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Spark Business Grant: Vote for Dear Pru

Vote for Dear Pru!

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I’m currently 12th in a line of 79 Female Founders competing for SPARK’s Round 2 $10,000 Women in Business Grant… can I get back into the top 10 by next week?

Yarn Store passport cover

I published my first book!

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Dear Pru’s Yarn Store Passport: A record for intrepid Yarnaholics, Knitters and Crocheters is out now on Amazon. It’s not very expensive, and will fit in most project bags. A great gift for the yarny you know, and the ones you will befriend as you travel the globe collecting all the stamps and stickers at far-flung local yarn stores.

Spring workshops at Sunspun

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Dear Pru knitting workshops were hosted at Sunspun this September. The boutique yarn store in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs was filled with knitters learning to knit brioche, socks and Fair Isle- one class even included steeking!

Dear Pru Brand Expansion thanks to Pip Kruger and City of Charles Sturt

New Brand Toy Box

When I became the recipient of a Charles Sturt Business Development Grant this year, I wanted to use it to take my brand identity further, so as to better communicate who Dear Pru is as a business in my products and advertising. And I wanted to do it with a local creative businesswoman who “gets” me: Pip Kruger.

Don’t swatch.

Swatching is a topic that often divides knitters: when should you swatch? Pru argues there’s no need to knit a swatch…you can always frog it, right? Or gift it to a friend who will hand wash it and dry it flat in the shade every time.

Pictured: swatch for West Knits 2022 MKAL in NNK Yarns

Sustainability Stitch by Stitch

Knitting is a form of craftivism, a gentle rebellion against consumerism. Pru Raymond’s Knitting for Zero Waste Living series at Charles Sturt’s 19 on Green centre was designed to empower knitters to make sustainable choices, and opt out of a throwaway lifestyle.

Close Knit Community

Throughout July I’m teaching a series of Knitting Workshops with a Sustainability focus at 19 on Green, a Community Centre in the City of Charles Sturt

Just start somewhere

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Learning a new thing (like knitting) can be daunting… just start somewhere… but be prepared to adopt some tools and techniques along the way to keep going, along with a healthy dose of self compassion.