Proud to Celebrate Pride!

Last year, we started Pride Month off with a bang, featuring kits that made use of the same colors used in some of the most iconic flags in the community. We would like to take a second to walk down memory lane and talk about them with you - think of this as a Flashback Friday of sorts!

Inner Strength Slouch Knit
Named after the incredible amount of courage it takes to "come out" as transgender, our team assembled a slouchy hat utilizing the baby blue, baby pink, and white stripes found on the Transgender Pride flag on a background of black to pay homage to our trans siblings. The project was designed by our Bean, Amy Gunderson using 4 mini balls of Marianated Yarns Practicality Sock.

Love is Love Shawl Knit
Happily cheering on that loving someone, no matter your sexuality, is a wonderful thing, this rainbow-rific shawl made the gradient of the Original Pride flag a piece of cake (literally) by using Scheepjes Whirl in 759 Jumpin Jelly. This shawl also showed heart-shaped lace motifs, designed by our Bean, Adrienne Anila.

Love Wins Socks Knit
June 26th was a momentous occasion for all people within the LGBTQ+ community! The phrase "Love Wins" was plastered for all to see, flaunting rainbow motifs all around. These socks, filled to the brim with beautiful colorwork was meant to celebrate this day. Using 1 skein of Cascade Heritage and 6 mini balls of Marianated Yarns Practicality Sock, our Bean, Adrienne Anila, whipped this one up in no time!
Rainbows Reign Hat Knit
Rainbows have a pretty great track record of boosting our moods, maybe that's why we surround ourselves with them! The Rainbows Reign Hat took on this personality of being the sibling hat to the Inner Strength Slouch, which is kinda poetic when ya think about it. Using 6 mini balls of Marianated Yarns and 1 larger ball of Cascade Heritage, our Bean, Amy Gunderson, worked her magic!

Stitch Equality Shawl Crochet
Paying special attention to the 2017 Philadelphia Pride Flag with the added black and brown stripes, Amy Gunderson made this lovely star-shaped shawl special for crocheters! With an easy gradient thanks to Scheepjes Whirl, the contrasting colors worked in chevron stripes across the body, signifying the accomplishments that black and brown trans women achieved for the community.

For each kit sold, we donated 5% of the proceeds to further the fight for equality. In no way was this a sponsored partnership, and all funds collected were donated directly to the Human Rights Campaign.

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This year, we're paying homage to another group of people within the community (ahem, bisexuals, we see you!) with a lovely shawl, as well as more projects being loud and proud in their all-encompassing rainbow designs!

Lovingly named the 1978, Gilbert Baker Shawl, both the knit and crochet versions of this project come with over 600 yards of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and a limited-edition Pride Pin! Using the vibrant shades Madelinetosh is known for, our Bean, Amy Gunderson, designed something from the heart, bringing the origins of pride back into the picture with something fun, funky, and above all, fabulous.

You didn’t think that was all, did you?! Designed by Adrienne Anila, the Rainbow Warrior Socks are a love letter to the brave warriors of the LGBTQ+ community! The amount of confidence and bravery it takes to come out and be your true, authentic self is inspiring, which made designing these socks a no-brainer! Each kit comes with a skein of White Birch Fiber self-striping sock yarn, a limited-edition Pride Pin, and a download code for the pattern.

Designed by our own Bean, Adrienne Anila, we're so excited to announce the Both is Good Shawl! Signifying bisexual advancements within the community and the right to be attracted to both the same or different genders, we've put together a shawl fit for royalty, highlighting that being bisexual doesn’t mean you’re broken, greedy, or indecisive! Using deep shades of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock to best match the bi flag's colors, this kit also comes with a limited-edition Pride Pin!

The LGBTQ+ community is filled with unique, multi-faceted people who built a community out of a common ground. Pride is a time to celebrate these amazing humans for their courage, bravery, and ability to love themselves and others. In this blog, we're going to talk about the meaning and origin of one of the most iconic pride flags.

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Above: The Philadelphia 2017 Eight-Stripe Flag in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light.
From Top to Bottom, Colors: Onyx, Cold Drip, Blood Runs Cold, Citrus, Hello, Jade, Arctic, The Feels.

Color Representation:
Black: POC (Specifically Black) Pride and struggles
Brown: POC (Specifically Brown) Pride and struggles
Red: Life
Orange: Healing
Yellow: The Sun
Green: Nature
Blue: Serenity
Purple: The Spirit

Gay Pride Day:
Last Sunday in June. (June 25th, 2021)

The Philadelphia 2017 Eight-Stripe flag is a widely accepted version of the original rainbow flag. By adding the black and brown stripes to the top of the standard rainbow flag, they (the marketing firm, Tierney) drew attention to the issues of people of color within the LGBTQ+ community. This was one of the first variations of the flag that targeted specific people within the community to bring attention to their struggles and accomplishments. It was later redesigned to include the trans pride flag, rounding out the inclusion and progress within the community with the 2018 Progress Pride flag.

We can't celebrate Pride without honoring those who stepped forward. We owe a lot of our current pride events specifically to Black and Brown trans women. Being tired of the brutality they were facing and were targeted with, the 2017 Philadelphia Pride flag and subsequent version that incorporates the Trans flag colors are now used when speaking about important topics such as Black Lives Matter and current Pride events.

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Pride can mean a lot of things for a lot of people, and we recognize that some individuals are not yet "out" to their friends, family, or even themselves. Wherever you or a loved one are in your/their journey of acceptance or transition, we see you, we love you, and we support you. 

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