I love a contest.
As you know, Project Runway is one of my all-time favorites. The newly announced Fiber Factor knitting design competition is right up my alley, but I didn’t get an application together, so I’m watching, not swatching.
Except that I actually am swatching, over here in the bleachers.
I decided I would use the Fiber Factor as excuse to cook up some projects that draw on the challenges posed to the contestants. I’m not a prolific designer, so this seems like a good way to get me moving.
If you haven’t heard of The Fiber Factor, here’s the introduction:
Cirilia Rose and Karin Skacel are the head judges. They are awesome. Cirilia has great hair. Karin is wearing a handknit.
The twelve contestants seem great too: a real smorgasbord of ages, talents, and design skills. There’s some wacky in there, some scary technical ability, and at least one cartwheeler. I haven’t decided who to root for yet, but with Project Runway I usually find one person who becomes my favorite.
So: Challenge #1: Knit Your Life!
This is a classic Project Runway challenge. They are always making contestants cook up some garment that reflects their life, or design philosophy, or “Point Of View” or whatnot. I was expecting this one–I’ve been stockpiling newsprint to spin into a nice bulky weight two-ply.
KIDDING! I don’t spin!
Contestants are limited to yarns provided by the Fiber Factor administrators. I recognize zero point zero of these yarns. Obviously need to get to Germany more often.
â€¢ HiKoo Cobasi
â€¢ Schoppel Laceball 100
â€¢ Schoppel Leinen Los
â€¢ Schoppel Zauberwolle
â€¢ Schulana Kid Seta
â€¢ Schulana Milford
â€¢ Schulana Piumino
â€¢ Schulana Sumerino
â€¢ Zitron Filisilk
â€¢ Zitron Finest Royal Alpaca
â€¢ Zitron Patina
â€¢ Zitron Unisono
â€¢ Zitron Unisono Solid
My yarn constraint will be that I have to knit from my stash. This may prove to be a problem, but the stash zones are looking pretty flush, and I ain’t getting any younger.
Stay tuned. The deadline for this first challenge is May 1. The contestants got their assignment on Monday, so I have a lot of knitting to do to get this done. My goal is to finish my project in the time frame of the contest.
Anybody else who’s doing this, please give a holler so we can commiserate and be grateful that we don’t have to end up being judged by that first panel of judges: Franklin Habit, Clara Parkes, Jennifer Burt, and Ysolda Teague. YIKES! Terrifying group of humans! So mean, all of them!
Knit your life? Seriously? Does it have to include seventh grade?