Continuing in the spirit of transparency, things have been pretty fuckin rough around here! I feel a lot better about having finally gotten to share my experiences of working with MT with y’all. I am sad to see people not trusting or believing words from my colleagues, but I DO think that the good outweighs the evil here. I feel like I have said my peace regarding MT, and I can only hope that you all will continue to support the designers who have chosen to leave, listen to what they’ve said and BELIEVE IT.
In April, #bornandraisedknits turns 4 years old. Writing that out is kind of insane. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for four years. I feel like I am constantly taking four steps forward and two steps back, I’m sure my fellow small business owners know the feeling all too well. I want to do something special for my anniversary, and I have finally figured out what I want to do…more on that next week.
For now, I have decided to revamp an old pattern and re-release it today for the lovely little price of $3.50! The #dreamsiclecowl is a super fun and quick knit, truly the perfect spring-instant-gratification-project that is now available on @hi.ravelry. Additionally, now through Sunday, I am offering this pattern free of charge as a gift to anyone who signs up to become a Patron of mine on @patreon (see stories for details). I hope you like this little pattern, I have three more patterns coming out in the next three weeks and then I will be taking a couple months off to focus on teaching and traveling to your local yarn shops!
Again, thank you for your continued support and understanding. Much love to you all 💕
I have seen the comments from Megan, CEO of Making Things and I wanted to reaffirm my followers in my decision to leave the site.
I want to reiterate that I was once proud of being a part of MT, I think it’s important that I acknowledge that and don’t sweep it under the rug. I did a (currently unpublished) interview with Kristy Glass three months ago in which I detailed my love of the app and how many privileges I received as a featured designer there. I spoke of how honored I was to have been given a space to talk about size inclusive design. I am not going to pretend that I wasn’t excited about MT and all that it had “blessed” me with.
At the time, I didn’t see these privileges and special perks I was getting for what they really were. My whiteness got in the way of that. The opportunities given to me by the leaders of MT were not the same ones that were being given to my BIPOC colleagues. I should have looked around the room and saw my own white reflection staring back at me and realized I was in the wrong fucking room! There was no diversity and with no diversity comes little to no understanding, no inclusion and no dismantling of our racist societies. I should have recognized this as problematic right off the batt, but I didn’t and for that I am deeply sorry and regretful.
I have seen the true colors of the leaders behind this company and no amount of late and empty apology posts are going to bring me back to them. I don’t want to center myself in this fight nor do I want to pretend I wasn’t part of the problem at hand. I write this to urge you to believe what my colleagues have said. Read their experiences and TRUST in them. #whymakingthings #mtdesigner #knittersofinstagram #knittersoftheworld
I’m really excited for the #bardellinetop! It’s the perfect little spring number for your wardrobe. It will be released in the next few weeks—make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter to be the first to swipe up this beauty 😍💕🎉 love this #testknit from fiber babe @highfiberhabit! #bornandraisedknits
Last week I mentioned that some changes were coming to #bornandraisedknits. I alluded to my having made some mistakes and I am now ready to talk about them. Last year I made the choice to sign on with @themakingthingsapp. When I first wrote down what I wanted to share with y’all regarding what has become a giant issue, I read it back and realized what I had written was excuse after excuse. So I decided to keep it short and simple because transparency, as it has always been, is paramount in my business.
I have made the decision to leave Making Things as a designer and blogger. Over the last few months, as the fibre world had its much needed reckoning with racism, I waited and waited for MT to join the conversation. To not only share their stance but ENGAGE and take direction as an aspiring leader in our industry. It became clear to me that after an empty statement was posted on their IG and unthoughtful responses were written to very clear and warranted questions asked, that this company doesn’t share my values. I feel that they have tokenized marginalized peoples for their benefit and that the site is no longer a safe space for BIPOC. I cannot stand behind this company anymore. I feel like I bamboozled you all, my incredibly loyal and supportive followers, friends, family and customers and led you to a company that I feel cannot deliver on what they promised and who mislead many people in the fibre world. And for that, I am so sorry.
I hate that I have money from this company that was so generously given to me through your support. This is why I am pledging to donate funds I received from your referrals to my nonprofit — the BRK Retreat. If you signed up through me for MT and no longer wish to be on the site, please email me directly and I will gift you any pattern you were working on or worked on in the past, on Ravelry. I will also gift you another pattern free of charge and send you a receipt for a donation to the BRK Retreat Fund in your honor.
Thank you for reading and again, I apologize to those I may have hurt by being a part of MT. Please feel free to reach out to me if you would like to discuss these issues further.
I feel so thankful to have been raised by two wonderful people who always stressed the importance of inclusion and equality in life. Terry and Leon were the kind of parents who brought their little kids to anti-war rallies and protests. Some of my earliest memories are of protesting Bush’s presidency 😂 My dad encouraged me to march and volunteer every MLK day. He always stressed that the most important part of being Jewish was performing Mitzvot, or the individual acts of human kindness. My mom dedicated her whole entire adulthood to servicing the deaf community as a closed captioner. They let both their children go to a fine arts academy for high school. They didn’t hesitate when I told them I wanted to go to Parsons for college to get one of the most expensive degrees in America for fashion design. They supported us through many a musical theatre audition, dance lesson and styrofoam sculpting class. They visited us, cared for us and supported us when we moved across the country or to the other end of the world. My parents are fantastic. They are so supportive, loving and BRAVE. I have never encountered people who are so unabashedly SUPPORTIVE! I think about them every day, how much I want to be like them when I grow up—how I want to raise my kids exactly like they did. This is just a little gushing and memory time stamp for me to keep and to share with all of you. I love them so much and just wanted to celebrate them! It’s their anniversary today. I feel so lucky to call them my parents and to have the privilege of being raised by them. Happy anniversary, y’all! 🥰💖
The #sprinkledlindsay is finally blocked and I just had to show it off! This is one of my #layarncrawl patterns that will come out next month. I designed this top for @makeoneyarnco out of @sprinkledfibers gorgeous yarn 😍😍 it’s such a fun color melting project and knits up crazy fast. I cannot wait for yarn crawl this year 🙏🎉 If you’re interested in testing, make sure you’ve joined our #ravelry group (link in bio) to be the first to throw your hat in the ring! Testing will begin next week. #makeoneyarnco #sprinkledfibers
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I’m sorry if you thought I was done sharing photos of my #brionypullover testers—I’LL NEVER BE DONE!!! These two beauties come from the incomparable @ivyisknitting and @equivocalknits 😍 swipe for some lavender perfection!
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Pretty pumped about my next design featuring @oldrustedchair! I loved working with this yarn and knit this top up in just a few days 😍 The #bardellinetop comes out later this month 🥰🎉#oldrustedchair #turtlenecksarethebestnecks
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