This weekend (24-26 August) I am running a bit of a data gathering exercise which I hope as many of you as possible will participate in. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter  at some stage or other you will wonder or someone will comment about how fast you are. But how can you tell? Especially as speed changes depending on the project, the needles, the yarn weight…

Anyway I have put together a short survey that includes a very simple time test and asks you some questions about what you were knitting with and how. You can enter as many times as you like if you want to try different combinations. Each survey entry will be eligible for the draw at the end of the weekend. There are three prize streams based on how you come to the survey. We will be running a “real life” time trial at Knit August Nights in Napier (KAN), an online version for the KAN FOMO Facebook event being run for people who cant make it to KAN and then a pool of those who are coming to the survey from the Reluctant Knitter blog or Facebook page.

Zipped silk bagsThe Knit August Nights draw will be done at midday on Sunday 26 August as part of the KAN closing. The FOMO and Reluctant Knitter draw will be done on Monday morning. We will notify the winner and check how they want to be named on the blog.

 

The prize for KAN and FOMO will be:

  • a small notions bag made from recycled kimono silk made in Malaysia
  • some small wooden tags from Dexon Buttons in Petaling St (Malaysia)
  • a skein of yarn from KAN (New Zealand)
  • stitchmarkers from KAN (New Zealand)

The Reluctant Knitter prize will depend a little on where the winner comes from – if New Zealand or Australia it will be the same, from further afield we will swap out the notions bag for a NZ themed project bag.

This is not a competition to find the fastest knitter. If you would like to know a bit more about that check out this great Interweave story. Later next week I will publish the range of results so you can compare your results to everyone else. It’s just a fun exercise to test ourselves and, lets be honest, it may make you think twice about what you can realistically expect to get done in an evening. Having done it I know that I am not going to get my KAN project finished given the rate of stitches I knit and the time I have left.

The time trial.

  1. Find a project or start a swatch where you will be able to knit across 80 – 100 stitches without having to pause e.g. to pull through a magic loop, work a pattern, increase or decrease.
  2. Ideally you will have done enough rows you can knit smoothly
  3. Knit a couple of stitches and place a marker
  4. If possible have someone else time you but I just used the 1 minute timer on my phone. Start it and start knitting until the timer sounds
  5. Count the stitches from the marker – if you had to start the timer yourself I would add one to your total.
  6. Do this three times. You can average or use the best of the three results.

The survey

The  survey    asks you some basic questions about your technique, the needles and yarns you used.  It should only take a couple of minutes to complete. If you would rather not use your real name – your Ravelry user name is fine. I just need to be able to contact you 🙂 As you fill in the questions you may be inspired to try a different combination – there is nothing to stop you entering more than once! The more data we have the more useful the results.

Click here to submit your results

And thanks for participating!

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