Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pins and Needles Challenge Update

I am so excited to participate in Save the Children's Pins and Needles Challenge to help promote "Make the World Better with a Sweater" Day that I put myself in front of the camera for the first time on the ChemKnits Tutorials YouTube Channel.  I hope that you will join me in supporting Save the Children this holiday season.

I pledge to finish a sweater project and make a donation to Save the Children by December 12, "Make the World Better with a Sweater" Day.  I've been working on my project and I'm making great progress.  A few weeks ago, I shared 12 free knitting and crochet sweater projects you could use for the Pins and Needles Challenge.  Which one did I choose?  In my lifetime, I've made myself 3 sweaters, Keith 1 sweater, and Lucky 3 sweaters.  Who in the family doesn't have a sweater yet?  Indy!  Indy needs his own sweater for Make the World Better with a Sweater Day on December 12.  (Don't forget, I'm hosting an amazing $50 giveaway to the most spirited participant of Make the World Better with a Sweater Day - See the details at the bottom of this post!)



For Save the Children's Pins and Needles Challenge, I am knitting the Perfect Fit Dog Sweater on size 10 needles and with Oasis Fibers Bulky yarn of unknown fiber content.  This pattern is perfect for a yarn with little information, all I have is the business card of the mill and the yarn doesn't exist in Ravelry's database.  It would be hard to use in a project when I don't have information about yardage, so the pattern generator which lets me calculate stitches based on my gauge and Indy's measurements is perfect.  


I'm about half way done with the sweater, and I am confident that I will finish it by Make the World Better with a Sweater Day on December 12.  Maybe the Browns (aka the ChemKnits Family) will need to take a family photo in their hand knit sweaters!  


All of my handknit sweaters are purple.  Indy's in progress sweater is purple, and Lucky's Snowy Penguin Vest is purple and white.  Poor Keith only has a green sweater!  Maybe I'll have to make him a new one by Make the World Better with a Sweater Day in 2015...  (I know Lucky would need a new one, too.  He might even grow out of the penguin vest in the next 2 weeks!)  


Indy is such a good sport!  Wish me luck on finishing this sweater by December 12 so he'll have something to wear for Make the World Better with a Sweater Day!



Make the World Better with a Sweater Give Away

I will be giving away a $50 WEBS gift card, provided by Save the Children, to the most spirited participate in Make the World Better with a Sweater Day!  How do you enter?  On December 12, wear your most festive sweater for Make the World Better with a Sweater Day and donate $5 to Save the Children (suggested amount).  Share a picture of your festive look on the ChemKnits Facebook Page with the comment "I donated to Save the Children for Make the World Better with a #Sweater Day" and tag yourself.  Don't forget to spread the word and encourage your friends and family to participate, too!  I will select the most spirited photo on the ChemKnits Facebook Page as the winner on December 13.  If you are selected, PM me with your email and postal address and Save the Children will send you a $50 WEBS gift card.  By sharing a photo on the ChemKnits Facebook page, you are consenting to me sharing the picture here on ChemKnits.com.  While handmade sweaters rock, you do not have to have created your festive sweater yourself.  Use your creativity to show your spirit in supporting Save the Children.  

You can increase your entry's holiday spirit by spreading the word on social media. Show me what you've knit (or crocheted) for the Pins and Needles Challenge. Share your photo with pride to spread the word of Make the World Better with a #Sweater Day and that you donated to Save the Children on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Make sure to tag @chemknits and @savethechildren on Instagram and @chemknitsblog and @SaveTheChildren on Twitter.

Please join me in supporting Save the Children this holiday season!  

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