Thank you to all who were a part of knitting a fabric of support and love for the life-affirming work of REDES Ecovillages! Together we harvested $325!! (At latest count I have available). It fills my heart to know there are people with imagination and knowing that when we lift others, we lift all, because we are all in this interconnected Earth together.
Congratulations to: Sarah B.!
The shawl will be making its way to your door this week!
Diversity: It was amazing to see that even among a small group of donors, we came from four different countries and four different US states (if I did not miss anyone).
Method: In case it's of interest, here is the method I used to randomize the drawing. First, I entered only people who provided me receipts of their donation as instructed, because some wanted to give without entering drawing. I placed each person's name on a small piece of paper for each $10 amount and put those papers in a container. I shook the container in as many ways as you can imagine. I closed my eyes and pulled one at a time and wrote down a number to represent that paper. Then I used Random.org random number generator to select the number.
You are awesome. Be kind to yourself.
The moment I saw Francoise Danoy of Aroha Knits' design called Te_Whenua, Maori te reo for "The Land," I knew I wanted to knit this up to support an incredible ecovillage project in Senegal focused on revitalizing and reclaiming indigenous ecosystems called REDES. Francoise graciously gave me permission to use her design in this manner.
This shawl was a joy to knit, is soft and light as a feather, made from a Merino wool and black alpaca blend for the main color, and a few hand-dyed Merino wool samples I had in my stash. You can own this as an art piece for a wall or wear it draped around the neck for warmth on cool days. Wingspan: 80 in/203 cm, top to bottom 37 in/94 cm.
To enter drawing:
Step 1) Go to Context.org to make a minimum $10 donation.
Step 2) Email a copy of your receipt on behalf of REDES to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3) For every multiple of $10 you donate, I will enter you that many times into a drawing for the shawl, so one entry for $10, two entries for $20, etc.
Step 4) On February 28th, last day of the month, I will randomly select a winner, contact you by email to request your mailing address, and pop it in the mail anywhere to your door!
Staying close to the wealth of nature and making with my hands bring me greatest joy and comfort. You can find me on Instagram as @waterwomanknits, and on Ravelry as Waterwoman-Knits.