Update, August 25:

Before you read this post, check out this update to the Maker program. Based on your feedback, we changed the way the Maker plans work! We’re happy to give you the CustomFit experience you want to have. Read more about your options for using CustomFit here.

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As of today, there’s a new way of using CustomFit.

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I’ve wanted for awhile now to to create a special island of CustomFit support, inspiration, and ideas. A way to partner with hand knitters to come along on their sweater journey in a fuller way. We’ve captured this partnership in the notion of a “maker”.

You can get full details here, but here’s a quick low-down:

  • Makers get credits auto-deposited to their account throughout the year. Each credit is good for one sweater – be it an Amy design, a classic, a custom, or any of the exciting things we’ll roll out over the next few months.
  • Makers get access to the full design archive – any of my designs (or anyone else’s!) that go into the site will always and forever be available to makers. (Basic account holders will only be able to make designs in the currently-featured set.)
  • Makers get lots of support. All of my recipes will be free for our makers to download, and they’ll also get access to a special “Maker Central” portion of the site with stitch pattern ideas and inspiration, special tips, and great sweater ideas.

We’ve added 5 new designs to the site, just for makers:

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And more will be added continuously, including some this week! (Note: The set of ‘featured designs’, which are available to everyone, will rotate every month or so.)

We can’t wait to work with our makers to bring a whole new slew of Happy Sweater Faces into the world. Join us here.

And boy, do we have the perfect way to kick off your maker journey:

Fall Festival KAL

While I’m definitely a year-round sweater kind of girl, there’s something incredibly special about fall knitting. We’re experiencing those first tastes of super-crisp weather here in New England – the kind where you reach for just a tiny bit of wool first thing in the morning to take the chill off.

Our thoughts are turning to the upcoming festival season: caramel apples and artichoke french, new yarns from our favorite local and independent producers, perfect layering pieces for cold days.

The Fall Festival Sweater KAL will take place from August 15 – November 15, and will work like our previous KALs: We’ll get started swatching and dreaming today, and give ourselves until November 15 to finish our sweaters.

Take a dive in your stash and find a gorgeous woolly wool, or recreate a favorite store-bought fall sweater. Just like with Cardipalooza and the Summer Sweater KAL, keep an eye on the blog for posts about what we’re knitting, how to wear your finished summer sweaters, and prizes once we finish up!

What am I knitting, do you ask? Well… that’s a good question.

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Hey, I never claimed to have an easy time making decisions when it comes to yarn!