Our local Machine Knitters Guild has been sponsoring design contests for the members.
A fairly specific criteria is chosen, then the members have approx 3 months to knit the item. The item is submitted at the meeting and entire group that attends the meeting gets to judge.
We dispense a wrapped candy “token” to every member and then they judge by placing their “token” on the item. The one with the most candy WINS.
Usually, a 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Prizes are awarded. Knit oriented. i.e. tools, magazine subscription, a free membership for the following year. Some yummy yarn……….knitting bag………………whatever appeals to the group.
It’s a lot of fun and challenging to try a different type of project that one normally wouldn’t make or a technique that hasn’t been used in a long time.