Pick Up Sticks Pretty in Pink Contest

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
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In cooperation with the delightful Connie of Pick Up Sticks, I am excited to finally announce the launch of the Pick Up Sticks Pretty in Pink Contest!

As you probably already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this fact is what inspired the following contest. You might not know, though, that September is the month for Ovarian & Prostate Cancer. November is for Lung Cancer. January: Cervical Cancer. Obviously, there’s not just one type we have to be worried about, and not just any particular month when we should give.

But this month is as good as any, and giving is what this contest is about. As an incentive to support hospitals and cancer organizations across the continent and throughout the world, I’m offering a prize for donating scarves, hats, toys, blankets, financial gifts, etc., to the cancer charity of your choice.

But before I get to how to enter, of course you’ll want to hear about:


Thanks to the wonderful Connie from Pick Up Sticks, you can win:

  • 2 skeins of delicious hand painted Apple Pie Yarn by Apple Laine in the “Pretty in Pink” colourway.
  • A Sock Pattern by Northern Sunshine Designs
  • A Pick Up Sticks project bag!

Pretty in Pink Prizes Image

And if you’re sick and tired of pink, there’s plenty of other colours in there to keep you interested.

How Do I Enter?

  1. Leave a comment here or let me know via email that you’d like to participate.
  2. Knit up a hat, scarf, or any other donatable item and take a picture of the finished piece.
  3. Send your finished item to the charity of your choice and feel the pride of a good deed done.
  4. Send me a link to your picture by emailing me or leaving a comment on this page.
    • If you have a blog, post your picture and send me the link to your post. Feel free to include a Pretty in Pink button (to help spread the word, and so I can tell which is your entry, if there’s any ambiguity). You can find the button and code at the end of this post.
    • If you don’t have a blog, upload an image of your finished item to the internet and send me a link to your image.
  5. Every finished piece you donate counts as a separate entry into the contest, so if you donate four scarves, you’re entered four times. If your post contains more than one entry, make sure you mention that in your message to me.
  6. This contest is retroactive; if you donated in the last few months and have a picture of the item you donated, you can enter that as well.
  7. If you don’t have time to knit, you can still enter by donating some moolah to any cancer charity (such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Society or the Canadian Cancer Society). Every $25 you donate counts as one entry into the contest.

Where to Send your Donations

I’ve included a list of cancer charities in this post.


I’ve included a list of patterns in this post.

When does the contest end?

This contest will end on October 31st, to coincide with the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Some charity drives are ending at the end of September, so make sure you check the deadlines!) I have no idea how many entries to expect, but I’m hoping for at least 30 or 40. If I don’t reach this goal by the end of October, I’ll extend the deadline by two weeks. But don’t bet on it! I have faith in the knitting community that we can hit 50 by the end of Halloween!


I’ll be writing every entry in beautiful calligraphy on a piece of card and at the end of teh contest, I will choose one card at random. The winner will be contacted by email with instructions on how to collect his/her prize.

And that’s all there is to it!

Knit a gift, send it off, post the picture and win some yarn! I’ll be knitting as many pink scarves and hats as I can; I’m hoping for three finished items by the end of October, and I’m hoping every last one of you beats me!

If you know of any other cancer or breast cancer charities (or nice scarf/hat patterns), let me know in the comments. And please, pass this around! Grab a button! Knit knit knit!

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19 Comments to “Pick Up Sticks Pretty in Pink Contest”

  1. Yo! I’ll join! Please don’t make me knit anything in pink, though. Heee.

    Comment by
    September 19, 2006 @ 5:18 pm
  2. Wonderful! But no pink? I thought you loved pink! WINK

    I’m all about pinkin’ it up. I’m going to delve into the stash for pink baby yarn for a kid’s hat, and then maybe a lace scarf in a baby pink cotton.

    Comment by Eve
    September 19, 2006 @ 6:00 pm
  3. I’ll be knitting for the ‘Circle of Love’ hat project at my local Seed Stitch Fine Yarns Store. Knitted or crocheted hats and caps will be donated to cancer treatment centers during the month of October. I have one done so far … which is the hat with the flowers on it. Hope to knit at least one or 2 more. http://mitstitchingnut.blogspot.com/2006/09/if-i-have-anything-to-say-about-it.html

    I’ll try to make at least one pink. =)

    Comment by Stitchingnut
    September 26, 2006 @ 1:54 pm
  4. [...] Aaaanyway, in the picture is, like, an inch of the Odessa I’m making for the Pretty in Pink contest. I’m knitting it with lifted increases instead of yarnovers, to keep from having little holes in the fabric, but otherwise I’m sticking to the pattern. [...]

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    September 28, 2006 @ 7:02 am
  5. [...] Aaaanyway, in the picture is, like, an inch of the Odessa I’m making for the Pretty in Pink contest. I’m omitting the beads and I’m knitting it with lifted increases instead of yarnovers, to keep from having little holes in the fabric, but otherwise I’m sticking to the pattern. [...]

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    September 29, 2006 @ 6:01 am
  6. [...] Pattern notes:Made for the Pretty in Pink chemo cap contest. Knitted minus the beads. A very elegant pattern: easy to memorize the stitch pattern, easy pattern stitch that wasn’t totally brainless. The finished product looks classy — what I call a “low effort, high yield” pattern. [...]

    Pingback by sucka sc: knit & crochet » Finished Odessa
    October 3, 2006 @ 11:21 pm
  7. [...] First and foremonst, I must show you the fantastic Saturday Sky that appeared today. After celebrating Lisa and Jason’s fantastic wedding last weekend, Rich and I were looking forward to Cathy and Dave’s nuptials today. For today, this entry is a knitting one. I will feature their wedding in the next post. Promise!! My OCD has kicked in full force. Besides celebrating the dates listed on the sidebar, there are lots of crafty stuff to do. I have been getting my projects straightened up in their little queue. If you might have noticed, I added Eve’s new WordPress plug-in which gives me WIP tracking progress bars. The bars change color as the WIPs go from start to finish. Let us hope that the bars reach their completion and disappear off the page. Eve also has a “Pretty in Pink” contest going on too. Come on out and jump on the bandwagon! Now I need to “Get ‘er done!” And I started with a pair of mittens for Sandy’s Warm Hands KAL. I knitted up one skein/ball of Reynolds’ Blizzard (65% alpaca with 35% acrylic) in slate blue with Knitting Pure & Simple’s “Super Bulky Mittens for Women” pattern. The only alterations were increasing the cuffs from 2 rows of K1P1 to 10 rows, and knitting into the stitch below instead of knitting into the front and back of a stitch. My cure to nix the Second Mitten Syndrome? For the left mitten I used (2) SRK Collection 40cm 7.5mm circulars while I knitted the right mitten with (1) SRK Collection 80cm 7.5mm circular. Now, shall I attempt to knit a pair of socks before the weekend is over, or should I be a good girl and knit up more mittens?? Some of you may wonder why I used the term “Surfing” in the title. Recently on the drive home from work, I caught a multiple-choice trivia question asking which sport uses the term “Wahine” to reference women. Without hearing the answers to select, I started screaming, “SURFING!!” over and over. You can imagine the driver behind me slowing down to avoid getting closer to my psychotic state. The answer brought back fond memories of my sister and myself surfing in the fall weather. The cooler crisp air meant no more annoying tourists and more waves to ourselves. I then realized that knitting reminded me of surfing in a strange way. The movie Big Wednesday mentions that a surfer may be among many friends in the water, but is always riding alone on a wave. Knitters (and fellow crafters) easily gather together for knitting group sessions, the Boston Knit-out and Crochet, Rhinebeck, and the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Yet in the end, each one of us faces a ball of fiber with our needles the same way a surfer faces the ocean wave with a board. The thought is poetic for me, and may be the reason why I find knitting so calming. I hope others feel the same way I do. Now I pan to a recent bunny rabbit shot of Caesar waiting for me to get him his dinner. Bye for now! =:8 [...]

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    October 7, 2006 @ 7:26 pm
  8. [...] MontagueChemo cap, own pattern, for Pretty in Pink contest. [...]

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    October 8, 2006 @ 7:27 am
  9. [...] Here I present my set of pink mittens for Sandy’s “Warming Hands KAL” and for Eve’s Pretty in Pink contest. Now that I have knitted up a couple of pairs of mittens, I think I need to work on something else for a bit to destash my ton (would not be surprised if it really weighed that much) of yarn. I have been so wrapped up in many recent events. So much so that I forgot about a charity knit that I had signed up for earlier this summer! Immediately seeing my error, I have added the large button to my sidebar, and I hope those reading can help out. “Warm up the Dutchicans” began to help out fellow knitter Kristi of “Red Dog Knits” who is expecting triplet boys in November. I know how overwhelming it is with a newborn, but imagining it threefold? The stress from that image made me ponder what to make. Socks, hats, and blankets immediately came to mind. What I may do instead is pull out a Creative Knitting magazine and use one of the only patterns that I like from them: baby bath ponchos. I plan to use Lily’s Sugar ‘n’ Cream for the yarn, and hope the different colors will help distinguish one son from the other during bathtime. To make the bath set more challenging to make, I am going to add a matching washcloth. If I have enough time, a pair of booties to go with each set. Wish me luck!! On a more somber note, Dr. Dianna and Shelley have been rounding up spinners and knitters to help the Amish women who lost their daughters in that horrific shooting. The goal is to spin black yarn into plainly knit shawls for every mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister of those girls. Since they already have their knitter count, if any of you spinners can help them, I know they would be appreciative. Charity knitting is all about sharing a piece of ourselves, and I hope that in a point of our lives we all can share in some way shape or form. =:8 [...]

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    October 9, 2006 @ 11:58 am
  10. [...] Tuesday during lunch I finally finished Aidan’s booty “shoes” which only needed to be seamed and laced. I began using the Uggs Baby Booty pattern on the “Oh Baby!” Knitty Gritty episode, but I ended up revamping the entire pattern and making it my own. They were part of my “Show and Tell” tonight in Fabric Place (I accidentally left the 2 pairs of Blizzard mittens in the car!). I hope you like them. My plan is to change the pattern from a 2-needle to a DPN/circular one. Meanwhile, I am torn between starting the Swallowtail shawls (Heidi’s in Cascade 220’s heathery grassy green, Anita’s in Misti Alpaca Lace’s pale mint, and Ma’s in New Tweed’s tomato red colorway) or knitting up more of the WIPs/froggeds into KAL projects. As much as I want to cast on for those shawls, I know I need to finish those items before I begin knitting up my gifts. So what did I do instead? I cast on the frogged Plassard’s Gagnante in dusty pink for a smaller version of the shawl featured in Knitty’s October Breast Cancer issue. Yup, this will be my 8th Clapotis and will go to one of the charities listed on Eve’s site. Plus, I am still plowing away on that first triplet’s poncho. I need to take an occasional break because knitting with cotton hurts my fingers. Before I forget (AGAIN!), here is my SP9 Questionnaire. I had added it last week, but did not make the link so obvious on my sidebar. For some odd reason, I could not get the red to show up correctly in the title. Just figure that when I am about to start the SP9 swap, I finished another. My Knitters Tea Swap 2 Spoilee received her package Tuesday morning. Miss Mary and her kitties liked everything! It was so fun shopping for this swap. Many thanks to Suzie for organizing it and for Marie hostessing our group, too! Because I am such a proud momma on what I sent, I will leave you with the link to the goodies on her blog. =:8 [...]

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    October 11, 2006 @ 9:57 pm
  11. [...] Even more folks have entered into the Pretty in Pink Contest! These fantastic four have make it a nice round eight entries, which is 16% of the goal. Still plenty of time to knit an entry yourselves! Go to! [...]

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    October 16, 2006 @ 3:06 pm
  12. [...] Monday was quite a manic one. First my company was bought out ; second, Rich reported that when he heard a bunny sneezing fit in the Kids’ living area, he turned around to console Jessi, but it was her bun-mate Zydeco (His Little Man, and my Angry Ewok). Yikes! At least on Halloween night I have more tricks for you. No, I did not finish the little Clapotis, but I will after I get a Running Bunny’s birthday shawl in purple yarn underway. I do admit, the Clapotis is perfect for taking along because I have memorized the pattern. Instead of the Clapotis, I gave to Amy Singer’s CIBC Team. Besides the donation I did for the amazing Debbie at I hope that counts towards the Pretty in Pink. If not, I am still glad I did it. [...]

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    October 31, 2006 @ 6:51 pm
  13. [...] Finished another “Montague” hat for Pretty in Pink. It took a couple days longer to finish than I’d have liked, since the yarn got into an almighty tangle. I worked at a yarn store for a while, so I thought I’d learned how to tackle a ball of yarn that looked like it had gotten into a fistfight with an octopus. The key is patience. Untangling yarn is an excellent zen exercise: after trying to outsmart enough balls of stubborn string, you learn that untangling yarn takes as long as it takes. There’s no rushing it. After butting heads with slippery ribbon yarns and half-felted wool, not much fazed me — not even a skein that looked like I did when I was an 8-year-old tomboy whose parents had to occasionally cut the knots out of my hair with a penknife. [...]

    Pingback by sucka sc: knit & crochet » Same hat time, same hat channel
    November 3, 2006 @ 8:28 am
  14. [...] Top-down split-stitch hat knit in the round, developed for the Pretty in Pink chemo cap contest. [...]

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    November 21, 2006 @ 12:42 am
  15. [...] It’s the 16th entry into the Pretty in Pink Contest! Monica has knit a hat to go into the hat box at her local hospital’s oncology center. Her hat is part superwash wool, part sock yarn, which makes me think that maybe all the wool I have in my stash could be used for this purpose instead of being forever hidden from the heads of cancer patients. I’m so afraid of making a hat that’s too scratchy… Maybe I’ll just buy some Rowan Calmer instead and play it safe. Only a week until the end of the contest! I think maybe 50 was too ambitious a goal, so I’ll be happy if we hit 20. Let’s go for 20! I have a week to knit a hat, maybe two, that means I need another two or three entries from you darlings and we’ll hit our (new) mark! [...]

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    November 21, 2006 @ 7:15 pm
  16. Hey, Eve. Happy to enter Louise’s Shedir into your contest- thanks for asking. Is leaving a comment here enough?

    Comment by JulieFrick
    November 23, 2006 @ 6:31 pm
  17. [...] The Pretty in Pink contest closes on November 30th, so quickly finish up those hats and things! We’re up to 18 now; with my soon-to-be-finished hat and one more, we’ll break the thermometer! [...]

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    November 24, 2006 @ 11:53 am
  18. [...] This feels like it has been ages in the making, and I suppose it has. Craziness around exam and Christmastime meant that prize-announcing had to be postponed. But now I’ve got the final contestant list! The wiener will be announced tomorrow. Here’s a final bit of link-love to the wonderful and generous contestants in the Pretty in Pink Contest: [...]

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    January 7, 2007 @ 3:43 pm
  19. i would like to have the patern for a bobble bag
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    Comment by rose
    February 9, 2009 @ 6:23 pm

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