What if you could have a project bag that would safely carry your knitting… made from high quality, upcycled fabrics AND help feed hungry families?
You can. Let me tell you a story…
After 10+ years in the retail industry, my husband and I became weary of the traditional economic model and in 2009 started our own knitting design business, The Sitting Tree.
Our adventurous spirit grew and by 2014, we decided to ditch the city life and make our own way in the world. With a trio of unschooled boys, an English setter, a black cat, and a flock of chickens, we built a cozy, off-grid homestead in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Making a living from our hands, close to the earth and each other.
Soon after, we came to a point in our lives and business where we craved something more. Not more stuff, but more meaning. While we were already making natural, eco-friendly products, we wanted to create something that would help make a difference in the world.
But we weren’t sure how to make that happen.
Until by chance (and after the umpteenth attempt at untangling keys from yarn in the bottom of my backpack), I needed a knitting bag.
I headed to the thrift store for fabric and ended up with a well loved flannel shirt and pair of sturdy canvas pants. I washed the clothes, cut them up for fabric and sewed myself a simple, yet beautiful drawstring bag. It worked perfectly… I could stow it away in my backpack and my knitting stayed clean. PLUS no more tangled yarn!
One evening while knitting around the bonfire, it dawned on me that the reason we shop at this particular thrift store is because it directly funds the local food shelf. And helping put healthy food on the tables of families in need has been a mission of ours since childhood.
This was exactly what I’d been looking to make for our handmade business. A one-of-a-kind, sustainable, beautiful yet useful product that knitters + makers would love PLUS be a way to give back to our community!
So I went back to the thrift store and created more Upcycled Project Bags for the shop.
It turns out you all love them as much as we do!
Love this project bag. It is currently holding my Be Simple Variations Shawl, it’s the perfect size. The upcycling to support locals is awesome. Keep up the good work and thank you. ~Karen from Maine
As we’d left behind our old lives for the new, it was time for a new business name as well. So back to the drawing board we went – aka – the bonfire. (So many good conversations happen snuggled around a crackling fire.)
And this word seemed to come up over and over again:
re·sil·ient | rəˈzilyənt | adjective
- able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.
- able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed: hello wool!
The word related to every aspect of our lives. From our adventurous move, to our dedication to living a natural, sustainable lifestyle, to the plants that we grow on our land, to the fiber I knit with, and the community we help serve.
So here we are today, Resilient Knitter. We’re going back to our knitting roots, with the same values as before, but a new sense of commitment.
We’re dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind upcycled project bags and knitting patterns filled with meaning and purpose.
When you buy an Upcycled Project Bag, your money works to do things like… Put dinner on the table for a hard working family who’s having trouble making ends meet this month or help keep textile waste out of landfills.
You’re also supporting a small family business.
Every. single. day. we’re grateful for the opportunity to create with our hands, live our best life and spread goodness out into the world!
We’re so glad you’re here.
Liz and Mike
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