Wow, some of those are really gorgeous. I can't imagine, though, spending all that time knitting or crocheting something knowing that it's going to get filthy and slushed up. I hope the winner gets a nice prize!
If at first you don't succeed....rip it and try again!
The winner gets a $1000 prize which is donated to the United Way agency of their choice. It is a lot of work, but it's pretty cool! I loved the one done in bark-like colors called "Can you See me now?" -- too funny.