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Knitters Without Borders Beams the Knit Signal for Haiti

The Knit Signal

Though the organization Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) is typically among the first to respond in the event of a disaster, its Haitian hospital has been shut down due to the damage sustained in Tuesday’s Port au Prince earthquake.

While MSF’s sister sites in other countries are working to send aide and resources, Haiti’s facilities have been relocated to tent sites in their former courtyard.  The situation is grim.

Knitters: here’s how you can help.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee of the Yarn Harlot knit blog asks you to take the Knitters Without Borderes Challenge. This week, every time you make a purchase, ask yourself: Is this a need (food, water, shelter, medicine, or safety) or a want?  For crafters, this is an exercise in putting our hobbies on hold for the sake of those without such privileges.

In my case, the Knitters Without Borders Challenge will mean donating 50% of January’s Spinhandspun Etsy profits to MSF International.

If you would like to make a contribution, MSF recommends donating to them in the form of an “undirected” gift, for example by selecting “Greatest Needs” or “Emergency Relief” in the website’s drop-down menu. This will allow MSF to continue to responding to all international crises while the world has its magnifying glass on Haiti.

Finally, to encourage relief, Stephanie has started a Knitters Without Borders Tally for knitters who donate. After making your gift, e-mail her at kwb@yarnharlot.ca with your name and e-mail address, and she will register you to win knit-related prizes.

For more information, visit the MSF website, and Stephanie’s blog at Yarnharlot.com

To learn about “The Knit Signal,” see Bookishgirl’s post at: Throwing up the Bat Signal.


Follow Spinhandspun on Twitter
January 12, 2010, 2:47 PM
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Even though I started designing websites with Expage and Angelfire at the age of 12, my first relationship was via AIM, and I have an art degree focused on digital processes, I need someone to walk me through this: Spinhandspun has finally joined Twitter.

I’m not sure how it happened, exactly. Though I’ve always appreciated the site’s marketing potential, the tweeting juggernaut has conceptually terrified me. Regardless, I woke up this morning, pounded a cup of coffee, and decided to take the dive.

Ironically, my Samsung Eco Phone [read: Samsung’s version of green marketing because it’s made with recycled corn and has a picture of grass as its default background image] makes bird sounds when i receive text messages. I see this as a sign that smart phones are moving into psychic phone territory. The semi-attractive twenty-something at the Sprint store in Bemidji must’ve known this would happen.  I should’ve taken down his number since having a contact who could forecast the future would benefit anyone in the business of blogging.

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The Contiguous U.S. Represented by Yarn Store Density

Map of the Contiguous United States Represented by Yarn Store Density

Need yarn, supplies, classes, or a place to knit and socialize? Search www.knitmap.com

Knitmap allows you to locate yarn stores nearest to you, and read first hand reviews of each space. Search results can be limited for: hours of operation, seating, classes, Wifi, spinning supplies, snacks/refreshments, whether it is a chain, and if they sell other crafts.

So far, my favorite feature has been generating this map of the contiguous United States based on yarn store density. Looks like the east coast is winning. Manifest Destiknit!

Subversive Yarn.ning : Social Networking Site for Yarn Artists

Attention yarn artists! Looking for ways to share your work and gain inspiration from other like-minded folk? Rachel Elwell of the fabulous Art Yarn blog has created the social networking site Subversive Yarn . Ning for knitters and crocheters alike! Members have access to event promotion, portfolio sharing, forums, group discussion boards, and more. Below are just a few examples of member work:

Word on the Street, Vancouver. September 27, 2009.

Photo courtesy of Leanne Prain & Mandy Moore

Zoe’s Cover of the Sculpture

Jade on Her Park-Bench-Couch

Photos courtesy Matthew Venables via Michelle McCosker

Knit a Poem

Crime Scene Do Not Cross

Photos courtesy of Molli the Woodtagger

Knitted Plastic Bags

Photo courtesy of Denise Litchfield

The Shed Jumper Project

Self Assembly: Crocheting Ikea Curtains

Photos courtesy of Rachel Elwell

Plastic Jellyfish

Handspun Plastics

Photos courtesy of Rockpool Candy

Again, check it all out at: http://www.subversiveyarn.ning.com !