We here at Dye Mad Yarns value workers and their labor, and while "we" are an individual, we believe in solidarity with workers the world over. So, as a reflection of that solidarity, we have put together an ongoing fundraiser for strike funds for striking workers we're calling Picket Twine (as in, "Don't Cross the Picket Line" but a yarn pun). Picket Twine will change colors with the strike fund we're supporting at the moment, and our first Picket Twine of 2022 is in support of the United Steel Workers on strike at Special Metals in Huntington, West Virginia.
About 450 Special Metals workers in Huntington walked out on October 1, 2021. Health care is among the biggest issues in the contract talks as the union tries to avoid paying more for a higher deductible insurance plan.
Special Metals' parent company is owned by Warren Buffet, among the richest men on the planet, and his wealth has only increased during the pandemic, and his company that owns Special Metals has increased their profits to the tune of $6 billion last quarter. Yet, despite these increased profits, they have been refusing to negotiate with the workers that make them their money. You can learn more about the specifics of this strike through our friend at The Holler, John Russell - he did a video about this strike back in November.
Our plan here is to donate weekly-to-biweekly until the strike it over, and then support a different group of striking workers with a new colorway.
If you're interested in supporting these workers, but don't necessary want to buy any yarn, you can find the strike fund here!
Picket Twine (Jan '22) is a blend of navy blue, deep red, and gold, and mixes of those colors.
Clever-as-hell name suggested by Christina D!!!
Hattie Floof: 50g, 459 yards, 72% mohair/28% silk (lace weight)
Chester Sock: 100g, 437 yards, blend of 75% superwash merino/25% nylon
Gladys Shawl: 100g, 438 yards, single ply blend of 70% superwash merino/30% silk
Tortie Sport: 100g, 287 yards, 80% alpaca/20% silk
Minnie DK: 100g, 246 yards, 100% superwash merino wool
Genny Worsted: 100g, 191 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% alpaca
Chubby Trevor: 115g, 136 yards, 100% superwash merino
Chunky Trevor: 100g, 76 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% nylon, single ply