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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Pretty in Pink Contest: Cancer Charities

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Possible knitting patterns can be found here. Before you start knitting, make sure to check the specific charity you wish to support for any guidelines (type of yarn, whether it should be knit in the round, how it should be sent, etc). Charities are listed by region.

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Pretty in Pink Contest: Patterns

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

There are organizations that accept hats, toys, scarves, blankets, and socks. Make sure to check the specific charity you wish to support for any guidelines (type of yarn, whether it should be knit in the round, etc). If you don’t have time to knit, you can also donate yarn or money to many organizations.

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