Once again into the breach, dear knitters…

It’s time to get into training for the race.  Maine’s Fastest Knitter Race is happening again this year.


On August 1, at 1:00, we’ll gather at the North Tent performance venue, limber up our fingers, grab those swatches, and get in our metaphoric blocks.  At 1:30 the races will begin.  The rules are the same as last year.  You can read all about it here.

Now, I know what most of you are thinking.  When we first proposed this idea last year, almost everyone I talked to about it said the same thing…

ME:  We’re hosting the first ever Maine’s Fastest Knitter Race.  You should sign up; it’s going to be a hoot.

SHE: Oh, no.  I couldn’t possibly.  If you had a Maine’s Slowest Knitter Race, I would probably win that.  I’m the slowest knitter in the world.

I have two things to say about that.  The first thing I have to say is winning is not the only reason to get involved.  We had such a good time last year, laughing and encouraging one another.  See the smiling faces?  Those gals were having a blast.



We also raised awareness about knitting.  News flash…it’s not just for Grannies in rocking chairs any more.  We had racers across the age spectrum and with a wide variety of experience, and they all represented that day.  Every one got a ball of yarn and some needles just for participating.  There are lots of reasons to race, even if you don’t think you’re fast enough to win.

The second thing I have to say is some of you have to be wrong.  You really can’t all be the slowest knitter in the world.  Some of you have to be better and faster than you think.  It’s garter stitch.  Plain and simple garter stitch.  You’ve all knit miles of it and most of you are pretty good at it.  Speed comes with practice, and I’m convinced you’ve all had lots of practice.  Yes, even you lovelies who have only been knitting for a short time.  I promise, you are better and faster than you think.

Allison will be there defending her title.  She really needs someone to race against.



Maybe you won’t beat her but you’ll have a great time and maybe learn something about yourself as a knitter in the process.  And, who knows?  Maybe you will beat her and become the second Maine’s Fastest Knitter.  You won’t know where you stand on the bell curve unless you try.

So…you’re better and faster than you think, Allison needs some one to compete with, and we have a great time no matter who ultimately wins.  You don’t have any more excuses, right?  What are you waiting for?  The sign up page is right here.  Come play with us.  Really, you’ll love it.


Written by mim


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