Image courtesy of Zen Yarn Garden
Maybe this is old news to some of you, but it’s new news to me. This morning I received word from Zen Yarn Garden that Momma Monkey (Gigi Silva) had recently lost her battle with Lupus. I didn’t know Gigi, or know much about her, but I did know of her lovely sock patterns and had stopped by her blog on occasion. In fact, my Ravelry Faves are full of her sock patterns! To hear that she had passed away shocked and saddened me even though I didn’t know her well. Now that I can count myself amongst the members of the knitosphere, I instantly feel a bond with others who knit, no matter how different or distant we may seem to one another. Losing someone with that kind of artisitic fire, who is so willing to share her creations (many of her patterns were offered for free) is truly a tragedy and she will surely be missed by the knitting community. I never got the chance to knit any of her patterns, and they are currently unavailable until further notice, but I do hope to be able to honor her one day by doing so. Until then, if you stop by Zen Yarn Garden, she has a colorway (pictured above) named for Gigi and for every skein purchased, $5 will go to Lupus research in memory of Gigi. Best wishes and heartfelt condolences to Gigi’s family and friends. I know she will be missed deeply.