The Box of HOPE is all about using your love of craft to bring hope to the world. Given the challenges of the past 18 months, we can all agree that the world could use more hope and love.
This year we are supporting Handspun Hope, an organization that provides hope through living wages for the artisans of Rwanda, by including three skeins of their incredible yarn in each Box of HOPE. You’ll get two skeins of Handspun Angora (a sportweight blend of 50% merino and 50% angora) to knit a reversible crescent-shaped shawl and one skein of Organic Merino Worsted to knit a pair of fingerless mitts. Both patterns are designed by our knitwear designer friend Ann Budd. You’ll also get a sweet, felted ornament by Handspun Hope and a small gift from LYS.
Handspun Hope yarn is humanely sourced from their own flocks of bunnies and sheep. The fibers are handspun and hand-dyed in baths created from primarily native Rwandan plants.
A portion of the proceeds from each Box of HOPE will go directly to Handspun Hope to provide:
It’s all about creating community…
Diana Wiley, the founder of Handspun Hope, will join us via Zoom on Monday, December 13, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm Mountain Time. She’ll share the story and mission of the Handspun Hope organization.
Ann Budd, the designer of the two knitting projects included, will join us via Zoom on Monday, December 6, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm Mountain Time. Ann will be available to answer questions about the patterns and host an online KAL.
This is an exclusive offer – only 12 boxes will be available.
Price A Box of HOPE costs $240 and includes three skeins of handspun yarn, two patterns, an adorable ornament, a gift from Longmont Yarn Shoppe, and a whole lot of hope for the artisans of Rwanda. You can purchase your box online here, or call the shoppe to order over the phone at 303-678-8242.
Check out the FAQS below – we may already have the answers!
The Handspun Hope initiative envisions entire communities freed from poverty.
Founder of Handspun Hope
Author / Teacher / Designer
Will I get a new box every day in December?
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 two patterns from the get-go. Both patterns are designed by Ann Budd, who will join us during one of two online gatherings for the Box of HOPE.
What are the dates of the gatherings?
Monday, December 6, at 6:00 pm Mountain Time with Ann Budd
Monday, December 13 at 6:00 pm Mountain Time with Diana Wiley
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! We can help you substitute the two knitting patterns for appropriate crochet projects. We welcome you!
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 only 12 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 November 19.
If we missed your questions, give us a ring or pop by for an answer!