Big Apple Lemon Drive

when life gives you lemonsFairfield is so excited to announce our co-sponsorship of the Big Apple Lemon Drive.

The “Lemon Drive” is where people around the country will be knitting and crocheting stuffed lemons.  The lemons will then be used to “lemon bomb” a park in New York City.  There will be thousands of handmade lemons passed out in lower Manhattan on Tax Day April 2016.   What are the odds that April is also National Stress Awareness month?   The CYC (Craft Yarn Council) plans to hand out thousands of knitted and crocheted lemon stress balls.  Attached to each stress ball will be important information about the stress-reducing benefits of crafting. Hopefully New Yorkers will be inspired to take up knitting or crocheting and experience the health benefits themselves.  At the very least, they’ll be able to squeeze away some stress at work or home.
We here at Fairfield, love to be at the heart of your project.  So, we are donating the Poly-Fil® that goes inside the lemons.  For an added bonus, “When Life Gives You Lemons” Lemon Stress Ball is a FREE pattern from Twinkie Chan, perfect for stitching squeezing away stress

Well, this lemon is a win-win, because you can stitch away stress while you’re making it and then squeeze away stress as often as you need after it’s done! How great is that?! Oh, and don’t forget to show off your lovely lemon when you’re done! Post a pic of it along with the hashtag #StitchAwayStress and #lemonstressball, #attheheartofmyproject on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!


A little History about the event:

-The lemon stress balls made their debut in April 2015 as part of the Craft Yarn Council’s Stitch Away Stress interactive social media campaign
-April is National Stress Awareness month and as part of its global health initiative to draw awareness about the health benefits of knitting and crochet, the CYC provided 30 Days of Creative Ways to relax, relieve stress and boost mood with knitting and crochet
-People from all over knitted and crocheted lemons and shared photos of them on social media with the hashtag #stitchawaystress and stories about how they de-stress with knitting and crochet.  You can view the patterns and more information about the CYC’s health initiative and Stitch Away Stress campaign via this page:


Health Benefits of Knitting and Crochet Stats

  • 85% of 3,100+ people recently surveyed by CYC reported reduced stress from knitting and crochet
  • 90% of 4,000+ people recently surveyed by Wool and the Gang reported decreased anxiety from knitting
  • Needlecrafting is recognized by major news outlets likeYahoo! as an effective alternative therapy to prescription drugs

Join the Big Apple Lemon Drive

…and WIN SOME CASH while you’re at it!

Want to be part of making history and have lots of fun doing it? Want to promote your guild or group and win some money for it? Join the Craft Yarn Council in its Big Apple Lemon Drive to draw awareness about the stress-busting benefits of knitting and crochet!

With the help of your guild or group, the Council plans to hand out thousands of knitted and crocheted lemon stress balls with a message about the stress-reducing benefits of these crafts to taxpayers on the busy streets of New York City. Hopefully, they will be inspired to take up knitting or crochet and experience the health benefits themselves!

Here’s how your guild or group
can get involved and enter the contest…

  • Complete the form
  • The registration deadline is October 31st. If your guild or groups commits to completing one of three quantities of lemons (50, 125 or 250), while supplies last, the Council will ship the necessary bright yellow and green yarn plus fiberfill for the lemons. OPEN ONLY TO U.S. GUILDS OR GROUPS AND ONLY ONE YARN ORDER PER GUILD OR GROUP PLEASE.Participants are encouraged to continue to make lemon stress balls using yellow and green yarns from their stash!
  • For crochet and knit lemon patterns: download the PDFs on this page or visit:

Contest and Prize…

Registered Guilds will be entered into one of two categories:

  • Guilds 50 members and fewer
  • Guilds 50 members and over

The guild in each category completing the most number of lemons by December 31st will receive a $250 cash prize. The runner-up guild in each category will receive $100 cash prize.

  • Show off your Guild’s lemons! Post photos and videos of your Guild making the lemon stress balls and of the finished lemons to the Council’s social media pages (use the hashtag #stitchawaystressJoin Us on FacebookTwitter I Love Yarn DayCYC YOuTubeILYD InstagramCYC Pinterest

All lemon stress balls must be shipped to the Council by December 31st to be entered in the cash prize contest:

Craft Yarn Council
ATTN: Big Apple Lemon Contest
3740 North Josey Lane Suite 102
Carrollton, TX 75007

Thanks and good luck!

Special thanks to our Co-sponsors:

Lily YarnLion Brand YarnRed Heart

Link to Registration

4 thoughts on “Big Apple Lemon Drive”

  1. Hanna says:

    What’s the least number of member one can have in a group or guild in order to participate in contest?

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      That is a great question. I am not sure there is a minimum number. On the form they are looking for participants to commit to making a certain number.

  2. Shawn Anderson says:

    I’m the Vice-President of the Western Reserve Knitting Guild, the winners of the Big Apple Lemon Drive in the over 50 members category. I just want to thank Fairfield for the Poly-fil that you sent us to help us with the lemons. We had so much fun!

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      You are welcome and thank you for giving to your community.

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