My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


The Knitbloggers Knitting Basket Project


Are you guys familiar with Heifer International? You can “purchase” animals or a share of an animal to go to impoverished families around the world, to help them feed themselves and or earn income.

One of the gifts you can purchase is a “Knitting Basket” — here’s what Heifer International says about the Knitting Basket:

Your gift of a Knitting Basket will include two llamas and two sheep — one male and one female of each — four animals famous for their warm, income-producing wool.

From shearing to spinning, weaving and finally selling woolen goods at market, your gift of a Knitting Basket will help four struggling families earn extra income to break free from the grip of poverty and hopelessness.

Over time, as your gift multiplies and more animals are passed on to help others in need, entire communities will be warmed by the precious wool of your Knitting Basket.

Teresa Mowery and I have joined forces for a holiday season charity project. On behalf of the Knitblogging Community, we would like to be able to donate at least one Knitting Basket to families in need. A gift of a Knitting Basket for four needy families is $500. With many of us pitching in, this is not an unreasonable goal.

Teresa has set up a Paypal account to receive donations for the Knitting Basket — there’s a link to it on the Knitbloggers Knitting Basket Project page. By clicking on the paypal button on the bottom of this page, you can donate to this cause. It doesn’t have to be a large donation — many people donating just a few dollars will quickly add up.

If you have room in your heart and in your wallet, please consider contributing to this worthy cause.

There’s a button over in my sidebar (picture me gesturing to the right) that will take you to this page that Teresa created. Teresa and I encourage you to copy this button and host it on your blogs if you’d like to show your support.


Because great minds think alike, yesterday Deb suggested donating to Heifer International for a Knitting Basket!

Lucy Visits With Grandma and Grandpa


I had lunch with my parents yesterday, after which they spent some quality time with Lucy.

I also finally stuffed my Extreme Hedonism neckwrap.


And I worked on Amphora.


And I got a much needed haircut on Monday, so my sassy curls are back.


This staying home from work stuff is really cool. Too bad I’m heading back to the office this morning. Sigh.


  1. What a great idea! I clicked over and made my contribution. I hope you’ll post updates now and then like you’ve done with the mouse donations. My first good deed of the day is done. (Even before my shower!)

  2. Hi Wendy,

    I agree with Nicole. A sprt of progress button/icon would be lovely. Maybe a sheep slowely filling with color as we approach the knit basket?

  3. What a great idea Wendy! I love the way we can all pull together as a group and do something useful.

  4. Thanks guys!

    I don’t have access to the paypal account — Teresa took responsibility for that. I’m sure she’ll be happy to keep us posted on contributions. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. My son’s preschool class is doing the same project. We taught the kids about sheep and how they are sheared for wool (along with a trip to the petting zoo to touch the sheep). Then we had a woman come to class with a spinning wheel and demonstrate how yarn is made. They got to play around with drop spindles. Next day, I brought plain wool in and had the kids dye it with Kool Aid. They had a ball doing this project and it looked neat to see all the colored skeins drip-drying in the class room.

    They have almost reached their goal of collecting enough donations to purchase the Knitting Basket. I think it’s a great cause! I’ll definitely contribute to the Knitblogger’s project as well.

  6. I’ve supported this charity for many years and I’m still stopped and asked about my t-shirt with sheep on it that says Heifer International. I used to choose the shares in the sheep and was thrilled when they began the knitting basket! Today I’ll donate for Naomi’s birthday since I met her through your blog! Happy Birthday,Naomi! and thank you, Wendy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. My brother introduced me to the Heifer Project a few years back and for his 35th birthday my family gave him a share in a milk-producing gift similar to the knitting basket. I’m excited to participate in your gift, too.

    Thanks for being such an activist, Wendy–you reach so many kind/generous people through your blog!


  8. You’re right, Wendy, great minds do think alike. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was just on Heifer International’s site this week, considering a donation! Thanks for setting up the account and encouraging knitters to support the cause as a community. It’s so easy to donate through Paypal, it took me only a minute. I hope you get a good response!

  9. I’m glad to know your idea is such a great one. At the group home a couple of years ago we bought a goat. This is even more fun since it’s related to knitting. I can’t donate until payday, but I’ll put it on my list. What a great idea Wendy & Teresa!

  10. Great idea re joined forces for Heifer International. I’d just received their mag a few days ago as it is a must do for me every year – but I enjoy this group effort even more.

  11. Good morning Wendy!

    Great idea. If you can get 1700 mousies, then I am sure we can buy at least one knitting basket and maybe more. Just think, if you get just $1 for every mousie, we (note how I have made this project mine as well as yours) can buy 3 knitting baskets.

    I love how you take initiative and jump into these projects.

    Thanks for your time and efforts

  12. I’m sitting here at the keyboard with tears in my eyes…already $330 has been donated.

    WOW! This community is so wonderfully generous!

    Absolutely, we will be posting the total amount donated.

    Thanks to everyone who donated so far!
    (Excuse me while I go find some kleenx) gonna go blow my nose…)

  13. Count me in! What a wonderful idea – I just got off the website and it was easy and quick. Hmmm – maybe your goal should be TWO knitting baskets?

  14. I love Heifer International (at least the idea of it), but be warned – they spend at least the amount of money you contribute mailing junk to you for the next four years. I bought a goat for $75 several years ago and I STILL get big packets in the mail from them. You might want to mention to them that you DO NOT want to be on the mailing list.

  15. What a great idea you and Teresa came up with. I’ve also made my donation, and by the time this is over we can all have a big virtual cocktail party to celebrate our Holiday gift giving!

  16. Great idea!! I had heard about this organization on Oprah. I’ll make a donation today.

  17. What a great way to give back! What better thing to do for my birthday than to help someone less fortunate. Thank you Wendy for all you’ve given me over the past year.

  18. WOW! WOW! WOW!


    and $95 on our way to ANOTHER!!


  19. Just donated. Wendy & Teresa — great idea, great cause.

  20. Thank you for presenting such a great charity. I have donated and requested that my family donate in my name for Christmas. If I get lots of mail from them, I will leave it at works, Starbucks etc for others to discover.

    Thank you for your leadership!!!

    A faithful lurker : )

  21. I’m a big fan of Heifer Int. My son’s preschool sold cookies last year to raise for a heifer donation. My kids will be getting a ‘flock of chicks’ donation in their Xmas stockings this year. I was very glad to donate for the Knitting Basket. Thanks for asking us to be involved and hopefully helping others to find this great charity!

    Kim, a lurker on her second booga bag.

  22. I made my donation! For those of you not sure if you can afford it, think of it as sacrificing one day of eating out to allow others to eat for much longer.

  23. Contribution on the way…Thanks for setting this up and making it so easy to contribute to!

    Wendy, show us your “whole” new hairdo!

  24. Mid afternoon total update:


    Just a few donations away from Knitting Basket #2!

    You all are SO AWESOME!!

  25. Wendy,

    This is such a great idea! I got a Heifer Project catalog recently, and sighed when I saw the Knitting Basket. So wonderful, but out of my price range – UNTIL NOW! I just added some $$ to the “kitty” (Hi, Lucy!). Please keep us all posted on our progress.

  26. Joan in Reno says:

    Great idea for us knitting types, my mite is on the way. And Christmas is getting here way too fast!

  27. I just added my donation… what a wonderful idea!! Thanks, Wendy and Theresa and Deb for setting this up!!!

  28. Ditto. All 3 of you gals are the best!

  29. What a wonderful idea. I will be making a donation with pleasure. Shelley

  30. Thank you so much, Wendy, Teresa, and Deb! I love the Heifer project and have really wanted to buy the knitting basket, but couldn’t afford it on my own.

  31. At this rate you’ll have half a dozen knitting baskets! Great idea and good to see how many people have put their hands in their pockets.

  32. i have been a giant fan of heifer for years – fantastic of you girls to get this together. ive already sent my donation and will circulate the info to other knitting friends i have who arent bloggers.
    this is exciting!


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