Introduction: How to Enter the Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge

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Winners announced.See who won!

Welcome the new year by sharing your projects and inspiration!

Instructables and Lion Brand Yarn want to help offer some encouragement to finish those lingering projects, as well as an excuse to start and show off some shiny new ones.

Share your finished projects to inspire the rest of us, and you could win a coupon for more free Lion Brand yarn, as well as some neat Instructables gear!

Simply take pictures of your project, share them in an Instructables Slideshow, and briefly explain how and why you made it! If you used a specific yarn or pattern, tell us what you chose, why you like it, and whether you'd do it differently next time.

Check out the Lion Brand patterns if you need some inspiration. You aren't required to use Lion Brand yarn, tools, or patterns to enter this contest -- Lion Brand simply wants to help you share your projects with the rest of the community!

Since this is a short contest, you can help judge!

How to Vote

Check out all the projects here, and click on the "+" ratings button in the top right-hand corner of the project page to register a vote. Vote for as few or as many as you like- it's up to you. Only positive votes count.

You can also view the projects list sorted by rating or by pageviews.

We'll judge based on the standings at noon PST on Monday, February 25, so everyone will have time to see and vote on even the latest entries!

How to Enter

-- make something (anything!) out of yarn
-- take pictures of the finished product, including a close-up, and upload them to Instructables (our Flickr uploader makes it even easier!)
-- Create a slideshow with your pictures
-- Tell us what pattern, yarn, and tools you used; bonus points for links when possible.
-- Add your slideshow to the Lion Brand Yarn group


10 slideshows will each win a $25 Lion Brand Yarn coupon, and an Instructables patch and stickers. The prizes will be awarded as follows:

-- 5 to slideshows selected by Lion Brand Yarn staff
-- 2 to the slideshows with the highest user ratings
-- 2 to the slideshows with the greatest number of pageviews
-- 1 to a randomly-chosen slideshow

Projects that catch our editors' fancy will be featured in the Lion Brand Newsletter or the Instructables Newsletter.


Project submission deadline: 11:59pm PST Sunday, 17 February 2008
Audience judging deadline: noon PST Monday, 25 February 2008
Winners announced: noon PST Wednesday, 27 February 2008

-- You may enter as many times as you like, but will win only once.
-- Only US and Canadian residents can win prizes, but the rest of you are welcome to share your projects in the contest group.
-- Entries are eligible for other Instructables contests and challenges.
-- If you're under 18 go ahead and submit your project -- we'll just need your parents' OK if you win.

Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables and co-sponsor Lion Brand Yarn a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.


canida (author)2008-02-16

I'd love one too! It's definitely on the to-do list.

GorillazMiko (author)canida2008-02-16

Maybe when you win the Most Views or Most Ratings, we can get a Robot T-Shirt, and a T-Shirt with the contest's logo on it! Maybe not both, just 1, but maybe people would like the Robot one too. Just a suggestion. :P

dragongirl (author)2008-01-16

huh WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh just yarn

dwfit (author)dragongirl2008-02-08

I like your site and have used alot of the patterns..keep them coming

canida (author)dwfit2008-02-10

Post some pictures of the results as a comment to the original poster. They love that kind of feedback!

Mr. Rig It (author)2008-01-30

Well I guess I will chalk up yet another loss. I can't knit. boo hoo (sniffle)

canida (author)Mr. Rig It2008-02-06

You could think of another creative use for yarn, and/or learn to knit/crochet.

Mr. Rig It (author)canida2008-02-07

Canida, This is very true I could learn to knit/crochet. I was thinking of making a hunting sling with yarn. The kind that you use to sling rocks with (David and Goliath) but I am sure I would just hurt myself with it. I would probably get it wrapped around my throat and hit my self in the face with the rock. Wow I never thought about it before but this yarn stuff can be pretty dangerous. :)

I'm making a crocheted rug out of camouflage color Lion Brand Fettuccini yarn. All yarn projects don't have to be "girly." In fact, all of the Fettuccini yarn is super bulky and you could use it to weave in a tabletop loom (which is also SUPER fun and very easy to learn) . . . and so many other cool things you can do with yarn.

Honestly, I gave up on learning to knit. My Mom tried to teach me years ago. But I've been crocheting for a long time now -- it seems easier to me. I always had a hard time keeping the yarn from flying off the needles. Maybe if they'd invent knitting needles with hooks on the end it would be better for me lol!

If you want to see my "girly" project, it's here: My dolly dress & bonnet set.

And if I get my tush in gear, maybe I'll finish my camo rug b4 the contest is out . . . and even if it takes longer, now that I found this site, I'll post some pics once it's done.

canida (author)common_sense_mom2008-02-10

Oh lovely! My husband's favorite childhood sweater was a camo-print knitted by his grandmother. Now that her hands are starting to go she's on to basic crocheted afghans. I've been considering trying to make one, but the camo sounded daunting- I'd love to see how the camo yarn works out!

That sounds like some sort of "poor man's plastic surgery." Oh, and it sounds like yarn IS possibly a dangerous weapon in your hands.... Notify the airports!

megziewoodles (author)2008-01-17

What to post? What to post? *Obsessive knitter.*

I know what you mean meg; I have so many projects but I ended up posting the most recent one I finished . . . my problem is that so many times I make stuff for the kids and if I don't take pictures RIGHT AWAY it gets juice on it, or ripped or torn or SOMETHING. Some people maybe have dainty kids, but I swear mine are ANIMALS. It's so hard to keep things looking nice. So as soon as I finished the last project I took pictures immediately b4 my little monkeys could destroy the evidence that it had looked half decent at some point in time. Good luck choosing!

canida (author)megziewoodles2008-01-28

You don't have to choose just one!

jknight (author)2008-01-09

Quick questions: If my mom knits, am I eligible to win a prize if I post one of her projects up? If I was to win, the yarn would go to my mom anyway.

mbhiler (author)jknight2008-02-08

Sure. Why not?

canida (author)jknight2008-01-13

You can certainly post pictures for your mom!

And as listed in the rules:
-- If you're under 18 go ahead and submit your project -- we'll just need your parents' OK if you win.

ERNesbitt (author)jknight2008-01-09

Just sign your mom up for an account. Name her 'jknightsmom'...

momrules1 (author)2008-02-05

I was wondering for the contest does it count now for page views and ratings or is it only from Feb. 17th to Feb. 25th ? I saw the 17th was the deadline and I am new to this. Thanks

canida (author)momrules12008-02-06

The 17th is the deadline for entries, then we look at the pageview/ratings info on the 25th to make sure everyone has had the chance to look and respond to even the latest entries.

MotherofMany (author)2008-01-27

Hello...I have a question about my submission. My slideshow doesn't have a "rating" box in the right corner. Did I do something wrong when I uploaded my show? It's the Cotton Baby Bunting.... Thank you!

canida (author)MotherofMany2008-01-28

You did everything exactly right! An explanation: since you can't vote up your own project, you don't see the rating option while you're logged in. However, once others have rated your project, you will see the current score!

lemac (author)2008-01-15

I've had several people tell me that they've visited the site, but haven't figured out how to vote on a project. Having looked around myself, I am also at a loss as to what to tell them...

DoodleBug (author)lemac2008-01-16

You have to sign in to post comments and vote. Once you are signed in click on the plus sign above and to the right of the picture. Hope that helps.

Lostfol (author)lemac2008-01-16

In order to place a vote, they need to setup an account. They can then hit the + sign over the picture they wish to vote for.

canida (author)lemac2008-01-15

Instructions are edited -- did that clear things up?

Tobi4242 (author)2008-01-16

Does it have to be made entirely out of yarn? Or can I use other materials?

dragongirl (author)2008-01-16

yarn mmmmm maybe

Mamas_in_stitches (author)2008-01-12

I have some really great (at least I think so : ) projects that I have recently completed. Do they need to be in any certain type of yarn?

canida (author)Mamas_in_stitches2008-01-13

Anything is eligible, so long as it's made of yarn!
And yes, that means any type of yarn.

lan4 (author)2008-01-08

How does the rating work? The higher the number, the more you like it, or is a Rate of 1 considered the highest rank?

deadalchemist (author)lan42008-01-11

I think the higher the number, the higher the rank and the more that people like it. Think of it as points, rather than rank. That's what I've gathered so far.

Skyfinity (author)2008-01-11


zachninme (author)2008-01-06

I'm really surprised at the number of entries already! I'm even more surprised, in a great way, that its many different people! Everything looks great!
I really hope you guys keep posting even after the challenge is over!

Arachnera (author)2008-01-04

The contests ad in the side bar says "$250", but in the above Prizes section, $25 is listed instead.

icinnamon (author)Arachnera2008-01-04

10*$25 = $250.
It is plural ("prizes"). The total value if $250

Very Keri (author)2008-01-03

What if you're a legal U.S. resident, but you actually "reside" on a military base over seas? I technically have a California address, but if you mail me stuff, you have to fill out a customs form...

canida (author)Very Keri2008-01-04

Good question- I'm checking! We restricted the winners due to's shipping requirements, so we'll see how this works. I'll get back to you asap.

Very Keri (author)canida2008-01-04

yay! thanks! now if i can just get everything purchased and finished by the deadline...

canida (author)Very Keri2008-01-04

UPDATE: We can ship to APO addresses, so if you've got one of those we're all set. If not, drop me a PM and we can discuss it further.

craftpile (author)2008-01-03

Canida, the details list the deadline as last year! I'm thinking this is a typo? If not, anyone got a time machine? ;o)

canida (author)craftpile2008-01-03

Good catch- fixed!

craftpile (author)canida2008-01-03

Thank you! It's still showing 2007 in the Contest adspot.
Is that something instructables will need to update?
Sorry to be knitpicky just wouldn't want it to deter entries! =o)

canida (author)craftpile2008-01-04

*headdesk* Thank you! I'll get that one too.

technick29 (author)2008-01-02

Conductive yarn anyone? :D

canida (author)technick292008-01-02

Oooh! Let me point out that it's acceptable to do both a slideshow AND an Instructable on the same topic.

Bran (author)canida2008-01-02

An Instructable is optional, but is the slideshow mandatory?

canida (author)Bran2008-01-03

Only slideshows are eligible for this contest, but you're welcome to do a companion Instructable on an interesting/complicated project.

zachninme (author)technick292008-01-02

Do they have that? Or just thread?

technick29 (author)zachninme2008-01-02

Haha, it'd be pretty sweet. There are some links when you google it and there's a patent on it.

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