Why Crafters Are So Great
Really, they are. We have two proofs of that today:

First up, Mosaic Yarn Shop is asking knitters and crocheters to create 8" x 8" squares, to be made into blankets for the families of those murdered at Virginia Tech last week.

Color choices for squares: Maroon, Burnt Orange, White, Black

Please knit or crochet squares out of the nicest, softest yarn you can afford.

Please mail squares to:
Mosaic Yarn Shop
880 University City Blvd.
Blacksburg, Va 24060

Unfortunately, I can't knit or crochet, but I know many of you do, and many of you know other needle wizards as well, so thought it would be good to post here. Please feel free to pass on the info to your readers and friends as well!

The other good crafty cause you might be interested in helping is Wonderland Retreat, a special shop set up for crafter and Sampler staffer Alison Gordon. After a medical emergency, insurance-less Alison has found herself not only trying to recover, but buried under gigantic medical bills. To help Alison pay off the bills, crafters have united by donating their goods to Wonderland Retreat, and all proceeds go directly to help Alison. There are tons of fabulous goodies at the shop, from jewelry to art prints. Not all of it is exactly...er...kosher, but the majority of it is entirely clear and unobjectionable, so I am hoping it's okay to post the store's online location and mission anyhow.

My favourite items are this absolutely wonderful underwater circus screenprint and this poignant homecoming screenprint featuring a treeful of bluebirds, a bellydancer tee, a beautiful firefly necklace, a gorgeously realistic plumeria hairclip, a sweet zipper pouch for your girlie accessories, and this retro-esque swallow and cherry blossom wallet. There are cute pet collars there, too, so even your pooch or kitty can get in on the act!

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