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Last year, we had a really cool idea. We wanted to put make a sweater that was a collaboration between the shepherd who grew the fleece, the shearer who carefully harvested it, the designer who created  the pattern and the knitter who brought all of those people intentions together with her own hands. We worked with some really amazing people to make this happen, including designers Kate Davies and Kirsten Kapur.

I love peeking at the finished TSATS sweaters you all have made. (You can see The Shepherd here and The Shearer Here.) It makes me so proud to see what started off as an idea being fully executed and loved.  Knowing that the fast knitters wore their sweaters to stay warm this winter actually makes me tear up.

All around, Emily and I were both very proud of what we did with The Shepherd and The Shearer. Which is not to say that there wasn’t a huge learning curve involved! There were definitely bumps along the way, but we learned from them and, when we decided to go forward with The Shepherd and The Shearer  2014, we knew we could do it even better than the inaugural project.

There are several big changes we’re making this year but I wanted to point one in particular out here: we will be using a different mill this year. In fact, we’re using a local, family-owned mill and they have assured us that accuracy is as important to them as it is to us. No more mailing out extra skeins due to yardage issues! We made sure everyone got the yarn they needed last year but it honestly nearly did us in.

One other difference is that we will be limiting participation to 300 knitters this year. Last year we originally started by limiting ourselves to 200 available kits but we were so overwhelmed by emails from people who wanted to buy a kit that we ended up selling way more and it lead to a lot of confusion. This year when the 300 kits are gone, we are done. I know it stinks that we won’t have enough for everyone but the truth is, we are a small business, and we want to give the proper attention to detail to each and every kit. We can do that better by limiting the numbers.

There is so much more to tell you– like which two AMAZING designers we are working with this year– but I don’t want to bore you to death, so I’ll save that for tomorrow.