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Printing Knitting Maine will bring pattern support to local farms & yarn companies. Help Kristen TenDyke print her second book. Read more

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Printing Knitting Maine will bring pattern support to local farms & yarn companies. Help Kristen TenDyke print her second book.

Rumford, ME Knitting
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Thank you!

We reached the $5,000 minimum for funding to go through ! Thank you SO much. I'm beyond humbled by your generosity.

$5,000 will get us only 750 copies of the booklet printed. For $5,909 we can DOUBLE that (1500 booklets), so please do keep pledging, and sharing this page with your friends. I'm SO grateful! Thank you! Thank you!

Background

a hand-knitting designer and technical editor, with a BFA in graphic design and the author of Finish-Free Knits (Interweave Press, 2012). Back in 2010 it dawned on me that I can use my talents for the benefit of our Earth, by choosing to use eco-friendly yarns in my knitwear designs and self-publishing the patterns in my Caterpillar Knits collection. My intention is to bring attention to yarns that help sustain our planet and encouraging knitters to use those yarns by providing fashion-forward, comfortable and well-fitted patterns.

When I moved to Maine in 2011 and discovered the plethora of small farms and yarn companies in the area, I realized that I want to help them in whatever way I can. Thus, I began designing with their yarns.

What is Knitting Maine?

In Knitting Maine, I combine my love of seamless construction (as I've written about in my Finish-Free Knits book, published in 2012 by Interweave Press) with a passion for sustaining the planet. Included in this 48 page booklet are four brand new, mostly seamless sweater patterns, and a worsted-weight, drop-stitch shawl—all knit using yarns from Maine-based farms or yarn companies with eco-conscious practices.

In the booklet, I include a review of each farm/company, detailing the processes that their fiber goes through, and how those processes help sustain our Earth. I have interviewed and/or visited each of the establishments and includes photos from my visits, showing the animals, equipment and environment where the yarns are produced. If you haven't already, please check out the video above to see many of these photos.

How will your support help?

I've been buzzing along with the production of the booklet, and recently visited an established, family-owned local printer where I'd love to have the booklet printed—on recycled paper with vegetable based ink. However, the printing quote I received to have this booklet printed is over $5000, which is a lot higher than I was initially anticipating. If that's what we'll need to get it printed, then I need some help with the up-front costs. Thus, here I am.

The quote from the printer is as follows:750 copies for $5,194
1000 copies for $5,444
1500 copies for $5,909
So, $5,000 is the bare minimum I'll need to get some booklets printed, but if more comes in, I'll be able to print more booklets, at a lower cost per item, and/or increase the quality of the booklets by using a different sort of binding (I've contacted the printer to see what the cost difference is for that).

Printing this booklet not only helps me, but it helps the fiber industry in Maine and throughout the country. These patterns help support the locally owned farms and companies that produce and sell yarn. Not only do Maine farms and yarn companies benefit, but these patterns can be used with a variety of yarns, from any local farm or yarn company. Being able to provide a printed version of this booklet to retailers interested in selling local fibers will help encourage knitters to buy those local yarns, supporting the local economy.

I'm here to ask for your help. Without your help in funding the printing of this booklet, I'm afraid I'll only be able to publish it as an e-booklet, decreasing its availability, and ability to assist local businesses. There are many backing options to choose from—for knitters and non-knitters alike. Please take a look and pledge any amount that feels right in your heart... not only for me, but to sustain the planet, and the small farms and yarn companies in Maine and throughout the country.

How you can help:

There are so many ways that you can help Knitting Maine become a printed booklet. There are many backing options, for knitters and non-knitters alike, including:

  • $1+ my sincere appreciation!
  • $4+ A hand-written note expressing my appreciation
  • $7+ the above + a crochet heart (pictured below)
  • $10+ any of my self-published patterns
  • $20+ an e-mailed copy of the Knitting Maine e-booklet
  • $30+ a distance Reiki healing session
  • $30+ an autographed copy of the printed Knitting Maine, a handwritten note and a crochet heart
  • $40+ an autographed copy of the printed Knitting Maine, and the e-booklet
  • $45+ an autographed copy of Finish-Free Knits, a hand-written note and a crochet heart (pictured below)
  • $60+ a DVD copy of my Finish-Free Knitting Techniques video, an autographed copy of Knitting Maine, a handwritten note and a crochet heart (pictured below)
  • $75+ an autographed copy of Finish-Free Knits and Knitting Maine, your name in the acknowledgements section of Knitting Maine, a handwritten note and a crochet heart (pictured below)
  • $80+ a wholesale set of 6 printed Knitting Maine booklets, your name (or business name) in the acknowledgements section of Knitting Maine, a handwritten note and a crochet heart (pictured below)
  • $120+ up to 4 hours of professional tech editing of your hand-knitting design and your name in the acknowledgements section of Knitting Maine and everlasting gratitude
  • $200+ Enough yarn for any one of the Knitting Maine projects, an autographed copy of Knitting Maine, your name in the acknowledgements section of Knitting Maine, a handwritten note and a crochet heart
  • $800+ Your choice of a hand-knit garment from the Knitting Maine booklet, your name in the acknowledgements section in the Knitting Maine booklet, a handwritten note, a crochet heart and my everlasting gratitude.

Of course backing isn't the only way to help. Even if you aren't able to support monitarily, please help by spreading the word. If you're moved to, please use this URL to share this page with anyone you think might be interested: http://www.tinyurl.com/KnitMaine

crochet heart - comes in a variety of size and color
crochet heart - comes in a variety of size and color

What's in the Knitting Maine booklet?

Below are details about the five knitting projects that are included in the booklet and the farms and yarn companies where the yarn was produced.

Rousabout
Rousabout

The Rousabout sweater uses 2–3 skeins of yarn from Romney Ridge Farm, located in Woolwich, Maine, or between 430 - 750 yards of a comparable earth-friendly yarn. The sizes range from 30" to 52" bust circumference. 

Allagash
Allagash

Allagash uses 4–8 skeins of the Puffin yarn from Quince and Co., located in Portland, Maine, or between 450 - 820 yards of a comparable earth-friendly yarn. The sizes range from 30" to 56" bust circumference.

Northport
Northport

The Northport Shawl uses 2 skeins of the Natural Colors Worsted-weight yarn from Swans Island, located in Northport, Maine, or 500 yards of a comparable earth-friendly yarn. The shawl measures about 52" wide by 18" long.

September Spirit
September Spirit

 The September Spirit cardigan uses 5–8 skeins of the Alpaca/Wool blend yarn from Good Karma Farm, located in Belfast, ME, or between 920–1670 yards of a comparable eco-friendly yarn. The sizes range from 28" to 58" bust circumference.

Sumner
Sumner

The Sumner cardigan uses yarn from A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, located in Sumner, ME—between 750–1270 yards of the main color and 160–200 yards of a contrast color. The sizes range from 31" to 53" bust circumference. More photography is coming soon.

Four out of five of these designs have made it into the top 50 on  Ravelry.com, a well-known online knitting community. And two of them were in the top 20.

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Risks and challenges

The patterns are edited and completed. Photography and graphic design for this booklet are nearing completion. The final details for the farm/yarn reviews are in progress and I anticipate the booklet being ready for print soon after the kickstarter ends. I hope that having the funds to print will allow the printing process to go smoothly from that point on.

If all goes well, I hope to have the printed booklets in-hand by Oct 25, 2013.

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    My sincere appreciation! I send you lots of love and good ju-ju! May your day be super-blessed!

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    The above, plus a crochet heart, stuffed with lavender, rose petals, sage and a Reiki-charged rose quartz bead. Keep it with you, or hang it to radiate love into the environment and promote a sense of well-being.

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    Any of my for-sale self-published patterns, as a PDF download. See http://www.kristentendyke.com/patterns.php for available patterns.

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    Receive a distance Reiki healing session from the author of Knitting Maine, Kristen, who trained as a Reiki Master last December and has been practicing Reiki since 2009.

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    Receive a printed (autographed) copy of Knitting Maine, a handwritten note of appreciation, and a crochet heart, stuffed with lavender, rose petals, sage and a Reiki-charged rose quartz bead.

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    An autographed copy of the Knitting Maine booklet, as well as an e-mailed e-booklet.

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    An autographed copy of my first book, Finish-Free Knits, plus a hand-written note expressing my heartfelt appreciation for your generosity and a crochet heart, stuffed with lavender, rose petals, sage and a Reiki-charged rose quartz bead.

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    A physical DVD of Kristen's new video—Finish-Free Knitting Techniques—which includes a pattern for the Blooming Forest Pullover, knit seamlessly from the top down. Also receive an autographed copy of Knitting Maine and a hand-written note expressing my heartfelt appreciation for your generosity.

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    An autographed copy of Finish-Free Knits, and Knitting Maine, your name in the acknowledgements section of the Knitting Maine booklet, a hand-written note expressing my heartfelt appreciation for your generosity and a crochet heart, stuffed with lavender, rose petals, sage and a Reiki-charged rose quartz bead.

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    A wholesale set of 6 Knitting Maine booklets, autographed, to re-sell in your store or establishment, plus, your name in the acknowledgements section of the Knitting Maine booklet, a hand-written note expressing my heartfelt appreciation for your generosity and a crochet heart, stuffed with lavender, rose petals, sage and a Reiki-charged rose quartz bead.

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    Same as $75 reward, but with international shipping. ($10 extra for shipping is included) Kickstarter won't let me change a reward after people have backed it, so I had to create a new one.

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    Up to 4 hours of professional technical editing or consultation of your hand-knitting design, including charts and schematic if necessary. Also receive your name in the acknowledgements section of the Knitting Maine booklet, and an e-book of Knitting Maine, and my everlasting gratitude!

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    Enough yarn for any one project from Knitting Maine. It must be the yarn used in the original design. Your choice of color and quantity for your size. You'll also get an autographed copy of the Knitting Maine booklet so you can knit your yarn into a beautiful sweater or shawl from the booklet! Also: your name in the acknowledgements section of the Knitting Maine booklet, a hand-written note expressing my heartfelt appreciation for your generosity and a crochet heart, stuffed with lavender, rose petals, sage and a Reiki-charged rose quartz bead.

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    Your choice of one hand-knit garment, from the Knitting Maine booklet, using the same yarn that was used in the published design, in your choice of size and color. Plus your name in the acknowledgements section of the Knitting Maine booklet, an autographed printed copy of Knitting Maine, a hand-written note expressing my heartfelt appreciation for your generosity and a crochet heart, stuffed with lavender, rose petals, sage and a Reiki-charged rose quartz bead.

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