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The Knitty/Tom Bihn Design Your Dream Knitting Bag Contest

Tom Bihn makes, we think, some of the nicest, best-quality bags we've ever seen. They're also kickass people with a true sense of adventure. So when they contacted us about setting up a contest, we were all for it!

They've got an idea for a great knitting bag, but now they want your input to make it the best it can be! And in return for your feedback, you could win one of these beauties...which doesn't even exist yet, so we can't show you a pic. Trust us, though -- our editor and several of our masthead staff have seen an early prototype and already there was a scuffle for ownership [guess who won?]. Mighty cool bags, these.

This one is easy. Everyone is eligible, and all you have to do to qualify is to fill out the questionnaire in full. One entry per person, please -- we're counting.

What could you win?

Grand Prize [1]: 1 LUX tote with knitting insert and a $100 TOM BIHN gift certificate, courtesy Tom Bihn.
(Approximate value of prize is $200usd.)

2nd and 3rd place prizes [1 each]: 1 LUX tote with knitting insert, courtesy Tom Bihn.

5 lucky runners up will each win one [1] copy of Debbie Stoller's new Stitch 'N Bitch: A Knitter’s Design Journal, courtesy Workman Publishing ---->

- Contest ends September 15th, 2005.
- One entry per person. Multiple entries from one individual/e-mail address will be deleted.
- Questionnaire must be filled out in full to be eligible.
- Knitty and/or Tom Bihn are not responsible for lost or misdirected entries.
- Grand prize, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received by the contest closing date.
- Additions to these rules may be made at the Knitty editor's/Tom Bihn's discretion at any time.
- Grand, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded by Tom Bihn.
- E-mail addresses are collected for the purpose of awarding prizes only and all addresses will be deleted from our records after the contest prizes are awarded.

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!


Grand prize:
One [1]
of 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.

Twelve [12] winning photographs will be selected to fill the pages of the Knitty 2006 calendar. Each winner will receive one [1] copy of the Knitty 2006 calendar and will be fully credited in the calendar [right on their photo].

Honorable mentions:
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 pattern.

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 [3] 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. Knitty is not responsible for lost or misdirected entries.

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, please.

9. Additions to these rules may be made at the editor's discretion at any time.

To enter:

  1. For each entry [maximum 3], e-mail your photograph at a resolution of 72dpi to this address [turn your javascript 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.


    * Send all entries [maximum 3] in ONE E-MAIL MESSAGE.
    By sending an e-mail entry to this address, you are agreeing to the contest rules above. You are also agreeing to the following statement:

    "By my entry[ies] to the Knitty 2006 calendar contest, I verify that:
    (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 computer-readable media;
    (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 computer-readable media;

    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. The 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."

  2. The 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.

  3. Deadline: All entries must be received at this address by August 15, 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 "standing-against-a-tree-or-wall" 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!

Hint: This contest is not about how clearly the knitted item is shown -- it's about how great the photograph is and how compelling it is to look at. We want 12 really engaging, gorgeous photographs.

If it's a modelled garment, wear complementary clothing and don't forget to do the hair and makeup of the model[s], if appropriate. Don't be smearing lipstick on doggies, though. That's just mean.

Good luck, and we can't wait to see what you come up with!

P.S. Questions about the contest? Try this thread on the Knitty Coffeeshop.
Please don't e-mail questions. Thanks!