Help For Haiti

If you’ve been looking for patterns on Ravelry any time in the past few days, you’ve probably seen the Help For Haiti announcement. Many designers have pledged a portion of the sales of some or all of their patterns for a certain period of time to go to the relief organization of their choice. As I’m writing this, there are nearly 1,500 patterns in the Ravelry system that are tagged “Help for Haiti,” and it seems every time I get on the site, there are dozens of new offerings.  A quick glance shows offerings from Susan Pandorf, Susan Wolcott, Birgit Freyer, Robyn Gallimore,  Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer, Wooly Wormhead, Renee Leverington, Tina Whitmore, Ysolda Teague, Chrissy Gardiner, and hundreds more. Patterns span every category from bikinis to baby blankets, bags, hats, mittens, socks, sweaters, lace shawls, toys, and at least one upcoming mystery KAL, and include knitted, crocheted, and felted projects. My shopping list from just this selection has me a bit dizzy, as I’ve found a tremendous number of wonderful patterns I’d never before seen – just in time for the Ravelympics, too!

I only have one “for sale” pattern available at this point, but I’ve joined the Help For Haiti drive. (Okay, yes, looking at my cart, I joined it well before I added my pattern to the program!) From now through the end of March 2010, $3 from each sale of my Symphony Scarf Pattern – Ravelry or Etsy – will be going to CAM – Christian Aid Ministries. CAM is a Mennonite organization with an ongoing presence in Haiti. They have a team in place already providing medical care, and several more teams are “scrambling.” Long term, they will be helping not only with medical and clean up needs, but also rebuilding. Being Conservative Mennonite, CAM doesn’t have an online presence, but you can CLICK HERE to learn more about them from another Mennonite source who works very closely with them.

And grab a cup of your favorite beverage and go over to Ravelry and click the pattern tab. At the top of the page, you will see the option to look at the Help for Haiti patterns. If you’ve not found your Ravelympics inspiration yet, you should have no problem after an hour or so browsing the amazing selection of patterns which have been donated!

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