A swatch of knit fabric created by Jennifer Lindsay

In the Loop, March 2022

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March 2022

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.”


Spring Tulips swatch by Jennifer Lindsay.

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:

Domes Around the World – Kharkiv by Hinterm Stein; Freedom Fields Shawl by Lyudmila Aksenik; Ukraine Support Sunflower Dog Snood by Spigana Spektore. 

Ripples Make Waves Hat knitted by Claire Levesque.

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:

International Committee of the Red CrossGlobal Giving Foundation’s Ukraine Crisis Relief FundNova UkraineUnited Help UkraineWorld Central Kitchen.

Spring Blooms in CKC’s Crowdsourced Collection

Crocheted Pansy Doily, Maker Unknown, ca. 1948-1990.  CKC Crowdsourced Collection #2022.006. 

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:
And speaking of the catwalk:
The social fabric:
Creative expressions:

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March Newsletter Contributors:

Anne Lies, Claire Levesque, Jennifer Lindsay, Marina Scott, Kay Simmons