Posts Tagged ‘charity’

So Many Thanks

Bogolan sales really picked up in the last few months. I am excited and proud and absolutely out of this world grateful toward everybody who has purchased the Bogolan pattern. I am humbled by the opportunity to give to such an amazing charity. Seriously, y’all. Please take a moment to learn about everything Women for Women International are doing to help women gain autonomy in war-torn countries across the world.

We have exceeded $1k! Here’s the breakdown –

  • October 15, 2013 – $260 donated.
  • November 1, 2013 – $101.38 donated.
  • December 2, 2013 – $118.12 donated.
  • January 31, 2014 – $164.92 donated.
  • September 30, 2014 – $207.55 donated.
  • November 27, 2014 – $257.14 donated.
  • Total to date – $1109.11 donated to Women for Women International.


Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you… I hope you are enjoying a Thanksgiving holiday (or normal old Thursday) full of love and joy~

Happy Return

I am still alive and, more to the point, at work!

Busy in the garden, busy in the kitchen, busy reading and writing and learning lots of things. Lately, busy with the knitting needles…

And it seems I am not the only one inspired by the change of season. Bogolan sales have picked up and there is a dollar for dollar match over at Women for Women International. So I thought today was the perfect opportunity to come back with an overdue donation update.

  • October 15, 2013 – $260 donated.
  • November 1, 2013 – $101.38 donated.
  • December 2, 2013 – $118.12 donated.
  • January 31, 2014 – $164.92 donated.
  • September 30, 2014 – $207.55 donated. ( = $415.10, matched $ for $.) 
  • TOTAL to date – $851.97 donated to Women for Women International.

Hooray! I hope to reach $1k by the end of the year.

Soon I shall have a new sweater design to show you. So if you enjoy that sort of thing, please stay tuned! xo~

Winter Work

It’s not truly winter until the yellow-bellied sapsucker shows up. Always around Christmas we begin to see her. She’s a constant visitor until mid-February or so.


She taps row after row of holes into the bark of the pear trees. She tends them constantly so that they don’t harden up, and then she sips at the tree sap. It doesn’t harm the tree, so far as I can tell.


This is Oskari. I have been working downstairs near the wood stove because it has been so cold, so he misses our days together in the (his) atelier. I went in to shoot some pictures of my works-in-progress and he participated. His expressions can be hard for strangers to read. I think it’s because he’s mostly black. This (above) is his coy face.


The project is a cardigan and he really likes it. He likes being close to things that are of me, things that I work on or things that I love. Can you tell? This is his lovey face.


Then Arfinn crash bombed the picture party. So this is Oskari’s resigned-to-being-put-out face. He is a good mommy to the kittens, really knows how to pin them down for a thorough bath, but he highly values his Oskari time.


I hope to finish the cardigan in a week or two, depending on my answer to the perennial knitter’s question – to pocket, or not to pocket. Also, the design still needs a name.


I finally ordered sock blockers in the mail, but they are not here yet, so I have one completed pair of socks that remains crumpled and unpresentable. But then I cast on for a new pair – another Nancy Bush pattern. It is a nicer gauge to work with (fingering weight yarn on 2.75mm needles), so the knitting is more pleasant.


Chelsea Morning was featured in a great post over on Book Riot (by Rachel a.k.a. bananasuit) that pairs up audiobooks with knitting projects. As an avid audiobook listener (seriously, I can’t even start writing about audiobooks, this would turn into a different blog), I’m keen to try out a few of her suggestions!

I donated our latest Bogolan funds to Women for Women International. It always feels good to complete this task. Here’s our tally so far:

  • October 15, 2013 – $260 donated.
  • November 1, 2013 – $101.38 donated.
  • December 2, 2013 – $118.12 donated.
  • January 31, 2014 – $164.92 donated.
  • TOTAL to date – $644.42 donated to Women for Women International.

As always, I am so grateful to everyone who has contributed by purchasing the Bogolan pattern!


Wishing you well in your own winter work~

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