Squirrel Picnic

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Challenge Me to Make Something Awesome


There’s no doubt about it. Friends of Squirrel Picnic, or fellow picnickers if you will, are some of the most creative, innovative, and humorous people I’ve ever met. You have big imaginations, and you’re not afraid to try new things. Best of all, you agree that the world needs a lot more fun.

Through the Make It! Challenge over the past six months, some of you have inspired me and pushed me to my craftiest. You’ve challenged me to make a toddler’s hat in the shape of a roast turkey, a felted sloth, and a Batman mask. And I’ve had a blast exploring your ideas and creating each one. But I want more! I have a few more challenges lined up for the rest of the year, but I also have several open slots. Now’s your chance to be included in this one-of-a-kind project.

The concept is pretty simple. If you have an idea for an awesome item that can be created through knitting, sewing, or crochet, email a detailed description and any sketches, photos, or links to me at squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com. Keep in mind, the more information you include, the better the chance that I will accept your challenge. And if I do accept your challenge, I’ll publish the pattern here at squirrelpicnic.com so that others can make my original design too. Best of all, I’ll send you the sample, free of charge, as a thank-you for your idea.

For more information and to see the Make It! Challenge Hall of Fame visit the new Make It! Challenge page. I can’t wait to see what you think up next!


8 thoughts on “Challenge Me to Make Something Awesome

  1. I don’t know near enough (read: anything at all) about the knitting arts to be able to submit a workable suggestion, but I do look forward to seeing the results of your projects!

    • Hi evilsquirrel13 (can I call you Bill?). I love your enthusiasm, and you bring up a good point that I probably should’ve made clearer in the article. The best part about this project is that you actually don’t need to have any knowledge or experience in fiber arts to participate. Let me give you an example. Let’s say for instance, that one day you think, “Man, would I love to have a jetpack. I wonder if that gal at Squirrel Picnic could make me one.” Although the jetpack I would make most likely will not take you off the ground, I’m confident I could find a way to make a pretty cute jetpack that might just also double as a pillow. It’s all in good fun.

      So if you’re ever struck with an idea that you’d like to toss my way, don’t be shy. I’d love to hear it. 🙂

      • You can call me ES, Bill, anything but late to dinner! 🙂

        OK, I guess if there’s something I would love to see made into real life, it would be some form of my Rainbow Donkey unicorn character. If you should decide to take this up, and need some good RD reference pics to work with other than what could be found on my blog, let me know.

        • I love Rainbow Donkey! I would be honored to make one. The world needs more rainbow donkey unicorns for sure. And I can appreciate the story of how he came to be. I think we all can relate. I’ll let you know later this month where your project will be on my schedule. Thanks and have a great weekend.

  2. My challenge would be to knit or crochet, or both, a parasol similar to those carried by ladies in the Georgia, Victoria, Edwardian era. It’s a challenge I’ve toyed with for a year now but haven’t got beyond the. Thinking stage. The ideas I had was to somehow adapt a circular table clothe pattern and an existing umbrella frame, but that’s as far as I’ve got. No pictures, sorry.