From there the beast within me was awakened. The following year I had to "top" that entry and do something different, and possibly for multiple categories.
The same year I entered a garment - this cardigan. I love this sweater and wear it regularly to this day. It took a second place, rightfully so, to a fabulously cabled sweater that was simply stunning. But clearly the die had been cast, I was already plotting the next year's entries as I picked up these to bring home.
The sweater did successfully take top honors for the category that year, and as a first pass tee shirt style sweater it was wearable and had some fun features like the eyelets on the bodice, the waved hem, and the curled sleeves. But I hated it on me - it just didn't work for my body and so it too sits unloved.
There were other pieces entered that did take some ribbons, but sadly I neglected them in my excitement about this one. So my poor neglected entries and ribbons have gone unrecorded. Which is pretty funny when you think that it's just a silly ribbon.
But . . . now I have to try and top myself this year, and I do think I will fall short, but I promise you I have some tricks up my sleeve.