Many fans have sent me messages on the same topic.
“Mikey, seeing the Summer Challenge you are allowing different size afghans for the challenge, you should separate the afghans into different sizes of categories and have a prize for each size. Would you consider doing this to make it more fair?”
In being summer and choosing the afghan, I wanted our summer to be fun and relaxing. Cathy and I had discussed, in length, about the option of allowing the summer afghan to be more free to crochet creativity. Allow the fans to decide the afghan size they wish to do.
With some patterns in crochet, just because the designer suggests you should do a certain size, many of us usually customize our afghans to suit our own personal wants. I call that “Crocheters Choice”!
Usually for our challenges, there is only 1 mega prize at the end. In deciding to allow “Crocheters Choice”, we decided to approach Red Heart and ask if they would sponsor 2 more gift packages knowing we are allowing “Crocheter’s Choice”. They were enthusiastic about the idea.
So instead of separating the afghans by sizing. We have opened up the playing field for all crocheters to have an equal shot for each of the three draws. The draws are completely random.
We will not be able to do this for all of our challenges as the gift package is valued around $100 – $130 each.
I wanted to be very open about this up front as I know some people may think it be unfair if they did a Queen Size version and someone did 2 or 3 baby size versions in the same time frame. This is known up front so there are no surprises at the end. If people choose not to do an afghan because of “Crocheter’s Choice”, they can make that decision up front. With three prizes, the odds of winning are significantly increased.
We are all artists in our own way. Let’s use this challenge to express that and create afghans that you know you can use instead of following the pattern size requirements.
The minimum size required is 36″ x 36″. We have to state that so no one submits us a dish cloth size.
Let’s have a great summer ahead.