Fiber Factor Update: Challenge #2 Photos

Photos of our Challenge #2 “Color Inside the Box” projects are up at The Fiber Factor!

Each sweater (or sweaters, in one case) was/were photographed on a real live model, from four different angles. Hooray! I think my piece was photographed well. “Hillcrest” is the fourth row down from the top.

Is it ok to admit that I have a favorite?  I love John’s linen-stitch asymmetric voluminous sleeveless pullover.

KAL: Evolution Shawl

Hey everyone!! My shawl Evolution is available as a FREE download from The Fiber Factor.


I will be hosting a KAL in the Remily Knits forum — let’s make the official start date June 24th, so people have time to get their yarn together and clear some WIPs off their needles.

You are, of course, welcome to use any yarn your like — but if you haven’t tried it, please consider Unisono. It’s fantastically sproingy and comes in beautiful solid colors (as well as the self-striping, which I chose for the design).

What you’ll need for the KAL:

  • US #7 needles (or there-abouts)
  • 975 yards of sport-weight yarn
  • a generous handful of stitch markers

The pattern is currently published with CHARTS ONLY, with the right-hand side of the shawl shown — the left-hand side is mirrored. 

However, I’ve been given the go-ahead to write out directions for all the charts. I’ll be working on this over the next week or so — I’ll get them done as quickly as I can. The written translations of all charts will be made available through an updated download from The Fiber Factor, as soon as they are complete and have been proofed.

For more details and to officially “sign in” — go see the forum!

Fiber Factor: Challenge #2 in progress

It’s been just over a week since we “Swatchers” received our yarn for Challenge #2.  I chose Simplicity, in seven different colors.  My main color is gunmetal grey, to act as a background canvas for some extreme intarsia colorwork, using garter stitch and slipped stitches to achieve the look of a stained glass window.  I was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s amazing stained glass windows, that incorporate natural themes while still being very mathematically appealing.

Want a sneak preview of my Challenge #2 Project?  Go see photos at the Fiber Factor forums

Some friends and I drove up to Manchester to tour the Zimmerman house, a FLW home that is almost 100% preserved as he designed it. Only 12 people may tour at a time, and you have to buy tickets in advance.  Once on site we wore booties while in the home, and were instructed to TOUCH NOTHING.  We were literally walking through a work of art – what an amazing building!  I’m not sure I could do as the Zimmerman’s did, and live for decades as part of this work of art … but I surely admire them. Many aspects of the home reminded me of the house my Grandpa Bob built, by hand, out of local limestone in Cannon Falls, MN.  The local materials, the wide-open living spaces, and the blurring of inside and outside … here are some photos I took in 2000, when we visited when my oldest son was a baby.