The situation in the Houston metro area is dire. The news reports are overwhelming. There is heartbreak and heroism in equal measure, and it’s hard to watch helplessly from far away.
As we’ve come to expect over the years, the online knitting/needlecraft community has gathered to raise funds to support those who are suffering in the aftermath of this terrible storm. Their generosity makes us proud to belong to this community.
We want to do our part. From now until Friday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, we will donate 100% of all ebook and pattern sales* in our Ravelry store to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, a fund established by Houston’s mayor and housed at the Greater Houston Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
This includes all four Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guides, and patterns in our Ravelry store by Julia Farwell-Clay and Bristol Ivy, bighearted designers of the Eddy Wrap and the Nesting Wrap.
(*What’s that asterisk? In 2011, we committed to donate all proceeds from our Mitered Crosses Blanket pattern to Mercy Corps, so obviously we are sticking to that promise for that pattern.)
Next week, we’ll let you know how much we raised together.
Look for the Helpers
Other designers and crafters are doing similar online fundraisers that are beautiful to see. (We will update the list as we hear from people, so do check back.) For example:
Elizabeth Elliott: all proceeds from sales of her designs on Ravelry through Saturday night to be donated. (Details on Elizabeth’s blog.) So many beautiful choices (including Dionisio Point and Fissure, two patterns that we’ve knit here.)
Nicole Daksiewicz, aka Modern Handcraft is auctioning off a large selection of her modern quilts and cushions on Instagram; auction ends on Tuesday, September 5, with 100 percent of sales going to benefit relief organizations.
If you known of any designers doing similar fundraising efforts, please shout them out in the comments. (Reminder: links are much appreciated!)
Of course, the quickest way to help is to donate directly to local and national organizations.
Kay and Ann