Well, here it is: the thing we have been waiting for, dreaming about, training for, all these years: a hardcore, high-stakes, full-on knitting reality show.
The Fiber Factor.
This is going to be great. It will be happening completely online, with a dozen contestants battling it out for the grand prize: a trip to Germany and a tour of the Addi knitting needle factory.
AHHHHH! I HAVE NEVER TOURED A KNITTING NEEDLE FACTORY. It’s the knitter’s equivalent of a week on a beach in Waikiki!
Here are the basic rules, from the Fiber Factor website:
12 contestants will be selected to compete in The Fiber Factor™ design contest.
Applications will be accepted starting February 6, 2013 and running through March 24, 2013.
The 12 chosen contestants will be announced April 6, 2013 and posted online by April 8, 2013.
A series of 6 challenges will be presented to the contestants, with challenges ranging in length from 2 weeks to 4 weeks, depending on the complexity of the challenge.
These first 6 challenges will run from April 2013 through October 2013.
The first challenge will be presented on April 8, 2013!
The 3 contestants with the highest overall total scores after the first 6 challenges will then be announced and given several months to complete the final challenge.
From these top 3 contestants, the grand prize winner of The Fiber Factor™ will be selected and announced in January 2014!
A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of each challenge, and the overall winner of The Fiber Factor™ will receive a 5 day, all-expense paid trip to Germany to tour yarn production facilities and the addi needle factory!
Videos and/or photos of the contestants, the contestants’ completing the challenges, the contestants’ finished pieces, and the judging of the competitions will be posted regularly on www.TheFiberFactor.com website.
All fiber and knitting enthusiasts can actively participate in the competition by voting for their favorite design submission to each challenge and by submitting their own designs to each challenge!
The judges are going to have their hands full. The back-room bribery, the backstabbing, the secret tying of knots in fine-gauge yarn–can’t wait.
Not since Teeny Project Runway has there been such juicy knitting intrigue. Will you swatch or will you watch?