With the impending change of seasons, knitting magazines are chock-full of the kind of woolly, romantic looks I love. Along with these sartorial markers of change come opportunities to take part in design competitions and other knitting-related challenges.
Before giving details about these contests, I have to say that I think this whole blogging thing has gone to my head. I may only have a handful of people who read my blog, but the fact that I have a presence in cyberspace has filled me with a deluded sense that I’m somehow part of the whole knitting/media/design industry—even if I’m really just a high school English teacher with an obsessive interest in knitting. So when I received an email from Rowan stating that I might be interested in vying for a coveted slot as an “ambassador,” I have to say that I was puffed up with pride a bit—I thought that somehow, magically, I’d been singled out, like a social climber garnering a coveted invitation to an exclusive society gala, and that magical word “ambassador” with all its elite connotations kept rolling around my brain. As this challenge requires submitting a photo of me wearing a project knit with Rowan yarn, in a virtual fog of feeling special and sought after, I poured over yarns and patterns online and purchased some gorgeous Rowan Tweed Aran and Tweed Collection, a new Rowan pattern book. (I’ll show pictures of my work in progress after my package arrives and I’ve cast on.)
|Here is one of the colors I will use in my project. I purchased|
the yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool.
Debbie Bliss is the sponsor of another competition. Entrants must design a baby blanket using Baby Cashmerino or Eco Baby, photograph it, and send the image, along with the finished project’s measurements, to Debbie Bliss herself. The deadline is January 21, 2013, so I might actually have time to knit the design I’ve sketched—if I don’t get too sidetracked by creating holiday gifts. Details appear on page 14 of the Fall/Winter issue of Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine, a publication which not only offers a stunning visual feast, but also contains some engaging reading, including an interview with Eisaku Noro and a moving account of Louisa Harding’s participation in a Nepal Hiking Challenge in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer.
Finally, one other contest recently came to my attention, but, as I’m still somewhat of a novice knitter, I’ll probably have to decline participating in this one as I’m still pretty shaking about calculating garment measurements and incorporating complicated details into a project—especially in a few months’ time. The elegant 30th anniversary issue of Vogue Knitting includes instructions for participation in its annual design challenge, one where the winner will receive a free trip to New Zealand. Participants must design a garment using Zealana’s yarns—the company’s possum fiber is intriguing and its limited edition pearl infused yarn (in honor of Vogue Knitting’s 30th anniversary) is sublime. Entries must be submitted by November 30, 2012. Winners will be announced in January at a gala dinner at Vogue Knitting Live in New York. Go to Vogue Knitting for information.