Meet the Judges!

  Introducing Josh Bennett!

“Make it work!” Behind every great designer, there’s usually an equally passionate mentor – someone to stoke the fires of motivation and creativity. The Fiber Factor™ is excited to announce the addition of group mentor, Josh Bennett. During each challenge, Josh will be providing the contestants with personal insight, in an attempt to better focus their ideas and designs, while establishing an original point of view.
Recorded video chats between Josh and the contestants will be added to The Fiber Factor™ website, so you can listen in on their discussions!  Be sure to follow the competition at

Josh Bennett received his degree in Menswear Design from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC), and has managed yarn shops in New York City. As a teacher, his travels have taken him all over the country, including the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Vogue Knitting Live! His designs have been published in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Knit.1, and Knit Local. Josh’s own line of hand-knit sweaters, Michael Bastian by Josh Bennett, is available in stores now. You can discover more about The Fiber Factor’s™ new mentor, at

The head judges of The Fiber Factor™ are Karin Skacel and Cirilia Rose:

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        Karin Skacel                                          Cirilia Rose


Several guest judges will help Karin and Cirilia evaluate the contestants’ submissions for each challenge.  Guest judges will include the following knitwear designers, magazine editors and industry experts:


3 thoughts on “Meet the Judges!

  1. I just found out about this contest – AMAZING!!! I have been designing for almost 3 years and while things are picking up, I really need more exposure … I am so excited and hope that I can WOW you enough to participate!

  2. This is quite possibly one of the coolest things ever! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to enter this contest….if it were for crochet! I’m a young and passionate crochet designer and while I do knit, crochet is definitely where I thrive. I’ll certainly be tuning in to watch this and would love the opportunity to partcipate in a crochet contest!

    Happy Stitching!


  3. I’m very excited about entering Skacel’s new Design Contest “The Fiber Factor”. I’ve been knitting, crocheting, and designing for 40 years and teaching for 10 years. My original knit and crochet patterns are available online at and They were designed for novices to learn new techniques as well as for seasoned knitters and crocheters to make easy, elegant wardrobe pieces and beautiful baby/furbaby items.

    Evelyn Van Orden
    Knit/Crochet Design & Instruction

    President & Founder
    Jewel City Knitters Guild

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