Sunday, November 28, 2010

Speed Knitting Championship

What a day!

We had a fantastic time at our first ever (first annual?) Dubai Speed Knitting Championship yesterday, November 27th. There were three heats of knitters, and they came in all ages, nationalities, and levels of experience. One learned to knit only this month!

Judges Riana and Edel counting stitches
Each heat winner received a prize of Malabrigo lace yarn, and moved on to the finals with the other heat winners and the next two fastest knitters from the heats. And were there some fast knitters! No one came close to the world record of 118 stitches per minute (see You Tube video here:, but the speedsters who entered our competition did very well, reaching respectable speeds of 76 stitches in our two-minute trials.

Grand Prize winner Melissa with her Addi Click set
Finally, a winner was announced...Melissa won the fabulous Addi Click set, a full set of interchangeable circular needles (available soon in our shop to the rest of us mortals).

Relay teams facing off

We wrapped up the day with a fun Relay round, pitting two teams of four knitters against each other for shop certificates. Our token male entrant came back from Heat 3 to join the Relay event with his sister and mum. Sadly, they were on different teams, and only big sister won the gift certificate!

Chatting and warming up knitting fingers in the tea room

A note to all our participants: thank you so much for joining us, we hope you had as great a time as we all did! If you would like photos of the event, bring a USB stick to the shop to copy any of our photos you'd like.


  1. Great stuff!! I'm sorry I missed it. But I'll start practicing now for next year.

  2. It was a fun afternoon - thanks again :)