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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?


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Artistic talent seems to run in the family... like mama like daughter ;) The vest turned out fabulous

The vest is beautiful.I'm rather jealous of your snow as well.

The vest and papercut are *both* lovely. And what snow!

My gut is that the honor system would work just fine... but if you have concerns, I'm sure that's similar to the way the Harlot works her knitters without borders contests. You could write her and I bet she'd have some perspective to share.

the paper cut is beautiful! have you considered google checkout? i think they charge less than paypal. however, i think that knitters are generally very generous and honest people, and the honor system would also work. charities often send receipts after you make a donation. if people make online donations, perhaps the organization provides online receipts? and then you could request a copy of the receipt or something like that. just trying to throw out ideas. good luck!

The vest looks wonderful! the constructions paper design is fantastic. When I first saw it I thought it was a print on a tee shirt. Um hum, I sure did. It would look cool on a shirt--something to think about.

What a thoughtful, sweet way to honor your father. He would have loved the vest. The idea for donations is great, and I think you can trust most people, at least, that's my experience. The cut-out is awesome! Oh, and just wait until your daughter turns 27!!!!!! Yikes!!!

The vest is beautiful . I think the direct donation way would be easiest on you and have the biggest impact of donated money. You could link from the pattern to an organization that you have specificlly chosen. I think it is to a great cause. It is such a cruel disease, having lived with my grandfather for years with it i understand. My condolences to you on the loss.

Your daughter should see about having that design printed onto a t-shirt, seriously. You should check out Threadless t-shirts. I know they look for new designs to do this and may purchase the design from her. http://www.threadless.com/ I would so buy one !

What a lovely vest and a lovely idea to donate the money. I just showed this to my husband and he says that it looks nice and he might wear it if I find the right outfit combo for him.

The vest is beautiful. Or perhaps I should say--handsome. I'll look forward to the pattern's debut.

My heart goes out to you Kirsten. What a wonderful tribute to your dad, both the handsome design and the decision to donate the proceeds.

I'm not sure of the logistics involved, but I think directing purchasers to the organization to donate would yield the most money for the cause - In my experience, people are often far more generous than you can imagine, and many I'm sure would donate much more than the standard price of a pattern. Maybe there is a way to work with the organization (or a local affiliate perhaps?) to confirm the donations? I've toyed with this for an annual fundraiser, but we are lucky to have a website that gives us donation reports so that this could be confirmed. I do think that the honor system would work in this particular case, knitters being who they are ;) but it may be gratifying (and possibly tear-inducing) to know how much you have helped raise.

That is a beautiful vest. What a wonderful way to not only honour you're Dad but to contribute towards research of these diseases. As someone who's mother has Alzheimer's I thank you deeply for this.
I hope my daughter's artistic talent stays as strong as your's has....love that papercut!...Happy Birthday to them both!

What a handsome vest and loving way to honor your father (I have always felt a connection because my Dad's name is Dr. G too!)

Enjoy your teenage daughters - mine went from 14 to 23 really fast!

I like the idea of making a donation, and I agree that by and large this community can be trusted and will not let you down. I myself have a ton of Skye tweed that I would love to use in a vest for my dad, who as you know is fading away fast due to Alzheimers.

The girls are 14--wow!!

What a beautiful vest, Kirsten. Can't wait til it's available -- I'll make it for my DH.

I don't know much about other avenues for online donations that don't take a cut. The ones I looked at online all take a percentage. Hopefully, knitters can just send you the money!

Lovely papercut by your daughter, too.

The vest is fabulous and I can't wait until the pattern is available! Dale is going to love this, I just know it.
I have no practical advice on how to handle the charity donations but I'm sure others have done this and will give you the information you need.

Wonderful vest, and I really liked how you photographed it.

You might ask Claudia of Claudia's Blog or Wendy of Wendy Knits about the donation thing.

Wonderful cut work by your DD#1! Best wishes to both your daughters for a wonderful year.

What a beautiful design, and what a beautiful way to remember your father. Knitters generally are an honorable lot; direct donations sound like a reasonable idea. I agree that funneling the most amount of money directly to the charity is the best idea.

the vest and the papercut are awesome!

I love the vest. And the papercut. What wonderful people you are!

The vest is fabulous and 38" is about perfect for me!:) Construction paper? Wow...

You do your father great honor with this work.

The honor system I think will work well. You might even find that folks will give more than they would in purchasing the pattern. I'm glad that you finished it.

Love the paper cutting! I'm sure your kids have the David Wiesniski books (think that is the right last name) where all the "illustrations" are actually cut paper . . . amazing stuff. Happy birthday, girls! They really do grow up too, too fast.

I absolutely love this vest. Please email whenever you have the details worked out for sale. I make vests for my son's oncologist for every year we have made it cancer free. He would love this one...

That's a beautiful vest, with a beautiful sentiment behind it.

Also, your daughter is quite talented!

First - you have my condolences. I am sorry, but it is difficult for me to write complicated things in english....
Second - that vest is absolutely wonderful. I am looking forward to be able to purchase the pattern AND to donate money to the research. For some weeks I have been searching for the right pattern for a vest for my father. He is 65 and in quite good health, and he is a handsome man (at least my mother and I thinks he is :-) And your vest would be just the right one for him. He is skinny but a quite tall man, so I hope that you will make the pattern in bigger sizes.
Third - I have been reading your blog for a few months now, and I am full of admiration - you make so MANY absolutely lovely things.
Greetings from Inge, Denmark. (ingeberg at Ravelry)

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