Get mad and do something

The situation here in my state is very strange. Some places are doing just fine, some look like a post-apocalyptic nightmare. The area where I live has been very badly effected.

As I mentioned earlier, people around here tend to be pretty prepared, for what ever, but nothing could ever be done to prepare for events like this. The last few days I have stayed pretty close to home as venturing out is just too heartbreaking. Peoples lives in muddy piles on their front lawns, roads that are open but just barely, dust everywhere. It makes me sick, it makes me cry, it makes me angry. Not just this week, but for months transportation is going to be a serious problem. Local farmers lost not just crops but all their top soil, their live stock. The infrastructure of not just our roads but our rural economy is in trouble.

What should I do about that?

For all of today 9/1/11 through 9/5/11 100% proceeds from the sales of my Ravelry patterns will be donated to Vermont NOFA’s Farmer Emergency Fund

Its not enough but its a start. Spread the word, please.


So far you have raised over $1800 $2100 for VT NOFA!!!

Hokey smokes, you all are amazing

But wait  there is more:

The Green Mountain Spinnery is also raising funds to go to VT 211, September 3 to September 11, 2011. Proceeds from their shop and online store will go the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. Expenditures from the fund will be used 100% for the unmet long term needs of survivors from the Irene disaster.

Kaleidoscope Yarns is sending 25% of their online and in store sales between now and Wednesday to The Vermont Foodbank.

And Moth Heaven is sending 100% of all Mork sales between now and September 11 to The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.

Unrelated to yarn the Vermont Community Foundation has also created an emergency fund for farmers effected by Irene  (I believe they are working with the State dept. of Agriculture to distribute those funds). I do believe this to be a profoundly good cause.

You guys!!! I feel like George Bailey! Take that Potter!


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17 Responses to Get mad and do something

  1. salena says:

    I live outside of Philly and we were anticipating major damage, but my family lucked out and only had to deal with power outages. I feel terrible for families that weren’t as lucky as we were. I bought some of your patterns that were on my wish list. I’m in the middle of knitting the Bailey cardigan and the pattern is excellent–very clear and easy to understand. Thanks for doing this!

  2. Katie B says:

    I just bought the Larch Cardigan pattern, something I’ve wanted to knit for months. Glad my purchase helps at least in a small way.

  3. Trista says:

    Very nice- I just bought the 2 I have been wanting! Thanks Amy! Your donation plan gave me just the push I needed.

  4. Diane says:

    Bailey for me! Thanks for doing this!

  5. I’ve shared your effort on my blog ( and have bought a pattern, too. Bless you and the entire state of Vermont, my home away from home.

  6. Kirsten says:

    I would love to help out in some small way Amy so I’ve bought Larch and Acer, it’s a shame I’m already knitting Bailey or I could have bought that too.

    Well done for doing your part to raise funds, knitters all over the world responded when the Christchurch Earthquake hit my country almost exactly a year ago and did the same for the Japanese Tsunami. Ravelry is such a great community so I hope you get a great response. I’ll hit up some of my groups to let them know.

    Good luck, to you and everyone in your State!

  7. Alli says:

    Thank you for giving us an easy way to help out a little bit! Easy because I love your patterns! I’m going to buy all your patterns that I’ve ever considered knitting this month and I will be glad to know that I’m helping out in a small way.

    My thoughts are with the people of Vermont and I’m brainstorming other ways to help.

  8. Emily says:

    Just bought Larch. Thank you. Sending good thoughts eastwards…

  9. Barb Thompson says:

    Thank you for this offer, Amy. I bought 2 patterns I have wanted for a long time!

  10. Cathy B says:

    Thank you for doing this. I just hope I can do justice to your patterns.

  11. Vicki says:

    That’s very generous, and I am happy to help in some small way. Thank you!

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  13. tracey says:

    I bought the three remaining patterns I did not have. You are very generous.

  14. Mona says:

    Thank you for your generosity. Finally bought the last couple of patterns that I’ve been eyeing. Not a lot, but hope even a little bit can help!

  15. carol says:

    May your efforts be rewarded
    Maybe if you post the address some would direct contribute. To the fund

    • admin says:

      Thank you- Please, click on the links (on the names) of ANY of the above organizations for more information about what they do or to donate directly to them, the Food bank and the Red Cross also have a phone/text option as well, and more info on that can be found by following the links above to their websites.

  16. sprite says:

    Thank you for doing this. My grandfather grew up in southern Vermont, and seeing the post-storm pictures make me so sad.