Maybe my childhood reading included too many books about feisty heroines, but I really do not like to be told I can’t do something. Some of the happiest things in my life can be traced to someone—usually a teacher or other authority figure, but never my family, who knew me and my reading list—casting doubt on my ability to do those things.
Which brings me to my temperature blanket. Back in January, when Cara Davis got me fired up and ready to go on making a temperature blanket, there was a knitting meme going around saying: get a grip, you’re never going to finish that temperature blanket. It made me furious. You don’t know me, meme-maker!
Be It Resolved
Hear me now, and hear me good: I am going to finish my 2022 temperature blanket. And if you started a 2022 temperature blanket, so are you.
This is how we are going to do it: together. (Also: on time, and under budget. Take that, naysayers!)
By the powers sweater-vested in me, I hereby declare the official opening of the MDK Temperature Blanket Challenge!
It’s a knitalong. It’s also a friendly competition and a game of chance, and most of all, it’s a party.
What we are doing
We are finishing our 2022 temperature projects, be they knitted or be they crocheted. The only requirement is that this project is currently, on November 3, 2022, in an unfinished state. (Yes, you can start it now! Double-dog dare ya! We’ve even got Temperature Blanket Starter Packs, to make it real easy for you. And you can see what #mdktemperatureblanket knitters have been up to here.)
Requirements for prize eligibility
- Post a picture of your unfinished temperature project—a blanket, shawl, sweater, or scarf—in the MDK Lounge or on Instagram using the hashtag: #MDKtemperaturechallenge2022. Deadline for posting: December 16, 2022. Please make sure that the photo shows the unfinished state of the project. I find the easiest way to portray unfinished-ness is to show needles in live stitches. The photo above is what we’re looking for: a frank and demonstrable state of Not Anywhere Near Finished.
- Post a picture of your finished temperature project by Friday, January 6, 2023. Please make sure that the photo shows the finished state of the project. An easy way to do this would be to hold it up by the corners and take a shot showing the full project and your own face, smiling ear to ear, like someone who has just smitten their doubters into smithereens.
- We’ll do a drawing from among the qualifying photo-posters, and on Sunday, January 15, 2023, we’ll announce three prize winners in a post on MDK.
Because I Know People Will Ask
You are not required to weave in all ends to qualify your temperature project as finished. End-weaving is encouraged but not required.
For the first time ever, our prizes will be MDK Gift Cards. Winners can browse all the goodies in the MDK Shop and choose their own reward, yay!
Two lucky winners will each receive a $25 MDK Gift Card, and one grand prize winner will receive a $50 MDK Gift Card.
But you know what? The real winners will be all the partial temperature blankets that won’t be sitting in plastic bags in the back of a closet until kingdom come.
Clear Eyes, Full Needles, Can’t Lose
We are going to stick together. We are going to knit like the wind. And we are going to have finished temperature blankets to wave around in every corner of the internet.