We Did It: MDK Temperature Challenge 2022
In early November of last year, I had a moment of reckoning. I realized that my semi-abandoned (let’s call it “marinating”) 2022 temperature blanket was not going to knit itself. Inspired by Cara Davis, I had gotten myself and every knitter I could find all het up about knitting or crocheting a temperature project. But life, and the distractions of a full knitting dance card, had gotten in the way. Suddenly, the calendar said November, but my temperature blanket said May.
In a bit of a panic, I cooked up a hashtag and issued a challenge to my fellow temperature blanket enthusiasts. We would swear our most solemn pinky-swear: to knit like the wind to finish our projects by the first week of 2023, with prizes and social media sharing and caring as our motivation enhancements.
Did the knitters and crocheters deliver? Boy, did they ever. In the gallery at the top of this post you’ll see a pageant of glorious temperature projects in knit and crochet, enough inspiration to get everyone fired up to knit more temperature projects in 2023. It was one of the most fun things I’ve ever witnessed in my many years hanging out on this here internet. The imagination, tenacity, and love of knitting and crochet filled my cup many times over.
Last week, as Cristina and I started to try to pick our 3 gift certificate winners, I almost gave up. There were too many, and they were too good. Every single person who finished their project is a winner. I hope you enjoy the living daylights out of your blankets and other temperature projects. I hope they start a lot of great conversations with people who can’t believe you made that beautiful thing. I even dare to hope that these projects will get people thinking about climate change—and perhaps learning to knit!
Heartiest congratulations to our two winners of $25 MDK Gift Cards:
Rholly in the MDK Lounge, with whom I shared a shade card and a garter-stripe shawl pattern, but whose temperatures were so different from mine.
And Lucy F, whose cbeerful log cabins made appearances throughout the year, in her Instagram feed and also in the MDK Lounge.
The Grand Prize
Hold onto your hooks, friends, because the winner of our grand prize, a $50 MDK Gift Card, is crochet!
Throughout 2022, and especially in the fourth quarter, Cristina and I sent each other many breathless DMs as we watched Sara’s gorgeous hexagon blanket take shape. Motif by motif, and as a whole, it is mesmerizing. You really feel the temperature changes—and the power of randomizing a great palette— in this one.
Note to all our winners, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can set you up with your gift cards.
Congratulations to the winners, and to everyone who joined us for the exhilarating fun of finishing an ambitious project. We can do big things, and not just in knitting and crochet.
For an even fuller picture of this great adventure, here are a couple of great hashtags to visit on Instagram: #mdktemperatureblanket and #mdktemperaturechallenge2022. (Be sure to like and follow your favorite makers.)
One More Thing
So, hey there, temperature project makers, what are we doing in 2023? Are we going to ride this ride again?