10 hours away – a microblog

November 30, 2012

the night, bitches.
starting at midnight (eastern),
if you make a donation to these peeps
and then send me an email here to let me know,
you’ll be entered to win one of these fucking amazing prizes.
(see official details here)

remember! you’ve only got the 24 hours of world aids day to enter.

i better see you tonight, bitches!

November 25, 2012

one of the best posts from one of my favorite bloggers,
and not just because i get several shout outs.
(though, that doesn’t hurt)

and keep your eyes on the prize page
because there’s going to be some amazing last minute additions, bitches!

en gammal hatt

November 24, 2012

because i so rarely have any knitting content these days,
i thought i’d show you a new picture of some old work
that’s my friend misa a.k.a. craftivore,
wearing the green mist bohus hat i knit a while back.
when i first bought the bohus kit from solveig,
i imagined it would be for me.
as i was knitting it,
i soon realized it was meant for someone else.

but who?

i couldn’t just give it away to anyone.
i knew it had to be a knitter, at the very least.
but also a knitter who really understands this kind of knitting.
there are several people whose work online keeps me going:
the yarn harlot
hello yarn
kate davies
the daily purl
to name just a few.

but since misa consistently inspires me with her colowork,
(i mean, have you seen this fucking dress?!)
i could think of no one else more deserving.

it took a while to get it to her
(there was this little trip to sweden that delayed things,
and there were the 1 billion ends that needed to be woven in)
but now she has it
and it looks lovely on her.

i even feel the itch to knit another.
who wants to buy me the grey version?

bitches get stitches world aids day project update:

world aids day is december 1st.
that means there’s one more week
before you can enter to win these prizes
(i’m still working with a couple potential sponsors
so there may actually be more prizes added to this list)

but because this year, i didn’t do everything last minute,
i have people chomping at the bit to find out how to win.
so i’ve decided to post the entry rules one week early.
then i’ll address some emails i’ve received about this fundraiser.

it’s pretty simple; same rules as last year.
(please read them all people)

the how:
1. on december 1st, click this link to visit the lansing area aids network website and make a donation via paypal. the suggested minimum donation is $40, the cost of one rapid hiv test. however, i know $40 is a lot money for a lot of people (myself included). since i don’t want to discourage anyone from making a donation they can afford, all donations will be accepted, even if it’s only $1.

2. shoot me an email at bgsworldaidsdayproject@gmail.com with your contact information and the amount you donated. the details of your personal information will be kept confidential. this is so i can keep track of the total as it grows, and so i can make sure you get your prize.

3. winners will be chosen at random. it could be you!

the fine bold print:
*entries will only be accepted on world aids day itself (dec 1st)! this means 12:00am – 11:59pm is your 24 hour window to make a donation and send me an email to be entered to win some loot. i’m in the eastern standard time zone here people, so my giveaway is too!

now to address some emails i’ve received:

1. why must one wait until dec 1. to make a donation?

last year, it was because i only came up with the idea 12 days before world aids day and it took me that long to get the giveaway up and running. it’s now a precedent/tradition. i love tradition. but the bigger reason is i like the idea of a small non-profit getting a deluge of donations all at once. and remember, technically you don’t have to wait until december 1st to make a donation. you only have to wait until decemeber 1st to make a donation if you’d like to win one of the prizes from my sponsors.

2. why aren’t you directing donations toward the pittsburgh aids task force like you did last year?

well, lansing is my home now, not pittsburgh, so that’s one reason. another is LAAN seem to need the cash more. they’re a smaller organization with a lot less services available to the capital-area community. maybe bringing awareness to their need (and a nice chunk of change) will change that.

and last year, i totally entered people who donated to other hiv testing centers in their area. and while i’d obviously prefer you make a donation to the charity i’m sponsoring, if you feel really passionately about donating to your own local hiv testing center, go for it. that’s totally in the spirit of the fundraiser.

3. who put you up to this?

no one. it was just a crazy, latee-night idea i had last year. i decided to do it again this year.

4. why are you exploiting people with hiv/aids to make money?! you are a bad guy.

the amount of money i made last year for organizing this fundraiser = $0. the amount of money i’ll make this year for organizing this fundraiser = $0. so contrary to what a couple people think, no i’m not using the aids epidemic to make money for myself. my blog doesn’t earn me any income. i don’t have advertisers or sell anything. i just did this to be nice.

that’s all for now.
feel free to spread the word.
i’m open to taking on some last-minute sponsors
and anyone interested in simulblogging can reach me at:

see you in a week!

three weeks away

November 9, 2012

bitches get stitches world aids day project update:

the sponsors are lining up, ladies and gentleman,
and i’m very encouraged by this year’s round of prizes.
the prize page is live and there’s a link in the sidebar to your right.

go head, click it.
i’ll wait.

not to shabby, eh?

make sure check back periodically as sponsors get added.
and be here at midnight on december 1 2012
for you chance to win one of these prizes.

now everyone please do me a favor.
if you think you’d like to be a sponsor or
if you think you’d be able to simulblog/spread the word,
please contact me at:


and for goodness sakes tell your friends!

edit: hey graphic designers – can any of you make a banner for me stat? if so, email me!

vote, bitch!

November 6, 2012

while bitches get stitches officially endorses president barack obama,
all i care is that you actually go out and vote.
the only reasonable excuses for not voting are:

a) you’re in a coma (wake up!)
b) you’re not a citizen (ok fine)
c) you didn’t register (shame on you!)

anything else is just laziness.
so get off your ass and get to the polls, bitches!

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November 5, 2012

mo says

go to bed.

hello all.
as you may recall,
last year, in one day,
with less than two weeks of planning,
and only a french bulldog intern to help me organize,
we raised just under $5000 for the pittsburgh aids task force.

this year,
i’m starting earlier
and have decided to help the lansing area aids network since,
based on their services, it seems like they might need the cash more.
plus, this is where i live now.

the success of last year’s fundraiser i owe entirely to the many sponsors who donated awesome prizes for me to giveaway on the blog. without them, there would be no fundraiser. so this is my open call to people with yarn businesses (or individual knitters with an awesome stash) who’d like to sponsor this year’s world aids day project.

what i’m looking for:
1. prizes that retail around $40 or above since a rapid hiv test costs around $40. (of course i’m totally open to all donations).
2. anyone interested in helping me with advertising around the time of the event, itself. this might entail simulblogging, or if any of you ravelry folks read this, can ya help a knitter out?

so if you’re interested in being a sponsor
or know someone in a yarn company who might be interested,
shoot me an email at bgsworldaidsdayproject AT gmail DOT com

edit: because a few people have asked this is how this works – people donate money to the charity i’m sponsoring. they are entered to win one of the prizes the sponsors provide. 100% of the money raised goes directly to charity. i get $0 for doing this fundraiser (though last year i did get a plate and thank you note from the pittsburgh aids task force).