My goal is to raise awareness about sharks and shark conservation through crochet. I know, it sounds odd, but anyone who has actually read some of my blog posts know that I am a bit “unconventional” (anyone that knows me just flat out labels me weird, and I’m okay with that). Follow me here. It’s nothing for crocheters and knitters to donate items for charity auctions and sales, especially if it’s a cause close to the heart.
I was born on the very first Earth Day in 1970 and I have always been an environmentalist, even before it was the “cool thing to do”. My family and friends really didn’t know what to do with me. They didn’t understand. I don’t know what is so hard to understand. This planet is our home and we need to take care of it. Most of us wouldn’t live in a condemned house, why should we live on a condemned planet? I could never come up with a way to channel my need to do something to raise awareness until very recently. I read an article on shark finning. I don’t know if this was something that I had heard about in the past and blocked it out because it traumatized me in some way, or if I live under a rock. What I do know is that it made me sick to my stomach. I started doing some research and found a lot more things that I didn’t like. In fact, they made me down right angry.
Sharks do not deserve their current plight. Our oceans don’t deserve it. We need healthy oceans to help sustain life on the planet and humans kill between 73 million and 100 million sharks a year depending on the statistic source. That isn’t a typo. Up to 100 million sharks are killed by the fishing industry, either for sport or profit. 1/3rd of our shark population is threatened with extinction. This needs to stop.
This is why I came up with Hooking for Sharks.
I am always scouring the web for shark patterns, and I have quite the collection. For every shark item I sell $5.00 will be donated to shark conservation unless I have stated otherwise. Visit my Etsy store and go under the shark category for the shark items I currently have up for sale. More items are coming soon!
I have chosen to support two groups from the sales of my crochet:
The first is Shark Angels. This is a conservation and education group that has done some wonderful things and gotten children involved in helping sharks. Want to know why we should care about sharks? Just check out their website and their Facebook page and you will find out!
The second is Support Our Sharks. This is a conservation, education, and research project in conjunction with the University of Western Australia.