I have officially opened up my little hobby store: the knitting primate. Really it is a store in two parts. There is an etsy store where I sell small hand knit items designed and made by me; and there is a ravelry store where I sell knitting patterns (sometimes of items I have for sale on etsy) for those other knitters out there.
75% of all profits from the knitting primate will be donated to a charity of my choice. That charity is currently the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI). OFI is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of orangutans and their rainforest home. You may remember the organization and it’s founder, Birutė Galdikas, from the documentary Born To Be Wild. See below for a snippet from their website, or better yet, visit there website
As most of the people in my life can attest to, I knit a lot. I can no longer watch TV without working on a project; I take my knitting with me in the car, on the bus, on the plane, and sometimes even while walking: I knit while I read, while in class, while socializing; while doing pretty much anything that doesn’t fully need the use of my hands. I even bring my head lamp with me on night-time road trips so that I can keep knitting in the dark (as a passenger, of course). I wonder what the other nighttime travellers think of me when they see my glowing head and my nose is another knitting project.
Basically, I knit too much to knit just for myself so I thought ‘hey why not sell the stuff and I can donate the profits to a cause I really care about!’ and so the knitting primate was officially born… as a store; technically i was born 28 years ago.
Check out my shops, and if you like what you see and have the disposable income, pick something up and you will be helping out those wonderful amazing orangutans too!
From OFI’s website:
“OFI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitat. Founded by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas and associates in 1986, OFI operates Camp Leakey, an orangutan research area within Tanjung Puting National Park. OFI also runs the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine (OCCQ) facility in the Dayak village of Pasir Panjang near Pangkalan Bun, which is home to 330 displaced orangutans, and helps manages the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, where rehabilitated wild born ex-captive orangutans are released into the wild. Through its field programs, OFI also provides employment at these facilities for over 200 local Indonesians.”