In response to the violence last summer in Charlottesville that tragically took the life of a young woman, our great friend Sven Risom from North Light Fibers contacted The Magpie Yarn Shop in Charlottesville to see if there was anything he could do to help. The result was collaboration between North Light, Magpie, designer Heather Zoppetti and Interweave that resulted in “The Charlottesville Scarf.” Kits for preparing the scarf can be purchased for $70, which includes a $15 donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Thus far sales of The Charlottesville Scarf have raised nearly $700 for the SPLC, and Sven and his colleagues hope to raise $2,000 before the end of the year.
A Great Yarn is proud to support Sven and his collaborators in their efforts to raise money for The Southern Poverty Law Center, and the first Charlottesville Scarf Kits have already been delivered to our shop. Many thanks to Florence Seldin, who bought the first kit. The folks at The Magpie Yarn Shop in Charlottesville put it nicely: “We believe that the act of knitting can help to heal wounds and soothe souls. After witnessing the retrogressive events of the summer of 2017, we are committed to act and make a difference.”