Week 10: More RAK’s!
Thursday again, and I’ve officially procrastinated at least an hour before writing this post. I think I’m getting a little burnt out on my project. Not so much engaging in the new behavior of getting rid of things, but the documenting of it all. When it’s just piddly things here and there from week to week, it’s still progress, but it’s not a story. While that’s fine for getting myself organized, it’s not much fun for blogging.
So, I’ll keep my weekly accounting short and sweet and then move onto better subjects. This week I sent out three more RAK’s and it felt really good to be able to make someone else’s day! Technically, I can only take credit for two of them. I sent off a needle gauge, some extra cable needles, and some stitch markers to a beginning knitter in Massachusetts. She has since received them and seems thrilled with her new goodies, which makes me smile inside. The second RAK was mailed off to a super sweet gal in Canada and consisted of a bit of my stationery odds and ends. I probably have enough stationery to write letters until I’m 110, especially now that very few people send real correspondence anymore. She and I have conversed a bunch between my initial contact and the actual mailing of her gifty and she was kind enough to gift me a couple patterns in return. I think what I love best about RAKing people is that I get to meet some really nice knitters along the way and have the pleasure of getting to know them and chat with them. Knitters are so awesome!
The third RAK really belongs to my super knitty pal Troy. When we went on our super-fab knitty weekend to Seattle in mid-February, he dumped a giant bag of sock yarn at my feet and told me to take whatever I wanted. I might have pinched myself a little to make sure it was real. And then of course, I got high on yarn fumes and ended up taking ALL of it home with me! That’s something you all don’t know about Troy. Not only is he one of the most generous people I know, but he also buys super nice yarn! And then he doesn’t become unnecessarily attached to it. Except for the really good stuff ;) Anyway, I felt a little guilty taking all of it and told him I’d be sure to send some of it off as RAK’s. So this was me making good on that. I sent a starving college student (in microbiology, no less!) some very pretty red sock yarn in honor of her birthday this month. So here’s to you Troy! Thank you for making two people’s days!
And now….. Some actual knitting!
My generous and kind friend Kathy (blog-free) who I have been “virtual” friends with for quite a few years now, is turning 50 this month. And to celebrate her birthday, she is doing something completely and totally awesometastic! She is collecting squares in black and bright colors to put together into a blanket which she will then donate to Pine Ridge Reservation. How wonderful is that? She kindly asked if I might be able to make her at least one square and I gladly agreed. How could I say no to both helping my friend celebrate her birthday, and to doing something for charity? The pattern I used is the Checker-Square Garter Dishcloth and it’s free. Not only that, there’s no purling! And while you do have to pay attention to what row you are on, it’s only for every other row, and it knits up quickly. I hope I can make at least one more before Kathy’s deadline on March 22. I think I can :) I’m sure Kathy could use any squares she might be able to receive. If anyone reading is interested in contributing (and is a Ravelry member) you can find the details of her request here in the Amazing Flying Squirrel Karma Team Group on Ravelry. Happy Birthday Kathy!! Here’s to 50 amazing & wonderful years, and many many many happy returns!
March 8, 2012
Thinning The Nest: Thursday Number 10Posted by knittymuggins under Charity knitting, Knitting, Life-n-Stuff, Ravelry Groups, Thinning The Nest Thursday, Thoughts, Yarn | Tags: Organizing, RAK, Random Act of Kindness |
Week 10: More RAK’s!