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Monday
Oct012012

Mutonia, Lenina & Tangled River

The last few weeks have been a bit strange around here. There's a lot that I don't reveal on this blog, aspects of our life that we generally prefer to keep private. One such thing is the commune, an artists commune known as Mutonia; folks live there full time (whereas we come and go) and it's only fair to maintain a little privacy.

Unfortunately the site is currently under threat. We're working towards keeping everything as it is, but that means bringing in lawyers and architects and involving ourselves in quite an administrative process. It's hard work and the last few weeks have been incredibly stressful. And defending the site is costing a heck of a lot of money, as well as time and energy. Everyone here is doing their bit to help raise the funds needed to cover the costs incurred, so let me explain my contribution....

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Recently the rights for two previously published patterns have reverted back to me. Both of these patterns have had a thorough make over - new photos, fresh tech editing - and are now available individually.

 

Firstly, there is Tangled River which was previously published in issue 6 of Knit Now magazine back in the spring of this year. Knit in Babylonglegs Semi-Precious DK, it's a little bit of luxury in a Hat. The pattern includes 4 sizes, is provided in both written and charted format, and also includes an illustrated tutorial for the cast on technique required. I'm super super chuffed with these photos, which we took over the weekend. Super chuffed indeed. This Hat is modelled against some of the classic vehicles that adorn the communal space on site. 

 

And secondly there is Lenina, which was originally published in the book Brave new Knits just over 2 years ago. Also provided in both written and charted format, 3 sizes are included, as well as 3 illustrated tutorials that cover the techniques required to complete the Hat. This sample was knit in Malabrigo Merino worsted which we all know is dreamily soft, and it's held up especially well after all this time. I'm particularly loving the background on this one, which is a featured mural here on site.

 

ETA 4th Oct: and I've added a 3rd pattern to the cause! Retro Beanie is a brand new pattern and includes a generous 6 sizes. Kirsty at Wharfedale Woolworks gifted me a skein of her Alpaca/Merino DK some time ago, suggesting I knit something for Aran. And I did. Except as you know I'm unable to knit a Hat without writing the accompanying pattern, and this seemed the perfect time to publish it. The lovely Ruth Garcia-Alcantud was able to tech edit the pattern this morning, and here it is. This Hat is modelled against a Mutoid sculpture which can be seen more clearly in this blog post.

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....and so, the proceeds from the digital sales of these three patterns will be going straight into the communal pot. That's my contribution; the normal costs incurred in getting a pattern published have come out of my pocket too. I know this cause may not seem as worthy as many other charitable drives, but this is not only about our favourite spot in Italy; it's about the homes of the 20+ people who live there. It's about defending the rights of individuals who wish to live alternatively and work creatively. This is a vibrant community and it needs to stay that way.

And how can you help? You can help us buy purchasing a pattern. Or by retweeting the link to this blog post. Or by sharing this blog post link on Facebook. Or by talking about these patterns on your blog or in your Ravelry group. Or by adding your completed Hats to the projects on Ravelry to help raise awareness. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. If you have any suggestions that could help with the fundraising, or simply wish to share your concern, then please leave a comment. I did consider adding the patterns for sale elsewhere, to help my book-keeping a little, but I figured we'd have more chance of success if the patterns were available through Ravelry. In one months time I will post details of sales to date, so I can maintain transparency and say thank you for all your help.

I wouldn't normally ask so blatantly for your help; I hope the fact that I have tells you how important this is to us. 

I also hope you can appreciate that at this moment in time, I can't divulge too many details about the situation we find ourselves in. It's incredibly difficult to express how important this cause is without revealing the deeper reasons as to why we need your help. And finally, I ask you for your patience as we work through this; I haven't been able to devote as much time to my business as I would like, and I'm sorry for that.

Thank you for your time!

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ETA:
My very good friend Babylonglegs, who dyed the original skein for the Tangled River Hat, is running a special fundraising promotion in her shop - go grab yourself a kit for this Hat!

In less than 24hrs we've raised over £150! This blog post is getting a lot of traffic, which means this is working. Yey!

At the 24hr mark, you've helped us raise £450! That's amazing! We've still got a long way to go & every little bit helps. Thank you!

At the 48hr mark the total stands at £725! This is brilliant! Can we make it to £1000, I wonder? 

At the 76hr mark we topped £1000! We are so amazed with everyone's generosity; we never imagined we would do so well! You're all amazing :)

At the 96hr mark, we have £1117! Wahoo!

Both the Tangled River and Lenina patterns are now available on Craftsy and Patternfish. I'll continue to contribute the proceeds from the digital sales of all 3 patterns until the end of this month (October 2012) and then review the situation after that point; the involvement of the lawyer will no doubt be ongoing for some time yet.

Thank you all so much for your continued help and support!

7 days after the start of fundraising: £795.26 has been raised through direct pattern sales and £452 has been donated (which also includes the funds from kits) bringing us to £1247.26, which works out to €1521.65!! 

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Reader Comments (7)

The photos,the hats, and the cause are all beautiful!

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPrairiePoppins

Sending positive thoughts and best wishes - remember to take good care of yourself!

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

Both of these hat patterns are amazing and I love that you have photographed them on site, near loads of Mutoid art, because of the context in which you're releasing them.

I first heard of MWC in the 1990s when I lived on a road protest in Ireland; the contribution to culture made by your community is massive. Their Car Henges and re-appropriations of junk and scrap metal inspired a whole generation of makers and artists and defined a special moment in protest and free-party culture. They were an awesome breath of fresh air at the end of John Major's depressing Tory reign of doom and I am dearly sorry to hear that their home - and yours - are under threat. Having to defend your home and community is hard and scary work.

Good luck with the mission and all the legal wranglings. x

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelix

Thank you for giving us such an easy and enjoyable way to support you. I'm so sad that you are needing to take this action. Is there a way to just donate a sum to the cause without purchasing patterns? Or should I just go and gift them to lots of people? J xxx

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen A-C

purchased on ravelry! good luck!!

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Donation made babe, tweet re-tweeted will Facebook about it too!
Lots of love and positive energy
Lxxxxx

October 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTallYarns

Good luck in your efforts, love the Lenina

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertheploverbird

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