If I want exposure I'll get my tits out: On the Mersey the TitsOutCollective!

So on the eve of the launch of the Tits out collective, I thought I’d pop a blog post up explaining who my chosen charity is, as well as why I decided to take part.

First off, when I first saw the Countess shout out for collaborators – I knew immediately I wanted to be involved. This type of thing is what I want in my community – positivity and collaboration. Anyone who has talked to me about my business or the fibre industry knows that I am a big subscriber to the notion that we are more powerful when we work together than apart. The saying, “A rising tide lifts all boats” (credit to the Fibreboss collective for that saying) has been ingrained in everything I try to do, particularly in my unit at Red Brick Hangar. I stock and champion other dyers, if someone is looking for a recommendation, I’ll give the best one possible even if it isn’t my own yarn. To me that is what being part of this community is about, sharing, collaboration, and supporting one another.

Now as my mum has always said, “there is good and bad everywhere – that is just life” and sadly the fibre industry and hand dyed industry is no different. There are cliques, there are copycats, there is a negative side as with any industry…

So to see someone as big and as influential as Countess Ablaze turning what could be a negative situation into an opportunity to create positivity, and a way to raise everyone up together, and raise money for charities all around the world…

Well f**k yeah! That is right up my street! And within 24hrs, the idea for “If I want exposure I’ll get my tits out… On the Mersey” was out of my head and onto yarn!

I also knew pretty much straight away which charity I wanted to donate too – and that was The Venus Charity (and centre) and here is why…

The Venus Centre works with Woman and Young people to provide them with the life skills to succeed, they provide counselling and support when needed and do invaluable work in my local community. In an age of cuts and austerity they’re working hard in areas where many women and young people lack opportunities and support. As well as this, they provide counselling services, I was lucky enough that when I needed therapy and counselling on the NHS, that my circumstances meant I jumped to the top of the waiting lists. I know that this is not true for the majority of woman, and having another place offering free and confidential support is invaluable.

So tomorrow when I release my pre-orders* for “If I want exposure I’ll get my tits out: on the Mersey”, £4 of every 4ply skein and £3 of every DK skein will be donated.

* why pre-orders? Well I accidentally used all my fluorescent yellow dye on the sample skeins… and I had to order more… from the USA… and it only arrived yesterday!


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