I was so shocked and saddened to read about the death of Kathreen Ricketson and her husband Rob Shugg last week. Kathreen's website WhipUp has been a super-important part of the online craft world. Kathreen was one of the first people to reach out to us when we started blogging. When she linked to one of our posts or asked me to put together a guest post, it made my day.
Kathreen was an honest writer, a careful curator, and an all-around generous person. I loved how she appreciated and promoted all different sorts of crafts, books and blogs.
Ann and Kay at Mason-Dixon Knitting are hosting a weekend long celebration of Kathreen and her blog. They're asking folks to share their favorite parts of WhipUp and donate money to the education fund for Kathreen's children, Otilija and Orlando. As a small way to honor Kathreen, I'm donating 100% of the proceeds from my knitting pattern sales for the month of June to the fund.
I can't really point to just one post that was my favorite, because it was the steady stream of links, projects, interviews, inspiration and Kathreen's words that made WhipUp so incredible. However, I do have many fond memories of purchasing her Action Pack Magazine and doing the projects with my boys. The open-ended projects and ideas led us through many afternoons.
I am sad that Kathreen's brave, creative, thoughtful life has been cut short and am glad that Kay and Ann are giving us all a small way to remember a special woman who was an online friend to so many.