Many of you have heard about the devastating fire that destroyed Judith MacKenzie's studio and teaching space in Forks, Washington (yes, THAT Forks!). Judith has inspired and taught a legion of handspinners and weavers around the world, and the loss of her tools, fiber, and samples is hard to contemplate. Many, many people have joined together to help Judith regroup, replace what can be replaced, provide the support of community.
Personally, I have taken innumerable classes from Judith--that I am not a better spinner is in no way her fault! I love hearing her talk about fibers and textiles: their role in civilizations, their role in the current global economy, their structure, their use, their origins, their impact. Those of us who may not know Judith very well personally may still have a desire to help this living resource (I wish we had a category like the Norwegian Statsstipendiat or the Living National Treasures of Japan--that's what Judith is!), and there IS an avenue for us to show our commitment to the community we inhabit: the Rebuild Judith's Studio group is taking donations of goods for auction, supplies to replace those lost in the fire, and money.
Another way: Mary Scott Huff, exuberant author of The New Stranded Colorwork and Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting, has created this charming mitten pattern to support Judith's rebuilding: Wild Hare. This mitten pattern is available via Ravelry for a mere $6, with proceeds going to the Rebuild Judith's Studio effort.
Read more about it on Mary's blog: http://blog.maryscotthuff.com/2012/12/05/working-a-little-magic.aspx And then get knitting!