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 puts my high-quality handmade knitting supplies in the hands of 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. 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|
|May 2020||12 donors||$338|
|June & July 2020||14 donors||$341||$38|
In August 2020, I donated all ticket revenue above speaking fees for my Sock School workshop with Aja Barber to the Loveland Foundation. On August 18 2020, I made a donation of $400.
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).