About this project
Midwestern Knits is a 12 pattern collection, curated and edited by knitwear designers Carina Spencer and Allyson Dykhuizen. The collection features original designs from Ann Weaver, Melynda Bernardi, Adrienne Larsen, Emily Ringelman, Hope Vickman, Jennifer Waterbury Beaumont, Laura Hulslander, Laura Ricketts, Sarah Gresbach, and Rachel Anderson, as well as Allyson and Carina.
Each design is inspired by the heartland of America: the beauty in the landscape, the unique architecture, the history of the people, the struggles and pain in the industrial cities - from metro Chicago to the Straits of Mackinac, from historic Kansas City to Mount Rushmore. Our designs use locally sourced yarn from Lorna's Laces, Dream in Color, Knits in Class, Mrs. Crosby Plays, Plucky Knitter, Nerd Girl Yarns, Stonehedge Fiber Mill, and more. Essays written by the designers will accompany each design as a tribute to the inspiration. Midwestern Knits will be available as an e-book and a print book in August 2015.
Some very special rewards...
We are offering some great rewards for any level of backing, but a few of our rewards are so good they just have to been seen.
We have Zuzu's Petals kits in seven colorways from Carina Spencer! [$45 level]
Allyson Dykhuizen has put together some really special knit kits for you! Get her WORK+SHELTER Hand Warmers pattern and yarn, either Knit Picks Swish Worsted or Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, in a handmade project bag. [$35 level]
Also available is her Twin Cities Anklets kit, including the Knit Picks Comfy Worsted yarn in Flamingo, pictured, with laminated pattern and handmade project bag. [$45 level]
Hello Sailor! Knot Necklace Kits in white and navy blue blue include the linen yarn, laminated pattern, easy to assemble jewelry hardware, and handmade project bag. [$40 level]
Can't stop there? Get a matching Hello Sailor! Entrelac Clutch kit including white linen yarn, zipper, lining fabric, button, laminated pattern, and handmade project bag. [$50 level]
Get Carina Spencer's Ellis Cowl sample knit from Becoming Art Pure Aran yarn in a vibrant, clear shade of green. [$100 level]
A very special child's cardigan from Carina Spencer. [$250 level]
Hope Vickman is offering a hand-knit baby vest - size 12 months. [$200 level]
Carina Spencer is offering a custom knit and embellished baby sweater. This is photo is just an example of what is possible - your sweater will be custom designed using your colors and theme for embellishments. [$400 level]
Rachel Anderson has offered to custom knit one generous supporter a sweater from her design for Midwestern Knits. This is the Neengay Sweater and she will make one just for you. [$1000 level]
Nerd Girls Yarns has generously offered some rare yarns! See corresponding rewards for all the details on these beauties.
We have felted slipper kits from French Press Knits! [$40 level]
Risks and challenges
We’ve never done this before! Holla Knits, Allyson Dykhuizen’s online magazine, is in it’s 3rd year and has given her the confidence to be able to edit a whole collection, but this will be her first book. Carina Spencer is a prolific designer but also has never before published a book. As resourceful women with years of experience in the fiber arts industry, we are confident that we have what it takes to put this collection together for you. The money from this campaign is to pay our designers, tech editors, graphic designers, and for the initial printing. We believe in this project and know that if you put your trust in us we will not let you down!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter