So on December 1, 2009, we launched the Independent Designer Partnership Program…which means it’s one year old this week! I’ve been so excited to see this program grow & grow – as of today, there are over 700 patterns now in the program. It looks like it’s been a big hit with both designers & customers, as each month we get over 100 pattern submissions and the pattern sales are going through the roof (we sold over 11,000 IDP patterns in November alone!).
And not only that, we added our 300th designer to the program this week and I’m thrilled because she is has been one of my favorite deisgners for a long time – Rebecca Danger!
I’m so addicted to cute & unusual toy patterns toy (er, if you couldn’t tell from some of my previous blog posts) and Rebecca’s are my very favorite (I even started the Danger Crafts group on Ravelry. Yes, I’m a nerd). I have at least 5 Danger Crafts toys sitting on my desk watching me work and I think I need to add another one to the collection:
It’s Louie the Lovebot, the Danger Crafts IDP pattern! And I love the little stories Rebecca has on all her patterns – here’s Louie’s:
Louie was suppose to be a cleaning robot, like Rosie on the Jetsons, but the lab he was created in had a delay in programming him with his cleaning skills. Instead Louie sat over a long three-day weekend and discovered a bunch of old black and white romantic movies and watched them for hours. When the scientists came back to the lab to do the Louie’s programming, Louie’s hard drive was so full of love stories that he has never been able to be programmed correctly. Now all Louie does is try to make a romantic love story out of every daily event!
Best of all, he’s shown knit up in different colors & yarns – for instance you could have the cheeful Masala & Tumeric Wool of the Andes Bulky version shown above…
…or maybe a more smaller robot-y colored one in Palette Ash & Salsa Heather…
…or a cuddly one in Crayon Beach Glass & Fiesta…
…or even a sweet loveable one in Comfy Flamingo & Pomegranate!
The possibilities are endless in color and yarn weights. I can’t wait to pick out my own robot colors!
Also exciting news – Rebecca’s book s is being released in January! Yah for more cute monsters! We have a sneek peak up on our site too.
And I just might have some copies to give away right here on the blog in January – if you can pry them from me!
If you love Louie & want to see more of Rebecca’s patterns, check out her patterns in her etsy store – they make great gifts for anyone on your holidy list.
Thanks again for all of your support of the IDP program! I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!