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Welcome to the Box of Hope with Longmont Yarn Shoppe 2024!!

Box of Hope 2024! 

What is a Box of Hope?

 

We all could use some extra hope and love these days, and there's no better way to bring it than through  our beloved craft projects made even better when they make a positive impact in the lives of others! With the Box of HOPE, you can make a difference in the world by supporting Handspun Hope—an organization committed to providing living wages for women artisans in Rwanda.

Within each of our 3 box options you'll find gorgeous skeins of Handspun Hope Ethiopian Cotton and Handspun Hope Merino Worsted dyed naturally by the women of Handspun Hope with plant dyes sourced in Rwanda. The 2 patterns included in Esther's Box of Hope are designed to perfectly match the yarn in your box!

In each box you will also find a delightful felted ornament crafted lovingly by members at Handspun Hope, plus a handmade Kitenge Bag from Kigali, Rwanda made by none other than the undeniably impressive entrepreneurial spirit: Grace herself who runs her own business making beautiful garments out of colorful fabric. All this is found in Esther's Box of Hope.  We've also included a delicious Tea Spot Tea (made right here in Boulder County) and some yummy salt caramels to savor while you work!

Make a powerful difference and select Virginie's Box of Hope - containing items chosen to shine light on hope, strength and perseverance. This special box comes with everything mentioned above PLUS the Lenz shawl a pattern designed by Sarah Solomon, perfectly matched to the three skeins of Handspun Ethiopian Cotton found in Virginie's Box!

Make an even greater impact this year! Select Grace's Box of Hope and show your support for these incredible women. Grace's box features everything in the boxes described above, plus a skein of Handspun Hope Organic Angora/Merino to create cozy cowl designed by Sarah Solomon specifically for the 2024 Box of Hope. There are also unique horn stitch markers in Grace's Box of Hope.  These stitch markers are handcrafted in Rwanda by a local artisan, using recycled cow horn that would have otherwise been a waste product. They perfectly accompany the natural look and feel of Handspun Hope  organic yarn, making them the perfect addition to any project.  Let’s stand up together and give hope where it is needed!

By joining us in the 2024 Box of Hope, you'll be part of something truly amazing. We are striving to empower women - and their families – by providing them with a meaningful job that brings both financial stability and an incredible sense of purpose. Our donation will provide for Handspun Hope's lifesaving actions; it's your chance to help make real differences!

  • One month of running water
  • One month of health insurance for a woman and her family
  • One day of staffing for the sheep farm
  • One tank of fuel for dyeing yarn
  • One trimester of school fees for one dependent child
  • One month's salary for a rabbit caregiver


It’s all about creating community...

Diana Wiley, the founder of Handspun Hope & Sarah Solomon, our 2024 knitwear designer, will join us via Zoom on Monday April 29th to share the story and mission of the Handspun Hope organization and talk about the patterns selected specifically for the 2024 Box. 

This 90 minute gathering will begin at 8 eastern, 5 central, 6 mountain and 5 pacific and will be recorded for viewing up to 1 week after aired. 

This is an exclusive offer – we have limited boxes in each tier available - order early to ensure the color and box of your choosing. 

Got Questions?

Check out the FAQS below – we may already have the answers!

The Handspun Hope initiative envisions entire communities freed from poverty.

Sarah Solomon

Sarah Solomon is a knitwear designer, writer and teacher based in New York City. With a background in woven construction and dressmaking, Sarah brings a love of details and fine finishing to her hand knitting designs and enjoys creating and teaching techniques that are simple to master but yield beautiful, long-lasting results. Her interests range from all aspects of traditional hand knitting to re-imagining ready-to-wear and machine-knit details for hand knitters. Sarah’s patterns and articles have appeared in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, knit.wear, Pom Pom Quarterly, and Vogue Knitting, and in collections by yarn companies large and small. In addition to her self-published work, Sarah has worked as part of the editorial team of Vogue Knitting Magazine and as Director of Knitwear Design for Harrisville Designs, a historic woolen mill in Harrisville, NH.

In her design work, she enjoys creating garments and accessories from exceptional yarns that are knittable, wearable and designed to last. Sarah is also an avid sewer and spinner and loves handwork in many forms.

Find Sarah’s patterns on Ravelry or her website, www.sarahsolomondesigns.com and follow her work on Instagram as @intothewool.

Diana Wiley

Diana Wiley is the founder and executive director for Handspun Hope in Musanze, Rwanda. Beginning with the employment of 10 widows in 2008, the organization now employs 209 at-risk women and a total of 157 employees in Rwanda. Prior to starting the organization Diana Wiley worked for Pitney Bowes, Inc. for 9 years, as a Regional Finance Manager. In her last 3 years with Pitney Bowes, Diana led the company twice as the top producer. Although her background is in corporate sales, she also previously ran her own design firm. In 2007 Diana left her success in the corporate world and founded Handspun Hope.

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Box of Hope FAQ

When will I get my Box of Hope?

Your Box of Hope will be ready for you to pick up or can be shipped to you after April 19, 2024

Will I get a new box every day in April?

You will get one box that you are invited to open immediately and cast on the project of your choosing, not a new box each day.

Is this like a Mystery KAL?

No, you’ll have yarn and patterns based on the tier you choose from the get-go. All patterns are designed by Sarah Solomon except for one, designed by Gail Sundberg-Douse. Both Sarah & Gail will join us during the online gathering for the Box of HOPE on April 29th. 

How will I get my patterns? 

You will have hard copy patterns in your box as well as download codes so you can add them to your Ravelry library. 

What is the date of the Zoom gathering?

Monday April 29th at 6:00 PM Mountain Time with Diana Wiley & Sarah Solomon

I’m a beginner – can I do this?

Yes! If you can knit and purl, and read a pattern, you can do this! There may be some new stitches, but we’re here to help.

I crochet – can I still participate?

Of course!  For those who choose Grace or Virginie's Box of Hope we have found 3 patterns on Ravelry that you can choose from. These boxes both contain 3 skeins of Ethiopian cotton- just let us know which one you like and your Ravelry name on checkout and we'll make sure you get it! We welcome you!

Easy Peasy Posy Shawl
Wrapped Up in You
Sunset Beach Shawl

How can I get my Box of HOPE?

You can order your box right now by ordering online here, calling with a credit card or in person at the shop. Keep in mind that there are limited boxes so order soon to secure yours.

What if I can’t pick up my Box of HOPE?

Let us know and we’ll make arrangements to ship it to you after April 19th.

If we missed your questions, give us a ring or pop by for an answer!