MWK 2009 Calendar

Darrel's picture

Calling all photogenic camera hams... Yes, you, with the shirtless profile pic! I'm talking to you!

We've joked about creating a MWK calendar over the last couple of years and, given that there are a few others on the scene, I think now is a good time to act on it! It's also going to be a charity project and we'll be donating most of the profits to a group or organization that we select as a group.

It's a easy project with wide appeal and there's great opportunity to help raise some money for a good cause. Now, given that this is for charity, we need to raise some big bucks! Here are some ideas on how to do that:
- find a printer willing to donate services in exchange for gratuitous advertising
- persuade local yarn stores to stock them
- create some ad units for print and online advertising
- outreach to knitting publications and podcasts to aid in promotion
- excellent photos of legitimate male knitters (no hotties who can't purl!)
- each of us commit to selling a certain number of calendars

The use of "hottie" was purely intended for comedic value, I assure you. You don't have to be beautiful, but you must be in an interesting, well-composed, knitting-themed photograph. Use your artist's eye... This could get on Oprah!

Everyone can help! Re-read that list above and think about what you can do to make this project a success. How can we raise $10,000?

If you're interested in being a MWK Calendar Guy or wish to help out with the planning and execution of what's sure to be a fun, meaningful project – raise your hand and say it!

brujo's picture

so did you guys end up

so did you guys end up making a calendar?
and where is the MFKN 2009??

beardnpipe's picture

Hand raised, "IT". I'd be

Hand raised, "IT".

I'd be willing to help. Not model material but I could help behind the scenes somehow.

~~~~~:-{?}}}}}}}}

AndrewNiehus's picture

So here is an idea: MWK

So here is an idea: MWK Calendar 2010.
We would have a whole year to get buff, get tan, and get good photos.

Thomasknits's picture

Great idea...I'd love to

Great idea...I'd love to show of a years worth of work on my abs...
-Thomas

Darrel's picture

I'd be happy to see what

I'd be happy to see what would happen if I paid even a week's attention to mine... Uh-oh... here comes the MWK Fitness Challenge!

Thomasknits's picture

Ok, that's a super awesome

Ok, that's a super awesome idea...
-Thomas

Jaredsfa2004's picture

I'm up for it...MWK Fitness

I'm up for it...MWK Fitness Challenge!!!!!!!!!!

Darrel's picture

Ok all you wanton, flirty

Ok all you wanton, flirty knitting men... Sadly, this just didn't come together as tightly and quickly as it needed to in order to get this going.

At least we're all a little friendlier with one another now, right? :)

TomH's picture

But it was fun while it

But it was fun while it lasted. And I think Bill gets the prize!

Thomasknits's picture

This thread has obviously

This thread has obviously gotten a lot of us started thinking about nude knitters...mmmm.
-Thomas

I wish I had seen this

I wish I had seen this thread earlier! I won't have time to put anything together for it! Damn...

Jaredsfa2004's picture

I say give some of the

I say give some of the hotties 3 months go get good and HOTT, pecks in order and six pack instead of one pack...and then we'll see...

YugiDean's picture

Am I supposed to be sending

Am I supposed to be sending my photos somewhere special, or is posting them in the calendar gallery on here just fine?

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yugidean
http://yugidean.etsy.com
http://www.myspace.com/joshuapkennedy

Darrel's picture

You can do either... email

You can do either... email them to me or post them in the gallery, whichever you prefer!

teejtc's picture

I don't know, but I would

I don't know, but I would love to see more people post their pics, even if they never make it into a calendar - what a blast... wow, that Squirrel brings back some memories :-)

Grace and peace,
`tim

ttoad6889's picture

I'd love to but gotta get a

I'd love to but gotta get a hold of a camera!

Kerry's picture

Have you sent your photo in

Have you sent your photo in yet Tim, I think you'd make a good calendar guy :-)

teejtc's picture

I haven't submitted

I haven't submitted anything... If it were a daily calendar maybe, but I wouldn't subject anyone to a full month of this mug!

:-)

Grace and Peace,
`tim

YugiDean's picture

He still sits atop the fake,

He still sits atop the fake, lighted palm tree keeping watch for burglars. He has jumped off at me a few times but insists he's NOT out to get me...he keeps saying his tiny eyes just make it hard to distinguish between me and an intruder. I'm not sure I believe that YSP. LOL

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yugidean
http://yugidean.etsy.com
http://www.myspace.com/joshuapkennedy

knit_knot_eat's picture

If you think I am going to

If you think I am going to put a sock on anything other than my feet you are mistaken.

teejtc's picture

Don't worry... that wouldn't

Don't worry... that wouldn't be my thing :-)

Grace and peace,
`tim

TomH's picture

Note: He speaks only for

Note: He speaks only for himself ...

PaganCub's picture

i know there's a few guys on

i know there's a few guys on here i'd love to see lying on a bed and scantily clad in nothing more than yarn hanks balls and skeins
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

haha

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Change your thoughts; change your world.

Thomasknits's picture

Agreed... -Thomas

Agreed...
-Thomas

fuzzed's picture

agree(1000)

agree(1000)

Darrel's picture

I created a new category for

I created a new category for image uploads called "Calendar." Feel free to upload some images in to that category if you'd like some community feedback.

I've gotten some and honestly, most just aren't good enough. No more shots where I can see your pubes, please! Pay attention to the backgrounds of your photos... this is for a calendar. A big, glossy, calendar that people will pay good money for in a crap economy.

As I said in the original message, the bar really does have to be high or this just isn't going to work. If you don't know a photographer, try posting on your local craigslist looking for a student who can help you out. There are lots of budding photographers out there who can help!

Dec 1 is the deadline!

Buck Strong's picture

So....when do pictures need

So....when do pictures need to be turned in?

"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

OKknitguy's picture

OK, I have a few pics. Now

OK, I have a few pics. Now what do I do with them. Email them to Darrel? I actually think some of em are pretty good! And I usually don't think I'm very photogenic? I just don't know if I want to be Mr. August, or Mr. December? :-)

Rob in OKC

AndrewNiehus's picture

So....I took some pictures

So....I took some pictures this weekend. Most are not good pics, and the ones that are good.....show way more than anyone needs to see. I think I am going to have to try this again.

Thomasknits's picture

That's a good comment for

That's a good comment for peaking curiosity...
-Thomas

MMario's picture

I suspect photos are like

I suspect photos are like knitting and music recordings and other stuff that tends to get "personal" - YOU see every flaw, but others do not.

BuduR's picture

You should just post them

You should just post them here and let us be the judge of if they are good or not :D

MWK's Token Estrogen-American

TomH's picture

I agree.

I agree.

steve kadel's picture

no fair teasing

no fair teasing

crmartin's picture

You better send my those

You better send my those pics so they don't end up in the wrong hands! ;-)

Randy

solomondre's picture

Sounds like fun! I'm kind of

Sounds like fun!

I'm kind of off in the knitting desert out here; I could probably make a pretty decent picture for you but not much in the way of LYS sales. (That is, if you don't mind a hairy tattooed boy artfully draped in alpaca.)
Blogging might help get the word out, though, and I have quite a few knitting friends who might find a calendar of MWK super hot.

At the moment I'm finding knitting to be super hot in a different way. 32 deg C (91F) this week and 70%+ humidity in Puerto Vallarta; as soon as it cools down and is less humid, I can start the boyfriend sweater.

Cheers!

agperovsek's picture

Has anyone seen the movie

Has anyone seen the movie "Calendar Girls" I think some not so serious and perhaps a bit fun photo's could be considered here :)

Kerry's picture

What a great movie, I've

What a great movie, I've seen it twice. Only the Brits could do it.

grandcarriage's picture

Yes...I think you should be

Yes...I think you should be photographed trying to hide your fuzzy bits behind a ballwinder or some other inadequately sufficient device. (ooo, did I say that outloud?)

Aaronknits's picture

I'll be happy to help in any

I'll be happy to help in any way I can. I don't photogrpah well, so that might be out. Unless I can get a REALLY good photographer. But I'd be happy to provide a brief written bit about me and my knitting if you'd like.

kylewilliam's picture

are you coming to the men's

are you coming to the men's knitting retreat in Nov.? - if so, I'll be more than happy to take a few photos of you... it's such a beautiful area... and I have been lucky before at getting a good picture...

we'll all have our cameras doing our best to photograph and get a good set of 12 pictures :)

Kyle
www.kylewilliam.com

stch's picture

Wonderful idea! Being a wee

Wonderful idea!

Being a wee bit on the shy side; I couldn't do the "pose".

Buck Strong's picture

Not being the least bit shy,

Not being the least bit shy, you can use me in what ever way you want. Well.....there might be a few exceptions there.

"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

grandcarriage's picture

Count me in... If you want

Count me in... If you want me.

kylewilliam's picture

how could we NOT want you!!!

how could we NOT want you!!! ;)

Kyle
www.kylewilliam.com

TomH's picture

(Holds his thoughts ...)

(Holds his thoughts ...)

steve kadel's picture

of course we want you. did

of course we want you. did i say that out loud?

AndrewNiehus's picture

Damn, if only my artist

Damn, if only my artist friend needed naked pics this year instead of last...I could have gotten some nice semi-clothed knitting pics.

Update: LOL, have to love the flood of PMs after this comment. The best part is that I called the guy up and said he can always use me in one of his projects again, so if I want to get in the calendar I can.....hmmm...off to the gym I go.

PeterMark's picture

I do hereby raise my

I do hereby raise my hand.

Peter

MMario's picture

Just a thought.... Anyone

Just a thought....

Anyone with a good digital camara and photo skills going to MFKR? You could possibly get some good shots without complicating a lot of peoples lives, and should have plenty of knitting/fiber type props available.