Ah, blessed spring.
I will not go on and on about how much happiness
spring gives me. And how much more I appreciate
it as I get older and realize I've survived
I'll just let the patterns in this issue
say it for me.
Meanwhile, at Knitty central, we've got contests
on the brain.
The big one is coming up and every reader
can enter...and I hope you'll want to. The
contest concerns a personal quest of mine,
and I know many readers are on the same quest.
So stay tuned, watch this page or, easiest
of all, sign up for the Knitty
reader list, and we'll drop you a note
the moment it's time to enter! The list is
never shared with anyone and we only send
out a few messages a year.
But until then...
the Knitty 2006 Calendar contest!
Have you knit something from a Knitty pattern?
Yahoo! You're eligible to enter!
We're looking for the best, most enticing,
amusing and well-shot photographs of items
knit from Knitty patterns. We'll select the
12 best and publish them in our first calendar,
this fall, for 2006. And the best of those
12 will go on the cover and get some seriously
fabulous knitworthy stuff! Read on!
the 12 runner-up winners will be chosen
to be on the cover of the calendar.
The grand-prize-winning photographer
will receive a selection of current
knitting books and a sampler pack of
yarns from companies like Rowan, Jaeger,
Artful Yarns, Reynolds and Lion Brand.
 winning photographs will be selected
to fill the pages of the Knitty 2006
calendar. Each winner will receive one
 copy of the Knitty 2006 calendar
and will be fully credited in the calendar
[right on their photo].
Pictures that we love
but that aren't chosen as winning entries
will be displayed in special gallery in Knitty's
winter 2005 issue. Each photo displayed will
be credited to the photographer, and we'll
link to your website if you want us to.
Here be the rules:
1. Items must have been knit from a pattern published
in any issue of Knitty. You
may have altered the pattern and/or yarn specified,
as long as the item looks like the original Knitty
2. Knitty staff are not eligible for this
contest [that means the editors, columnists,
Kristi and myself]. Contributors are eligible,
but they cannot submit photographs of their
own Knitty-published designs.
3. Each entrant may submit up to three 
photographs in total. They can be of the same
item or different items. The photograph[s]
you submit will be low-resolution images.
The winning entrants must be able to
submit the winning photo[s] for publication
in high-resolution [3 megapixel/300dpi or
higher] format. The photograph[s] must be
11" wide x 8.5" tall.
4. 12 [twelve] winning entries will be selected
by a panel of judges, and the decisions of
those judges are final. Any entrant may win
more than once. Each winner's compensation
in exchange for the use of their photograph
in the Knitty 2006 calendar consists of the
prize[s] described above. There will be one
prize awarded per winning photograph.
5. Entries must follow submission rules laid
out below. Those that do not follow the rules
will be disqualified. All entries must be
sent electronically; entries cannot be sent
via regular postal mail.
6. Photos MAY have been previously
published on your blog or website.
7. All winning photos [the grand-prize winner, 12
runners-up and all honorable mentions] become the
property of Knitty magazine, to be used only for
the purpose of this contest [website display and
publication in the calendar, if applicable].
8. Obscene, insulting, inappropriate or offensive
photographs will be disqualified. Play nice,
9. Additions to these rules may be made at
the editor's discretion at any time.
each entry [maximum 3], e-mail your
photograph at a resolution of
72dpi to this
on if the e-mail link isn't working],
along with the URL of the Knitty
pattern it was knit from, your full
name, the name[s] of any models,
your e-mail address and full mailing
address. If your submission is a
collaboration [person A knitted
the item and person B photographed
it], please indicate who should
be credited for each aspect of the
submission. Only one prize will
be awarded per winning entry.
* DO NOT SEND HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS
IN YOUR ENTRY.
* Send all entries [maximum 3] in
ONE E-MAIL MESSAGE.
By sending an e-mail entry to
address, you are
agreeing to the contest rules above.
You are also agreeing to the following
my entry[ies] to the Knitty
2006 calendar contest, I verify
(a) I am the original creator
of the photograph[s] submitted
with this e-mail, and the owner
of copyright therein, and that
I grant to Knitty an irrevocable,
royalty-free licence to use
and distribute the photograph[s]
in print, electronic, and/or
(b) I am authorized by the creator
of the photograph[s] or owner
of copyright in the photograph[s]
to submit these photograph[s]
to Knitty and to grant to Knitty
an irrevocable, royalty-free
licence to use
and distribute the photograph[s]
in print, electronic, and/or
and I further warrant that neither
I nor the creator of the photograph[s]
have infringed and/or violated the
existing intellectual property rights
of any third person in the creation
of the photograph[s]. Further, I agree
to hold Knitty and its editors and
publisher harmless from any and all
expenses, losses, liabilities, damages
or third-party claims that may arise
from any infringement and/or violation
of such intellectual property rights.
acceptance of my entry[ies] shall
constitute full consideration for
all electronic and/or computer-readable
media use and distribution rights,
and the selection of my entry as a
winning entry shall constitute full
consideration for all print, electronic,
and/or computer-readable media use
and distribution rights."
photographers of the 12 winning entries
and the grand-prize winner will be contacted
by e-mail on or after the date the fall
2005 issue of Knitty goes live. The winning
entrants must provide, within 7 days of
this e-mail notification, a high-resolution
version [300dpi or higher] of their winning
photograph[s] sized 11" wide x 8.5"
tall. Entrants that are unable to provide
the high-resolution picture to these specifications
within 7 days will be disqualified and a
new winner will be chosen.
All entries must be received at this
address by August
1, 2005. The winners will be announced
in the fall '05 Knitty surprise. The
calendar will be available in the
Knitty store shortly thereafter.
Hints to help you win:
Knitted items can be modelled or not
-- it's the quality and impression of
the finished photograph we're looking
for, so be creative! The judges want to
see photographs that are bright, well-lit,
clearly focused and not grainy. Composition
of the photograph is essential -- boring
shots are discouraged. That's not what
we want. Be creative, have a lot of fun
with the process and think about what
you'd like to see hanging on your wall
for a whole month. Use fun props!