Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Giveaway for Haiti

Hello, my friends! What can I say....2009 in a word: BUSY.

Last year is a blur. A crazy, sometimes good crazy and sometimes TOO crazy, blurry-blur-blur.

I had big plans for January. Turn the page; a fresh clean sheet of paper. Everything was going to come into focus. Long, quiet days with no committments. Lots of me-time. Sewing projects, organizing my knitting, working on quilts. So far, however, the blur continues. Organizing, cleaning, doing taxes, and getting sick, all are competing for space on that fresh, clean sheet of paper that was supposed to be January.

Every now and then I get the urge to slap some fabric on something and sew it down, which accounts for a couple of quick projects like the heart t-shirt, above. However. Nothing substantial to report.

Contributing to the general inability to blog has been the past week of sadness/guilt watching the tragedy in Haiti and realizing how little they have/had even before the earthquake, and how much I have. So much in the family, health, and happiness department, not to mention the yarn and fabric department, and that isn't even mentioning the basic food and shelter department. So much.

I finally decided to end the blog silence AND do a little something, both at the same time.

First of all, I'd like to bring to your attention the Help Heal Haiti by Knitting Campaign going on by my friends at Wool and Company. Every dollar that you donate to Doctors without Borders on Wool and Co.'s website, will be matched by Knitting Fever. How awesome is that. So far they have raised over $9,000. (So, really $18,000.)

Maybe you already gave to one of the many charities and that's great. Maybe you already gave to Doctors without Borders through Wool and Company and that's also great. Maybe you are like me and gave a little last week, and now that you are continuing to follow the reports you are realizing with a heavy heart how very, very long term this situation is, and you decide you need to give more.

So, here's the deal here on my blog. All you have to do is leave a comment and let me know that you contributed in your own way to Haiti. You don't have to tell me where, and you don't have to tell me how much. It is an honor system, people! Just leave a comment, letting me know, and you will be entered in my little drawing to win both these skeins of yarn:

Sophie's Toes Sock Yarn in Chelsea (top) and Layers of Color: Royal (bottom). Each one, 350 yards of hand dyed merino goodness. There are so many great colorwork patterns out now, I was thinking these would make a really pretty Aestlight shawl (see on Ravelry all the pretty ones with 2 colors), or Akimbo, or Selbu Modern, or many many mitten patterns, or then again, you could go crazy and make yourself a coupla pairs of socks!
I know these will go to a good home. Comment between now and Saturday morning. I will draw a winner Saturday around noon, so check back by Sunday for the winner.

Thanks for reading! And now we return to more photos from our new t-shirt photoshoot--Sophie is always happy to oblige when there is a camera in my hand...


Blogger Christa said...

I have supported the Haiti crisis by supporting craft hope. Gorgeous yarn.

10:23 PM  
Blogger amywb said...

Haiti relief donations: yes. Want that yarn: yes. Little miss Sophie too cute for words: yes!!

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Yes, I have made a donation through Doctors Without Borders. And, yes, I LOVE that yarn!
Thank you.

4:26 AM  
Blogger Awa said...

Yarn is so nice. I gave to PIH and MSF.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous beth said...

Thanks for the extra push. I sent some PayPal funds to W&Co.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Hi Emily. I gave to Doctors without Borders last week. Thanks for your efforts. Oh, and the yarn is BEAUTIFUL!

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

I have made a donation to the Haiti relief effort. It is such a sad situation I will probably make another donation as well. Sophie looks great on her "runway". Thanks for making me smile, Sophie.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Ragged Around the Edges said...

Thanks to your link, I donated to Doctors Without Borders. Thanks so much for posting it; I love that the money is matched and my dollars mean more. Thank you.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Thanks for the opportunity to make a difference - I donated through Wool & Co. as well as via my cellphone to the Red Cross - ain't technology grand.

9:42 AM  
Blogger rohanknitter said...

I gave!!! Crafthope is awesome!!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

I made a contribution to Doctors Without Borders last week, which was matched by my employer, which I think is just so great of them! Both of those are gorgeous and I agree - they would make fabulous shawls.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Virginny Lee said...

I tithed my bonus to LWR. And others can give to them too:


2:12 PM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

I donated to Doctors Without Borders - not through Wool & Company so it could be matched, unfortunately.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Jodee said...

I donated through Wool and Company and may make another soon. Thanks for bringing this to our attention again. Sophie is such a ham!

3:26 PM  
Blogger Pink Princess said...

I have donated through our church. We were having an extra donation at the door and the community ( a very small one) donated some $220,00 so like I said not bad for a 2 digit community.

LOVE the yarn, such pretty colors

4:33 PM  
Blogger YogaNan knits, too... said...

Emily, have contributed in various places and ways, but it still feels like a drop in the bucket. Thanks for doing this--you have a big heart, and so does Sophie!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

Hiya- I also gave through wool&co- even the boys have donated thru texting!

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Alissa said...

Hi Emily, Great idea! I bought a Ravelry pattern that the proceeds went to help those in Haiti.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I don't feel able to do enough. Donations now and in the past. I have friends who have family in Haiti and I have often sent clothing and household items with them when they visit their families. My mind is old enough to remember the American Govt supported Papa Doc Duvalier and his son so I feel the burden of contributing to Haiti's poor infrastructure. Any thing we do now I hope is not too late. I feel the same about the poor or disenfranchised in our country. So many people have lost their homes, their jobs. I don't want to bring people down but we all need to do something everyday.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Christina B said...

I gave to the Haitian Health Foundation, a charity I have loved for years.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous beth said...

Hey Emily. This post motivated me to not only donate via Wool & Co. but to do a similar post on my blog.

Come on over everyone and you can enter to win something else too!

3:51 PM  
Blogger worldygirl said...

I now give every time I go to the grocery store-- they just add it to my bill. It's a way to keep giving.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've in the process of donating my pattern sales to DWB. Every pattern sold between Jan 15-31 is going directly to the Haiti relief effort.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous littlecloud said...

I have donated to DWB/MSF and have bought several patterns with proceeds going to support the relief effort. I will probably buy a few more before the end of the month. Beautiful yarn!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I've given to two different charities already and am also donating 1/2 of the proceeds of my patterns through the end of January on Ravelry. I wish I could do even more. Beautiful yarn!

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Sandy W said...

I have purchased patterns through Ravelry that support the relief efforts and have a couple more patterns in mind. Thanks for offering your yarn for a drawing. I know how nice your yarn/colors are.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I donated to Doctors without Borders. How wonderful how there are so many outlets to contribute. Thank you for offering the beautiful yarn

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Marsha said...

I texted a donation right off the bat and then gave at work. My employer (a hospital) is donating matching funds. I love your yarn but haven't been able to snag any more of it since the Sock Summit made you FAMOUS - LOL! Sophie is adorable!!

10:30 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Sophie just keeps getting cuter an cuter! I donated to DWB.

11:22 PM  
Blogger KarenK said...

Thanks for doing this - I donated to DWB and through a private collection as well.

2:18 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

What beautiful yarn - those are my favorite colors. I sent a donation to Doctors Without Borders last week. It doesn't feel like enough, but it's something. Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for encouraging us to give!

7:19 AM  
Anonymous lhill27 said...

Beautiful yarn. Donation through Catholic Relief Services.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Jean said...

Yes, I donated thru a text to Haiti and I gave at my church also when they had a special collection for Haiti. The yarn is beautiful!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Carrie L. said...

I've given two different donations to Doctors without Borders. You are a dear to offer up your beautiful yarn.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Lesley said...

Emileeeee, thank you so much for posting about our efforts at W&C....I am grateful for everyone who has posted, plugged, donated, passed it on, paid it forward, and otherwise been a good egg. So far we are at 13,000....so that ='s $26,000. Unbeknittinglievable! Thank you.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Egg Donors said...

Great Post.....

I found your site on stumbleupon and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

Thanks for sharing....

2:40 AM  

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