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!
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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