Challenge of the week #4


At this difficult beginning of the year when we are forced to stay at home, we need more than ever to smile and bring a good dose of joy and good humour to our days.

That’s why we invite you today to take part in our #sourirealamaison operation! And to do so, nothing could be simpler: make one or more Lumi!

In case you don’t know him yet, Lumi has been our mascot since the beginning of the « Knit a Smile » project 5 years ago; a little square of black and white knitwear, an informed globetrotter and always smiling! Today, many of you have made your Lumi and take it with you on your travels or in your daily adventures.

What if we were more? What if we were to invade our current daily life with smiles?

How to participate?

To create your own Lumi, you actually need very little:

  • 1 square of 10x10cm (knitted or not) and of any colour,
  • 2 eyes,
  • 1 mouth… In other words, a smile!

Then anything goes! Customize it to your liking and with what you have at home. Find the tutorial of our Lumi in knitting and crochet just HERE !

You don’t know how to knit or haven’t knitted in a long time? Don’t panic! You can take the opportunity to challenge yourself to learn, or you can paint a Lumi, sculpt it or make a collage of it! Let your imagination run wild and create Lumi of all colors!

Fabrics, paper, cardboard… Anything goes!

Once your Lumi all beautiful, all done:

  • take a picture of him from every angle,
  • send us, the photo(s), by mail to, or by text/WhatsApp at,
  • share your snapshots on your social networks with hashtags :

#sourirealamaison #smileathome #sonreirencasa #sorridereacasa

And when that time is a distant memory and we can go outside again:

  • you’ll be able to offer this smile to someone you love or who has been alone during confinement, a senior person alone at home or in an EHPAD (french acronym for residential facility for dependent elderly people.) … To whomever you want!
  • You can also send them to us at our office (Citémômes, 11 rue du Moulinet, 76000 Rouen), or drop them off at our existing small knitting squares (see our « smile’s map« ) with your contact details and a small note to accompany them. If you are not inspired, you can consult and/or print the small form available by clicking below :

Our primary goal: to make you smile!

To make the web where we spend a lot of time at the moment smile, to make people smile in Normandy, in France and beyond our borders… To see that together we are stronger! The smile is universal and knows no limits!

This challenge proposes to keep young and old busy during this special time, and this, by bringing good mood! With your Lumi, everything becomes possible: you can assemble them into pretty garlands, hang them in your interiors, on your doors and mailboxes to make your neighbours smile, or hang them on your windows or balconies.

Our secondary objective?

With all your smiles, we’d like to create artistic installations in various public places in order to convey this message together: « it was difficult, but together we succeeded! ». We haven’t yet defined exactly what’s next… But trust us, there’s no shortage of ideas!

3, 2… Impression sun colors !

You’ll have understood it, the challenge of this week consists in photographing your Lumi, or even what makes you smile as below:

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« Making rhubarb pie with family. Remembering a great summer. » M., 36, Baugé.