The Mystery Blanket Club
The Mystery Blanket club is a unique knitting experience which invites knitters from all over the world to join. Over ten months, subscribers receive patterns and materials to knit individual squares which join together to make an exquisite blanket. The theme of the project is kept secret, only to be discovered as the squares are completed and the blanket takes shape.
Through the club, friendships have been made, techniques have been mastered and many happy hours of knitting have been had. Each design is exclusive and will not be published in any other format when the club has closed. This is a one-off project that is a must-have for knitters of all abilities!
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- Mystery Blanket - October
October 9, 2013WELCOME TO THE FINAL BLOG FOR THIS YEAR’S MYSTERY BLANKET CLUB! You have all received your final instalment now and are hopefully close to completing your project. I was in Iceland on an Arena knitting holiday when it was sent out, but I know from the com...
There are two ways to pay for the mystery blanket; in three instalments (Plan A) or in a one-off payment (plan B). There is a discount if you choose Plan B.
PLEASE NOTE: IT IS NOW TOO LATE TO APPLY FOR PLAN A….. The instalment plan is no longer available.
Pricing for Mystery Blanket 2014
*If you opt for Plan A (installments) then the two payments of £50 are due by 1st September and 1st November. The initial payment is due when you submit your application form.
Payment (Plan A and Plan B) MUST be made in full by the application deadline of 31st December 2013.
What is the Mystery Blanket about?
The Mystery Blanket is a unique project that is split across ten months. The design follows the same format as Debbie’s other blanket designs in “Blankets & Throws To Knit” and “More Blankets & Throws”. It is constructed from individually knitted squares that are assembled together to create a finished block. The mystery is that you won’t be told the theme of the project, so part of the fun is to discover this while you are knitting it up!
This blanket design will not be published or re-produced in other form, so you will be part of a very special one-off project.
How many months will the project run for?
The project will begin on January 15th 2014 and will run for ten months. Patterns will be sent monthly by email. The first email will be sent on January 20th with subsequent emails sent on the first of the month (Feb to October). Yarn and beads will be sent in three parcels (post date January 20th/1st March/1st May). There is an option to have printed paperwork which will be posted to members each month. There is an extra cost for this which is shown in the pricing table above.
How do I subscribe to the Mystery Blanket Club?
Membership is strictly on a first-come-first-served basis and there are a set number of places in the club. It is best to get your application form to Debbie as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment (there is a strict deadline of 31st December 2013).
To apply, fill in the application form online and make your payment. When your place is confirmed, you’ll receive a membership number (membership cards arrive in March package) and then just sit back wait for your first package to arrive in January.
What if I don’t have an email address? If you do not have an email address, you can send an application form by post (see contact page).
How can I pay for my Club membership?
There are two ways to pay for the Mystery Blanket: in three instalments (Plan A) or in a one-off payment (Plan B).
There is a discount if you choose Plan B.
This is how you can pay:
Please note that it is really helpful to me if you can pay by BACS. It is worth bearing in mind that if more UK subscribers use this method of payment, I will be able to keep costs down in future years.
BACS – payment is set up by you, through your bank, to deposit money in Debbie’s bank account (Lloyds Bank TSB/ account number: 01308128/ sort code: 30-97-55). It is very simple to do this and your payment will be made immediately.
Paypal – if you choose this payment, Debbie will send you a Paypal request via email.
Personal Cheque – cheques are made payable to Debbie Abrahams and sent to 26, Church Drive, Carrington, Nottingham, NG5 2BA
How will the parcels be sent to me?
Each parcel will be sent by Royal Mail. For UK customers, all parcels will be sent by Recorded delivery (signed for on receipt of package). All European and World customers will be sent parcels using Standard Airmail (not signed for). There is an option to have Special Delivery (guaranteed next day delivery for UK) or Airsure (fully tracked service for overseas), for all three parcels. There is an extra cost for this which is shown in the pricing table above.
What will be included in my materials parcel (three in total)?
Your three materials parcels will include enough yarn and embellishments to knit up the whole blanket. The yarns used for the project will be from the Rowan Autumn/Winter collection and will include several double-knitting weight yarns, plus Debbie’s own Fine Merino Wool DK.
You will be sent whole balls of yarn and packets of beads. If you have any left over, it is very important that you keep it safe because you will need it for other squares later on in the project. As a consequence, the quantities of yarn and beads in your parcels might differ, but in total you will have enough to complete the whole blanket.
Can you give me any clues as to what the theme is going to be?
It is important that the theme of the blanket is kept a “mystery” until you guess it yourself. However, Debbie can tell you that it will be a pictorial design which means that it will include some intarsia, as well as textured stitches , stripes and beading. And the colour palette is fresh, bright and colourful.
But what if I am a novice knitter? Can I still join the Club and successfully complete the project?
There will be two options for the same blanket design and everyone will be sent the pattern instructions for both options. Most of the squares will be the same for both options, but when there is a choice it will be clearly stated. Option one will include textured stitches like cables and knit and purl stitch patterns, intarsia colour work, fairisle colour work, stripes and some beading. Option two will include all of the above, but any fairisle and intarsia squares will be replaced by either stripes, beaded or textured designs.
What if I get stuck and need some advice?
In every mail-out there is an information page which gives lots of important information about the techniques that are used in the blanket. In addition to this Debbie also has a dedicated blog on her website for the Mystery Blanket which is updated monthly and includes extra tips and techniques that she feels will be helpful to you. Another place to get help is on the Ravelry forum. It is easy to become a member (if you have not already joined) and there is a dedicated thread for Debbie Abrahams Mystery Blanket through which you can “meet” other members and pick up lots of useful advice. You can also contact Debbie to ask a specific question by emailing her at email@example.com.
And do I receive any other benefits from being in the club?
As a member of the Mystery Blanket Club you will be entitled to a 10% discount on any of Debbie’s books, dvds and handknitting kits throughout the duration of the project.
And each month there will be a prize draw which all members will be entered into, with each winner receiving a gift from the range of kits, buttons, dvds, beads and books on Debbie’s website. Each winner will be notified shortly after the draw has taken place.
It is important to note some terms and conditions:
Information + Terms and Conditions: ·
+ The design of the complete project will remain a secret and will unfurl as you work through the piece. Please be aware that colours can look different on a PC screen or in a magazine than they do in ‘real life’. We cannot be held responsible if you decide that you do not like the design, colour or style of the piece.
+ It is your responsibility to ensure that you achieve the correct tension across your stitches when working through the piece. Failure to do so will affect the amount of yarn that you will use.
+ All efforts will be made to ensure that dye lots of the different colours are the same, but this cannot be guaranteed.
+ When posting to countries outside of the EU (inc. The Channel Islands) we are required to fill in a CN22 form which is attached to the front of the parcel. We cannot be held liable for any tax or duty that you may be asked to pay on the contents of your package should it be opened and investigated by customs officials.
+ The dedicated blog will be in place to guide you through the techniques used in the project. The project has been designed to help you learn some new techniques and discover a few neat tips, however we cannot be held responsible if you still struggle to grasp a technique and thus cannot guarantee the project as a learning resource. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that there are no mistakes either in the patterns or in the written word on the dedicated blog, we cannot be held responsible for any errors that may result in your work as a result of a mistake of this kind. Any addendums will be published on the blog as soon as they are brought to our notice and we will endeavour to email you (using the email address you have supplied on application) as soon as possible.
+ Patterns will be written using UK terminology.
+ Please protect the design and the exclusivity of the club by not photocopying or passing the patterns to a third party.
+ The first payment that you make to us acts as a deposit and a guarantee of your place in the club. As such the deposit will not be returned if you decide to cancel your membership. If you decide to cancel membership before the start of the project in January and a replacement member for your space is found, then we will be happy to return your payment in full. For those who pay the one-off payment (Plan B), there is no refund should you withdraw from the project. However, membership can be transferred should you wish to “sell on” your place to another member. The “selling on” of your kit is your responsibility and will not be managed by Debbie.
+ If you withdraw from the club, you will not be entitled to discounts on Debbie Abrahams kits and you will be excluded from monthly prize draws.