Knitting Maine, by Kristen TenDyke. Kickstarter....Will you lend a hand?

Knitting Maine, photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge
A Call to Arms!     Knitters Unite! 
Consider spending some time reading about this Kickstarter campaign. Then show your support by pledging your dollars. There is swag attached to many of the pledges, go check it out!

Knitting Maine, is a collection of five patterns, four sweaters and one shawl, knit with Maine fibers and designed by Kristen TenDyke. Some of the yarns used include Swan's Island Natural Merino Worsted, Quince and Co. Puffin, Romney Ridge Farm Worsted, Good Karma Farm Wool/Alpaca and A Wrinkle in Thyme farm Wool. Visit Kristen's blog link to watch a short video with images of the designs and the animals and farms where the yarns were sourced.

In order to obtain funding to have this booklet printed, Kristen created a Kickstarter page and she hopes to raise $5000. The deadline for contributions is October 1, 2013 at 5:10PM EST. Consider sending support in any amount, large or small. At the time of this blog post there is still $1,800 to be raised. Will you pledge? Please do!

Rousabout Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Kristen's inspiration for this collection began with a desire to utilize fibers made and processed in Maine. She prefers to use organic yarns that are animal friendly, meaning that the animals are raised in a healthy environment with plenty of space to wander. She looks for fibers that are milled in a eco-conscious manner that is colored with natural dyes, containing no harsh mordants. The final element Kristen looks for in a yarn is one that has the smallest carbon footprint. If the fleece is raised, processed and sold locally, there is a reduced need for shipping, fuel and additional cost.

Allagash Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge
So far, the Kickstarter to get this booklet published has raised $3,170, with a goal of $5000. The campaign will end in three days, on October 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM. The project does not receive funding if at least $5,000 is raised. You can play a role in making this "Knit Local" project a success. Pledge today!

Sumner, front panel detail. Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Northport Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge
I saved the shawl for last. It is my favorite design and I am eager to get my e-book downloaded in order to cast on soon. The texture and flow of stitches looks like a project that will be fun to knit and even more fun to wear.

The photos and links were used with permission of Kristen TenDyke. Photo credits to Carrie Bostick Hoge.


WonderWhyGal said…
Those are nice patterns. Thanks for sharing her campaign.
Nancy McCarroll said…
Interesting campaign. That last shawl is my favorite.

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