My LYS, Soper Creek Yarn, holds a Yarn Challenge every spring. Each participant buys a kit that includes several small amounts of the chosen yarn in different colours. We have about a month to knit something using the yarn. Or crochet, or weave, or do something equally crafty with it. I have entered for the past 6 years, just missed the first year (wasn't as avid a knitter then!).
I enter to be part of the community; I must admit winning isn't really that important (although a gift card for more yarn is a welcome prize!). I don't like to compete, I just like to participate. I am always amazed at the creativity of the other participants. I always choose a practical project, something I will use or give away after. This often involves buying more of the chosen yarn to make my project, and knitting feverishly to the deadline. This year is no different...
Here are my projects from the past few years:
A baby sweater in Mission Falls 1824 (now discontinued):
Legwarmers in Cascade 220 (my go-to yarn!):
A cotton tee in Berroco Weekend (not sure why I don't have a photo of the finished sweater):
Hat and fingerless gloves using Cascade 220 superwash sport:
An Olympic Themed hat using Briggs and Little Regal, a Canadian yarn:
This year's yarn is Estelle Andean DK, in 3 natural colours. I'm knitting a shrug from Graphic Knits, with unusual construction. I've trusted the pattern after worrying about the shape - I do find shrugs are hard to 'see' as you go since construction is usually a little different (e.g., centre-out, or side to side, or small pieces, or circular....). Here's my in-progress photo: