Last night while browsing through Ravelry, I came across the pattern Kynance Cove by Isabell Kraemer. I love her designs and have several of her her patterns, several of them in my queue, but have never made one. I really like the new one and there’s a Knit Along beginning April 1. Since I’m still fairly new to knitting sweaters, I thought the KAL would be good for me.
As soon as I got the pattern, I began looking for yarn. I think I want to do it with Madelinetosh DK but The Loopy Ewe is kinda low on that and none of the colors worked for me. There were several other yarns that would work but I really wanted the Tosh DK so I figured I’d wait til today and see if the Monday update included Tosh DK. I told myself that I needed to order the yarn so it could be shipped today in order for me to get it, wind it into balls, swatch and be ready to start knitting on April 1. When I went to bed, I had three different combinations of yarn that would all work but was just waiting til today’s update to place the order.
But things changed . . I hadn’t been on the computer a whole lot over the weekend and when I turned on the iPad in bed last night to catch up on friends on Facebook, I read that a friend was going through a horrible situation. I shed a few tears, said a prayer for them, and woke up this morning to even worse news.
As I was taking a shower, even before a fund had been set up to help my friend and her family, I thought . . forget about ordering the yarn and send the money that you would spend on the yarn to her. I didn’t have to think twice. I got out of the shower, wrote her and asked her for her paypal address and sent her the money I would have spent. Not only is she facing expenses in connection with the family disaster, but getting on a plane with small children and flying halfway across the country, I knew she could use a little extra cash and I surely won’t miss the yarn.
If there’s yarn in my stash to make this sweater, I’ll make it. If not, I’ll follow the KAL and be reminded during the entire process to pray for my friend and her family.
I feel a heck of a lot better having sent something to her to help her in this time of sadness than I would have felt ordering another box of yarn for myself.
Donna Williams says
You are such a wonderful, caring friend. I am sure she will remember your kindness for years to come.
Good job and I’m sure your yarn will work up nice.
Nancy Barr says
How very nice of you to do that! I am sure your friend is eternally grateful!
Leslie Sorenson says
I call that a “God nudge”.
Leslie Sorenson says
I call that a “God nudge”.
Wendy S. Johnson says
What a kind thing for you to do Judy!
Wendy in WNY
I think that was a very giving thing to do. I am sure your friend appreciates your gift as well as support during this rough time.
We have been stretched a little financially lately and trying to watch spending some. Twice in the last week I have been in a situation where any donation would help a good cause, I have thought I don’t have ay extra to spare. But then it comes to me how blessed our family is and I need to share those blessings so I have donated a little and feel an extra blessing because of it.
Thank you to you and Vince for being willing to share all you do with your readers. I look forward to your blog everyday.
Vickie VanDyken says
I t is good when we follow our conscience 🙂 Good decision! I had a retreat to go to last week and my Father-in-Law passed away. I gave away my spot for one day and was able to attend one day…The recipient offered to pay me. She doesn’t go to retreats because of the expense…I told her no way would she give me money…It felt good to give it to someone who would love it but usually couldn’t do it….I think next year I may get together with some friends and give a “scholarship” to someone in the same situation. I like the idea 🙂
Mary Jo says
I like that Leslie called this decision a “God nudge”. You are such a thoughtful person, both to this friend and to all of us that you keep entertained with your blog and with all of your free patterns. I thank God that he has placed you in my life!
You are awesome! So many of us think good thoughts but you act on them. All the best to your friend.
Blessings for your friend and her family! and blessings on you for being such a thoughtful friend!
shirley bruner says
That was such a selfless thing to do….bless you. was she, by chance, the lady with her fiancee and parents missing in the mud slide? that is such a horrid tragedy. i’ll offer a few prayers….whether it was her or someone else.
Bless you! I have just been the recipient of the kindness of two women; one to be with me during medical procedures and the other to help at home. I know what the kindness of friends in deed, not only just words, can mean.
I know who you are talking about and I too donated money to a fund set up for her. I don’t actually know her, but several of my friends know her. I absolutely cannot imagine what she is going through…. my heart is so heavy for her and all of the people affected by the mudslide.
I need to wait a few more days in my budget to have anything to chip in, but I’ll be donating too. What a horrible thing to happen. My heart breaks for her. That was a really nice thing to do, Judy!
Gail S says
Such a tragedy. My heart goes out to all those affected. I, too, sent a donation.
Perfect, Judy. I love that you did this.
Sue S says
You’re a good person. People benefit from being generous. She’s blessed because you cared. You are blessed in the giving.
We live 160 miles away from this where this mudslide took place — just over the mountains in central Washington state. The news is filled with nothing but this disaster. There is an enormous outpouring of help from the local area and the rest of the state. It’s comforting to see so many people giving whatever help they can to those affected by this disaster.