i had an idea

November 18, 2011

last night,
i stayed up late
knitting and watching
spike lee’s biopic, malcolm x.

it’s an epicly long movie,
so i didn’t actually finish it.
but it left me all riled up;
it gave me an idea.

back in july,
i gave away a skein of my handspun
to raise money for the pittsburgh aids task force.
if memory serves, we raised roughly $500 for them
and about $100 for other testing centers.

since world aids day is coming up in (less than) two weeks,
i thought, “i have to raise money again. a lot of money.”

i couldn’t sleep.
i just couldn’t sleep.
my mind went in to planning mode.
who could i contact to donate “stuff” to giveaway?
what if i say i’m going to do this and can’t get anything?
who the hell am i to ask for free stuff to give people, anyway?

somewhere around 4am,
after listening to tibetan gong meditation music on a loop,
i fell asleep.

at 9:10 am,
i started sending emails.
i wrote a bunch of cool fiber folks i know
(and a couple i don’t)
asking to donate items to be given away.

the “yeses” started rolling in almost immediately.

thus far, i have prizes pledged from the following fabulous fiber folks:

jane richmond
fiber optic yarns
into the whirled
blue moon fiber arts
designs by romi
yarn superhero llc
and yarny old kim

and i’m hoping that’s just the beginning.
if you or someone you know has something they’d like to contribute to entice people to donate,
hit me up.

on december the 1st,
i’ll be posting a contest
to raise money for the pittsburgh aids task force.
your donations will enter you to win prizes from our lovely generous sponsors.

the details will be posted then on how to enter and all that jazz, but i just thought i’d tease you a little.

as for me,
i’m donating a pair of hand knit socks.
the first one is done and pictured below:
it’s silkie socks that rock
in a one of a kind color way
exclusively dyed for bitches get stitches.
it’s mate will be done on the 1st.
i hope.

are you excited?

i’ll see you back here on the 1st.

ps i have a super celebrity knitter phone number. i’m thinking of using it. is that inappropriate?

11 Responses to “i had an idea”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    I’m in. I’ll donate 2 skeins of laceweight yarn from Tess’ Designer Yarns that have been hanging out in my stash.

    (You emailed Kim and not me? You ass.)

  2. Yvonne Says:

    And OMFG I was first! Now I’m 1st and 2nd.

  3. Susie Says:

    Sounds like a great idea! Not inappropriate if they can donate to a good cause.

  4. Sarah Says:

    I’d be happy to donate a skein of handspun and/or a copy of one of my patterns. Let me know!

  5. Bonnie Says:

    That is Ten Shades of Awesome. Good work!

  6. Nancy Paris Says:

    This kind of thing is what I love about you. I’m ready to donate-I’ll watch for the instructions.
    Nancy P

  7. LInda Says:

    I’ll play.

    If my yarn was here I would donate – it’s not like I don’t have a hoard of yarn too – but it’s on the moving van…somewhere.

  8. Renee Says:

    I’d like to help if I can, I crochet and make jewelry.

  9. Natalie Says:

    I’m happy to donate. Patterns are easy peasy to donate but I also have handspun & stash yarn I could possibly part with. Let me know what you’d like.

  10. amy boogie Says:

    What a great day! I taught my mom to knit a couple of years ago and it was pretty sweet dragging her into the fibers. I hope your mom is able to find the time to keep doing do it

  11. kelli ann Says:

    Amazing idea. Love the kind of ideas that can keep you awake. Will come back on the 1st to see how I can participate.

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