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!

Darrel's picture

I'll have my camera gear in

I'll have my camera gear in tow!

kylewilliam's picture

I'm game as well... whatever

I'm game as well... whatever you need we'll work to make it happen :)

Kyle
www.kylewilliam.com

I will ask my uncle (my

I will ask my uncle (my photographer) if he is interested and see what we can come up with. Mmmm. This sounds fun.

Bryan Probst

YarnGuy716's picture

I nominate Bryan and Jason

I nominate Bryan and Jason as the MWK 2009 calender Centerfolds ::grins::

Buck Strong's picture

This sounds Great! "A man

This sounds Great!

"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

Jason1978's picture

somehow I cannot imagine

somehow I cannot imagine people would want me on their calendar, the idea is nice though

PaganCub's picture

there are a few men on this

there are a few men on this site that i think of when i think of a MWK calendar. and you ARE among them
;) ;)

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*to thine own self be true*

Elemmaciltur's picture

I would want you on the

I would want you on the calendar. :-p

superi's picture

I second that

I second that motion!

Http://www.superikuhnits.blogspot.com

Darrel's picture

*blush*

*blush*

Jason1978's picture

wearing nothing but horns

wearing nothing but horns and a tail right???

Elemmaciltur's picture

Yup. You remember. :-p

Yup. You remember. :-p

Jason1978's picture

perhaps you could be on the

perhaps you could be on the picture too.....holding my 'balls'

Elemmaciltur's picture

Sure. ;-)

Sure. ;-)

YugiDean's picture

I think it's a great

I think it's a great idea!

"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

Just for a ballpark number,

Just for a ballpark number, I got a quote from printpelican.com for a 12x12 calendar, shrink-wrapped and on good paper... top quality... Here are the unit prices based on quantity:

$5.86 / 500
$3.92 / 1000
$2.66 / 2000
$1.68 / 5000
$1.44 / 10000

Now, those prices are slightly skewed because there's a 20% off calendar sale going on until Oct. 31.. a bit too soon, sadly. Orders over $5000 get a 21% volume discount, so that's something to think about, too.

Maybe getting printing services donated is a pipe dream, but those are pretty cheap unit prices and if we sold the calendars for $10, it wouldn't take long to hit the $10k mark!

CafePress' base price is $18.99, so we'd upcharge from there... It would take a lot more calendars to hit that $10k mark, but it's an option... I think people would be more inclined to buy a $10 calendar than a $20 calendar. I sure would be.

YarnGuy716's picture

Actually those are really

Actually those are really good prices for quality print work. There is not a huge profit margin in the print industry right now. Most companies are undercutting each other to get the work, so I think it would be highly unlikely to find a printer willing to donate printing services and materials. A possible solution might be sponsorship or advertising space sold in the calender.

I could also lend some assistance with layout and design.