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creative activism #titsoutcollective

As I have said many, many times, one of my favorite things about my job is the community that surrounds the fiber industry, especially knitting, but truly the whole big ball of yarny folks!

I have been blessed enough to have experienced both the giving and receiving end of our creatively diverse and magnanimous group of fiber-obsessed humans. I’ve been a part of raising loads of money for Doctors Without Borders and organizing fun events where we broke a world record and just had a grand sock knitting good time. I watched over 2,000 of you re-sign up for our sock club when the merchant service company returned your money because they thought we were running a sock knitting scam. All of which happened because of the one-stitch-at-a-time tight-knit community that we are!! It’s a truly beautiful thing!

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So…when Countess Ablaze put out her call to action last week (I think it was last week. It’s all been a bit of a blur), I was thrilled to join ranks and add in my color voice to the over 250 dyers, designers and makers who are creating and donating and just being the colorful community we are. Also, how could I not be a part of something as wonderful as a #titsoutcollective ?

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If you do not know the whole story of behind “If I want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out” and “Shit Tea and Tray Bake” then you can read about it all on her blog. Basically, she created these two colors in response to misogyny and marginalization. And she donated a percentage of the sales to help and empower women.

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Recently it cane to her attention that one of our very own had taken liberties which her colorway. In response to this, Countess has asked all of us to create our very own version of  “If I want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out” using the colors she used but in our own style with our own creative spin on it.  We are all launching at the same time and donating to a charity of our choice.

I am a huge fan of the Countess’ whole ‘making lemonade out of lemons and then feeding the masses’ approach to these challenges! Taking the high road is not often the easiest path, but it is the most beneficial.  Also, at this point in time in our society, bringing people together in any way is a good thing!

A great big round of knitterly applause to Countess Ablaze for turning this whole copying thing right around with such a positive spin and outcome!!

So… my colorway take on all of this is: “If I Want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out ” is: “You’ve Been BREASTED!”

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I made it big, bold and bright (as I like to do)! I wanted as saturated and bright as I could get without losing any of the colors! I love the orange in this!

We are offering our “You’ve Been Breasted” colorway in the following bases (All three bases of Sock that Rock, Super Sparkle, Featherlight, Plushy and Cloud 9) for the month of July (starting Sunday morning July 1st) and we are donating $5.00 per skein to RAICES  to help reunite children with their families. There’s a slight chance we might bring this colorway back for Breast Cancer Awareness month and donate then too but honestly I just don’t know.

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I seriously LOVE this colorway (that orange and hot pink)!!! I think we are going to knit a pair of titties with tassels for the Countess and send them off to her.

Okay, I have to sign off and go pick up Toni from the airport and start packing the car for Black Sheep!!  Yay!! So excited! Can’t wait to see you all.

Remember, Sock Club members, your discount changes on the 15th of July!

There is still room in the School of Yarn!!

Have a great weekend!

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