I'm reading the news, coming from cities famous and obscure across the globe, and it's hard to feel cheerful with so much madness afoot. It's a grim way for the world to head into a holiday season.
That said, the flip side to all this terror is a season when it's easy to find ways to contribute to worthy causes. Knitters tend to be generous, so here are places where good folks are cooking up ways to support organizations that deserve the support. Please share a comment if you know of other ways to give in this season.
Give a Sheep
Clara Parkes of Knitter's Review
is all about the animal husbandry, via Heifer International
. She writes: "Few gifts have the opportunity to endure quite like the gift of livestock—and training in animal husbandry—to deserving families around the world. Key to the Heifer program is a commitment from each recipient to pay it forward, which is how the gift of even one sheep can eventually help an entire village. Not that you need any enticing, but I feel like giving you something extra this year. I’ll pick 10 donors on January 1st, 2016, and I'll send each of you a surprise skein of Clara Yarn. Happy New Year!" Here's the link to Clara's Heifer International team page
For some reason, Clara's heifers make me think of cheerful animals, and there's no more cheerful animal than Babe, the sheep-herding pig. Maybe we all need to watch Babe
. Maybe that's a thing.
Bristol Ivy Gives Back
Bristol Ivy is donating 50% of her pattern sales for the month of December: 25% to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
and 25% to Doctors without Borders
makes it easy to email a pattern to a friend as a gift, and lord knows there are no patterns more tasty than Bristol's. Have a look here
for a stocking stuffer that every knitter will welcome.
is a gem.
The Picot! Picot! Cowl
is cool, too. Picot is the unsung hero of the edging world. It really gets its moment in this cowl.
Riding Her Hiney Off
The Yarn Harlot
, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, raises money each year for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. Her six-day bicycle rides have made for fine armchair cycling for those of us who can't handle a 600km car ride
from Toronto to Montreal. Stephanie rides again next July. You can be the wind beneath her, um, wings right here
You know that saying: "Give ’til it feels good?" Let's aim for that. I gotta go watch the talking sheepherding pig, and probably get out Charlotte's Web
while I'm at it.
PS Only a few short days until A Thing We Are All Excited About is revealed. I am blowing colossal amounts of time fooling around with it, but hey—everybody needs a new craft, right?