When we came up with the idea to host the #redmoonKAL in honor of Halloween and all things spooky, Tessa and I knew we wanted to bring in some knitters outside of ourselves to participate and knitalong with us. Enter 🌙 @theolivetreesandthemoon, @knitosophy and @lizamakesthings! Not only are these three knitters absolute colorwork QUEENS, they’re incredibly talented, kind, and embody everything BRK is about. We’ve been fans of theirs for a long time and were so pleased to use this KAL as a fun opportunity to get to work together. -
These babes are acting as our 🌜 KAL Leaders, which means they’ll be sharing their progress as they knit up their #redmoonsweaters as well as be around to chat with you about the KAL, pattern and color choices! All of our leaders are being compensated with free patterns and/or yarn support from our generous partner dyers as well as money. We are all about transparency so I wanted to write out a post about this and keep everyone in the loop/explain what I mean by a KAL leader!
Swipe through these gorgeous photos to see the color choices and progress from these amazing makers. Make sure you follow + support them! I guarantee you’ll find some fun knitting photos, general activism badassery and new patterns to boot!
Last but not least, there’s PLENTY of time to join in on the KAL! We have been so honored and overwhelmed by the reaction so far. Thank you to everyone who’s along for the ride! 🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑🌒🌓🌔Head on over to my bio to find out how to join and let’s get knitting!
I stopped wearing bras cold turkey almost three years ago. I have a wide rib cage in comparison to my bust size so I’ve never felt comfortable in bras and SOMETHING was always off. Being able to make my own and follow a pattern that gives you SUPER specific modification instructions was a dream. I learn SO MUCH from @jessssiemae every time I knit a pattern of hers. If you’re a knitwear designer or an aspiring designer, I cannot suggest enough how important it is to knit patterns from other designers. If you think you’re too busy, you aren’t!! Make time! Educating yourself is so important and this is one of the best ways to do so! You will 100000% become a better designer by doing this.
Now let me switch gears and talk about the amazing #frameworkbralette...
I don’t tend to show anyone my stomach much less the whole internet—unless of course it’s for the #yokeporn movement 😂 but I couldn’t help it cause I feel sexy AF in this design. @jessssiemae has knocked it out of the park, yet again! I made it with a camel silk blend from @ocean_bythesea which means it’s not as elastic, so I sized down for portions of the design. It’s by far the softest thing I’ve ever made and I can wear it in 90 degree weather with no sweating! I can’t wait to share more pics with y’all that aren’t crappy selfies, and I’ll make sure to post my mods to #ravelry too. This lil number comes out on the 27th and I think you should make 1 million of them. This is a great project for the #bipocmakealong2019! I have another amazing bralette test I’m wrapping up now that I’ll share later this week 🌟 thank you to Jessie for allowing me to test and trusting me with this stunning design. I’ve worn it (literally) every day since I finished which is why I’ve cast on another one to wear while I wash this one 😂🎉 #knitting #handknit #knitbralette #knittingpattern #knitdesign #jessiemaedesigns #handmadewardrobe #camelyarn
Have you ordered your kit for the #redmoonKAL yet? Swipe through to see all the stellar kits that @travelingyarn, @teenybutton, and @kindred.red conjured up for the #redmoonsweater! Full details on the KAL can be found over on our website (link in bio), and we have a thread in our Ravelry group with the details for each kit along with links to the dyers’ sites for easy access. Remember that if you can’t knit up the sweater pattern that you can join us by knitting the #redmooncowl 🌛🌝🌜
Keep an eye on our IGTV channel for tips, tricks, and tutorials - like how to do mirrored increases - throughout the KAL! #bornandraisedknits
This is about empathy. You don’t have to be a social justice leader to understand your faults, your racism, your fragility. You don’t have to be an educator to actively work to dismantle white supremacy, and the whiteness that you yourself benefit so greatly from. You don’t have to be any of these things, but you have to have empathy for others and a willingness to accept that your viewpoint and your perspective is not the end all be all. That the world doesn’t exist to serve you alone. That having an audience of over 100 thousand people means you have an incredible opportunity to do something good with your platform, instead of perpetuating the societal structures that continue to hurt BIPOC. Instead of victimizing yourself. Instead of centering your whiteness. Think of the responsibility that you hold and the people that hang on your every word, ready to celebrate you and defend you. Are those the same people who jump at the chance to attack the people of color who challenge you to do better? Is this something that you are okay with? Why are you here? What do you stand for?
These are the questions I ask of myself and other white people, especially those with large platforms. Where are you? I don’t see you. I don’t see your allyship. I am constantly questioning myself, my intentions and my actions. I don’t do the right thing, I mess up, I say stupid stuff, I hurt people, I apologize, I reflect, change, grow and most importantly: I take action within myself and in my life. It’s constant work and it doesn’t end, nor should it.
I thank the BIPOC who continue to lead and do the heavy lifting in this industry. We as allies are not doing our best. We are not even doing the bare minimum. I hope this can reach the eyes that need to see it, the white people who need that nudge. Here it is, I’m calling on you and myself to do better. [image description: terrier pup laying his head on a bed or Orangey, copper mohair knit up in a lace and ribbed pattern]
Have you knit the #redmoonsweater yet? Born & Raised Knits is getting ready to bring you a Red Moon Sweater KAL, partnering with some of your fave dyers to bring you stellar kits! Keep an eye out for more details soon. 🌜
This modded pattern was knit up by our Coordinator, Tessa, using the Pink Moon kit by @noxyarnco from the pattern release! #redmoonKAL #bornandraisedknits —
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It’s the first day of school here in LA and I’m thinking ahead to the Fall 🍁🍂 instead of releasing a new pattern, we’re revamping the #sonyatee to make it better than ever with new shaping and an overall better fit for all bodies! We’ve also added two new sizes AND we’re releasing the pattern in DK weight as well as fingering (pictured here). We’re about to start testing but still need a few more talented knitters to join in on the fun! Head on over to that link in my bio and sign up via our #ravelry group now. #kindredred #bornandraisedknits #yokeporn
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Just wanted to give more love to my #LaurenTank testers and share photos I hadn’t yet!! All of these people worked so hard on this pattern and truly made it the best it can be and I’m indebted to them. You can get this pattern now on #ravelry for $6.50-$10! Use whatever promo code you want to choose your own price. 🍊🍋🍊🍋 And make sure to check out @valkyrie_fibers for kits to make your ultimate citrus-inspired tank! #bornandraisedknits #valkyriefibers
On a completely different note, if you’re struggling with what to do in light of recent events, I highly suggest donating to or looking into volunteering for the @splcenter. They work to combat the radicalization of white peoples in America to stem the rise of Neo Nazis and domestic terrorists. This is a racism issue first and a gun control issue second. We fight against this with education.
If you want to contact your senator or government officials, I’ve posted a video in my stories on how to do so with an example of what to write to them. We have been at a tipping point for a long time, and it’s time to swing the pendulum in the other direction.
Today’s #LaurenTank tester photos are all about layering 😍😍 I love how these two awesome babes styled the top with their #ripplebralette projects. There are so many ways to style this pattern and I love seeing it combined with this awesome design 😍🎉💕 The Lauren Tank and @valkyrie_fibers kits are available now! #bornandraisedknits
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