Natasha is a recent graduate of the Nova Scotia University of Art & Design in Halifax. She is an avid artist and musician, fibre enthusiast and designer that has been working at Gaspereau Valley Fibres Farm Wool Shop as well as Wool and Tart, yarn store and bakery in Wolfvill,e Nova Scotia. She has also created at least one colour for Fleece Artist hand dyed yarns.
On November 2, 2013, 23 year old Tasha was struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking to her car in a parking lot. The car pinned her against another vehicle, then drove away, leaving her severely injured on the ground.
As a result of the hit-and-run accident, Natasha’s left leg had to be amputated below the knee. She has endured multiple surgeries at the Queen Elizabeth 11 Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. The RCMP are continuing their search for her assailant. Because the driver is unidentified, and she was not in her car at the time, there is no insurance money to support her rehabilitation and recovery.
All the while, Tasha’s positive attitude and radiant smile continues to inspire her entire small town. Community members in Wolfville are raising money for her prosthesis and rehabilitation, so she can pursue her dreams of a life filled with music, art, fibre, and outdoor activity in the future. If you would like to learn more, or help out, please visit the fundraising website for her and consider donating $2.50, from the knitters and fibre artists of Vancouver.
As a part of her community rallying around her, Fleece Artist yarns has released a special edition of
Kiddazzle, at $20 retail, in Tasha’s colour designed by her before her accident.
70% Superwash Merino, 20% Kid, 10% Nylon
Fleece Artist will donate $2.50 for every ball sold to benefit Tasha. Wool Is Not Enough is also donating $2.50 for every ball sold to Tasha, for a total of $5.00 per ball. We will have a knit along project that I would like to send Tasha and her family pictures of so they can know people in Vancouver are thinking of her well being, if you don’t mind your work being photographed.
The Knit Along benefit for Tasha will happen at 2 special knit nights, Thursday January 23rd and 30th, 7:00-9:00 pm at our Commercial Drive location, (1639 East 13th Ave). Community members may also pay $5 to attend if they don’t want to buy the yarn but wish to come to the knit along with their own materials. The yarn will also be for sale to anyone who wants to make another pattern or just purchase it to have.
Please let me know if you would like to order a skein. I have ordered 20, which should be here by the end of next week, but can order more. Please sign up for the knit night with payment, as space is limited, and I have to make sure I have enough yarns and patterns. We will add Friday nights January 24th and 31st, at the Cordova location, if the response is favourable.
I will be knitting an Annabella’s Cowl from Churchmouse yarns, with Tasha’s colour held double with Kid Silk Haze by Rowan. Thank-You so much for your support.