Craft Community Unites to Support Ukraine
by Claire Levesque
Margaret Mead wrote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
With this quotation in mind, I was inspired to share some of the creative ways knitters and crocheters are expressing support for the victims of war in Ukraine.
Knit One, Quilt Too, a local yarn store in Barrington, RI, recently raised $3200 for CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund by donating 25% of their proceeds for one day, combined with customer donations and an owner match.
Crafters in England are making teddies and clothes for refugees.
LoveCrafts, a popular online yarn retailer, raised money to help their employees in Ukraine stay or relocate and meet other needs.
And Interweave recently featured “Artists for Peace,” a collaborative auction coordinated by fiber artist Robin
Tome, that raised $15,813 in two days for the Ukrainian Red Cross.
Opportunities for US-based makers to contribute handmade items remain very limited, but using Ravelry, you can support Ukrainian designers, contribute to Ukrainian relief efforts with pattern purchases, or just show your support for Ukraine and Ukrainians.
Patterns from Ukrainian Designers:
Pelykh Natalie (feminine and family designs); Olena Tytarenko (warm classics); Anna Radchenko of WoollyWood Designs (socks, lace, modern colorwork); Natalia Erkhova (crochet toys and novelty decorations).
Designers Donating Pattern Proceeds to Ukrainian Relief:
Free Patterns to Show Solidarity (and inspire donations to the charity of your choice):
Ripples Make Waves Hat by Casapinka; Ukraine Flag Pin by Jen Mitchell; Sunflower Hat by yellowcosmo; Heart of Ukraine (crochet) by Tatiana Kucherovska; Show Support Ukraine Headband by Muki Crafts; Sunflowers for Solidarity by JennyPenny.
If you are thinking of donating to Ukrainian war relief organizations, here are some reliable charities to consider:
Spring Blooms in CKC’s Crowdsourced Collection
Heather Hernandez recently added this beautiful pansy doily from her personal collection to CKC’s Crowdsourced Collection. According to her notes, she researched pansy doilies on Ravelry and discovered the pattern that was used is likely the Pansy Doily #5911 from the American Thread Company, a pattern that was re-published in many needlework magazines.
We can enjoy this beautiful doily for its own sake, but wouldn’t it be great to know more about the person who made it, and why and for whom it was made? Don’t let your knitted and crocheted treasures lose their personal histories. Preserve them in CKC’s digital collections today, along with your name and your stories!
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Knitting & Crochet in the News:
The healing power of craft:
- Amazing technique! Survivor carries on after stroke; learns to crochet with one hand.
- Cat-igan’: Crocheted Top To Help Heal Cat’s Leg Delights the Internet. Not quite the cat’s pajamas, but pretty cool.
And speaking of the catwalk:
- How This Artful Knitting Technique Produces Some of Menswear’s Best Sweaters.
- Models Are Turning to a New Pastime: Knitting.
- In other trends… Record Sales of Icelandic Yarn in 2021.
The social fabric:
- This Is What The World’s Largest Crochet Canopy Looks Like.
- What is Plarn? The knitting practice helping the environment and the homeless.
- How to fête a monarch? With corgis, of course! Women’s Institute launches corgi knitting competition for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
- Fiber Arts at Mercer: Is it a craft or an art? Georgia university students seek answers to a perennial question.
- A love of flowers and trees saw crochet artist Yoko Imai move 9000km across the world to NZ.
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March Newsletter Contributors:
Anne Lies, Claire Levesque, Jennifer Lindsay, Marina Scott, Kay Simmons