CO Monday: a vest and yet-another-cowl

I’m done with the knitting (and finishing) for my project for Challenge #3 of the Fiber Factor.  We had the photo shoot on Friday just before sundown — my friend’s daughter modeled for me, and my other friend took the pictures.  I knew we were getting great shots while on site, but the actual proofs were even better! I’m looking forward to the time when I can share.

Still on the to-do list for this challenge:

  • finally finalize the all-important name
  • arrange for and complete my “for the public” session with our mentor, Josh Barrett
  • make the video for the judges (I have some footage, but probably need more)
  • select the 12 best photos, and decide which two will be the “main” and “supporting” photos
  • finish up grading and pattern writing (just have sleeves to go)

So, I cast on two new projects this week!

First-off is a new(ish) design project — it’s destined to be a Classic Elite Web-letter pattern, sometime this fall.  I’m using scrumptious squishy-soft Chalet to make a cable-edged squared-off vest — a layering piece for fall and early winter. I swatched for this design some time ago, but now is the time to get the thing done. So far, so good!

Second, I started yet-another-cowl.  This time, I’m using glorious Llyr in the new-ish colorway “Aphrodite” (drool at it, I command thee):

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I’m making a Song of the Sea with it — perfect combination of yarn and pattern, IMHO.

CO Monday: Challenge #3 (Blank Slate)

This week I started a new challenge for The Fiber Factor!  The theme for challenge #3 is “Blank Slate.” All twelve contestants were told “no need for a color card this time.” I knew this meant we would either be working with a yarn we already had a card for — or, more likely, we didn’t have any choices.  On Challenge Day, we each got a box with 15 skeins of Kenzie in a gorgeous oatmeal-cream:

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I’ve been doing a lot of swatching — used up almost a whole ball! Of course I’m saving the swatches just in case I need the yarn, but I think I’m going to be ok. I actually sewed a mock-up of my design in caramal-colored knit fabric from my local JoAnn’s. I am in LOVE with the shape I’m working towards, and I have a great “special detail” in mind that I haven’t seen before….