A note from Kathleen: Our friends at Juniper Moon Farm are having a design contest, and we want a Knitting Daily reader to win! See below for all of the details and then get knitting!
Does beautiful yarn speak to you? Does it shout "Knit me!" or "Crochet me!" Does the yarn tell you what it wants to be and inspire you to design something unique and all your own?
Well, this is your chance to gain recognition (and maybe win some yarn!) for your original design using either Chadwick or Willa from Juniper Moon Farm!
We want to see what Chadwick and Willa inspire you to create and the top 8 designs (4 for Chadwick and 4 for Willa) will win the following fabulous prizes:
- First place wins $300 worth of Juniper Moon Farm yarns
- Second place wins $200 worth of Juniper Moon Farm yarns
- Third place wins $100 worth of Juniper Moon Farm yarns
- Fourth place wins $50 worth of Juniper Moon Farm yarns
Design a new, original pattern using either one or two balls of either Chadwick or Willa. The design can be for anything—accessories, garments, children's garments, home accessories—whatever you dream up, but you can only use one or two balls of Willa or Chadwick.
Enter your project in the Ravelry database so people can find it (this will come into play later).
Securely attach a tag to your project with your name, contact information (address, email, etc.), and the name of the pattern as it appears in the Ravelry database.
Mail the completed project and written pattern postmarked on or before March 1, 2012 (new deadline!) to:
Juniper Moon Farm
1036 Venable Rd
Palmyra, VA 22963
(Don't worry, we'll mail it back after the contest ends.)
Anyone can enter. You can enter designs for one or both yarns. It should be a new design created specifically for Chadwick or Willa. We reserve the right to disqualify submissions that don't meet the guidelines.
Entries must be postmarked on or before March 1, 2012 (new deadline!). We will select our four favorite designs for each yarn. During the week of March 5, we'll post our top 8 (4 Willa and 4 Chadwick) on the Juniper Moon Farm blogand open up voting. The public will vote to decide which designs are first, second, third, or fourth place. (We'll be reminding people to vote, but you'll probably want to encourage your friends and family as well.)
The designs (either Chadwick or Willa) with the most votes will be 1st place and win $300 worth of Juniper Moon Farm yarn, 2nd place in voting will win $200 worth of Juniper Moon Farm yarn, 3rd place in voting wins $100 worth of Juniper Moon Farm yarns, 4th place in voting wins $50 worth of Juniper Moon Farm yarns.
Remember, each yarn will have 4 winners, so that's 8 winners total! Winners will be announced on the Juniper Moon Farm blog and our Facebook Page at the end of March.
The winning four patterns for each yarn will become the property of Knitting Fever Inc. This means you get recognized as the designer, but you can't sell the pattern. We might send the pattern to local yarn stores to use as a free pattern. We might even include the winning patterns in a future book!
Chadwick is a 60% Merino Wool, 40% Baby Alpaca blend. It comes in 202 yard (100 g) balls. Lots of yardage for you to create with and 12 colors from which to choose. The suggested gauge is 4.5 stitches/inch on a US 8, but you can use whatever size works best for your design.
Willa is a 60% Merino Wool, 40% SuperKid Mohair blend that comes in 153 yard (100 g) balls. Let your imagination run wild with the 12 colors available. The suggested gauge is 3 stitches/inch on a US 11, but you should use the size that moves you.
You can read more about both yarns on the Juniper Moon Farm blog.
Cast On or Get Hooking
What are you waiting for?! There is a lot of prize yarn up for grabs.
Find a local yarn store near you that stocks Chadwick and Willa and get your designer hat on. We can't wait to see what Chadwick and Willa tell you they want to be. If you're looking for inspiration, we've added three free patterns using these yarns to get you started.
Your project and pattern, with your name securely attached, has to be postmarked on or before March 1.