When I moved to Maine I found my home in more ways than one. A Navy brat through and through, I bought a house and put down roots. And discovered the inspiring and thriving fiber community of Maine. I've often thought about how wonderful it would be to see a collaboration between all the hand knitwear designers, yarn makers, dyers and wool-loving folk of Maine. A chance to honor the creative work each is doing, joining talents to make something extraordinary to offer up to the rest of the hand knitting community. A book that comes straight from the bottom of my heart.
This collaborative print book is becoming a reality.
MAINE Knits is a tribute to extraordinary craftsmanship and design. A celebration of nature, growth, creativity and beauty. A print book of hand knitting patterns that you will enjoy from where ever you knit. Designs inspired by three important and beautiful elements of Maine; sea, farm and wild. The places that bring us peace, feed our bellies and soul, help us breath deeply and surround us with beauty. Including patterns for 7 garments and 7 accessories, photographs and essays from the folk who hail from here.
MAINE Knits includes knitting designs by Carrie Bostick Hoge, Alicia Plummer, Bristol Ivy, Cecily Glowik Mcdonald, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Elizabeth Smith, Leah B. Thibault, Kristen TenDyke, Leila Raabe and Beatrice Perron Dahlen. And a foreword written by Pam Allen of Quince & Co.
Maine is home to some of our favorite big and small yarn producers alike; Quince & Co., Swan's Island, Peace Fleece, Bartlett Yarns, The Gray Sheep, Lana Plantae, On the Round, Maine Twist and String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn to name a few. We can't wait to share what we have in mind for these lovely yarns.
We've already done the imagining, sketching, swatching and planning. Once the project is funded, we'll get to work knitting. 2016 will find us writing patterns, photographing samples, editing, laying out content, and sending all this work in a tidy bundle off to the printer. All to have a beautiful book of knitting patterns, essays and beautiful images in your hands in the spring of 2017.
Independent publishing is a financial undertaking, which is why we need your help. 65% of the funds from this Kickstarter will pay for quality printing of a 96 page book. The remaining funds will pay for editing and layout costs. Financially, this project will not happen without a group effort, and we appreciate your contribution.
Risks and challenges
Designing hand knitting patterns is a long process; from the conception of an idea, to knitting, sizing, editing, photographing and layout. It is a large undertaking for one person. The two biggest hurdles for this project are having other collaborators, and funding such a large project. I am grateful to have a fantastic group of designers, editors, yarn makers, and fiber loving folks to work with on this project. The team of creators has a lot of experience and assets: my experience designing and publishing independent hand knitting patterns, Dawn Catanzaro's tech editing prowess, Carrie Bostick Hoge's experience in photography and layout for print publications, plus a group of amazing designers who are accustomed to creating beautiful garments, accessories and patterns. We've got all the bases covered to make a great book.
Lastly, I am so grateful for your contribution, without which this project will not be realized.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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