Fibre Muse Quarterly: The Giver Issue

My feature in the Fibre Muse Quarterly and why it means so much to me.


I wanted to write an Instagram post about this, but the longer I thought about it, the more, it seemed, I wanted to say about it. Hence, the blog post.


The incredibly talented Francoise Danoy of ArohaKnits has just released the latest version of her Fibre Muse Quarterly, a knitting e-book that showcases some amazing yarns and stories from some of the most inspiring people. Each quarterly issue focuses on a different “Fibre Muse” and I was lucky enough to get to be a part of the Giver Issue.


When I originally contacted Frenchie about being a yarn sponsor, one of the things we immediately bonded over was our mutual love for Lord of the Rings and New Zealand itself. I started this little business of mine almost immediately after coming home from a holiday to New Zealand with my husband, sister, and one of my best friends. It was one of the most incredible and memorable experiences of my life. I was working in a research facility at the time and being in the city was wearing me down. Working a high-stress job was wearing me down. Being in constant motion and around noise and activity and away from home was just wearing. me. down. Almost immediately after arriving in New Zealand, I knew what I wanted to do. I didn’t know how I was going to do it or what exactly it even was, but I decided that I wanted to live a more simple life focusing on the things that matter: family, friendship, making conscious consumer decisions, home-cooked meals, and, of course, slow knitting.


This brings me to why the piece that Frenchie has designed resonates so strongly with me. The pattern is called “Little Acts of Kindness”. She couldn’t have chosen a better name.


“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
           - Gandalf, The Hobbit


Something that is so wonderful about our knitting community is how we all work together to keep the darkness at bay. Whether it is by knitting a gift for a friend, supporting each other online and through purchases to small businesses, or just wrapping each other in warm sheepy hugs.

Frenchie designed this pattern to showcase that small acts can add up to great change. This is also the mantra that my husband and I live by. Sometimes the world seems so dark and we get overwhelmed by the desire to help but not knowing where to start to make the most impact. But small decisions to buy local, to stop by and give a friend a hug, to make a meal for a sick neighbour....these all go so much further than we realise.


Thank you, Frenchie, for allowing me to be a part of this incredible publication. If you want to get inspired too, the Giver Issue can be found here.


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