The judges comment: "Button hole on wrong side for a woman's sweater (whoops!). The different colors used in the gold band I consider craftsman's choice! Suggest you use the same color as the band to sew each band together." Fair comments - I always mess up which side the button holes should be.
My scroll socks took second place in the 'Knitted Socks' category:
Judges comments: "Stitches a little uneven and too bad something got stuck to one". Um - the 'something' wasn't there when I dropped it off! But the winning pair were a very nice pair of lace socks, so I'm not all torn up about not getting first place.
My little cute 'Two Week Wait Hat' got second place in the Knitted Hat category. I was surprised this got a prize at all - the finishing inside looks HORRIBLE. The judges comments were: "Good job, but you should never use knots when finishing". I agree.... but it's cotton! I get nervous! My Precious got second place in the 'Knitted Plain Sweater Category' - the winning sweater was a beautiful baby surprise jacket. I knew that my button band wasn't perfect, so the judge's comment of 'Great color work. If you had picked up more stitches along button bands it wouldn't pull so much at the corner' totally made sense:
And finally, my little Teddy Bear booties got 3rd place in the 'Knitted Article' category': Judges comment: "Good job, but color changes doesn't match on one and you shouldn't use knots to finish even on embellishments".
I'm pretty excited that they all did so well - considering I just pulled them all out of my FO pile - and none were made with expectations of the finishing work being judged!