Have you heard about Kickstarter? It is a public funding platform for creative projects such as movies, small business start-ups, mobile apps and so much more. Just for kicks, I did a search for knitting projects and was amazed at the quantity and variety in the results.
Here are just a few of the interesting projects I found:
Cthulhu Knitted Ski Mask. $1,100 was the goal to fund production of this synthetic yarn ski mask. They then upped their goal to $7,500. Ultimately, they received $12,649 in pledges. I’m really scratching my head over this one. Would you take the time to knit this? And, who do you know who would willingly wear it? Wouldn’t the tentacles get in the way while skiing? So many questions!
Knitting for Victory is the title of a book this Kickstarter was writing. It focuses on patterns distributed to knitters by the Red Cross during WWI and WWII. These knitted items were sent to US troops, our Allies and refugees. Looking to raise $5,000 to cover printing, advertising, promotion and public speaking engagements, Rohn Strong received $6,278 in pledges. While I couldn’t seem to find out if the book is available as of yet, I did find Rohn’s knitwear designs on Ravelry and Pinterest.
A knitting pin-up calendar called “Off the Needles” was produced in 2010 and 2011. The driving force behind this clever idea is California knitter/designer Stephanie Ivy. I was sorry to find out that it is no longer being produced. I would have definitely bought one to show how knitters are (tastefully) sexy.
The Ricefield Collective raised more than $73,000. This program provided hand knitted items made by the indigenous Ifugao people in the Philippines. The goal was to develop a steady source of income through t knitted projects so that the Ifugao could remain on their ancestral lands. Seems like a worthy cause.
Last year knitwear designer Annie Modesitt fully funded her book History on 2 Needles within 18 hours after posting her project. I was actually surprised to learn that one of her previous publishers didn’t produce this book.
Did you know that there’s a webcomic for knitters? Well, I surely didn’t. Worsted for Wear is about a knitting group and their adventures in knitting, crocheting, spinning, and more. Earlier this year the two authors received funding for their latest project: a print edition of their comic strips. Looking for $3,250 they received pledges totaling $11,132.
My little search was enlightening. In some cases I thought the project was worthy of asking for contributions. In others, I was amazed by the sheer chutzpa that went into asking for funding for something that, to me, seemed to be more about vanity than anything else (I’m looking at you crazy squid hat.).
The exercise did cause me to ponder on what types of projects I might want to kickstart? What type of project would you like to see funded?