Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I Have An Announcement

Remember all that yarn my dear friend Don gave me a few weeks ago? Well, this afternoon I had a brainstorm....... How about knitting some items that I can auction on my blog with the proceeds going to worthy causes! You know like The Raptor Center, The Nature Conservancy, the McCain Presidential campaign (oh sorry, I didn't mean that, just checking to see if you were paying attention!)

My plan is to knit one item for auction each month, I'll tell you what worthy cause we're going to support each month and then keep you posted from start to finish of the project. While I'm knitting, you can dream about how much you'll love your new hand-knitted hat/socks/mitts/shawl/whatever that arrives at your house when you make the winning bid!

Take a look at this lovely ball of 100% handspun and hand-dyed wool in really nice shades of gold.

Now envision how this yarn will look once it's knitted into a "Foliage Hat" shown below. Foliage Hat - designed by Emilee Mooney (free pattern can be found at Knitting Pattern Central)

This month, the worthy cause I have selected as the beneficiary will be Kristy's Hat Quest (click on the link to learn more). Here's a picture from her blog showing some of the children at one of the orphanage facilities in Rivne.

Kristy's original goal (back in May) was to deliver 300 hats to the orphans, but she has already received 688 hand-knitted hats that she will be taking to the Ukraine later this month. What an overwhelming response! In addition to hats, people also knitted and sent her mittens, socks, and scarves. Now her concern is how much it's going to cost to ship the huge suitcases of all these knitted things over to the Ukraine. And that's where this blog comes in. Whatever amount I raise from the auction of the hand-knitted hat shown above, I will be sending to Kristy to help defray her expenses. So stay tuned, think about how that Foliage Hat will work for you or as a gift for someone special, and get ready to bid later this week. (I'm starting the hat after supper tonight and you all know I'm a pretty fast knitter!)


Lynne said...

Ruthie tha's a terrific idea. You are an awesome knitter (this I know!) and a generous soul.

Debbie said...

Ruthie, I think that is a wonderful idea. Can't wait to see all the projects you come up with.

Meggie said...

What a great idea, Ruthie! By the way, I WAS paying attention about the McCain fund and almost had a heart attack!

Anonymous said...

What an awesome idea, I'm sure Don will be pleased to see where some of his yarn will be going, such worthy causes. Your fingers will be knitting up a storm every month. This will be nice in the winter, sitting by the fireplace with the pets by your side.


Marsha said...

Great idea Ruthie!

nina said...

Ruthie, I don't know how you find the time to do all you do--but that certainly is yet another form of your generous spirit!

The hats are adorable.
Nice to support causes we all have near and dear to our hearts.
Obama, Obama, Obama.
(subliminal imaging)

RuthieJ said...

Thanks Lynne!

Hi Debbie,
Right now I think I have enough things done (or almost done) to auction through the end of the year.

LOL Meggie! I normally try to stay away from any sort of political topics, but I thought I would just throw that in for fun!

Thanks Mom. I forget to let Don know I was doing, but I'll have to send him a link to my blog.

Thanks Marsha.

Thanks Nina, It's fun to share my talents with people who appreciate them.

Jayne said...

Oh Ruthie! What a fabulous idea! Can't wait to place some bids on your beautiful handiwork. :c)

Anne said...

Hi Ruthie, I'm here at Jayne's recommendation and so glad to make the visit! Awesome yarn for the project (I have a friend in New Zealand who is a prolific knitter and I think she would be drooling...). Your idea is amazing, and if I could get my own life sufficiently organized I'd be shamelessly stealing it! Just love what you're doing, and am so glad your political sense of humor brought a smile to my face this morning. :-)

Mary said...

Ruthie, I'm amazed. How do you keep up with your ENERGY??? That's a terrific project. I applaud you.


Don said...

Ruth -

You never cease to amaze me, my friend!

I'm so humbled by your generous spirit (not to mention your knitting talent). The yarn I gave you couldn't have found a better home. There was just so much "potential" in those balls of yarn. I knew you would find a way to put them all to good use.

Thank you for letting me know what you've been dreaming up to do with the "stash". I look forward to seeing each month what is coming up for auction and who will be benefitting from your talents.

You are truly an inspiration , Ruth. I am very fortunate to call you my friend.


RuthieJ said...

Thanks Jayne, I'll try to come up with some things that might also appeal to blogging friends in the "warmer climates."

Hi Anne,
Welcome to my blog and hope you can visit again soon.

Hi Mare,
I'm such a knitting addict--I usually find a reason to knit instead of doing almost any other chore in the house.

Thanks Don, I hope you know you're the one who inspires me! I'm planning on a shawl for next month--remember from the box full of yarn you gave me last year??