People around the world were touched by the pictures of the damage caused by the earthquake that hit Japan on March 11th. But the yarn community, true to form, took action.
Tempe Yarn & Fiber, where Yumiko spends several days a week designing patterns, joined this effort and put out a call for knitters across the state to make the Hugs for Japan scarves. In parallel, Universal Yarn heard about what Yumiko was doing and put it on their website. Tempe Yarn was designated as the collection point for North America for all Hugs for Japan scarves.
New York Times Best Selling Author Christina Skye read about Hugs for Japan and donated copies of her new book, The Knitting Diaries, and held a book signing at Tempe Yarn. All proceeds for her book sales were donated to the Hugs for Japan to help offset the cost of shipping the scarves to Japan. A fund has been established (Crafts for Japan) to help pay for the shipping of the items to Japan.
Since this effort began, knitters and crocheters across the country have made and shipped to Tempe Yarn over 600 scarves.
Earlier this week Yumiko, with some help from her friends, began wrapping each of the scarves for delivery to Japan in September.