When I missed my 20th high-school reunion a few years ago, I regretted not getting to see a couple of long-lost friends, but I still got to see what everyone looks like now, from the comfort of my own chair, as hundreds of photos were uploaded to the Internet. As I sat in my same chair recently, bemoaning the fact that I’m not en route to Rhinebeck NY this week for the famous NYS Sheep & Wool Festival, it occurred to me I could still potentially see alllllll the Rhinebeck Sweaters if I played my cards right, thanks to a little thing called Instagram.
By “play my cards right,” I mean bribe people with fabulous prizes. And if you’re not attending, there’s a potential prize for you too — keep reading!
Of course, lots of Rhinebeck sweaters will presumably be posted to Instagram without my encouragement. But so eager am I to see and applaud as many as possible (and I know I’m far from alone) that I’ve decided to host a little contest. It’ll be sort of like county fair judging but from 2,942 miles away. Also, I’ll be the only judge, and I have no idea how county fair judging works, so really it’ll just be me picking my favorites. A few details and pointers:
- You must be at Rhinebeck this weekend with a sweater you knitted or crocheted yourself, by hand. Please, no cheating.
- The contest is open to professionals and amateurs alike.
- You may have a friend take your picture or model the sweater for you, or you can spread it lovingly on the ground to take your shot, but the prize goes to the knitter of the garment, regardless of who is wearing it. If you and two friends are all wearing sweaters you knitted/crocheted, you may enter all three.
- Sweaters will be judged on style, use of color, choice of yarn, etc.
- You needn’t have designed the sweater yourself, although that counts for something, but so does anything you’ve done to make it your own — from modifications to yarn substitutions to how well you wear it.
- This isn’t so much about what I like or would make/wear, but about your personality and how that’s reflected in your sweater, your ensemble, and your photo.
- Photo quality counts. Make sure your photo is in focus, shot in natural light, without a flash. And if it’s a sunny day, do your shooting in the morning or late afternoon while the sun is low in the sky and illuminating your sweater from an angle, not from straight overhead.
- I’d love to see it from multiple angles, so feel free to post more than one shot per sweater.
To enter the sweater competition, simply post your photo(s) to Instagram [UPDATE: and/or Twitter] with the hashtag #rhinebeck4fringe. (As well as @karentempler #rhinebeck #rhinebecksweater #sheepandwool and any other tags you might like.) In your caption, tell me whatever you’d want us all to know about the sweater — who designed it, what’s the yarn, why this sweater, what do you love about it, etc. Use of the #rhinebeck4fringe hashtag will constitute your intent to participate in the contest and permission for me to republish your photos here on Fringe Association.
I’ll pore over all of the entries, make my pick(s), and announce the winner(s) here next week. (I’m allowing for the possibility of runners up, you see.) The “blue ribbon” winner will get everything seen in the photo above, some of my favorite things from Fringe Supply Co: A large Bento Bag in slate ticking, a Large Wrapper tool pouch in rust, Japanese thread snips, a wooden gauge ruler, black rubber stitch markers and antiqued brass removable stitch markers — a $101 value.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
For everyone else who’s stuck at home but excited about the possibility of seeing all the sweaters, I need your help spreading the word, to ensure that we’ll have plenty of sweaters to gawk at! So I’m offering a prize for that as well. You can enter the word-spreading contest by doing one or more of the following:
1) Copy this into a tweet: “Show us your Rhinebeck sweater; win fabulous prizes! Details at http://ktslowcloset.com/2013/10/17/show-me-your-rhinebeck-sweater-win-fabulous-prizes/ ” and then leave a comment here with your Twitter ID.
2) Click the Pinterest button just beneath this post and pin the image above to your account, then leave a comment here with your Pinterest ID.
3) Follow me on Instagram, hit Like on my post there about this (when it appears today), and leave a comment here with your Instagram ID.
To do all three is to be entered three times. I’ll pick one name at random from all of the qualified comments and that person will win a Large Wrapper pouch in tan!
Sound like fun?
I also want to tip my hat to Cal Patch, whose roving report on the sweater landscape from 2011 was part of the inspiration for this.
OK, bring on the sweaters!
O how I wish I was at Rhinebeck, maybe one day I will make it!
Instagram & Twitter; hausofyarntn
Forgot instagram; knitknotes
Lady. I am so on this. And thanks for doing it!
Green with envy!
Twitter : @Pendlestitches
And, as an aside, 20 years since high school. Really?????? I’m astonished.
Unfortunately I am not at Rhinebeck, but I shared on Twitter! @CayMcCoy
I also shared on Pinterest @CayMcCoy
AND follow on Instagram @CayMcCoy :) Thanks!!
Rhinebeck, oh how I wish I were going!
Pinterest: Ruth Serven. I’m working on a sweater, but alas, not going to Rhinebeck.
Twitter – @cravn
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/136233957451754780/ – atomiclulu
Instagram – charity_bird
I dream of Rhinebeck one day. Sadly PTO ran out long before I could use it this year.
Great contest. I will also not be at Rhinebeck this weekend so I shall live vicariously through your hashtag.
Pinterest: Kimberly McClellan
Also sorry I won’t be going to Rhinebeck. Posted this to a couple of my Pinterest knitting-related boards. nbw1952.
count me as one of the extremely bummed non-attendees (and thank goodness for MDSW!). shared/liked on twitter & instagram as @rachellynnec
Yay! So sorry I couldn’t go, but I’m excited for this contest!
Pinterest: Sally Smith
First thing on my bucket list.
What a great contest idea!! Wish I were going to Rhinebeck (it’s so close to where I live) but my son is coming home from college for the first time & that trumps everything else!
Pinterest: Evelyn Leong
Hoping for the best!
Instagram – calliecrass
Pinterest – calliecrass
I was in Rhinebeck last weekend to visit my sister, and yet one week makes all the difference! Great idea to include everyone and see the goods! :)
Okay, going to Rhinebeck for first time but not with sweater! Maybe next year I’ll have my first ever knit by following your tutorials. I’ll make that a goal! What to wear to Rhinebeck when you don’t have show piece knits?
A nice warm jacket!
Getting ready to leave, and realized the obvious essential accessory: my Fringe Association ‘high fiber diet’ tote!
Yay!! Hopefully you’ll see a few others walking around. Have fun!
I’m following you! You have some really neat items! Come follow me!
FUN! Afraid I am an armchair Rhinebecker as well so looking forward to seeing all the jumpers from across the pond. Great idea! pinned – http://www.pinterest.com/louhie
I’m armchair Rhinebecking it too – one day. one day. Along with Shetland Wool Week, Squam Arts Festival, and so on and so on and so on… I’m in serious need of some knitting-related travel.
Followed and liked on instagram! Username is saladcrumb.
Neat! I have to work this weekend, so I won’t be at Rhinebeck. So, I posted on my knitting board on Pinterest–mkepvdnycphl. Tweeting at @mkepvdnycphl. Thanks !
I am following and liking on instagram! My insta-name is: kallefarerrar, and no it is not gibberish, it is Danish like me (but I live in the US these days).
Cool Beans! this sounds fun! I have yet to knit my first sweater! I am following on instgram.
My name there is: alwaysmakethings.
i’m going for the first time to rhinebeck and have no idea what to expect…since i don’t knit for myself (only for my grandchild/children/friends/charity) i have no sweater to ‘show off’…also i don’t know how to ‘insta-gram’ to win. (wish i could though as the prize looks amazing)…..can’t wait to see the ‘contestants’ entries….i’ll think of you….
Rhinebeck is on my bucket list, but more of a challenge now that I’ve moved from NJ to NC. One day. Added to pinterest : c2crosby
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Can’t wait to see all the sweaters! (and can’t wait to get into knitting a sweater, too!)
Added to Twitter : @patoudit
And added to pinterest, on my “tricot + kniting inpiration” : patoudit
to tide you over until tomorrow, have you seen this yet?
i make an appearance just before the 2 minute mark!
That is dizzying! I had heard about the project before but hadn’t seen the video — thanks so much for the link.
i know! i want to watch it frame by frame! so good.
oh, also: the official hashtag for this year’s festival is #nysheepwool2013
all accomplished how fun Bpenatzer
I’m hopeful for a flurry of sweater photos! Also hoping to win the prize.
Don’t we all wish we could go…I petition they hold it in Hawaii and make my commute manageable.
I also pinned this on myPinterest. Pinterest ID:d0ralittle (The o is a zero)
Stuck in Illinios…maybe NY nextyear?
Liked on Pinterest…ID=finerthingz
Following on Instagram (& liked post)…ID=silverliningz
I could only be so lucky!!
Oh and Pinterest: meldmal
THE WORD-SPREADING PORTION OF THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks, everyone.
See Monday morning’s post for an important update about the attendees contest.
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Thanks for letting me stick a comment up! I liked on Instagram (@hannahschm), and here’s the link to my pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/129971139219860313/.
Sure — sorry it didn’t go through the first time, but the timestamp on the Pin is good.