Silent auctions are popular where I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many schools and churches hold fundraising banquets which include auctions. Auction items can be anything of interest: weeks at vacation homes, dinner parties, sleepovers at school chaperoned by teachers, and so on. Themed baskets also make excellent silent auction items, such as a collection of gourmet food or handmade baby gifts. It turns out that hand-knitted items are also a hit! Read on to see the donations I have made to silent auctions over the past few years and how much they have raised.

March 2014: I donated a “Citron” shawl, which I made from a soft, silk and alpaca lace yarn, to the silent auction at the school where my children went from preschool through 8th grade. It was auctioned for $80. A nice contribution to the cause!

Picture of the Citron Shawlette

The Citron Shawlette

March 2012: I made a Show Stopper bracelet for the silent auction at my daughter’s high school, which I think will raise at least $75.

Show Stopper Bracelet

Show Stopper Bracelet

Bracelet details on RavelryDetails about the pattern are on Ravelry

March 2012: This month, I also donated a KidSilk Creation scarf to the silent auction at my son’s school. The bidding started at $40 and closed at $50. I think the auction committee did a nice job displaying the scarf on a mini-dress form and in describing it on the bidding sheet.

White Ruffled Scarf

White Ruffled Scarf

Auction Bidding Sheet for White Ruffled Scarf

Auction Bidding Sheet

Kidsilk Creation Ruffled Scarf

Taking a quick photo before donating it to the auction

KidSilk Scarf details on RavelryDetails about the pattern and yarn are on Ravelry

May 2011: I wanted to use some yarn from my stash to create donations for this year’s silent auction at our church. Using two skeins of sock yarn, I made the “Firefly Scarf.” The bidding started at $20, and ended at $55.

Fringed Scarf

Fringed Scarf on the blocking mat

Scarf on the Auction Table

Scarf on the Auction Table

Firefly Fringed Scarf details on RavelryDetails about the pattern and yarn are on Ravelry

For the same auction, I made a simple lap blanket using mohair from my stash. At the auction, it sold for $120.

Mohair Lap Blanket

Mohair Lap Blanket


May 2010: For my church’s silent auction in 2010, I created a “Baby Shower Gift Basket” which included a knitted baby blanket, knitted cotton washcloths, and burpers made by sewing ribbon on cloth diapers. I put these items into a basket which could be used in the baby’s room to organize essentials. The starting bid on this basket was $50 USD, and it was sold for $75.

Baby Shower Auction Items

Items included in the Baby Shower Basket

Baby blanket details on RavelryDetails about the pattern and yarn are on Ravelry

April 2010: My children’s school held a fundraising dinner and auction. For the silent auction, I donated this chic, soft wrap. The bidding started at $50, and the final bid was $300!

Gray Wrap

Gray Asymetrical Wrap

Gray wrap details on RavelryDetails about the pattern and yarn are on Ravelry