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WWI and WWII History through the eyes and knitting needles of those citizens who fought the war at home. One stitch at a time.

We Did It!!

Thank you all so much! We have reached out $5000 goal! However, we still have time left! Thant means we can still raise more capital. What for you ask?

Well let me tell you!

  • Larger First Printing
  • Greater Advertising in targeted locations (local press, Ravelry banners, etc)
  • Promotional Material
  • Teaching engagements, public speaking engagements, and more!
  • Lower the list price of the book (this is the best one)
  • More Stops around the country for the book tour

So SHARE, GIVE, or HELP!!

About This Project:

Knitting For Victory is a unique look at the extraordinary response to war seen between 1916 and 1945. It's the story of The Production Corps, the knitters, and the soldiers all fighting for victory, in their own way. 

However, this book will be different. You see, this is not only a history essay but it's a knitting pattern book. I have researched and updated 25 patterns distributed by the Red Cross and issued by the military for the knitters on the home front to make for our troops, for our allied forces, and for refugees across Europe. From beginner to advanced, all levels of knitters will find great accomplishment and joy in these patterns.

Written by essayist and knitwear designer Rohn Strong, Knitting For Victory, will be a beautiful softcover knitting book with more than 12 articles on WWI and WWII knitting as well as 25 updated patterns, for men, women, and children, and the home all in colors classic to that time period. (Yes, I do mean Olive Drab and Khaki!)

Here is our Mood Board:

Why I Want to Make This Book:

To me history is what makes us who we are. I grew up knowing I had a responsibility to tell the stories of the past. My Great Great Grandad fought in World War One and my Great Great Grandma fought on the home front knitting away. Her daughter, my Great Grandmother, knitted during the second World War as well. This part of history is close to my heart and I know close to many others' as well. Revealing a part of history rarely talked about truly drove me to write this book.

As a knitter, I know how valuable tradition and history is to all of us. I have lots of experience in Public Relations and Marketing and have a great team helping me along. When you back this project, I will make it flourish in a way that will make you and my grandmothers proud to be a part of it.

What I Have:

I have the designs: I have all the patterns updated and designed. I currently am in the process of getting the patterns tested and then they will be off to the photographer!I have the essays: The essays have been written with the perfect balance of fact, heart, and hope. Currently they are being edited and reviewed to make sure perfection is met!

I have the community: I have you...and that will take us to...

What I Need From You:

Our initial goal is to raise the funds to:

·           Cover the costs of the first print run of 1000 books (including shipping it out to all of you)

·           Pay the amazing sample/test knitters

This book is about more than knitting. It is about the stories of the past deserving a voice and platform, it is about connecting with our ancestors and the heroes who silently fought at home.

Please back this project and help bring more stories of love, perseverance, strength and sacrifice into the world once again (and knit some pretty cool designs!)

More Questions:

If you’re not sure how this whole Kickstarter thing works, check out their FAQ page.

If you have any questions at all about the project, about where your money will go, or if you have ideas or suggestions of ways to collaborate please get in touch. You can e-mail Rohn at rohnstrong@gmail.com.

FAQ

  • A lot of the patterns in the book are Inspired by the classic designs. None of them will be exactly the same as they once were.

    I have also updated sizing issues, color, yarn, needle size, and more!

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  • I do knit let me assure you! HAHAHA…i have been knitting for about 7 years. My Great Grandmother and my Great Great Grandmother were part of the Production Corps and the latter was a Shaker. My Great Grandfather fought at Pearl Harbor and was there on D-Day. It is in my blood!

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  • There are a lot of essays! (I would love to tell you but can’t cause…well…there would be nothing left for the book!) I can tell you we will have essays on Trench Foot, The Battle of the Bulge, My Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Japanese Internment Knitting, Sizing, Gauge, Knitting Tools, Materials, as well as random excerpts here and there and tips I have collected for WWI and WWII Production Corps veterens!!

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    FIRST SERGEANT: Receive a limited edition "Knitting for Victory" Sock Knitting Kit! Plus receive advertising in the book (business card size)!! Perfect for designers, yarn suppliers, dyers, and yarn shops! Great Promotion!!

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    SERGEANT MAJOR: Receive a signed and numbered copy of the book, as well as sock knitting kit and the exclusive right to name one of the patterns in the book!! Your name will be listed on the pattern named by you!

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    COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR: Rohn will come to you and your knitting friends and either A) teach a lesson on sock knitting from the 40's or B)he can just host a knit night and bring all the snacks and drinks! (East Coast Only) Also half page advertising in the book as well!!

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    COMMANDER IN CHIEF: The top pledge above all. Not only will this get you all of the goodies from the previous pledge but it will also get you a one of a kind trip with me to the National WWII Memorial located in Louisiana! Airfare Included!!

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