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Spinning up support 

Tight-knit community gives back


An online auction is set to cast-off (wow, too much pun potential) on Friday thanks to two local fibre businesses—businesses that sell products related to knitting, embroidering and crocheting. The Loop Craft Café on Barrington Street and The Bobbin Tree in Sydney are spearheading the Helping Herd online auction.

The auction is set to raise money for a NS couple that lost almost half their herd of cashmere goats in a property fire less than two weeks ago. On March 22, Chris and Christina Silver, owners of Earth Art Cashmere Farm out in Marshville, NS, lost 45 of their 100 goats in the blaze.

But it gets worse. Their property wasn’t insured—they were in the process of bringing the 120-year-old farm up to code—and it’s estimated that they lost over $200,000 in the fire. Chris has also been suffering from leukemia.

Needless to say, they need the support.

Cue spinning superheroes.

Mimi Fautley, co-owner of The Loop Craft Café, knows Christina from the annual Maritime Spinners Retreat that takes place in the Atlantic provinces each year.

“As tragic as that story would be under any circumstances, it’s of course always more affecting when you realize you know the people involved in something like that, so it was really upsetting,” Fautley says.

Fautley, alongside The Bobbin Tree’s Janet Dawson, decided to organize an online auction over Facebook to raise donations for the family.

While the idea at the outset was to target members of the spinning community—spinning as in using a spinning wheel or a drop spindle to make yarn—the auction donations don’t have to be hand-spun products. In fact, they don’t even have to be fibre-related.

Anyone can donate a good, service or item, and it all happens online. All the money from the bids are paid to a PayPal account under the couple’s name, which then goes directly to a fund that’s been set up at Scotiabank to help support them.

While Fautley hasn’t decided yet what she’s going to donate, you can be sure it’ll be something hand-made and awesome.

For more information—or to donate—check out the Helping Herd group on Facebook.

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