I’m hosting the Charity Challenge to encourage knitters and crocheters to donate a little bit of your time this holiday season to make something warm to help someone in need. The concept is simple: Each time you knit or crochet an item for a good cause (of your choice) between November 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 January 15, 2012 (extended deadline!) will earn you an entry in a prize drawing.  Throughout the contest, I’ll be featuring charities and projects on my blog to inspire you.

To enter the contest, you must complete two simple steps 1) fill out a quick online entry form  and 2) submit a photo of your finished project(s) to me via FlickrRavelry, or email. I encourage you to share project photos via the Flickr group pool I’ve set up for the contest so the rest of us may be inspired by and praise your work.

I’ll choose prize winners in January 2012 using a random number generator.

Prizes will be announced throughout the contest period. Scroll down to see the generous sponsors that have been revealed so far!

To keep things fair, here are some ground rules:

  1. The contest is open to knitters and crocheters anywhere in the world. Participants outside the U.S. are welcome!
  2. Entries must be handknit or crocheted. One project = one entry. However, since not all projects are equal, if you knit/crochet a project that requires more than 400 yards of yarn, I will enter your name in the contest twice (i.e. a baby hat or afghan square will count for 1 entry, a sweater or pair of full size adult socks will count for 2).
  3. Entrants may have a maximum of 10 entries. If you make more than 10 items, I still encourage you to share your project photos via Flickr to inspire the rest of us.
  4. Your entry MUST include an email address where I can reach you in January.  If you win a prize and I can’t reach you within the first two weeks of January, I’ll pull another name.
  5. As the contest host, I am not eligible to enter the contest or win a prize.

Need some ideas to get you started?  Check out some of last year’s entries.

I can’t wait to see what you make!


I’m so grateful to the following merchants for sponsoring this year’s contest. Please show your gratitude by visiting their shops!

SpinSpanSpun @Etsy


Chicago-based Myrtille sells gorgeous handspun yarn and handdyed yarn and fleece in her Etsy shop, SpinSpanSpun. She has graciously donated a gift card for her shop and free shipping to one lucky Charity Challenge winner! Myrtille’s yarn and fiber stands out for its stunning colorways.

Three Bags Full @Etsy

Michele from Three Bags Full has graciously donated the fun tropical print bag pictured to one Charity Challenge winner! She is based in Maine, where she makes these fabulous project bags that can help keep you organized. Each bag is fully lined with coordinating fabric and includes a secure zipper pull with a handmade bead. On the inside, the bags have an elastic holder for knitting needles and a pocket for stitch markers and notions—thoughtful touches that show that Michele, a knitter herself, knows what we like. Michele’s bags would make great gifts for knitters and anyone else who wants to be organized.

Norajane on Etsy

Owner Mollie makes adorable rubber stamps and pillows. I own several of her wonderful stamps, including my own set of the sheep pictured (of course!), and I was also excited to learn that she’s based in Cary, NC. We’re neighbors! One lucky winner will win $20 to spend in her Etsy shop.

Thank you so much to these small business owners who are making this contest possible through their support. Please consider visiting their shops for gifts or treats for yourself. If you are a vendor or pattern designer and would like to support the Charity Challenge this year, please email me at