KnitWittsbyPaulette

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Announcement    SPREADING YARNS, LOVE & LAUGHTER AROUND THE GLOBE.

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Last updated on Feb 19, 2019

SPREADING YARNS, LOVE & LAUGHTER AROUND THE GLOBE.

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Paulette Lack

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About KnitWittsbyPaulette

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Spreading yarns, love & laughter around the globe.

I FOUND YARN and THE JOURNEY BEGAN!!

I was an educator for 20 years. Life changed, as it does, and I found myself delving into my creative spirit. I began knitting and loving every moment of it. I love the textures, the colors and the making beautiful things out of string. I especially like making my fingerless mitts. They are practical and FUN!

Fibers now inspire my journey. In November of 2015 I traveled to Peru for the first time, in search of women who are experts in spinning, knitting and weaving. As it turns out, textiles, the process of spinning, dyeing fibers, knitting and weaving are an integral component to the Quechua culture (the indigenous people of Peru).

I was very fortunate to have been introduced to Washington Gibaja Tapia (Washi) from Ollentaytambo, located in the Sacred Valley of Peru. During my travels to Peru in November 2015, Washi introduced me to one of the communities in the Andes above his birthplace of Ollentaytambo, the community is Rumira Sandor Mayo, at 13,000 ft, above the town of Ollantaytambo. He also introduced me to a community that maintains its traditional Quechua ways, the community on the Island of Taquile located on the highest lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. Both communities are trying to maintain their traditions and yet survive in an increasingly modern world.

In the the Sacred Valley community of Rumira Sandor Mayo (RSM) the women of the community want to sell their wears, because textiles is what they know and they are masters of the tradition. But for RSM, their remoteness and the altitude are major obstacles, they are WAY OFF the tourist beaten path in Peru.

So, we have developed a relationship in which I visit the community of RSM a few times a year, purchase their beautiful textiles and then sell the textiles. Our relationship continues to grow, and the next step is to create a formal business for the community, a licensed business. A business means that they can sell in markets, maybe have a store someday. This is our goal together. Our dream also includes being able to provide education for the children beyond 6th grade. Currently, this is all that exists in RSM. As with all parents around the world, the mothers and fathers want a good future for their children.

In September of 2017, we will move forward with our business endeavor. With your purchase, the survival of these communities and the dreams of the parents for their children to have a productive future can come true. We thank you for your support.

Have a sparkly day!
Paulette

Shop members

  • Paulette Lack

    Owner, Designer

    Paulette fell in love with yarn and knitting in 2013 and delightfully this love has taken her on a journey of self discovery, as well as, the connection of handmade around the globe. Designer, entrepreneur, supporting handmade around the globe!

  • Nancy Huata Yucra

    Designer, Knitter

    Nancy and her extended family live a traditional Quechua life on the Island of Taquile, on Lake Titicaca, Peru. We work together creating accessories that reflect their amazing knitting tradition with ethically made, beautiful accessories.

  • Hermengilda Quispe Cruz

    Maker

    Hermengilda is a member of the community of Rumira Sandormayo (RSM) located in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Knit Witts works directly with 13 women in the community. The woman of RSM are master weavers. Their weaving tradition is pre-columbian.

Production partners

  • Planet of Kids Foundation

    Nepal

    Through the selling of handmade crocheted hats, and other crafts, Planet of Kids Foundation, helps fund and support missions for safe water, basic sanitation and health education in remote villages in Nepal.

  • Rumira Sandormayo

    Ollantaytambo, Peru

    Rumira Sandormayo (RSM) is located in the sacred valley of Peru. Knit Witts works with 12 women from RSM. The women grow up with the tradition of weaving that pre dates the Incan empire, is actually pre-columbian. The woman and Knit Witts work together to design products celebrating their weaving.

  • Taquile Island: Extended family of Nancy Huata Yucra

    Taquile, Peru

    Knit Witts partners with Nancy's family and her families Quechua tradition of hand knitting. We collaborate in designing hand knit products that combine the beautiful tradition of hand knitting and the intricate color work this region is known for, to create ethically made, natural accessories.

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Last updated on Dec 15, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Yes. Knit Witts does custom orders. Please email me at paulette.knitwittsbypaulette.com or send me an ETSY CONVO

Gift wrapping and packaging

Yes. Please send me a note in your order or send me a convo/email.