Thanks for all your great messages and suggestions for ways I can help my sister and her family. I really appreciate all of it - especially the positive thoughts and prayers. Many of you emailed me with suggestions you have seen work elsewhere - yarn sales, ebay auctions, selling a Major Knitter designed pattern, etc. I like ALL the ideas. I'm going to get organized this weekend and start my official fundraiser on Tuesday (because Monday's a holiday).
I thought that in an empathetic gesture, since Ellen has to purge her household goods, I would likewise take this opportunity to purge my yarn stash - giving you the opportunity to get some fabulous yarns (and I mean FABULOUS) at great prices while helping me help my sister. BF is going to help me figure out how to post the yarn for sale (although I might just do that directly on my blog).
I'm also going to see if I can write up my favorite hat pattern (yet unpublished) for sale. I'll call it the Sisterly Solidarity Hat. All proceeds will go to help Ellen and her family.
Finally, I'm going to auction off my red Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran Sampler Blanket (approximately 36x48 inches). The yarn alone cost $180 and it took me more than 3 years to complete.
Full Disclosure - I live in a smoke-free house and have one adorable tongue-lolling English Bulldog. My yarn lives in the Knit Nook just like a knitting store.