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 matters. I believe as Neil Gaiman does: ideas are invisible and contagious, and they move fast. Reading, enjoying reading and using your imagination ripples out into the world in powerful ways. Art changes you, and in turn you change the world for the better.
Everyone should earn a living wage. It's important to me that creative work is valued and compensated as the centrally important and irreplaceable work that it is. I live and work in San Francisco, and so do my sewist and studio colleague. 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:
- The Yarn Harlot's explanation of why she pays sample knitters
- #FairFiberWage discussion initiated by Abby Franquemont
- Space Cadet Yarn's discussion of their flexible work arrangements