Welcome to Spruce Knits.
Things probably look a little different around here if you’ve followed my blog for a little while. That’s because life has, as it does, taken a turn. We are in our new house in California now, the baby is growing bigger and bigger every day, and I am starting my own business! (Cue: Fan Faire)
So, may I say twice? Welcome to Spruce Knits.
Spruce Knits exists as a knitting design website with a humanitarian twist. It is impossible for me to work just for myself, without also helping make this world a better place. Especially now that my son is here. As knitters, no matter what our income level, we have a certain amount of privilege bestowed upon us. Just the fact that we can partake in this way of life shows that we, generally, don’t need to fear where our next meal is coming from, if the water we are drinking is healthy, or if we need to worry about shelter tonight. As knitters, a lot of us are also environmentally minded. We care about where we get our knitting materials, where the yarn comes from, how it was handled, exc. exc. A portion of every pattern I sell goes back to the world in some way, whether it’s raising awareness for environmental issues, or helping feed and shelter homeless people around our country. You can know that what you are doing, goes to something good. Every pattern will feature a different organization that it will sponsor.
Why can’t I just donate the money I earn on my patterns quietly, you may ask? It’s simple. I want to shine my small spotlight on the organizations that I donate to. These people do hard, and often thankless, work. If you have an extra dollar or two, I ask that you also send some of your love to them. They deserve our notice, and our support.
You may also ask, “are you trying to make me feel guilty of my life? I have struggles too!”I don’t want this venture to make anyone feel guilty. If anything I want us to realize how lucky we are and be thankful for the great lives that we get to live. This also isn’t a “who has it harder” thing. If you’re going through a tough time, sometimes it’s great to know that you aren’t alone. Spruce Knits exists to bring people, all people, together through the giving of ourselves and mutual understanding.
I can also understand if this sounds too “Pollyanna” for many people. Too much optimism. I am going to be frank, I am not an optimistic person. This venture is just as much for my personal need to see some good done in the world as there is the need for good things to happen. The more I read, the more depressing the world sounds right now. As a parent, and a woman who struggles with depression, we need all the good we can get.
Lastly, if you’re knitting one of my patterns, or anything that is meant to do some good in the world, use your social media tools and use the hashtag #knitsomegood. I really want to see what you’re doing. Use the tag if you want to show me some worthy causes that deserve attention.
I am so excited to be here. I hope you want to come on this journey with me.