George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Three names too many. Three names in a long list. Black Lives Matter. Period. Structural racism is just that - structural. It doesn't go away just because you, with your own lived experience, can't see it. It doesn't go away because you're not affected. It doesn't go away. It doesn't.
For structural racism to be dismantled, for the chance to change anything, we have to start with ourselves, our own prejudices, our own innate racism, our own privilege. We have to do the work, yes, but we also have to stand up, speak up, stand in the gap.
Now is the time for action. Black folx and POC have been doing the heavy lifting on their own for too long. We cannot and should not ask any more of them. Now is the time to do the work, by stepping up, taking the time to educate ourselves, protesting, donating, standing in the gap.
To everyone asking what to do and where to start, we have put together some suggestions for anti-racist educators, authors and links to specific websites, accounts and posts. We want to repeat again - be respectful of them and their spaces. They are human beings, not resources. If you are learning from any of the people and organisations below and you are able to, please support them financially, particularly those who are sharing free content via Instagram.
One of my all-time favorite tasks when we get a new yarn in is to put together pattern and color combinations. And with Bérénice, De Rerum Natura's sustainably produced Mohair / Merino / Silk yarn (fluffy like a cloud!), the possibilities for patterns and colors are close to endless!
I'm thrilled to be back in this space, and with something really, really exciting at that! For the past year, I've been on the hunt for a sustainably-produced fluffy yarn - we used to carry Knitting for Olive's Soft Silk Mohair which is delightful, but also... everyone has it now? So I was looking for something that was a little out of the ordinary, but also responsibly sourced, and as it goes with anything that involves mohair and silk, that was really hard.
Cue De Rerum Natura, who secretly have been working behind the scenes at exactly that yarn I'd been looking for: An "as sustainably as it can get" fluff yarn that works perfectly for a broad range of projects, from whispers of lace shawls to holding it together with more substantial yarns.
Hi lovelies! A very, very warm welcome to our official pattern preview of Issue 10 – Heirloom. Our Fall & Winter 2023 issue is dedicated to pieces that we love to knit and wear for years, and years to come, and that then become true heirlooms. Passing them on to a beloved friend or family member or tucking them away for the next generation, or the right recipient to come along - these designs will truly stand the test of time.
We're a delightfully tiny team dedicated to all things sustainability in knitting. With our online shop filled with responsibly produced yarns, notions and patterns we're here to help you create a wardrobe filled with knits you'll love and wear for years to come.
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