This is the power of knitters — when faced with a need and a charity suited to meet it, they will rise to the occasion, swiftly donating money in the hopes of winning yarn, but really in the certainty that they can make a difference. That was what happened when I offered up my first few skeins of yarn today in an effort to raise money for heifer.org, a group that fights hunger.
My plan is to offer several skeins every week between now and the holidays as "Give Back" listings. Since Heifer lets you donate an animal, my hope was to donate a sheep, at a cost of $120. I listed my skeins of yarn today in the hopes that I could get part way towards that goal, raffling the yarn for $2 a chance and offering one skein of sock yarn as an auction. I was really astonished when I saw that the listings — what I thought was a really large number of tickets that might take a week to sell out — sold out in hours. Winners are drawn, yarn is in the mail, and we raised $200. The auction is not yet closed, but it is already at $25 with three days left to go. My original plan was to donate all the money raised, minus paypal fees and shipping costs, but I’m so touched by the speed with which these tickets sold out, that I’ve decided I want to cover those fees myself to maximize the amount of the donation. We are well past that first sheep, and I’m now dreaming of being able to donate a small flock.
Mark your calendar for next Thursday at noon. We’ll do it again with new yarns, fun yarns, yarns that will help hungry children eat. The Judge can make his petty little jokes about "when knitters rule the world" — I think even he has a sense of what a better place it would be if we did.