Knit Knit Revolution
The front closer up:
(I'm missing a few buttons so it's pinned at the bottom, but you get the general idea.)
The next few scarves are going up for sale on my etsy shop. They are made with be sweet Magic Ball yarn, which is made by a collective in South Africa that gives jobs to women in an area that has a 75% joblessness rate. The yarns are all hand-dyed and hand-tied together.
Be Sweet works with several job creation groups that give artisans the confidence and the means to support themselves and their families in otherwise economically depressed regions. The groups have grown to include almost 200 artisans, mostly female of the Xhosa tribe who live in Cape Town and the Eastern Cape. Many of the women now depend on the work for their survival and with the help of creative program directors, the artisans are in stable enviornments where they can earn a fair wage, learn new skills, and enjoy their work. This makes a huge difference in a person and a community.
I am also going to be making stuff with the recycled sari yarn from India that comes from women's collectives that do the same thing, but in India and not Africa.
So all you yarnies out there go spend your money (I know $32 a ball seems expensive, but think of the people you're helping out by buying it!) at be sweet and help out the women working at the collectives in Africa! And those of you who don't knit, well.....