I started this vest back in August to honor my father who was suffering from Vascular Dementia. The idea from the start was to create a pattern to sell and to donate the proceeds to Dementia and Alzheimer's research. When my father passed away in September, I just couldn't face working on the vest. I don't know if it was the mental challenge that during a time of grief I was unable to meet, or just the idea that the vest was about him and that was too difficult for me at the time. I do know that I let the thought of details bog me down, like how to arrange for the donations, and how many sizes to offer the pattern in. So it sat, waiting until I was ready to pick it up again. Work re-commenced around Christmas, and Dr. G's Memory Vest is finally complete.
I hope to have the pattern ready in another few weeks. If anyone has had any experience arranging for donations of this sort to go to charity, I'd love any advice you have to offer. I want the maximum amount possible to go directly to the organization which I have chosen. To me this means not going through Paypal, since they take a cut. One thought was to let folks go directly to the organization to donate any amount that they are comfortable with. Then it would be up to the individual to send me an e-mail, telling me that they had made a contribution and I would send them the pattern. This relies on the honor system, but my experience with this community of knitters leads me to believe that I can trust folks to be honest. Opinions? Ideas?
The yarn is Skye Tweed, but any worsted weight would work. The gauge is 5 stitches to the inch. The vest I made will be the smallest size, the chest measures 38". My plan at this point is to go up to a 50", but I need to make sure the math works to my satisfaction for that. I'll have modeled photos for you as soon as I have a model home in daylight.
I leave you with a paper cut that my daughter, DD#1 - the "Reader", did last night. She constantly amazes me with her artistic ability. (Yeah, I know, I'm more than a little biased!) Her response when I
complimented gushed over the piece was, "It's only construction paper". Always humble, that one.
Oh yeah, did I mention that my girls turned 14 on Saturday? I'm still numb. How did they get this old?