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JPaul's picture

Knitting for a cause...

I've always "planned" on doing this...I've been meaning to join the Red Sweaters project, but it's hard to find Red Heart yarn in the city.  The helmet liners look like a good project and appeal to me as a veteran.  I like the idea of knitting for a cause, filling a need, and I've actually done it sort of by accident.

I recently finished a Baby Bobbi Bear that I knitted just because I liked the pattern (it's from Blue Sky Alpacas and it's great fun to knit and ever so cute).  I didn't knit it with a recipient in mind.  Well, AIDS Walk San Francisco is fast approaching and I'm raising money ($3000 if I meet my goal), so I'm constantly trying to think of fundraising ideas.  That's where the bear comes in.  I took it work, set it up next to my desk with a "Silent Auction" sign and gave folks a week to submit bids.  The auction ended this morning and the bear sold for $104, all of which will be donated to AIDS Walk San Francisco!  Here's the key lesson learned:  Make sure people know that YOU did the knitting!  Once I added that important bit of information, people were much more willing to bid.