Happy Valentines Day to all my fellow knitting and crochet pattern designers!
This Valentines Day I want to share what’s been in my heart and mind for the past few weeks. I know there is a discussion happening around racism within our maker community. I feel for fellow POC knitting and crochet pattern designers who directly and indirectly had to deal with injustice. My heart goes out to you. That being said, I’ve been very fortunate and have been treated very nicely by fellow makers regardless of race. Ever since I started this journey on Instagram, I’ve felt such a strong sense of community. Everyone has always been kind and helpful. However, I experience issues daily because I am a POC and mom in this community of knitting and crochet designers.
Knitting and Crochet Pattern Designing as a POC
As a POC knitting and crochet pattern designer, I have to show up more on social media to be seen. I have to work twice as hard to be noticed by large companies. My own voice has to be louder because many bloggers in this community do not look or sound like me.
Knitting and Crochet Pattern Designing as a Mom
As a mom, I also struggle to keep up with pattern designing. It’s hard to find a balance since real-life duties take priority. Adulting usually involves cooking, laundry, cleaning, and dealing with my temperamental toddler and all his growing needs. Often my crochet and knitting designs take an entire month or two to become a reality. Yes, even the simple accessories. I know I’m not alone in feeling this way!
Here’s my solution for helping all of us gain more visibility and have a powerful voice in the maker community. I want to have a Sip’N’Stitch type Instagram Live every week with a fellow POC knitting or crochet designer. Knitting moms and crochet moms (regardless of background) are also invited for these Live series. We can discuss all things knitting and crochet pattern designing as moms and/or POC.
Benefits of doing this Live series
- More eyes on our content: My followers will get to know you and see your content and your followers will get to know me and see my content.
- Increase our chance of collaboration while fostering a sense of community and togetherness.
- Make more friends in the maker community – this is one of my main inspirations for starting this series, it gets lonely especially as a mom!
- A chance for us to share knowledge, resources, and our experiences so we can grow our businesses/brands.
My intention is to be inclusive and inspire fellow POC and mom knitting and crochet designers. One way to do this is by having real-time conversations about real-life making.
If you’re interested you can fill out the form below so I can get a better idea of who you are and what your brand is all about! I can’t wait to hear from you!
POC Makers/ Mama Makers Live Series Form
If you have any questions about this series please e-mail me at [email protected]
If you’re looking for a new wip, you can enjoy my free Tunisian Sweetheart Scarf Pattern here.