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Beanies hand made in New England with all natural yarn from Vermont sheep and alpaca. Rugged. Soft. Warm.
Beanies hand made in New England with all natural yarn from Vermont sheep and alpaca. Rugged. Soft. Warm.
239 backers pledged $12,506 to help bring this project to life.

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First Edition Beanies - Fall 2012

  • 70% alpaca / 30% wool
  • Fiber from two farms in Addison County, Vermont
  • A little bit of wool from Sally Mae (see her below)
  • All natural color - no acid, dye or bleach
  • Yarn spun, beanies hand made in New England
  • Edition is limited to 400 beanies total
  • Your choice of style(s) and shipping address confirmed via email
Block Island Beanie - For a pledge of  $38 you can get this beanie in January 2013.
Block Island Beanie - For a pledge of $38 you can get this beanie in January 2013.
Nantucket Beanie - For a pledge of $38 you can get this beanie in January 2013.
Nantucket Beanie - For a pledge of $38 you can get this beanie in January 2013.
MVY Beanie - for a pledge of $38 you can get this beanie in January 2013. This beanie fits larger heads and can also be worn so that the top flops over.
MVY Beanie - for a pledge of $38 you can get this beanie in January 2013. This beanie fits larger heads and can also be worn so that the top flops over.
MVY is our biggest beanie in both height and width.
MVY is our biggest beanie in both height and width.

If you make a pledge for a beanie, we'll contact you via email to confirm the style and your shipping address.

The N.E.Surf Beanie - First Edition is Inspired by New England surfers who cross snow covered beaches to go surfing in ice water. It's for everyone who cherishes warmth and the spirit of raw New England.  

A little bit of Sally Mae's wool is in all 1st Edition Beanies. She's a blackfaced Border Leicester.
A little bit of Sally Mae's wool is in all 1st Edition Beanies. She's a blackfaced Border Leicester.
Beanies are 100% made in New England.
Beanies are 100% made in New England.
Knitted on hand looms.
Knitted on hand looms.

This is our first step in building N.E.Surf™ as a premium American brand for people who spend their best time outdoors.

November 9, 1620 marked the beginning of New England when the Mayflower sighted land off Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore. See what Coast Guard Beach looks like right now by clicking on the image below (live cam image updated every 30 seconds):

Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore - December 2009
Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore - December 2009
Paulownia wood surfboards from Shawn Vecchione
Paulownia wood surfboards from Shawn Vecchione

Partners in this Project:

    • Shawn Vecchione - One of the leading surfer/shapers in New England. Owns Vec Surfboards in Orleans.
    • Olaf Valli aka "the Smart Dude" - Owns SickDay surf shop in Wellfleet.
    • Asa Nadeau- Web designer, artist and Cape Cod surfer.
    • Chad Borke - Graphic designer and Rhode Island surfer.
    • And Brad and Bill and Bill and Joel and John and Ginger...

Future Editions will be sourced from farms all across New England. Colors will vary according to the fiber sources. Prices will reflect fiber costs. For each edition we'll be seeking to make between 100-500 beanies. Buyers will know the areas where the farms are located, the types of animals who supplied the fiber and, whenever possible, the name of at least one of them.

Use of Funds

Our minimal goal is to raise $4000 to make at least 100 1st edition beanies. If we don't meet that goal all pledges are refunded, this project doesn't happen, no awards are sent out and I'll need to surf every day for at least 3 months to get past the disappointment.

The funds raised beyond $4000, up to $16000, will be used to make more beanies. This will deplete all of the first edition fiber that's available. If you make a pledge for a Vec longboard or to have a cone winder named after you at the factory, those funds will be used to make a longboard and buy a cone winder. The cone winder will enable the factory make more yarn at lower cost - this will help keep prices down in the future and we'll be able to supply more beanies more quickly (It's worth noting that we got an exceptionally good deal on this first edition fiber and the awards prices reflect that).

Any funds beyond $16000 will be used to find new sources for fiber, create new beanie designs, help the factory and improve our website to better serve our growing community of N.E.Surf beanie owners.

Risks and challenges

The most modern of the technologies used to create these beanies are electric versions of machines used in the early days of the Industrial Revolution. The oldest technologies are genuinely biblical. The fiber for this first edition has been reserved and is waiting at the factory to be spun. Possible problems are delays from problems with things outside our control:

- Internet
- US Postal Service
- "Acts of God" damaging the fiber and/or spinning machines

I've been sourcing and manufacturing mechanical and electric products from US and International suppliers for 25 years. The N.E.Surf beanie is the simplest thing I've ever sourced.

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    ONE NEW YEAR'S BEANIE - Choose from one of the three styles (see details in the text). Receive a confirmation email prior to December 22nd. Beanie shipped by end of January. Includes USPS 1st class shipping.

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    ONE BEANIE DELIVERED BY CHRISTMAS* - Get one of the first 100 beanies in one of the three styles (see details in text). Includes USPS 1st class shipping by December 17.

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    TWO NEW YEAR'S BEANIES - Choose two of the three styles. Receive a confirmation email prior to December 22nd with details about the beanies. Beanies shipped by end of January. Includes USPS 1st class shipping.

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    THREE NEW YEAR'S BEANIES - Get all three beanies. Receive confirmation email prior to December 22nd. Beanies shipped by end of January. Includes USPS 1st class shipping.

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    BEANIE + SURF LESSON - Get a beanie and a 2-hour surf or SUP lesson from SickDay Surf in Wellfleet Cape Cod. Receive confirmation email prior to December 22nd. Beanie is shipped in January 2013. Includes USPS 1st class shipping. Surf lesson can take place any time between June-September 2013.

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    THREE BEANIES SHIPPED BY DECEMBER 17+ CUSTOM WOOD LONGBOARD BY JUNE 2013 - Get all three beanies shipped by December and a custom made renewable wood longboard shaped by Shawn Vecchione. Longboard delivered by June 2013. Includes USPS 1st class shipping for the beanies. Longboard can either be picked up at Vec or we'll help you make other shipping arrangements.

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    THREE BEANIES SHIPPED BY DECEMBER 17 + FACTORY TOUR + HAVE CONE WINDER MACHINE NAMED AFTER YOU - Get all three beanie choices, have a new cone winder machine named after you at our fiber factory near Middlebury, Vermont and take a tour of the factory next year (it's a small factory with a big spirit). We'll help with travel plans that fit your schedule. Beanies shipped by December 17 via USPS 1st class.

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