It's getting to be time again for Pins and Lace Club sign-ups! Wow, this year seemed to go fast, but not. Wouldn't you say? So...2016 will be the seventh year of my club, if you can believe it! It's been an amazing time and I've loved having you all with me. Like the past three years, 2016 will include a pattern only option, and, for those of you with too many shawl pins, it also will include 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 again opening sign-ups in the morning this time and in the afternoon for the second period.
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, September 23, 2015 at 4 pm (16:00 hours) Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7).You will have received an email containing a link to the sign-up site with your password. If you have not, please contact me. As for last year, in this pre-signup period, there will be no $20 charge added for the pattern eBook; the 2016 eBook will be a little thank-you gift for being with me this year. This discount remains in effect until the public sign-ups on the morning of September 25. After that, there will be two sign up periods here on my site beginning Friday September 25, 2015 at 10 am Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7) and another Saturday October 17, 2015 at 2 pm (14:00 hours), Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7).
In the 2016 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 September 25 and half on October 17. 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; you will receive a gift copy of the Ravelry club eBook. If you are in the US, financing (the payment plan) will be available through PayPal when you check out. The 2016 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 at romiATdesignsbyromiDOTcom 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 2017. 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 in my Ravelry forum. Disclaimers: Club purchases are non-refundable, but they are transferrable with my approval. It is also fine to destash kits on Ravelry. The idea here is for everyone to enjoy! I will make every effort to adhere to the overall schedule of shipments. Sometimes, things don't quite come together and this results in a delay. If this is ever the case, club members will be notified as soon as possible. Options are sold out until the October sign-up period opens (see above for details). Thank you and see you soon!