Photographing yarn like this is dangerous with Molly, beagle yarn thief, around. I often forget to leash her while I'm setting up, but fortunately, this morning, she was moving more slowly than I was. Perhaps that's because she's still in her gluten coma from last night, having sneaked a packet of naan off the kitchen counter. (It was quiet, Hoss. Too quiet.) ::: These lovely colorways are one-offs, inspired by Mary Poppins Returns and I've put them together in shawl sets for Strike Me Pink!, @karaleeharding's beautiful Mary Poppins inspired shawl. They're in the shop now, along with a bumper crop of sweater buckets, including preorders for the Stargazer bucket that @cuteknitter is currently enjoying. 🥰 ::: Now that the shop update is live, the rest of my Saturday is going to be full of listening to my audiobook, Valentine sock knitting from my favorite stripey dyer @muststashyarn, and beagle snuggles courtesy of Molly. Or shenanigans when she wakes up. ::: Hope your Saturday is likewise full of rest, reflection & knitting! ::: #littleskein #shophandmade #shopsmall #knittersofinstagram #knitting #lifeofamaker #smallmomentsofcalm #slowbusiness #placesyoucanknit #littleskeininthebigwool #makersgonnamake #beaglelife #marypoppins #marypoppinsreturns
This little bunny. ❤️ Velveteen was one of my very first kits and the pattern was created for me by the amazing toy designer @susanbanderson. Susan took a chance to work with my new business and helped bring to life my vision of books + knitting. The Velveteen Rabbit is one of my favorite stories, somewhere between a fairy tale and a fable. It follows a beloved, shiny stuffed bunny through his journey of becoming Real, having been loved so deeply that his fur has become tattered and his paws threadbare. To me, this little knitted bunny reminds me of the power of being vulnerable and letting yourself be loved. Love breaks us open and helps us embrace our busted seams and tattered fur. I've reimagined this little bunny kit with a hand-dyed speckle yarn and brilliant colored jacket. If you've never knit a toy before, it's easier than you think and this pattern is a perfect start. Everything is knitted on, so there are no fiddly pieces to stitch up. Ready to ship kits have already sold out (thanks so much mailing list subscribers!) but you can preorder one and we'll get to work dyeing, sewing and making. Thank you, Susan, for such a beautiful kick-off to my shop all those years ago. #makersgonnamake #littleskein #littleskeininthebigwool #susanbanderson #velveteenrabbit #shopsmall #shophandmade #knitting #knittedtoys #knittersofinstagram#lifeofamaker #slowbusiness
“… it is difficult to kill an idea because ideas are invisible and contagious, and they move fast.” —Neil Gaiman, “Art Matters.” :: The past week has shown me just how fast ideas can move. :: I am bearing witness to an important conversation happening on Instagram right now about racism in the knitting community. Links and easy reading summary are in my stories. :: The bottom line: Racism is hard-wired in us, from our institutions to the policies that govern our lives, even if we don’t want it to be. And unexamined racism hurts. :: As this conversation has unfolded, I have seen my sweet little business through fresh eyes. I see how centered it is on (my) whiteness. I think about my boy and what he sees: a white woman lifted up as the ideal. :: I can do better. :: I believe it is incumbent on me (and on others who make products that broadcast what our community looks like) to better represent our community. :: My Instagram world has changed for the better because of this conversation. :: Please join me. :: First, visit @booksandcables who has collected in her stories links to knitters of colors, many of whom “have worked twice as hard for a fourth of the credit” (to quote the beautiful @ggmadeit). Follow the makers whose work most resonates with you. :: I have always aspired to make #littleskein a place where everyone who loves knitting + books can find a bit of themselves reflected. :: In “Art Matters,” Neil Gaiman explains: “Fiction builds empathy. Fiction is something you build from 26 letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world, and people it and look out through other eyes. You’re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you’re going to be slightly changed.” :: I’m opening up a Q/A on my stories to ask you for book recommendations. Please tell me, and all of us, what we can read to better understand how to see the world through someone else's eyes. :: Bit by bit, I pledge to help dismantle the systems that privilege me. Because it isn’t pie, you know? More for people of color doesn’t mean less for me. :: I believe in better days ahead. :: Rules for commenting below.