Pigskin Party KAL 2014

Are you ready to really enjoy some fall and winter knitting, crochet and spinning along with the football season? Whether you enjoy football or not, come join us for the Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party KAL with fun and prizes along the way!

The basic idea:

We will knit, crochet and spin along with the NFL football regular season so you too can score touchdowns and field goals which earn you points and increase your chances of winning a fabulous prize. There will also be random drawings every month simply for participating.

We’ll wrap up with a fun-filled weekend of crafting during Super Bowl weekend with events running from Wednesday 1/28/15 until Monday 2/2/15 (to give you time to wrap up your projects).

That’s 5 months of fun, chatter, maybe some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!

Don’t enjoy football? That’s ok too! There are still plenty of ways to participate. I hope you’ll join us.

 The Game:

  • Join the Roster
    • Sign up here to get yourself on the roster and tell all your friends that you will be competing in the Super Bowl this year!
  • Huddle
    • Come chat in the Down Cellar Studio Football Chatter Group. Random prizes will be given for participating. You can also earn points by correctly answering Monday Night Football Trivia Questions which will be posted in these threads.
  • Make your Predictions
    • The games begin now! The bookies are getting started and so are we at the Down Cellar Studio. Make your Super Bowl Prediction. Who is going to win it all this year?
      • Enter your prediction in this thread by 10p EST on September 30th when the thread will be locked.
      • If your team wins the Superbowl you get to add 200 pts to your total score
  • Compete
    • Crafting: To score a touchdown you have to move a football down the field 100 yards. So let’s start adding up those touchdown points by getting some knitting, crochet and spinning projects completed! When you finish a project, we’ll cheer you on as you do your End Zone Dance! Rules and details on how to earn points below.
    • Sharing: Use the hashtag #DCSPigskinParty on Instagram to be entered for random prize drawings (at least one per month in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec & Jan). Show us your WIPs and FO, your game day traditions or favorite recipes! Get creative. But don’t forget to hashtag it to be entered into the random prize drawings!

The Prizes:

To win at football, you need to outscore the other teams. For every 100 points you earn, you will get an entry into the Pigskin Party KAL Prize Drawing.  You can earn unlimited entries based on the number of points you accumulate during football season. Those in the top 10% of points earned will also be entered to win the grand prize. All KAL prizes (except for random prize drawings for participation) will be done after February 2nd and announced on the Down Cellar Studio Podcast.

We have some great prizes already lined up and will be sharing more very soon!

Earning Points:

Regular Play 

  • For every 100 yards completed (in your fiber craft of choice) give yourself 7 points for a touchdown (we are throwing that extra point in there for the fun of it). Note: for spinning, please count the yardage of your finished skein.
  • For all partial touchdown yardage after that add 3 points for a field goal
    • So for example: You knit a pair of socks that was 427 yards you would give yourself 31 pts. (400 yds = 4 TD’s for 28 points and 27 yds = 1 FG for 3 points- total 31 points)

Special Teams

  • Call on these special plays to earn yourself extra points. If your finished object (FO) falls into one or more of these categories– give yourself 4 extra points each:
    • Make a koozie for your beverage of choice
    • Make something in your team colors (NFL, College, Local)
    • Make something that incorporates your team logo
    • Make a project to donate to charity
    • Instant replay: knit or crochet with a pattern you’ve already used (vanilla socks do not count for this). 
    • Rookie of the Year: do something new  to you. Use a new technique, try a new designer, use a different construction method. You tell us what you’re doing differently and it works!


  • If your FO meets one or more of these categories, give yourself 3 extra points each
    • Use a product from one of our sponsors (bag, stitch markers, yarn, etc)
    • Legends of the game: Knit from stash (purchased more than 6 months ago)
    • Post a photo of your FO on Instagram (provide Instagram User Name in your FO post) (limit 3 points per project, but feel free to post multiple times)

The Blitz is On

  • All the little points add up quickly but if you want to really stake your claim on the big prize  you will call a Blitz on your opponents. From Cast-On (September 4, 2014) until the last second of the Superbowl game if you complete a single project of over 1000 yards give yourself “Blitz Points”!
  • This finished item must be completely off the needles, all ends woven in if needed, all buttons etc sewn on. The only thing not required to call it complete is the blocking.
  • A blitz is worth an extra 1000 points plus the Touchdown and Field Goal points earned for that project. You can also combine with Special Teams & Cheerleading points!

The Draft

  • If you draft one or more of your friends who is not already a member of the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group to come join the group and participate in the Pigskin Party KAL you’ll earn 25 extra per player you recruit. List the Ravelry names of the players you’ve drafted in your End Zone Dance post with 25 points next to each name

 Bonus Points

  • Answer Monday Night Football trivia questions in the chatter thread and earn 25 points for your correct answer!

Interceptions (short challenges sprinkled throughout the season)



The Rules:

  • To be entered to win prizes you must be a member of the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group & have put your name on the Roster
  • Each player will have just one post in the End Zone Dance Thread. Go ahead and reserve your spot (after you’ve put your name on the roster). Then each time you earn points, edit that post with your updated points including photos of your FOs and details of any other points earned (with Special Teams and Cheerleading).
  • All points will be verified and updated if necessary but the referees.
  • Players can only win one prize per month (both for regular season play & playoff play)
  • Fun, playful banter and “trash talking” is encouraged but please be respectful.
  • All knitting, crochet and spinning projects must be started on or after the start of the Football Season – Thursday September 4th 8:30pm Eastern Time USA & be finished & posted include photos by Monday February 2, 2015
  • Instagram: you must be set to public in order for the referees to find projects you’ve hashtagged

Playoff & Super Bowl Festivities

There will be special events during the playoffs, all leading up to the big Super Bowl Weekend KAL.

We have a bunch of fun things planned around your favorite events that happen during the Super Bowl. There will be a pre-game show, half-time activities (and maybe a special podcast) as well as those infamous Superbowl Commercials.

Stay tuned for prizes and games all weekend long!


NBC is seeking $4.5M for a 30 sec spot during the Superbowl. Down Cellar Studio is slashing that price. For the mere cost of a donation to the Pigskin Party KAL, I will advertise your products or shop during the entire football season and during the Super Bowl Weekend KAL.

Prizes will be awarded monthly for social media and Ravelry participation as outlined above. There will also be prizes for the Super Bowl Weekend KAL including one grand prize (this can be a combination prize pack or one large prize depending on the generosity of our sponsors).

Who can Sponsor? Anyone!

  • Are you an Online Retailer?
  • Are you a brick and mortar shop owner?
  • Are you an indie dyer, designer, sewer, spinner, jeweler, creator of soaps, lotions or beauty products?
  • Are you a listener with an over abundance of stash?
  • Do you sew project bags or make stitch markers for the fun of it?
  • Or maybe there is something else you do that I cannot think of but it would make a fabulous prize?

You are all eligible to donate to the Superbowl Weekend KAL

Prizes sought for our fearless competitors:

  • Yarn
  • Fiber
  • Tools (spindles, needles, looms etc)
  • Project Bags
  • Accessories- notions pouches, stitch markers, other notions, lotions, soaps, jewelry

All items must be NEW and in their original packaging if applicable (i.e. if donating from stash yarn must contain ball bands).

How it works:

Once I have received a commitment of a donation as well as any other promotional materials (such as banners or artwork that I can use in a thread or on my website),  I will post your information in our PRIZE THREAD for all to see and will discuss prizes given out each month on the podcast and instagram as well. That is almost 6 months of advertising in the DownCellar Studio Ravelry group with other mentions on the Podcast, Blog Posts and Website. The sooner I receive your commitment the sooner I can start promoting your business!

To become a sponsor, please send me a message via email at downcellarstudio (at) gmail (dot) com or message me via Private Message on Ravelry.

For questions, more information and to get on the roster to start playing-  come on over to the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group! Hope you’ll join in the fun! Best of luck to all of our competitors!