Have you and your friends got a knitting need for speed?!
Join us for Adelaide Arcade’s inaugural KNIT-O-RAMA knitting competition on Saturday 9th July 2022!
Pre-register your attendance below to secure your place and to go into the draw to win the pre-registration “door prize” ($100 Adelaide Arcade voucher). Competitive entries have been limited to 50 knitters.
How does it work?
Individuals and pairs compete over 4 hours in a race to craft the largest stack of knitted 10cm x 10cm squares. Knitting begins at 11am on Saturday 9th July 2022 and ends at 3pm. Knitters can compete as an individual, or as part of a pair.
How much does it cost?
Your $10 entry fee can be paid in cash or by EFTPOS on the day and will be directly donated to the Deafblind Association of South Australia. In return, participants will be given a $10 coffee/food voucher to use at selected Adelaide Arcade businesses throughout the day.
What can I win?
1st place Individual – $500 Adelaide Arcade Voucher
2nd place Individual – $250 Adelaide Arcade Voucher
1st place Pair – x2 $250 Adelaide Arcade Vouchers
2nd place Pair – x2 $100 Adelaide Arcade Vouchers
Pre-registration raffle prize – $100 Adelaide Arcade Voucher
What do I need to bring?
All wool and some needles will be provided. However, we would encourage you to bring your own knitting needles if you can (4mm and under), lots of friends, a positive attitude and the speediest fingers you possess! We’d also recommend that you dress warmly or bring along a knee rug… we will have gas heaters on-site, however, the Arcade can sometimes be a little chilly in early July
What type of wool will we be knitting with?
Knitters will have access to an array of pre-portioned 8ply and 4ply (4ply to be knitted double) yarn for their 10cm x 10cm squares. All wool has been sourced locally from independent yarn retailers, many of whom spin and/or dye their own product. All yarn will be labelled, so if you like something you knit with on the day, you’ll be able to track it down.
How will I know that I’m knitting the right size squares?
25 stitches x 25 rows knitted stockinette stitch with 8ply yarn on 4mm needles should yield a 10cm x 10cm square however, we all knit with a different tension so some individual adjustments might need to be made. We will have measuring tapes/gauges available for you to check – they don’t have to be perfect.
What’s going to happen with the knitted squares at the end of the day?
All completed squares will be collected and sewn together into a blanket that will be donated to the South Australian Country Women’s Association, to be raffled off at a later date.
Can I take the wool home at the end of the day?
Whatever wool hasn’t been used and isn’t required to complete the blanket can be taken home by competitors.
What if I’m not a speedy knitter, or I don’t have the full 4 hours to spare?
That’s OK! We’re not speedy either! Additional participation prizes will be awarded on the day, including the most creatively knitted 10cm x 10cm square. Casual knitters and folks new to knitting are also encouraged to drop in for a quick knit, or a beginner’s lesson. Knitters of all shapes, sizes and speeds are invited and encouraged to come along and get involved.
I’ll be driving into the city. Where can I park?
The Wyatt Street UPark on the south side of Grenfell Street is right outside our front door and, happily, they offer $8 flat rate parking on Saturdays. So you can stay as long as you’d like.
Are there toilets available on site?
There sure are! You’ll just need the key to access them which we will have ready for you.
What time should I arrive?
Knitting will begin at 11am sharp. Please arrive 10 – 15 minutes early to allow time to pay your $10 fee and to get yourself set up.
Great! This sounds fun. What do I need to do now?
All you need to do is pre-register your attendance using the form above. Competition slots have been limited to 50 people and pre-registered participants will take precedence.
See you on Saturday 9th July!