Even though you don't "see" the way a project bag or yarn is made, I believe the way a business operates adds something intangible and important to the final product.
I'd like to tell you about the values that drive Little Skein and how they show up in the project bag or kit that arrives on your doorstep.
Art is powerful. It's important to me that creative work is valued and compensated as the centrally important and irreplaceable work that it is. I pay pattern designers competitively for the rights to publish their patterns, I pay illustrators for the commercial rights to their work, and I pay sample and test knitters.
Everyone should earn a living wage. I live and work in San Francisco, and so do my sewist and studio colleague. It's important to me that everyone who works for Little Skein earns a wage that is competitive and meets living wage standards, which is more than what minimum wage law requires.
Go beyond what's required. I want everyone involved with Little Skein to do well and be well. This extends from myself as the chief maker to employees and the creative makers with whom I work — and, most importantly, to the knitters who love my kits and products. I compensate makers as competitively as I can, set my retail prices at a point that, while still a luxury item, is do-able for most knitters, and adjust timelines and creative briefs to encourage, support and uplift my colleagues. It's important to me that we all do well together.
Lead by example. I care a lot about what’s happening in my community, both large and small. I believe in kindness, lending a helping hand and equality. My progressive values show up in the causes I support, in some of my kits, and in discussions I lead on Instagram.
To read more on the topic of fair compensation for makers and the approaches of others who inspire me, check out: