First, an update for our readers on the Cornerstone Blanket fundraising project. As of this morning, we have sent off 110 downloads of the pattern to knitters who donated at least 10 bucks to Citymeals-on-Wheels, a New York City charity that rose immediately to the aid of those in need after superstorm Sandy, and now needs extra funding to replenish its pantries and continue its work at a heightened level.
Even more exciting, the donations that readers have sent to Citymeals total nearly $3000. That’s because some contributions exceeded the $10 minimum. We didn’t see that coming–but maybe we should have. When I first noticed it, I went all melty in the cardiac area. So many big hearts out there. Every contribution is meaningful. It’s like the magic of compound interest (back when there was such a thing); a little, and a little more, and pretty soon it’s a lot.
We’d love to boost the contributions up a notch higher. And as it happens, I have knitted up a rather splendid item of Jolly Holiday Decor. It’s my stateside version of the Hampstead Wreath, a pattern that, thanks to sweet friends in London, is itself a fundraiser for Citymeals. (Are you keeping up? Read about the Hampstead Wreath here. Look at these inspiring versions on London doors. And get a Bachelor of Fine Arts in pom-pom placement here.)
I made the wreath just for fun. this past weekend. Personally, I have very little use for a wreath, for two reasons. One: I have a typical New York City apartment door that has 18 layers of paint on it and is seen by so few people that a festive flourish on it would generate very little cheer And Two: the Hanukkah wreath is a concept that has not gained much traction, as far as I know, and as a convert, I try not to rock the whale (OLD TESTAMENT JOKE ALERT). Low profile is my motto. I don’t even do the sweet potato latkes; you can’t be too careful.
Since a handknit wreath is a terrible thing to waste, I think a giveaway drawing is in order. Everybody who has purchased the Cornerstone Blanket already is in the drawing, and anybody who purchases it between now and Sunday, December 2, at noon (New York time), is in the drawing. The winner of the drawing gets the wreath. (Re-gifting is allowed, as is re-embellishing. No pride of authorship. Just recycle the pom-poms please.)
But wait! There’s more! The winner will also receive 5! green! pom-poms! — handcrafted by me, which can be swapped in for the blue ones, for a more traditional Christmas color scheme.
Balto says, well, ok, if you have to. Lay it on me.
I did have to. (This photo taken by a volunteer tourist from the Netherlands. That’s me in the background. Just another day, hanging knitting on Balto.)
To review, if you’d like to enter the drawing for the wreath, and also get a download of the Cornerstone Blanket pattern, follow these 2 steps.
1. Make a contribution of $10 or more to Citymeals-on-Wheels. They will send you an email receipt.
2. Forward a copy of your email receipt to [email protected] Include your Ravelry name so that we can put a copy of the pattern in your Ravelry library (no muss, no fuss).
That’s it. I’ll do the drawing on Sunday night and report the winner on Monday. I promise to mail it on Monday, so that the wreath can get a full display season its first year.
Thank you, everyone, for all the support you’ve shown by buying both patterns, and by your many tweets, FaceBook posts, and pins. It’s wonderful to be a part of this compassionate and social-media savvy community.