One strange thing about telling people what I do for a living is that probably 90 percent of the folks who don't knit respond by asking where they can buy one of my sweaters. Worse responses, and luckily there are only a handful now and then, are ones like:
Great! Knit me a sweater!
Great! Knit me a hat!
Great! I saw this cool (insert type of crocheted item here); would you knit one for me?
Next, I have to tell them that it's crochet, not knit.
And then we go silent and they go: "Ohhhh; so what about those Lakers?"
Most of you know exactly what I mean. As knitters, we are viewed a lot of different ways by those who don't share our passion. And inside our community, there are a few camps. Some people knit by pattern only. Some knit by pattern and make up a few items on their own. Some people even make up their own patterns and sell them or give them away.
But if you're someone who--and I have a feeling that many of you are--has created a unique and original knit, sewn, crocheted or woven accessory that others would enjoy, something that has an artisanal feel, you might be interested in the Winter Accessory Design Challenge sponsored by UncommonGoods. (Remember that Birdy Yarn Bowl that I got from them? This is the company that I'm talking about.)
UncommonGoods is looking for submissions of original winter accessories, accessories that you have already made or can finish by July 31st--and it's okay if you've shown your item online. Out of all of the submissions they will choose a winner and UncommonGoods will award $500 and a vendor contract. This means that you won't be knitting, crocheting, sewing or weaving until your fingers bleed. They will help by sourcing people to actually reproduce your creation and then they will sell it for you on their website.
I am closing comments because if you have questions, it's best to direct them to UncommonGoods.
Good Luck! The due date is July 31st!
Let's keep The Arts alive and well.
BTW: One thing I will mention up front is that they are looking for items made from animal friendly items, but wool is absolutely okay. I know because I asked.