A Damn Fine YarnContest: FAQs & Rules

Hey, yarn friends! We’ve already had an enthusiastic response to the contest announcement for the Damn Fine YarnContest, and folks have raised some good questions. Thanks, all! 

Here are some things you might want to know about the Damn Fine YarnContest:

  • Everyone is eligible to enter, excluding judges and organizers. It would be hard to explain if we made off with all the prizes.
  • You may enter up to three items per category (let’s not overwhelm our awesome judges!).
  • Items may be entered in more than one category (i.e., a toy made out of handspun yarn could be entered in both the Toy and Handspun categories).
  • Entries may be knitted, crocheted, woven, or felted.
  • The Handspun category must be made of yarn spun by the entrant. No restrictions on yarn used in any other category.
  • Sorry, no photos accepted. Judges have to be able to see the quality of your work in person.
  • Entries must be brought in person to the contest table at YarnCon on the designated day for your category:
    • Saturday 4/2, Drop off from 10am-2pm:
      • Best Twin Peaks Prop
      • Best Accessory
      • Best Use of Handspun
    • Sunday 4/3, Drop off from 10am-12pm:
      • Best Garment
      • Best Toy
    • Note: Entries in Sunday categories may be dropped off Saturday, but must be picked up Sunday after judging (see below).
  • Pickup
    • Best Twin Peak Prop, Best Accessory, Best Use of Handspun entries: may be picked up Saturday 4/2 between 3pm and 5pm.
    • Best Garment, Best Toy entries: may be picked up Sunday 4/3 between 1:30pm and 3pm.
    • All entries must be picked up by Sunday at 3pm, when YarnCon closes. Any entries not picked up by then will be held until 4/17 at YarnCon sponsors:
  • Entrants agree that pictures of their work may be posted on social media; winners’ names may also be posted.
  • There is no fee for entry; this is all purely for fun. You will have to fill out a small form for each item entered and be OK with us pinning it to your entry, though.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.

Still curious about something? Let us know! 


  1. VintageRedhead says

    Can entrants place more than one item per category? For example, I have three shawls that I would like to enter in the “Accessories” category, or two shawls and one pair of mittens. I didn’t see any specific question/s raised about this issue. Thanks in advance!

    • Up to three entries per category are OK. We don’t want to overwhelm our awesome judges, but do want to see the variety of your work. We’ve updated the rules above; thanks for raising the question!

  2. May I enter in 2 different toys in the Best Toy category?

  3. What is a twin peak prop? Thanx.

    • Sara from Team YarnCon says

      The new collection, Great Northern Knits, was inspired by the TV show Twin Peaks, which first aired in the early 1990s. It was hugely popular in certain circles, and Showtime is reviving the series this year. This contest is in celebration of its return! “Best Twin Peaks prop” is the category for those fans who want to recreate props used in the show, which were many, varied, and quirky.


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