Helen Giddens

On the 1st July 2018 over 200+ indie dyers (including me), plus notions and bag makers, and pattern designers will all be releasing a very special colourway, inspired by Countess Ablaze’s “If I Want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out” colourway, with at least £3 from every skein sold going to a charity of their choice. You may already heard about the #titsoutcollective initiated by Countess Ablaze (you can find her website here). But I thought I’d share the background here.

A while back Countess Ablaze was approached and asked to donate time and stock to charity for ‘exposure’ only, something that understandable as a business woman she declined to do. Obviously I don’t have the whole story to share of this encounter (you can find a little more here) but it resulted in the Countess creating two brand new colourways – “If I Want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out” and “S**t Tea and Tray Bake”. £3 from each skein sold of these colourways went to Women’s aid and the countess raises over £3000 for the charity.

However the story doesn’t stop there. Recently she discovered that an indie dyer, who had been seen previously to knit with the “Tits Out” yarn, has now recreated the colourway as their own. Now I am usually the type of person to prefer to give people the benefit of the doubt, and the countess has very kindly refused to ‘name and shame’, however after a bit of instagram research I believe I’ve found the dyer and the posts where they share the yarn, and it is blatantly a rip off of the original colourway. I also won’t be naming and shaming as it’s not my place to do so.

But rather than naming and shaming and potentially ruining this person’s career the countess has succeeded in turning it into a massive force of good. She has opened up the colourway to all indie-dyers. So as I said above over 200+ indie dyers from all around the world, from well established to tiny will all be releasing their version of the iconic colourway and donating at least £3 per skein to charity.

My version – “If I Want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out (In the Treetops)” will be dyed as a 70g sock sets with £4 from every sock set going to the Treetops Unit at White Lodge Centre. I’ve worked at Treetops on and off for the past 3 years, firstly as agency staff and more recently as bank staff so I’ve seen first hand the good that they do. Treetops provides overnight evening, weekend and school holiday respite care to children with complex physical disabilities, learning disabilities, Autism and challenging behaviour.

Follow this link for the Countess’s Blog Post about the Tits Out Collective for more info.

Tits out image sourced from Countess Ablaze Website.

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