This post originally was written for my June 5th newsletter and I felt it important to post here.
June's Color of the Month is here and is inspired by a beloved classic children's story Miss Rumphius written and illustrated by Maine's own Barbara Cooney. The story of Miss Rumphius reminds us all that small acts of love and kindness can create big impact. I especially love this story because it reminds us to always keep pushing to try harder and do better everyday and that our actions matter.
Some of you were a part of a difficult conversation on facebook this past weekend where I posted that White Silence is Violence. I appreciate those who supported me and helped me articulate my message. If that statement made you uncomfortable, I encourage you to dig into that and really think about the weight of that statement in support of black lives. Anti-racism work is deeply important to me and something I take very seriously.
I lean in to my love of reading to help me understand these difficult topics that trigger shame and privilege. Some books that help me in my journey include White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (which I believe is currently available for free download on Audible) and So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. I also am a big lover of stories to help understand difficult subjects as they allow us to develop relationships with people and give us empathy while understanding the nuances of difficult subjects. For that I recommend The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas and The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I'm currently reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins and it is giving me a lot to think about on the subject of of supremacy and privilege. If you have some books that have been meaningful to you in your anti-racism work, I'd love to hear about them.
If your thoughts when reading this are "you are a knitting site, this has no place" or "get back to knitting" then I recommend that you read the words of fellow knitter and blogger Gaye Glasspie aka GGMadeit, "Why I Can't Just Knit: The Story of A Black Knitter During Civil Unrest." When reading GG's words, I demand that you respect her space and do not ask her to do emotional labor for you, instead hear her words and understand how harmful statements like that truly are.
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Last weekend I made a donation to Black Visions Collective, a community-led program dedicated to Black liberation. I plan to make another donation this weekend. You can read more about their program, here.
As for the color of the month, I would recommend pairing this colorway with Lemongrass, Purple Rain, Lincoln Street, Conch, Wild Nights, Narwhal, Beauchamp, Blood Orange, Sugar Cookie, or Harvest.
This colorway is currently available on Spontaneous Sock in fingering and DK weight and Plush Single.
Use the link below to see them all. And don't forget I am still offering free domestic shipping, no code needed just choose the option at checkout.
As always, thank you for being here.
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