Sunday, 21 March 2010

K Factor...the after party!


First of all - a big big thank you to everyone who voted for my Meerkat in Harry Hill's TV Burp K Factor competition!



He reached the final 5 out of an amazing 10,000 entries, but the public vote went to Peter the duck, knitted from one of Jean Greenhowe's lovely patterns and now all over ebay like a rash!



(No disrespect intended to Andy, the guy who knitted Peter as his entry, the ebay clones are by other knitters.)



If you watched the shows, you're probably wondering why the pattern shows wings. Andy's explanation was that he was in a rush to send his photo in and hadn't yet finished knitting. When he was later asked to send in the real thing...he had to take the wings off again!

Peter's lack of wings gave rise to much of the humour, with him not being able to answer knitted Simon Cowell's phone call and later plummeting off the cliff.

We met Steve Benham, also known as the bloke who plays Heather on Harry Hill's TV Burp (That really is what he calls his facebook page, I'm not being cheeky!)



Here you can see Bessie the dog modeling her coat, with her knitter/owner and Winston Stimson. Winston was knitted as a replica WW2 toy when his young owner was reenacting the evacuation at school - one of my favourite topics when I was a teacher.



Of course my experience would not have been complete without the fan photo - me, Harry Hill Meerkat, and the real Harry Hill. As you can see he'd changed out of his trademark big-collared shirt for the party!



Thanks once more: to Harry Hill for thinking up the perfect competition, and to all of you out there in the virtual world. I know I've been spamming you all for votes, and I truly appreciate your support. There is more yet to tell about my K Factor experience, but this is it for today!

Replica knitted Harry Hill meerkats available from my Etsy and Folksy stores.

28 comments:

Originals by Lauren said...

Wow Heather, you must have had alot of fun, and those pictures of you are great,very pretty!

Sharona R - שרונה ראובני said...

Well, it's hard for me to say "I'm sorry you didn't win" since you got amazing publicity out of this and had tons of fun, so you did win after all didn't you?

And you look wonderful on the pics, what a great hairdo and dress. Go you!

Avlor said...

I'm so glad you had fun and got great publicity! We were happy to vote for your meerkat every time!

One Off Needlework said...

So exciting to get to the final, what fun it must have been. Well done! We can all calm down now!!!

niftyknits said...

Thank you! I was clearly having a great time because I'm known for never smiling like that in photos!

Kim's Crafty Apple said...

WOW! This truly must have been an amazing experience. I love how you embraced it all and your Harry Hill is fabulous!

Valentine Fiber Arts said...

Heather, this is so wonderful! You are famous! You go girl!!!

sassypackrat said...

Congrats for making it so far! What a wonderful time you must have had!

cutedesigns said...

Looks like you had a great time. :)

ingermaaike said...

What a fantastic adventure :-D

leapinggazelle said...

What a great, fun experience! I love all of the pictures!

Momtazbh said...

Loved the Knit Factor! Loved your meerkat, great blog post,thanks for behind the scenes photos!

Robyn said...

I've got that duck pattern! and I don't have any other knitting patterns - I've had that one about 15 years! bizarre!

FishStikks said...

I had a feeling about that darn duck! Sneaky little character he is.

I'm so glad you had such a great time Nifty and the photos are just fantastic!! Congrats on being in the top 5 anyway!!

And look at you becoming a news and radio star to boot! Woohoo!

niftyknits said...

LOL Robyn - small world!

Natalie said...

Looks like you had a great time Heather! Well done after all your hard work promoting :) x

LittleSistahStudio said...

Looks like so much fun Heather, and you look great! What an experience you've had. Thanks so much for sharing.

Of course your meerkat is still the best, and I was delighted to play some very small part in voting for him.

Pamela Zimmerman said...

wow congrats you really showed well, and i am happy for you! Your meerkat was still the most unique and well-constructed little guy on there, from what i could see!
pamela

Kitschy Coo said...

You look fabulous in those pictures! Well done for getting so far and hope all the extra publicity brings you a lot more business :)

Nat said...

Wow such fab photos - you look lovely! Especially the one with Harry Hill ! :) Harry Hill Meerkat is excellent though, and definately deserved to win ...grr bad duck!

Beadstylin said...

What a fun adventure this was for you, Heather. I'm thrilled that you made it so far into the competition.

Loved all the pics...some great memories for you there!

Cheers!

Jeannie -- "stylin" :-)

Fabric Nation said...

Well done Heather! I've really enjoyed following Harry meerkat's adventures. Now he's a TV star I'll be looking out for the Heat magazine feature, or maybe panto next! xx

kraplap said...

well done Heather ! Looks if you had lots of fun !

Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics said...

well done!! you should have come first though, the harry hill meerkat was by far the best! wow you even got to meet harry hill!

PussDaddy said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun. Your meerkat was cute.

PussDaddy

TeresaM said...

Congratulations Heather!!! Job well done and looks like you had lots of fun!!!

Esme Dodsworth said...

great pics looks like you had lots of fun!

Nancy Norment said...

(Via a FB LINK) I really enjoyed this, and 5th place is at the top of the pack--nothing to scoff at! Adorable little creatures beautifully constructed! ~