I'm super excited today to introduce you to Sara and her amazing shop Sans Limites Crochet!
Sara sent out an e-mail recently to folks who have purchased patterns and fin ished items from her, letting us all know about an AMAZING opportunity she's been given - she's going to intern with Krochet Kids in 2012! To celebrate, and to help pay her bills while she's working with Krochet Kids, she's offering up some super amazing sales and deals in her shop!
To celebrate her, I wanted to share with you all a bit of her e-mail, and a short interview she granted me last week!
I started to crochet when I was nine, and for all who know me, you will agree I'm a bit obsessed. I started Sans Limites Crochet in 2007 and it has grown slowly but surely through the years in between midterms, modern dance rehearsals, and journeys around the world. I recently applied for an internship with a company called Krochet Kids International... and I got it! This internship is absolutely one hundred per cent a dream come true, and I can barely contain my excitement!
Krochet Kids is a company that sells handmade crochet and knit hats and accessories. These items are made by women living in poverty - primarily in Northern Uganda and Peru. Working for Krochet Kids gives these women a guaranteed income and as part of the company they are given business classes so they can use that money in a way that will someday lift their family up out of the grips of poverty and help their own community. Buy a hat, change a life. On their website you can learn about the women that have made your hat and track the progress of them and their family. You can learn more about the Krochet Kids mission on their website, www.krochetkids.org.
In the summer of 2010 I was lucky enough to be able to spend a month in Uganda, and it changed my life. The people of Uganda have lived through a terrible civil war where entire towns have been attacked by the Lord's Resistance Army. Uganda is a country that has lived through child soldiers, rape, mutilation, murder, war, poverty, AIDS, a lack of healthcare, a lack of education, even a lack of food and water.
During my time there I visited orphanages where hundreds of children are growing up without parents, in poor health, and overcoming unspeakable hardships. Every time I stress about the worries in my life, I think back to the people I met there and I am endlessly inspired. My time in Uganda was the most inspiring of my life, and I can't wait to contribute to a company working to make a difference there!MK: How did you first hear about Krochet Kids?
I saw their commercial while I was staying up stitching with the TV on one night. Anything that mentions Uganda grabs my attention, because I've been there, and then they started talking about crochet at the same time - it was too good to be true! So I grabbed my laptop and checked out their site!
MK: How did you get hooked up with an internship for them? How long is the internship?
They had information on their internships online. I was especially excited about the design internship position because there's nothing I love more than coming up with new knit and crochet designs! I applied online, and then sent them some of the hats I've made. I got a call from them on my birthday and they told me I got it - best birthday present EVER.
MK: What will your internship entail, and what do you hope to do afterwards?
As part of the internship I get to spend my days working under the design team and Adam Thomson tracking knit and crochet trends, crocheting/knitting/and sewing possible future products to be made by the ladies in Uganda, helping with quality control needs in the warehouse, and other general intern duties like attending any Krochet Kids events in the area and helping with packaging and shipping and all the other bits of work that need to get done. I'm excited!
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Because the internship is unpaid, Sara is raising funds through her shop - and let me tell you, she's got some great pieces and patterns for sale!
Knitters, check out these patterns like these four - perfect for holiday presents!
Crocheters, patterns like these will fly off your hooks!
And when you purchase something from her shop and use the coupon code INTERN you get an extra 10% off!