The Story of Mum's Sweater

The Story of Mum's Sweater

  My Mum was an accomplished knitter, especially with beautiful yarns. I guess that is where I inherited my passion for knitting and my love of luxurious wool. I first discovered Brooklyn Tweed in 2014 and have been an enthusiastic knitter of BT patterns and yarns ever since. In 2016, I knit “Trailhead Cardigan” by Véronik Avery in Loft held double in colour Blanket Fort for my dear Mum. It fit her beautifully; she loved it and wore it often until her recent passing at the ripe old age of 97. A life enjoyed and very well lived. After Mum’s...

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Part II: Crafting Freedom by Ra Malika Imhotep

Part II: Crafting Freedom  by Ra Malika Imhotep

What if I told you there was a thread, unspooling itself across time and space, between 19th Century slavery abolitionists like Anna Murray Douglass and Sojourner Truth and the work of modern scholars, activists and artists working to abolish the prison industrial complex? While the political linkages may be obvious and the social, economic and environmental stakes of both struggles have been laid out by previous blog posts in this series, I am talking about a literal thread -- the material of craft. Although the dominant representation of the relationship between enslaved Africans and cotton is the agricultural labor of...

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Part I - Reckoning with the Narrative and the Land by Teju Adisa-Farrar

Part I - Reckoning with the Narrative and the Land by Teju Adisa-Farrar

Stories are powerful. They have been part of human civilizations since time immemorial. They shed light on cultural values, and reveal what is important in our societies. In education in the United States, we often only hear one side of stories. In fact, some stories are untold intentionally because they make us feel uncomfortable and show the ugly sides of this country. The uncomfortable truth is that often the stories we don’t tell are the ones that have contributed directly to making this country what it is today. We must understand there is no single-story, and creating access to more...

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The Legacy of the U.S. Cotton Economy by Sha’Mira Covington

The Legacy of the U.S. Cotton Economy by Sha’Mira Covington

The history of cotton in the United States is complex and racialized. To fully understand cotton from a historical perspective, both European colonization in the Americas and African enslavement must be contextualized. The history of cotton in the U.S. includes the hoarding of Native land resources and the exploitation of free slave labor. Additionally, from a sociohistorical perspective, the legacy of cotton presents a record of human activities and the effects of those activities. For example, chattel slavery in the U.S., was primarily used for cotton production, meaning that human beings were treated as property, sometimes worked to death, and...

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Apart Together - Designer Support

Apart Together - Designer Support

Our hearts are bursting and our LYS partners are over the moon with the outpouring of support and care you all have shown through our Apart Together initiative. Whether by purchasing sweater quantities from open shops, allocating your BT buys to shuttered stores, or simply sharing this initiative with your social circle, you have played an active role in bolstering small businesses and easing the stress of so many fiber friends.  In the first waves of COVID-19, our shared community rushed to safeguard cherished local yarn stores who were flailing. Through your impactful efforts, you have amassed over $95,000 to...

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