Maine is one of the most beautiful places in the country, it also happens to be home to a disproportionate number of amazing hand-knitting designers (I credit those long winters!)
Bea from Thread And Ladle is working to bring them both together in a new book, MAINE Knits and just launched a Kickstarter to get it off the ground and I'm honored to be one of the designers contributing to the book:
Some words from Beatrice about the project:
MAINE Knits is a tribute to extraordinary craftsmanship and design. A celebration of nature, growth, creativity and beauty. A print book of hand knitting patterns that you will enjoy from where ever you knit. Designs inspired by three important and beautiful elements of Maine; sea, farm and wild. The places that bring us peace, feed our bellies and soul, help us breath deeply and surround us with beauty. Including patterns for 7 garments and 7 accessories, photographs and essays from the folk who hail from here.
MAINE Knits includes knitting designs by Carrie Bostick Hoge, Alicia Plummer, Bristol Ivy, Cecily Glowik Mcdonald, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Elizabeth Smith, Leah B. Thibault, Kristen TenDyke, Leila Raabe and Beatrice Perron Dahlen. And a foreward written by Pam Allen of Quince & Co.
My goal is to raise $18,000 by April 8th. 65% of the funds from this Kickstarter will pay for quality printing of a 96 page book. The remaining funds will pay for editing and layout costs. Financially, this project will not happen without a group effort.
Here are two ways you can help:
1. Become a backer! There are a lot of great gifts, including preorder of the book itself.
2. Spread the word! We need to get the word out to as many knitters as possible. If you are able to share our project through social media it would help tremendously.
As of this writing, the Kickstarter is about 47% of the way to its goal, but it won't be funded unless it reaches the full amount by the April 8th deadline! So if this project sounds like something you're interested in, please consider using the Kickstarter to pre-order the book (print or e-book versions available). There are also other great donor gifts, including a pack of kid-centric patterns from me, available.