Thursday, August 16, 2007

Contest Number Two: Campanula's Day Out - Knitting in Public for the Cure!


My Campanulas came to Stitch 'n Pitch last night! Several hundred knitters came together at the ballpark here to cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays as they hosted the L.A. Angels. Several hundred SnP-ers received goodie-bags with loot from local and national purveyors of fiber goodness and paraphernalia, and tucked into each tote bag along with the loot was a notice about Campanula for the Cure and our KAL.

It's 2 to 1 for Toronto in the bottom of the 8th, with the Blue Jays at bat, and Darren Oliver in to pitch for the Angels. Frank Thomas singles to left, Troy Glaus walks: Runners on first and second with none out, Aaron Hill is up. Here's Campanula cheering on Aaron Hill:
Oh! Hill pops out to second: Runners on first and second with one out. Gregg Zaun flies out to center: Runners on first and second and with two outs and John McDonald grounds out third to first to end the inning. Jeremy Accardo starts the 9th inning for the Blue Jays, and after a giving up a single to Garret Anderson, gets Gary Matthews to line out to first, the Jays turn a double play and Anderson's out at first: None on with two outs and Casey Kotchman due up. Kotchman grounds out second to first to end the game. Final: LA Angels 1, Toronto 2.

Now it's your turn to take your Campanulas-in-progress out in public and spread the word about the pattern and KAL and the purpose behind them: raising money and awareness for the fight to end cancer forever!
I frequently knit in public and whenever I do at least one person asks me what I am making and we engage in a brief conversation either about the craft or the project, the recipient or the purpose. Your mission, should you accept it, is to take Campanula out with you at least once in the next 10 days and tell someone or several someones about our foot-related fundraiser (a sock pattern KAL to raise sponsorship donations for The Weekend to End Breast Cancer).

ANY PLACE YOU CHOOSE TO DO IT IS GREAT. If you work at a LYS, if you go to a knit-night,SnB or other gathering of fiber-enthusiasts, those would be a VERY good places to spread the word, as other knitters will be intrigued - especially once they see your lovely Campanulas in progress. Or do something else. Take them out and knit anywhere you want. Be as creative or mundane as you wish - knit them on the bus, at the park, on your lunch break, at a party, on the treadmill at the gym (I can't, but know there are people who do this!).

It would just be great if you could enlist more support for our mutual fundraising efforts. Even if your audience are not knitters themselves, they might be inspired to contribute by donating to the WEBC, so bring some spare copies of the donation info with you on a piece of paper. And tell them to credit you as their contact because you could win a prize.

So take your Campanulas out with you and show them around. Then post about it by Wednesday, August 29, 2007. Tell us all about YOUR Campanula's Day Out. Report on your Campanula's adventures in the wide wide world both here and at your blog!

Oh, yes. Prizes: TBA. I am going to come up with a few desirables to give away, but I am waiting to receive some goodies for you, so keep your eyes open for the prize teaser I will post soon (probably early next week).

Yes, that's right. I said PRIZES - plural. At least three of you will win something special for participating this time: There will be a one for the most creative entry, one for the greatest number of Campanula outings, and one random draw from all the eligible entries. All submissions will be carefully considered by my panel of judges who will remain anonymous. (In the case of a tie, I reserve the right to flip a coin).

3 comments:

Alison said...

Thank you so much for the pattern, I look forward to starting it. I'm afraid my UK Campanula's will have few exciting adventures, but I will chart them. I look forward to posting pictures!

Suna said...

I loved the baseball pictures! I'll see what I can come up with for my socks to do. So far, they visit my workplace and people have noticed them when I knit at lunch. But I can come up with more fun than that.

Suna said...

OK, here is my report so far:

1. Went to LYS on Saturday and gave a lady the URL to sign up.
2. Went to "Chicks with Sticks" and told all the women there where I got the pattern. More than one wrote it down!
3. I posted my sock photo on Flickr.com and people asked me where to get the pattern there. I sent that off, and also posted the information.
4. I mentioned the socks on a sock knitting email list.
5. I sent an encouraging note to a blogger looking for the right yarn for this project.

I hope it's helping!