The flooding in Louisiana is officially the worst U. S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy. I think about the spectacular flood here in Nashville in 2010, when we had 20 inches in 24 hours. When I read that parts of Louisiana received 31 inches in 15 hours, I think: That is so so so so much water.
A Tweet earlier this week let us know that Emily Ringelman, a knitting designer, is up to her eyeballs down in Baton Rouge.
On Ravelry, Emily writes: “My house flooded in the epic Louisiana floods this weekend. We lost so, so much, including 90% of our furniture, quite a lot of yarn/needles/notions, all of my books, and so many other things I don’t even know about yet. I’m having a pattern sale to help replace some of the things we need to live our day-to-day life, so that we can at least try to get back to a normal life while our house is being gutted and repaired. Use coupon code ‘flooding’ to get 40% off my patterns until the end of the month. Anything will help, and I appreciate whatever anyone can do. Knitters are simply the best people.”
Here’s the scene at Emily’s house this week. I don’t think it typically looks like this.
Anybody who’s survived a flood knows that there are expenses that insurance will never cover. And it’s a long time until a flooded-out house is habitable again.
There are many ways to contribute to flood relief. But I like the idea of buying Emily’s patterns because it’s direct, and it’s cash dollars that will help immediately. And, yes, maybe it’s kind of great to see a designer’s work that I hadn’t discovered until now.
Here are my picks for Emily Ringelman’s Post-Flood Pattern Hi-Lites.
Maine Harbor Bag: nautical flags spell K N I T on one side, P U R L on the other.
Diamond Lattice Mittens: just plain cool.
Over the Fence takes chain link to a whole new level. That’s Emily modeling her design. Hi, Emily! Hope you dry out soon!
All her patterns are here.
PS That’s Emily up top, modeling Gillywater, a knockout lace pullover.