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Tuesday October 09, 2018

Knitalong details + giving back!

posted by: Amy Small

Alright guys! I’m back with one final video and cannot wait to dive into the KAL with you. I loved hearing about the styles you think you’d like to do, I am so curious to see which one will be the most popular. In this video I dive into the charity we plan to support through the knitalong. Watch the video below and learn more! One thing I forgot to mention here - kit colors are limited, so scoop them up quickly to make sure you get our favorite color.

Here is a link to Palna House and all the good that they do. They have a bunch of videos and articles available for you to learn more there too. To say I'm excited about this element of the KAL is the understatement of the year (!!!!!). If this works, I will implement this into my business as a standing practice. This is my first trial run at it! if you'd like to donate to Palna on your own please do through their website, I plan to run a fundraiser before my trip to India as well.


Ok and on another note - here's what you can expect in the knitalong:

     ~ You’ll learn new skills - I have over 25 videos across all 4 styles planned and we'll teach these through our new streamlined, easy-to-use, teachable platform. These will be accessible to knitalong participants only

     ~ Accountability to get your project done - I'll provide you with a rough schedule to follow!

     ~ Knitting Help - think of myself, Cheryl and Jessie as your knitting and yarn concierge help. Through the duration of the knitalong, helping you complete your projects happily is our number one priority. We'll be available anytime for help and guidance! 

     ~ Connect with and cheer on other makers with similar interests and aesthetics through our  private groups on social media - this is the fun part!

     ~ Creativity & inspiration – weekly inspiration from me from some of my favorite resources around. It won't be anything preachy - just a little something to add some inspiration or spark a conversation around why making and taking time out for ourselves it so important.

     ~ Exclusive - these patterns will be exclusive to those that sign up for our KAL. The patterns will not be available to everyone until at least fall 2019. They are all 4 new patterns – not out there yet – just for KAL participants. You will also have access to all 4 patterns and all 4 style tutorial videos. So if you decide to make another style later down the road, fantastic and super easy. The video content is yours forever.

     ~ Free Shipping ~ Lastly, we’ll be offering free shipping, up to $15 for people who decide to join in – anywhere in the world - with the code Fall18KAL at checkout. This can be glitchy - if your shipping cost is over $15 it doesn't work and we will simply have to refund this to you. We've tried over and over again to come up with a solution for this without much luck - email us for help if you need it!

~ I am offering custom color kits for the Sunwoven Sweater, Cozy Thoughts Colorwork Sweater and the Bonfire Crescent Shawl ~ there are a ton of fun color options.  For the Snowfall Bobble Cardi, all Spun Cloud yarn colors will be available.

~ Here Is a list of how much each kit will cost, keep in mind we have the new after pay payment option where you can pay in four installments at no extra cost.

    * Bonfire Crescent Shawl $108

    * Cozy Thoughts Colorwork Sweater $238 - $308

    * Snowfall Bobble Cardi $128 - $188

    * Sunwoven Sweater $218 - $268

 

The kits will be available for ONE WEEK only with the discount and free shipping. You'll be able to purchase them from Oct 11th through the 18th. After this week, the KAL will not be available again with the tutorials, knitting help and with the creativity element. The KAL will start the week of Oct 22nd.

 

The best way to know when the kits are live is to be on my email list or follow along on the blog. Everything will be live on Thursday, Oct 11th at 8am EST although I hope before! Last note, I have very little inventory of the Sister Yarn and Mini Skein kits, especially in the neutral colors and the newer colors needed for many of the styles. So keep that in mind if you’re thinking ordering too. 

 

Yay I cannot wait to dive into this with you! I have a great feeling that this time is going to be our best yet. Reach out with any questions!!!

Hugs,

Amy

P.S. Just in case you missed the other 2 intro videos here are links to those: video 1and video 2.

Saturday October 06, 2018

The knitalong style options ~ in detail!

posted by: Amy Small

Thank you everyone for the comments on the last blog post! I'm so happy to see some familiar names and also a few new people up for joining in our fall knitalong. Before the kits go live, I wanted to share this short video explaining each style in more depth. I take you through the yarn and what makes it so darn special. I also talk about what you can expect in each kit and what technical skills you'll learn. It's jam packed with knowledge! Let me know which style you're interested in, in the comments below. The kits will also include a little pouch with a Knit Collage tape measure, darning needle and stitch markers if your pattern calls for them. In the next video, coming Tuesday, I'll share more about the charity and sign up details and kit pricing. The needles will be available separately too. The kits go live on Oct 11th at 8am.  

The Sunwoven Sweater knit with Spun Cloud French Vanilla and the Mauve Mini skein Sampler Kit. This is a style I designed the pattern for in collaboration with Erin Barrett of Sunwoven Stuido. She is AMAZING - be sure to check out her work here! It is very easy to knit, the striping is what makes this style more complicated.

Super easy fit, the fun here is mixing in all of those yarns together! I love how this style feels like an easy where everywhere sweater but is also a complete wow piece.

The Cozy Thoughts Colorwork Sweater knit in our Sister yarn and designed by myself and our tech editor Rita Greenfeder. This style is a great idea for someone wanting to try colorwork for the first time. The knitting is straight forward! I'm excited to share that my friend Margaux Hufnagel will be helping me to teach these tutorial videos as well. Find out more about her here, or listen to the podcast she did with me here.

The Bonfire Crescent Shawl knit with Spun Cloud and a Mini Skein Sampler Kit by Annie Lupton of Boho Chic Fiber Co. I'm thrilled to be collaborating with her on a few patterns! I just love everything about this shawl, the truly curved crescent shape and picot edge detail. I can see myself wearing it with all the things. This is the easiest style and shortest to knit of all the KAL options.

And last but not least, the Snowfall Bobble Cardi, also designed by Annie Lupton of Boho Chic Fiber Co. This sweater is knit all in one piece- ah the joys of no seaming! You'll just seam your top shoulder seams. I am obsessed with this stitch and it will be a lot of fun to teach it! One thing to note, you'll have the option to knit the sleeves in stockinette OR the bobble stitch. This sweater is knit in our Spun Cloud yarn.

Ok that is is for today! Thank you so much for tuning in. I can't wait to kick the fun off!

Thursday October 04, 2018

Intro to the Fall Knitalong ~ Part 1

posted by: Amy Small

The fall knitalong is ALMOST HERE and I so hope you'll consider joining me! To say I'm excited is the understatement of the year. I put together a little intro video detailing what's in store - see below. There are FOUR style options this time which feels a little nuts but I couldn't let one go - you guys cast your votes and these four were all neck in neck.  

Like last fall, this knitalong will have a creativity/inspiration twist - a special focus on how knitting and taking the time out for ourselves, makes us better - nothing preachy, just a little something to brighten your day as we knit together, learn new technical skills and form new friendships with likeminded makers.

 

I hope you'll consider joining! It will launch next week and combines my three loves - making, community and creativity. Photos of the four chosen styles above.  In the next video, I'll dive into the exact yarn, kit and pattern details in so much more detail. But I am so excited to share that the pullover sweater is a collaboration with Erin Barrett of Sunwoven Studios (!!!) and we have a colorwork sweater, which is all new for us. The shawl and bobble sweaters are patterns by the incredibly talented Annie of Boho Chic Fiber Co.  The other exciting and new element of this KAL (knitalong) will involve giving back to the community in India where we make our yarn - more details on that coming up as well. Let me know in the comments below if you're up for joining and if you have any questions for me. Feel free to email me at amy@knitcollage.com as well. Hope you're up for it! 

Hugs ~ Amy

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