Announcing... Season II
This week, we released the shawls from The Shawl Society Season I as individual patterns! It’s a pleasure to open up a little taste of The Shawl Society to people who missed the first season. I know there were plenty of knitters who fell in love with one particular shawl on Instagram or Ravelry, so this is a chance to finally add your favourite pattern to the queue!
It has been wonderful to revisit each of the designs for the single pattern release, and to watch new people discovering them for the first time. It’s a whole new context, and this has been a chance to see the shawls with fresh eyes. I really love this collection, and spending a bit of time with it over the last few days has heightened my anticipation for what comes next…
…a new season of The Shawl Society!
Season II will be opening for pre-orders very soon, and I cannot wait to welcome back our founding members and meet all the new knitters that will join our community with this new session. I have been deep in the design and planning process for months; this is where I get to encounter the surprise which is at the heart of the Shawl Society experience. Each shawl begins with the kernel of an idea, a special skein of yarn, and then slowly reveals itself to me as I knit. In a way, being a designer is like participating in a never ending mystery knitalong.
That might be why The Shawl Society idea was born in the first place: I love sharing that mystery and delight in discovery with so many knitters all over the world.
The specific details of the next Shawl Society season are still under wraps for now, but the basic premise is the same: for six months, members will receive a gorgeous secret shawl pattern each month. There will be detailed yarn advice for those knitting from stash, and special relationships with the amazing yarn producers behind each sample. There will be encouraging knit alongs and wonderful prizes for finished objects. There will be fun and chatter and a heaping dose of surprise.
In the meantime, you can learn more about what it’s like to be a member of The Shawl Society with a little sleuthing of your own. Our “testimonials” page is full of lovely words from Shawl Society Initiates about their experience last year, and if you visit the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group you’ll find threads full of chatter and sharing. The project pages for any of last season’s designs are a goldmine of inspiring photos and notes about knitting each shawl, and the Instagram hashtag #theshawlsociety has enough beautiful knitspiration to keep you going for ages.
We’ll be building the anticipation over the next little while (it’s all part of the fun!) and sharing tidbits with you through the newsletter (if you’re not signed up yet, just enter your email on the homepage and you’ll be on the list!).