Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Random Knitting Theory #1 = a contest

It's the first theory thrown out on the blog anyway. Or the first one I can recall, and in this heat, it's tough to remember my name.

UPDATE: Revised Random Knitting Theory #1: Any kind of knitter; not continental! Please enter the contest Rachel, Sarah, and Rain!
#1: Successful, continental knitters have a certain kind of hand. I don't think I am going to be able to accurately describe the hand I see. I know it's not mine: I am not a continental knitter, nor do I have nails that naturally grow just past my fingertips.

So, if you think you've got the look (thank you, Sheena Easton), take two pictures: one of your hands; and a knitting action shot. Post them to your blog, along with a response to Random Knitting Theory #1, and leave a comment letting me, and any other interested parties, know to go for a look-see.

Two prizes will be awarded: one for best match to the image of the hand I have in my head; and another for whatever strikes my fancy a.k.a. creativity. Please do keep this a family friendly contest, the menagerie will be assisting with the judging, as will Isabel.

Prizes: a super pretty skein of some super pretty yarn; I have some stash goodies, but just in case a cotton-only hand hero wins, then I'll be ordering up something delish. How's that for vague?!

When I started this post I had no intention of having a contest, so if you have questions, please ask. Just think, if you are the only person who gives it a go, you're automatically a winner!!! Wooo hoooo!

PS: This contest is in honor of Aija. I won some stunning Holz & Stein 2.5 mm ebony dpns in a contest she held. Thanks, Aija! The needles are dreamy. I thought I'd share the love. Not the needles. And I really am interested in testing my theory. (I hope Grumperina doesn't stumble upon this, it's so unscientific.)

33 comments:

Rachel said...

Aww, I'm disqualified right from the start since I'm not a continental knitter. But what if I were to post a photo of my hand anyway, and you were to say it looked just like what you had in mind? Would I still win a prize even though I would be disproving your theory?

And when are you going to be in Rhode Island, again?

Sarah said...

Dang, not a continental knitter here either, otherwise I'd totally play!

It will be interesting to see what comes up though.

Rain said...

Lol, this is the most unusual contest I've ever seen on a blog. I'm not a continental knitter either, but I'm sure there will be some along soon enough.

Elizabeth said...

Hmm, I'm a continental knitter. After a day at home to restock the fridge and get the laundry done, I'll see what I can do.

Sarah said...

OK! I'll enter! I'll have Nate take hand pics this weekend when he's back!

OldLadyPenPal said...

i shall enter!
it's about time i had something new on my blog anyway. i'll bribe one of the kids with a dollor to take the action shot!

Amby said...

Continental gal here!! I wish you could have seen me with the camera balanced on a pillow which was balanced on my chest to get those pics! :-)

trek said...

My post is here!

knitnthings said...

I'm confused - you do want continental or you don't? This is a cool idea - love to see how other people knit!!

Jerry & Maxy said...

Any and all knitting styles are welcomed and encouraged! Show me your hands and knitting style, Knitters!!!!

Rhonda said...

This contest is open for how long? Interestingly hard to get action shots in still pictures. But I'll give it a try tonight.

Karen said...

I've posted my entry on my blog (sorry I don't know how to make a link in the comments). The pictures aren't great, but if you enlarge them they are better. This is an interesting study to participate in, I hope I pass.

monica said...

OK, I am game. I have posted pictures of my idle and knitting hands on my blog. I will have to check out all the other pictures and see if there is anything to this theory
http://worksforyarn.blogspot.com

Stariel said...

I posted my pictures on my blog here. Enjoy!

Tori said...

I posted pics at my blog too. Sorry, you'll have to scroll through a bunch o' toddler swimwear to get to them ;-). Looking forward to the results of your informal study. I'm afraid they may indicate I need to switch styles of knitting. Take care, Tori http://toriknits.blogspot.com

Rhonda said...

I got mind posted just now. Whatever the theory is ... this is going to be very interesting seeing what you have in mind.

Check it out here:
http://mitstitchingnut.blogspot.com/

Rhonda said...

Don't know why that link didn't work ... I'll try again ...
http://mitstitchingnut.blogspot.com

Kathy said...

Hi

I came from monica's blog, Worksforyarn. :)
I knit both ways. I am posting my entry today at irisheyesknitters.blogspot.com is that what I am supposed to do?

Kathy said...

Hi

I came from monica's blog, Worksforyarn. :)
I knit both ways. I am posting my entry today at irisheyesknitters.blogspot.com is that what I am supposed to do?

aija said...

Hey, I played! :)

http://sockpr0n.blogspot.com/2006/08/this-is-one-of-those-days.html

(Don't enter me in the draw though, I couldn't close the yarn bin today.) :)

Have a great day, good luck w/ your contest!! :)

Linda said...

You can view my photos on my blog - I can't to see what conclusions you come up with!

Jess said...

Cool! When's the deadline?

rose said...

It took me a while, but I've finally posted pictures of my hands while knitting. You should be able to get directly to the entry post by clicking on my name. It's been interesting to see everyone else's hands.

laurie in maine said...
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laurie in maine said...

I've posted pictures of 3 generations of knitting hands on my blog. Convinced my mom & daughter to join in this "well mannered frivolity!!"

http://sockshavenothumbs.blogspot.com/2006/08/knitting-hands.html

(sorry for the empty comment above - forgot to paste a link and tried deleting it - not a clean erase though I guess?!)

loribird said...

I've posted photos of my very continental hands doing their knitterly thing... hope it helps with the theorization, I've wondered about the same thing myself :)

Abigail 1870 pearl said...

I decided to play along even though I'm a Continental knitter.

You can check it out at my blog.

RavenSky said...

I knit Continental and here is a photo on my blog. I'm no "hand model" but the Holz & Stein needles are worthy of a pin-up ;-)

Charity said...

Fascinating contest! I can't get an action shot, but I'll enjoy looking at everyone else's!

Jeanne said...

I unexpectedly had three generations, too -- couldn't pass up the opportunity to record it, either!

http://mathomhouse.typepad.com/bluestocking/2006/08/knitting_hands.html

Bee said...

What an interesting idea!

Well here are my hands on my blog, Muntu Stitches.

Stephanie (aka qdgirl) said...

My hand is on my blog - [url=http://sometimessheknits.blogspot.com]Sometimessheknits[/url]
Interesting contest!

Batty said...

I started out continental but have mostly knit English in the last couple of years... do I still count?

And how in the world do I take a picture of my hands while I'm using them to knit? This will take some engineering. And weird postures. So glad I took that semester of yoga in college to avoid more strenuous PE requirements!