1. In the interest of fairness, and there being no real way to cheat, employees of Over The Rainbow Yarn will be allowed to compete.
2. Contestants may enter on the day of the race provided their entry is completed before race time.
3. Contestants will use needles and yarn provided by Over The Rainbow Yarn, so all materials will be identical.
4. The race will be divided into heats. The first heat will be English style knitters (those who carry their yarn in their right hand and “throw” their stitches). The second heat will be Continental style knitters (those who carry their yarn in their left hand and “pick” their stitches). The fastest English style knitter from the first heat and the fastest Continental style knitter from the second heat will then compete in the final race. The winner of the final race will be declared Maine’s Fastest Knitter.
4a. In the event of a hybrid style, a knitter will be classified by whether stitches are thrown or picked rather than which hand the yarn is carried in. This designation will be determined by the judges whose decision will be final.
5. Each heat will be held in the same format. Each contestant will be given a swatch with 50 stitches already cast on in worsted weight yarn on US size 8 needles (provided by Over The Rainbow Yarn) with several rows of garter stitch already in place. A contrasting color will already be attached so it will be clear which rows were pre-done and which rows the contestant will complete. There will be a count down (Ready, Set, Go) and contestants will complete four rows of garter stitch. When contestants finish their four rows of garter stitch, they will shout, “Done,” put both needles in one hand and raise that hand over their head signaling the end of the race.
6. Official observers will then count the rows to be sure all four have been completed. In case of a mistaken stop, the heat will be run again.
7. We reserve the right to video tape or photograph the event. Video tapes / photographs may be used to solve disputes about the finish of each heat.
7a. Video tapes / Photographs will also be used for promotional marketing for Over The Rainbow Yarn, any and all sponsors, and future Maine’s Fastest Knitter Races. Photo/video releases will be available with your registration packages.
8. In case of a tie, the two tied contestants will run the heat again against only each other.
9. The official observers will do their utmost to ensure a fair and impartial resolution of disputes. The decisions of these observers is final.
10. After the two preliminary heats, the fastest English and the fastest Continental knitters will repeat the same format (50 stitches, four rows of garter stitch) to establish the overall winner.
Responsibilities of Maine’s Fastest Knitter:
1. The winner will be declared Maine’s Fastest Knitter and will be required to defend her/his title at next year’s Lobster Festival.
2. The winner will receive prizes immediately following the event.
3. The winner will be required to ride in the Lobster Festival Parade on Saturday morning. Arrival time and preparation will be determined in coordination with the Lobster Festival parade officials.
The winner, Maine’s Fastest Knitter, will receive a $50 gift certificate to Over The Rainbow Yarn, and other prizes to be determined by commercial yarn companies who decide to participate.
The Grand Prize will be passage for one aboard the J&E Riggin for next year’s knitting cruise with Mim Bird ($695 value.) The cruise runs June 14-17, and is all inclusive. The passage is non-transferable to any other person, and may not be used for any other knitting cruise.
To enter, please leave your name, address, email and phone number, along with a statement that you have read and agree to the above rules and requirements in the comments box when you register online. A confirmation email will be sent to you with a contestant number.
You may also enter at Over The Rainbow Yarn, 18 School Street, Rockland, Maine 04841.