As a "CF Mom" my wheels are always spinning and I'm always trying to come up with new ideas to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I figure this drive is natural and there would actually be something wrong with me if I wasn't constantly trying to raise vital funds for the foundation that provides my daughter with the means to live each day with Cystic Fibrosis and the same foundation that I hope and pray will ultimately be responsible for her cure.
So over the course of the past 3 months, in what little amount of spare time I have, I've been busy knitting, during Olivia's treatments while she watches tv, during naps and after the kids' bedtime into the wee hours of the mornings, making washcloths to sell with all donations going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of my daughter Olivia. After seeing firsthand what an undertaking I took on, my sister Darci has pitched in and has graciously helped me by knitting some washcloths as well. All of these washcloths are handmade and each one took on average 2 hours. I myself knitted over 60 of these washcloths.
For anyone who knows me, you know that time is something I deem invaluable. It’s a very precious gift; we never have enough of it and you never know when yours is up, so I strive to live each day to its fullest and never put off until tomorrow what I can do today. So you see, this is one of the best "gifts" I can give back to you through a fundraising event - you get a chunk of my precious time with each washcloth you buy. So with that, I present to you . . .
Knitting for the Love of Olivia - A CF Fundraiser!
|All the washcloths that I've knitted so far.|
The items for sale in this fundraiser are cotton washcloths, perfect for use in the kitchen or bath. Beings everyone has to wash dishes and bathe, they are useful for everyone! There are many different colors to choose from, a variety for all! We've even made some fun washcloths for babies, toddlers and kids to use to make bath time that much more fun!
I'll be selling these for a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for $15 per 2-pack. Larger donations can be made as all donations will go directly to the CFF. Further details to come on Monday, April 2, 2012.
The inspiration behind this fundraiser stems from many years ago. During college, my aunt Ilene whom is an avid knitter, knitted my sisters and I these cool funky scarves. Over the years she was always knitting us things from blankets to scarfs and slippers and the best thing about the knitted things she made is that they lasted so long and were all unique. After falling in love with the scarves she made us, I wanted to learn how to knit and make more scarves for myself - 1 for each outfit right! So after a quick crash course from my aunt, I somewhat learned how to knit. She gave me some of her old knitting needles and supplies and a few balls of cotton yarn and told me to try to knit some washcloths first, before I went on to the funky/chunky scarf yarn. So about 6 years ago now, I set out to knit my first washcloth and here it is:
Nothing grand and about what you would expect for my first knit, but I was half impressed with it and proud that it was something I made myself with my own two hands. What still impresses me to this day, is although it's badly faded and bleached out, (it used to be a blue speckled color) now 6 years later, it's still usable and has held up thorough numerous washes with bleach. That's what I've come to love about knitted washcloths, the durability and longevity of each one and that's why I decided that this would be a good item for a fundraiser.
So back to the present day, after knitting numerous items from my son's baby blanket, to scarves, washcloths and other various items, I'm a bit better at knitting. The internet has been a great teaching tool as well! So here is a glimpse of the washcloths that will be for sale in honor of Olivia come Monday. Be sure to check back, for the selection and variety to choose from.
A FEW NOTES:
* washcloths are all knitted using Cotton Yarn
* washcloths are mostly square (I'm not perfect) and measure anywhere from 8 - 10 inches.
(Infant/Toddler washcloths measure 6 inches & Kids washcloths measure 7 inches)
* washcloths are hand knitted, Availability is Limited, Items will be sold on a
"first-come-first-serve" basis, once an item is sold out, I will post a "sold update" as soon
*washcloths are not washed, therefore some shrinkage is likely to occur after washing
* washcloths are "Brioche" stitched or "Knit" stitched:
*Purchasing details will be available Monday, April 2, 2012