Oops! It's been a bit longer than I had intended since my last blog post! We purchased and moved into our first home at the end of May, so I've been busy literally packing, moving, organizing, and rearranging, while I've also been thinking about the movement forward in our country and world. There's been a lot of change in my personal life as well as the world, and I've been thinking about what it means for me, for Snickerdoodle Knits, and for our community. Moving forward doesn’t mean going back. Moving forward means taking steps. It means action. It means changing from the present.⠀⠀ Before I continue any farther, I believe that Black lives matter, and I believe in equality for marginalized people. Although I haven't spoken about it in my emails, I have spoken and shared about it on my Instagram and Facebook posts and stories. If you're interested in some of the content I've shared, you can see my "Anti-Hate" Instagram highlights as well as some of the posts that I shared last week. I've also shared two links in my Instagram bio link that host lists of resources for anti-racism. Now, this isn't about what I've done in the past, and really this conversation isn't about me at all, but since you've trusted me space in your world, I do want to share where I stand in this movement and what I plan for the future.
Moving forward, I promise to listen more, read more, and research more. I promise to learn more about how our society works (and doesn’t work) and what I can do to change and improve the systems. I promise to use my voice in the voting booth, on my platform, and in discussions. I promise to do better in my everyday life, in conversations and interactions, to address/confront racism. ⠀⠀
In relation to Snickerdoodle Knits:
- I will return to sharing my knitting content, but I don't believe in "just getting back to knitting." I believe in inclusiveness for all fiber artists always. ⠀⠀ - I am donating 100% of my Ravelry pattern sale profits (for this sake, profits = sales minus the associated Ravelry and PayPal fees) from June to Equal Justice Initiative (an organization founded in 1989 that provides public education on America’s history, established a museum and memorial in Montgomery, actively works with marginalized communities, and advocates within the law system for equality), and from July to The Loveland Foundation (a foundation established in 2018 that provides financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking therapy). ⠀⠀ - I will work harder to collaborate with Black yarn dyers. I discovered that my location-based collections became very limiting, so I will also work to avoid that in the future. In my post on Instagram, I've also tagged some Black dyers that I am familiar with and highly recommend you follow. ⠀ ⠀ I sincerely hope that you also plan to move forward, enabling change, requiring equality, and establishing justice. I hope that we will all stand for our beliefs, see the gap, and stand in the gap. If you have recommendations for other ways that I can contribute as a small fiber-related business, I'd love to hear from you!
In other Snickerdoodle Knits news:
I have been working to have all of my new and existing patterns tech edited. As part of this process, I am also re-test knitting all of my patterns, and I have created knitting tutorial videos to accompany my patterns. When everything is ready, I will be re-releasing all of my patterns!
⠀⠀ Much love. ❤️❤️❤️