Another year has flown by, and wow! Did that one ever go fast?! It's high time again for Pins and Lace Club sign-ups. 2015 will be the sixth year of my club. Can you believe it? I have so enjoyed having you all with me.
As always, the club has four installments, sent starting January, April, July and October 15th. Shipments are staggered, with international going first. My hope is to have everyone receive their packages as close together as possible. What is included? That's up to you! I love to put everything together: a shawl pin, pattern and yarn, so that option is called Romi's Choice. But there are other options too! As with the past two years, 2015 includes a pattern only option, and, for those of you with too many shawl pins, it also includes a yarn and pattern only option. In response to those of you who have had trouble getting to the computer on time due to work, I am opening sign-ups in the morning for the October 17th sign-ups and in the afternoon for the November 8th sign-ups.
Here's how it will work. Current club members (excepting pattern only) will be able to get a little jump on next year's club, with sign-ups opening Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 4 pm (16:00 hours) Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7). Watch for an email containing a link to the sign-up site with your password. In this pre-signup period, there will be no $20 charge added for the pattern eBook; the 2015 eBook will be a little thank-you gift. This discount remains in effect until the public sign-ups on the morning of October 17. After that, there will be two sign up periods on my site (please note that the site has not yet been updated to reflect info for the 2015 club) beginning Friday October 17, 2014 at 10 am Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7) and another Saturday November 8, 2014 at 2 pm (14:00 hours), Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7).
In the 2015 club, there will be 4 shipments of 100 shawl pins and 200 skeins of yarn available overall. After current club members have had a chance to purchase in the pre-signup period, half of the remaining packages will go up for sale October 17 and half on November 8. Those include a pattern, as well, of course. :) Because of the different options and the need to plan in advance in ordering yarn, club sign-ups will be for the full year only - no half year options will be available. After all of those are sold, I will open pattern only club sales on Ravelry. If you have already bought one of the pin and/or yarn options, do not buy the pattern only option until you receive your coupon code for a free copy of the Ravelry club eBook. Financing (the payment plan) will be available through PayPal when you check out. The 2015 patterns will all be delivered via Ravelry as an eBook - much like my eBook subscriptions, and pattern only sales will remain open throughout the year. Clear as mud? Don't worry; if you don't quite get it ordered the way you want it, just write to me and we'll get it all sorted out! The idea is to make you happy, so no stress!
Now to the fine print. Each Romi's Choice shipment includes a new elements shawl/scarf pin, lace shawl pattern of my design (pdf format delivered through Ravelry's system), and yarn from a different indie dyer (you will be able to get double yarn too if you like). Not all yarn will necessarily be lace weight, and there will be some fun blends! Or if you like, you can choose a la cart options and put them together. You have the choice of metals for the pins, and you also have the option of adding the hand-dyed yarn from different Indie dyers to the mix! My favorite option, Romi's Choice, includes my picks for metal to coordinate with your yarn. At the end of the shipment month, your eBook will update on Ravelry to include the pattern. You will most likely receive your package before the pattern updates on Ravelry. That way, everyone can join in the fun all at once! Did I mention that there will be a fun little extra in the eBook for the end of the year? And that you get other fun little extras in your packages? (Hint: think beads!)
The pins and patterns you receive will be brand new designs. Because there is a pattern only option, the club shawl patterns will not be released to the public as single patterns until 2016. The pins will not generally be available to the public at a later date. For those of you who would like to join me, there will always be knit-alongs for the patterns in my Ravelry group. All patterns will be designed and written by me - designer of Brandywine, Maia Shoulderette, Fiori di Sole, Muir, Bluebird and others. For pricing info, please see this post on my blog. Club purchases are non-refundable, but they are transferrable with my approval. The idea here is for everyone to enjoy! All yarn and pin packages are sold out until 2016's club. Check back December 20, 2014 for the pattern only option of the 2015 club!