Screen shot from Knitty Gritty Season 4, with Melissa.
I was so saddened to hear about designer, Melissa Matthay’s passing last week. I first met Melissa when she was a guest on Knitty Gritty, and then ran into her a few times over the years a industry events.
Although I didn’t know Melissa well, I distinctly remember a conversation I had with her at a TNNA convention long ago. We talked about being working mothers in an industry that can demand time on the road. She said that she rarely traveled, frequently turning down teaching jobs because she wanted to be present in her sons’ lives. The woman I spoke with that day would’ve been devastated by the fact that she’d never get to see those boys get married, thrive at their careers, or have children of their own. My heart breaks for the turn of events that’s taken place, leaving 16 and 21 year old kids without their mom.
Melissa’s website is still up and offering patterns for many of her fantastic designs. My personal favorites are: the Monarch toddler dress, and the women’s Santa Monica jacket & Drop 2 Vest. All proceeds from pattern sales will go into a fund for her boys to live off of. They need our help so please, take a moment to buy a pattern (or 3) and spread the word via your own social networking vehicles. Her website is: http://www.bymelissa.net/
If you prefer to donate directly, you can send a check to:
Aaron & Dylan Davis Irrevocable Trust c/o Camy Matthay 5708 Bellbrook Road Brooklyn, WI 53521
Happy Small Business Saturday! This year, my company has had the pleasure of working with over 50, fellow small businesses. See the clickable list on my blog and shop some of our favorite items from a few of our friends in the YarnYAY! Shop. Links in my @vickiehowell bio.
Thanks for supporting small businesses this holiday season!...