The George Mark HouseOctober 5, 2012
You guys, I loved this book. I actually liked it better than Rubin's original Happiness Project. (I'm all about home. I love home.) It got me off my ass to do a couple of things that I'd been putting off because they were difficult to do.
Rubin quoted Mother Teresa at one point (that sounds sanctimonious, but I promise, it wasn't). Mother Teresa said, when asked how people could help her with her mission, "Find your own Calcutta."
This struck me SO hard. Now, I'm not drawn to assisting a leper colony.
You know what I am drawn to? Hospice. And specifically, children's end of life hospice.
Years ago, I learned of the existence of the George Mark House, the country's first freestanding palliative care center for dying children in the United States, and I've been unable to stop thinking about them. It's been helping children and their families since 2004 (and is still only one of four children's palliative care homes in the nation).
In 2010, they had to close due to lack of funds. See, they provide care to children who need it, regardless of their ability to pay. It's a non-profit. They ran out of money to care for children at the end of their lives. They were closed for six months (I thought erroneously they'd shuttered forever and had been broken-hearted about it).
But they're open again, and they need money.
Okay. I'll give you a minute. Here's a Kleenex.
Last night I put in application to be a volunteer there. I can't tell you how much I want that. But no matter what happens with my app, I want to help in some way. Thus, what follows:
Another thing that Rubin's book helped me to do was to get rid of stuff (oh, how I love to do that).
I went through my sweaters and found a bunch that I don't wear, that don't suit me (or that are honestly just strangely patterned and/or knitted). I was going to donate them, but I thought that was weird for handknits. I was going to sell them, but I thought that was kind of odd, too.
But this? This is perfect. I'm holding a fundraising drawing for George Mark.
Every $10 donation gets you an entry (therefore, $50 gets you five entries). At the end of the drawing, I'll pick the eleven winners. Winner number one can have her first pick of the sweaters. Winner number two can have the pick of what's left, et cetera.
I'd love it if you sent the money to my paypal so I can make one nice donation from The Knitters and Writers. It's been pointed out to me that Paypal might shut this down as they don't like raffles, so let's just go this simpler route:
Send your donation to the George Mark House directly -- just send me your receipt (to yarnagogo at gmail dot com) so I mark down your entries.
And thank you, dear hearts. I know money's hard to find these days. So thank you, for anything you can give. Many ten dollar donations add up to very real money that HELPS. YOU are helping.
With no further ado, here are the eleven sweaters available (click each sweater's pic for Rav/yarnagogo link, etc.).
Ruby's Bookstore Sweater, from How to Knit a Heart Back Home, Noro Shirakaba. A bit too big for me.
Drops 110-23, in Paton's Classic Wool. A little rounded shape, esp. in the back. But I do love the knitting of it.
Levenwick, Cascade 220. Never worn, never blocked. I didn't even put fasteners on it -- I was victim of the photo fallacy, forgetting that I had boobs. Sigh.
Cabled chickami, Rowan Calmer. Cute. I just don't wear it.
Lace Wrap Sweaterbabe #112, Brooks Farm Mas-Acero. I have NEVER been able to make this wrap around me the right way. Someone's body style is perfect for this. Not mine.
February Lady, Lion Brand Cotton Ease. I love this, but it's too big on me now.
Spring Forward Fall Back, Knit one Crochet two Cotton. This is also great, but just a wee bit short on my long-waisted torso.
Coachella, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. Cute, never wear it (requires racer-back bra).
Artfibes cardie, Artfibers alpaca. I've wornt the hell out of this, a little nubby. Still a good sweater, just rarely wear it.
Shapely Tank, Soy silk. Just fine, rarely worn.
Back in the DAY (bonus points if you were reading me then) - Noro Kureyon Raglan, now with buttons, rather worn out of shape, but still fun. Rarely wear.
I'll draw winners in two weeks, on October 19th. I'd love your tweets and FB links to this -- let's spread it far and wide, my darlings. Thank you so much for considering donating to this amazing cause. I kiss you on both cheeks, mwah! mwah!
Really. Thank you, from my heart.