I’ve had several posts in mind of late, but this one clearly deserves to be written today.
On Tuesday, January 12 a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti.
On Wednesday, January 13, the Yarn Harlot, knitter and author, posted the Knit Signal asking Knitters all around the world to do what they could to help the people of Haiti by donating to Doctors Without Borders.
Also on Wednesday, January 13, one of the moderators of the Completely Pointless and Arbitrary Swap Group on Ravelry started an auction thread, where people could donate yarny items to be bid on with all the proceeds going to your favorite charity (American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, The International Rescue Committee).
On Monday January 18, just 5 days after the Knit Signal went up, Knitters had donated over $234,000 to Doctors Without Borders. The emails and donations are still pouring in.
As of this morning, January 20, my group on Ravelry has raised over $17,500. Another group on Ravelry that I participate in has raised over $35,000.
That is the power of the knitting community and I am unspeakably proud to belong to such a wonderful group of people.