I'm delighted to share a report of Little Skein's community support activities. This includes a full accounting of my Community Yarn Fund (donations received and grants given) as well as links to receipts for other promised donations.
The Community Yarn Fund provides my high-quality handmade knitting supplies to limited or low income makers while at the same time supporting my work. Contributions to the Fund are regranted, in the form of a gift card, to a limited or low income maker who uses the card to select products from my shop. I donate the cost of shipping, which makes contributions stretch a bit further.
Here's my report on the Community Yarn Fund activities:
|Date||Activity||Contributed||Granted||Little Skein donation||Fund balance|
|Project bags donated by Little Skein||$572|
|Shipping cost covered by Little Skein||$372|
|January & February 2020||46 donors||$1580|
|7 grants redeemed in person at Stitches West||$720|
|7 grants given to online shop||$860|
|March 2020||10 donors||$432||$150|
|April 2020||21 donors||$488||$425|
During two select periods in October 2019, I offered $1 shipping for my Rhinebeck collection which was promised to support Rachel Cargle's Therapy Fund for Black Women and Girls, which goes to help heal some pain of existing as a black woman living in America. I received just over 350 orders (or $350 worth of $1 shipping) and, on October 21, 2019, I rounded up and made a donation of $500.
Each of my Harry Potter-inspired yarns, project bags and other items are up-priced by $1. This extra dollar is matched by me and donated to The Trevor Project, an organization that provides a critical mental health safety net to LGBTQ+ youth. This up-pricing and donation is in response to the author's anti-trans politics and is done with recognition of and appreciation for the many trans and queer individuals who have found solace in the world of Harry Potter. I also donate $1 from each sale of my Love is Love stitch markers to The Trevor Project. On May 3, 2020, I made a donation of $140 which represented donations connected to the sale of these items.
As part of my Sweet Things kit which was inspired by arctic landscapes, I pledged to donate $3 per kit and/or pattern sold to True North Aid in recognition of the Indigenous people of the arctic. I sold 75 kits and/or individual patterns for a total of $225, and on October 27, 2019, I rounded up and made a donation of $325 Canadian (or ~$250 US).