Knitters, are you getting ready for the Ravellenic Winter Games? I’m participating (sort of) in this year’s games by having a donation drive! If you are on the lookout for fun patterns to use for your projects over the next few weeks, and if you want to help a good cause, here’s the deal…
First, let me introduce you to a new sample of one of my very first patterns – a rainbow-tastic version of Spiraling Stripes Hats! The pattern itself has been updated, all re-formatted in my new pdf style, with some edits and added notes about the different sizes/styles. (here on ravelry) This style is knit exactly as the pattern is written, in aran weight yarns, for the oversized slouchy fit.
It was made in 9 colors of aran weight leftovers, mostly Malabrigo (one Quince & Co in the mix), making a complete rainbow:
It was topped off with a fishtail braid. Bonus: the yarn colors were all switched at the top, so turning the ends into the braid meant ZERO ends to weave in!
So, wait, what does this have to do with the Ravellenic thing? Well, for the first 4 days of the Olympic games – this Friday February 7th through Monday February 10th – 100% of proceeds from this hat pattern will be donated to International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. This organization does work all over the world (including Russia), and some of their main issues are decriminalization, stopping discrimination, torture, violence, and abuse, freedom of speech, assembly, and association, health, and human rights.
My donation drive is part of a bigger collection of designers all doing donation drives during this Olympic season – the fabulous Bristol Ivy had the idea and we all jumped right on board! Check out her blog post here for a list of all designers participating – some are donating more locally; some are giving a cut of sales from throughout the entire Olympics time. Check out the list and the patterns, and buy as many as you want to during this fundraising event!
As far as leethal patterns go, it’s not just that hat – I’ll also be donating from the sales of all of my patterns that could potentially be made with rainbows! Of course, you don’t have to actually make them as rainbows… but you COULD. Technically, I know, you could make any pattern with rainbows, but I’m counting the ones that either have specific instructions for striping, and/or that have a many-colored sample included in the pattern.
Update (the next day): My husband was reading this post last night, and pointed out how perfectly fitting my Freak Out! mask pattern (rav) is for protesting Russian politics and how awesome it would be if someone made a rainbow version for their Ravellenics project; I don’t know how I hadn’t put that together when making the pattern list for this donation drive! Duh!! So, 100% of sales proceeds from Freak Out! will also be donated:
50% of proceeds from the sales of all of these patterns (Friday-Monday) will be donated:
And just to let you know, the day after this ends (Feb 11th) is my birthday, and I will be having a birthday sale like I do most years, but it will only be on patterns not included in this donation drive, so the two events won’t conflict with each other. I’ll announce details on that one later :)
If you do cast on for a rainbow, please show it off by posting pictures in my ravelry group (or at least adding it as a rav project) – I would LOVE to see some rainbow projects!!