The three reasons I decided to cosplay Rinoa:
I am short, cute, and I look good in blue.
Rinoa seemed like a really good first character to cosplay, seeing as she wore plain clothes with a unique duster, which I personally fell in love with and even decided to learn how to knit for.
Since everyone in my family knows how to crochet but are absolutely clueless on knitting, this was a big deal. :)
Unfortunately, as Fanime was coming up very soon I had to whip together a duster from bought material.
No worries! By next year I will have a HAND-KNIT DUSTER.
None, since I didn't enter any contests.