because I didn't like the emotions I went through to show them! I'd much rather make things in love and give away than to compete. But I wanted to share this little accolade with you, since I rarely get one in the form of an actual award. Kinda nice!