Jan 16, 2010

Help Haiti, get knitting patterns

Recovery efforts in Haiti are all over the news these days, so no rehash. I just want to point out the ever-growing number of Help for Haiti knitting patterns you can buy and download through Ravelry. There are 32 pages of patterns as I type this — whew.

Anyway, I've sorted through all 32 pages and have pulled out some patterns to highlight here. For all the patterns below, 100% of the pattern purchase price (minus fees from Ravelry and Paypal, etc.) will go to charities helping in the Haiti recovery efforts. Get knitting patterns, support indie designers, donate to a charitable cause ... seems like a win all the way around.
  • Esopus lace scarf or stole ($3.50) — donating until Feb 14; uses laceweight yarn in a pretty but not overly complicated lace pattern
  • Bellona cowl ($4) — donating through January; uses fingering weight yarn knit in the round, in a drop-stitch-inspired cable pattern
  • Hooded soft scarf ($2.50) — donating through January; worsted weight yarn in a rustic, textured, cozy-looking cold-weather accessory
  • Ariadne wristwarmers ($5) — donating 100% through the end of January and 50% of February sales; sport-weight yarn in swirly cables
  • Old Copper Pipes cowl ($5) — donating through January; fingering weight yarn in a seriously interesting woven-looking texture
  • Spring Peach Shawl ($3.50) — donating through January; sport weight yarn in a lace and cables pattern
  • Coniferous cowl ($1.50) — donating through February; aran weight yarn in a cool spiraly, texturey, close-to-the-neck cowl
  • RoRo socks ($5) — donating through January; light fingering weight yarn, cabled and ribbed socks designed for variegated yarn and good for nonskinny calves ;)
  • Paul and Virginia socks ($5) — donating through January; fingering weight yarn in a spiral slip-stitch pattern designed to go with hand-dyed yarn
And while I'm on the subject of charity donation, the U.S. Better Business Bureau has a handy charity and business checker that will tell you what a charity does, its contact information, whether it meets all the BBB's standards for charity accountability, etc. Always nice to be able to research someone before you hand over your money.
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