Hello, lovely knitters!
So, uh… ..is this where I can sheepishly admit that my “I’ll just blog post from the road as we travel this summer!” plan didn’t really work out? Sorry about that!
We’ve been away for much of the summer – camping, seeing family, etc. But the highlight has definitely been our trip to Scotland and Ireland in July.
Scotland and Ireland were both amazing, and I can’t wait to figure out how to go back. There was great knitwear everywhere!
But, computer time has been fairly scarce – and what computer time I’ve had, has been focused on making an exciting shop change. I’d love to tell you about it today: You can now buy CustomFit patterns through the shop, same as anything else.
This has been a long time coming, and I’m so pleased this work is finally done – here’s the low-down!
CustomFit patterns – Now in the Shop
Effective immediately, if you buy CustomFit patterns a la carte (rather than being a maker member), you’ll do so through the regular Amy Herzog Designs shop, rather than going through CustomFit itself.
This means there’s now awesome basic shopping functionality like:
- Buy more than one pattern at a time;
- Buy a CustomFit pattern at the same time as another item;
- Clearly see when a pattern is both available as a traditional PDF and as a custom pattern, and choose which one you’d like;
- I can offer coupons and discounts!
I’m poking fun at myself a bit, here, but it feels so great to finally move past the purchasing framework we coded up when CustomFit first launched 5 years ago.
The patterns are all categorized under the type of sweater they are, and tagged with relevant stuff about them (so that you can see all of the cabled patterns, for example, or everything with a scoop neck). But if you’d like to see all of the CustomFit patterns available in the shop, you can also click this link to go to the CustomFit category.
Adding around 80 new products to the shop provided me with a great opportunity to share some of the new pictures I’ve been taking of my sweater samples. You can click over to browse all of the designs, and look for new faces – but here are two of my favorite re-shoots.
The Worn-Open Cardigan.
I’m very excited to share this newly-photographed sample of one of my very first CustomFit designs, the Worn-Open Cardigan:
I’m so thrilled with the way this piece turned out. I used Aalta Truth, a merino and baby alpaca blend, to create a light, cozy, super-soft version of this simple design. I love the way the seed stitch looks in a slightly-fuzzy yarn, and my model Naomi immediately took the sweater in a beachy, summer-friendly direction.
The other new photo shoot I’m most excited to share is for my Popham Beach pullover, from my 2015 make. wear. love. fall sweater retreat. This is one of my favorite designs, and I keep meaning to re-knit it in something without mohair, so that I can wear it. But that’s okay – the original looked so great on my model Milly:
I also did a little silhouette-updating, and you can now make Popham Beach in an a-line, hourglass, straight, or tapered silhouette. What yarn would you most want to use for this design? I have some yummy Woolen Rabbit in a beautiful dark green colorway…
Before I end this catch-up post, I wanted to draw attention to the recent changing-of-the-guard with the Year of Sweater KALS:
That’s right – even though the weather is still sweltering in much of the northern hemisphere, we’re looking ahead to fall with our sweater KALs. You can find all of the details, and join the fun, over in my Ravelry group – I hope you’ll knit with us this time!
And if you participated in the spring/summer sweater KAL, now’s the time to enter the FO thread for a chance to win. The prizes are pretty fun – 2 months of free custom patterns and a 30-minute consult with me – plus, it’s great to scroll through all of the amazing sweaters!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the new way to purchase CustomFit patterns (or anything else), please let me know! I always love to hear from you, whatever the reason.
Until next time, happy knitting!