make it betterIt wouldn’t surprise anyone to know there are a lot of crafting industry types (and home crafters as well, of course) who were affected by the superstorm they called Sandy. And as crafters, we often want to get in there …

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fire judith mackenzieJudith Mackenzie is a well-known fiber artist, teacher, weaver and spinner whose studio at the Rainforest Arts Center in Forks, Wash., was destroyed in a fire on Oct. 29. She was an artist in residence there, and the fire consumed …

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I’m loving this story I found on the Washington Post website about using downtime from the storm better known as Sandy to knit. It’s also about color, Kaffe Fassett and how knitting from someone else’s pattern can and should be …

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hurricane socksChrissy Gardiner designed and knit her Hurricane Socks after the devastating hurricanes in the summer and fall of 2008. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the pattern went to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Since the …

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tangled river wooly wormheadI came across a link to the blog of Woolly Wormhead, a UK knitter who is part of the artists’ commune Mutonia. She reports that the site of the commune is under threat and in order to maintain their …

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breast cancer braceletWelcome, October! As you probably know this month is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and all sorts of companies have special sales or pink-themed items on offer this time of year.

In the knitting world, all purchases made in …

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charity hats lion brandLion Brand Yarn, as you probably know, has its flagship retail store in New York City, and this year it’s working to give back to the community there by collecting knit and crocheted hats (and other winter warmers) for …

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knotty knitters calendarI recently told you about the new Calendar of Hope, which is full of original knitting patterns and raises money for cancer research.

I just head about another knitting-related calendar of a cause, the Knotty Knitters for Autism calendar. …

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knots of loveThe knitting and crochet charity Knots of Love, which makes hats for cancer patients, is in the running for grant money up to $250,000 from Chase Bank’s Community Giving program, and they need your help. Nearly 30,000 charities are …

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I’ve been a follower of the Red Scarf Project for years. This program, a part of Foster Care to Success, sends care packages that include red scarves to college students who have been in the foster care system on …

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calendar of hopeThe 2013 Calendar of Hope is out! This is a monthly calendar that includes 14 brand-new patterns you can use to knit for charity (or gifts, or for yourself, I’m sure).

The calendar cost $18 and all of the proceeds, …

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elephant joplinA nine-year-old girl in Kentucky who had never heard of Joplin, Mo., before an EF-5 tornado hit there last year has raised more than $10,000 to aid rebuilding efforts, and she added to that total thanks to a trip to …

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click for babiesIt’s a fact of early childhood that babies tend to increase the amount of time they spend crying around the age of two weeks up to three or four months of age. Some health experts call this the period of …

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jordana paige bagRemember when I kept telling you about Jordana Paige’s Purses for Preeclampsia campaign? She was selling her flawed bags for $50 each with all of the proceeds going to the Preeclampsia Foundation.

The promotion did not go completely smoothly, but …

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omelet auction yarn harlotStephanie Pearl-McPhee and her family have been training for the Friends for Live Bike Rally, a six-day, 600 kilometer (that’s almost 373 miles!) journey from Toronto to Montreal in support of people living with AIDS. The ride is only …

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