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Let’s Do This Thing

Dear Everybody,
After a few weeks of frantic knitting by me; cool, calm, collected work on the Quark machine by Ann; and eagle-eyed spadework by our offshore Technical Editing Department, we are proud to announce that our Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser pattern, the Cornerstone Blanket, is available for purchase.
We did things differently this time. Here’s a brief explanation of what’s different, and why.
When you go to the the pattern page on Ravelry, you will see that the price of the pattern in my Ravelry shop is $20.00. But you can get the pattern for a $10.00 contribution to Citymeals-on-Wheels. To do that, read and follow these instructions in the pattern description:
This blanket was designed as a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief. The designer would like payments for downloads of this pattern to go directly to Citymeals On Wheels, www.citymeals.com, free of PayPal fees, to the greatest extent possible. Citymeals is one of many New York City organizations that mobilized immediately to assist New York’s homebound elderly population in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
To get a code that allows you to download the PDF of the pattern, follow these simple steps:
Make a contribution of $10.00 or more to https://www.citymeals.org/support-us. Citymeals will send you an email receipt.
Forward that receipt (you may delete your address information if you wish) to cornerstoneblanket@gmail.com. INCLUDE YOUR RAVELRY NAME IN YOUR EMAIL.
Within 24 hours (usually much less time), you will receive a code that allows you download the pattern on Ravelry.
Please note: If you buy the pattern directly from this page, the designer will still donate all proceeds (less transaction fees) to Citymeals on Wheels.

**Fun fact: if you’re not on Ravelry, make a contribution, forward me the receipt, and in your email tell me that you’d like an emailed PDF of the pattern, and I’ll send it to you that way instead of via Ravelry download.**
So why did we do it this way? The main reason was to save PayPal transaction fees, which really add up. A secondary reason was that it just feels better–more transparent–for your contributions to go directly to the charity. It is an honor to have people’s trust, but I would much rather not hold other people’s money. A tertiary reason is that some people don’t have a PayPal account; this way, you have more payment options. All I need is a receipt from Citymeals, and you get the pattern.
(By the way, we were NOT trying to avoid Ravelry’s very reasonable fees for the use of the site to sell patterns. I will make a donation to Ravelry in an amount that otherwise would have been invoiced to me as the designer for these sales. It’s only right. We’re very grateful to have a place to do this, and all the other things knitters and crocheters get to do on Ravelry.)
As noted above, if you choose to buy the pattern directly from Ravelry for $20, I will still give your payment (less transaction fees) to Citymeals-on-Wheels.
Meanwhile, this week and next week I will check the cornerstoneblanket@gmail.com account very frequently, so as not to delay delivery of the pattern. At some future point, when sales decline, I will reroute the transactions through the Ravelry store–but I will always pay over any sales proceeds to Citymeals-on-Wheels.
There is a substantial amount of fundraising through pattern sales on Ravelry, every time there is a disaster like Sandy or the Japan tsunami disaster of 2011, and for a variety of other causes. I think it would be great if Ravelry would create a way of routing fundraising pattern sales proceeds directly to charities, but I’m sure it would involve some tricky code engineering. I plan to send a message to Ma & Pa Rav asking them to think about it, among all the other things they’ve got to think about. It would be a good thing.
Meanwhile, please gaze upon the lovely Cornerstone Blanket. It was a fun knit and I hope you all will give it your consideration. I’ve got at least a half dozen variations of this blanket in my head already. For one thing, the original is quite roomy! You could go a lot smaller. I also think it would look amazing in bright solids against a non-variegated cream background. And and and…..
Thanks for your patience. And as a New Yorker, thanks for your empathy and support for our city during this hard time.
Finally, can we have another moment for Balto? He’s so awesome.

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  1. I just followed the steps and it was quick and easy! Well worth a few extra seconds to get more of the donated funds directly to CityMeals.
    Good for you, setting this up! I’m not knocking Paypal, which I love for many purposes. But for donations I tend to use cards for this very reason.

  2. Beautiful blanket! And I love Balto, just love him.

  3. Off topic, I know, but why does Balto have a statue in New York? Shouldn’t there be one in Nome?

  4. Balto was a nationwide sensation when he saved the children of Nome. He went on tour. He came to New York. Children collected money to make the statue. It is probably the most popular and photographed statue in Central Park. I have to wait my turn and always have an audience when I am draping him in handknittting.
    xoxo Kay

  5. The blanket looks gorgeous (and Balto seems to enjoy it very much).
    Of to City Meals on Wheels. Thanks for organizing this.

  6. What a beautiful way to collect money for a great cause. Can’t wait to try that pattern for my bedroom! BTW, we have a statue of Balto in Cleveland too, at the Museum of Natural History. He’s well beloved here as well.
    PS, seeing Balto reminds me of another pup. Any chance we can get more pix of your dog soon?

  7. What a beautiful way to collect money for a great cause. Can’t wait to try that pattern for my bedroom! BTW, we have a statue of Balto in Cleveland too, at the Museum of Natural History. He’s well beloved here as well.
    PS, seeing Balto reminds me of another pup. Any chance we can get more pix of your dog soon?

  8. Thanks for the beautiful pattern and for providing a great fund-raiser for a worthy cause. I’ll purchase my pattern as soon as I’m done leaving my comment. So, there really was a Balto? Who knew? My dad used to talk about him when I was a little kid and I always thought it was just something he had made up to tease me. Thanks for bringing back some fun childhood memories. Gotta go buy a pattern now…

  9. Hurrah! Excellent, well done you. Here’s to shed loads more money for Citymeals! B x x

  10. Thanks Kay for a way to do a dent in the stash while making a wonderful memory of a Thanksgiving gift to those who really need it. I hope that we all have Cornerstone blankets hanging around our homes by the Spring. And I love Balto. The history channel did a great show on him once. We may not all have a chance to save the children of Alaska but we can do a small part in saving someone’s Thanksgiving by doing something as small as buying a pattern for a smashing blanket. Thanks too for setting up the way to make our dollars count down to the penny.

  11. YAY!!!! Thank you for figuring out the non-paypal way, you generous soul you! God bless.



  14. Stunning! Another fabulous MD blankie! And love that you included the canine relief worker.

  15. This cynical woman started tearing up at Balto; could’t even wait till the Sandy part, for crying out loud. You’re GOOOOOOOD!

  16. Done. Planning on using the pattern to make a scaled-down blanket or two to go to a charity that supports Romanian orphans and street-kids.

  17. Good for you setting this benefit pattern up,
    love your blog as always – Balto was one of
    the first things I visited when I went to NYC
    many years ago.

  18. I love it as much as the mitered crosses!!! I will be donating shortly! BTW, the link on the pattern page should read citymeals.org. I grew up in New Jersey and I have family there and on Staten Island and I thank you for giving me this opportunity!

  19. I am loving knitting this blanket. I love that the proceeds went to a wonderful charity. (The board absorbs the administrative costs-how cool is that) I love that the recipient watching me knit it not knowing it’s for him is going on and on about how wonderful it is. (Really looking forward to him having it.) I love how even though mine is different from the pattern picture it still looks great.
    I love learning how the people of New York and around have come together to help each other.
    And I’m wondering how much was raised through this pattern.
    And one more thing. I wish everyone who was knitting one would set up a Ravelry page so I can see it. I just learned a baby will be arriving in our youth minister’s family. I’m planning a soft pastel version.

  20. Love the blanket, and that all money will go to Citymeals. I did want to point out that in the paragraph on the Ravelry page where the URL for Citymeals is first given, it is given as http://www.citymeals.com, which will take you nowhere. The URL in step one is correct (.org).

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