UPDATE: Congratulations to Ginny Foreman for winning the raffle!
Well over a year ago now, my brother Peter and his wife AllieMarie announced that they would be adopting a child to grow their family. We have been so excited to support them in the journey however we can! Immediately the idea came to mind to knit an item to donate. Knitting for someone is one way I pour love out on that person. It was really special to knit on this shawl and be mindful + prayerful the whole time of this baby that is being prepared for my brother’s family and for us all to love on. It was also special to knit on it and wonder who will be wrapped in the warmth of this gift. I hope many of you are excited for the opportunity to donate toward Peter + AllieMarie’s adoption and also possibly win a beautiful shawl!
Most people know it is a challenging and lengthy process to adopt, and cost is so prohibitive for many. However, Peter and AllieMarie’s plans have been interrupted by various hardships including the pandemic which has also caused a strain on their employment. The setbacks are discouraging and frustrating, and I would love to encourage them in this season with a reminder that there is a community of folks standing alongside them and behind them, cheering them on. You can read more about their heart for adoption on their GoFundMe page.
Now, let’s talk about the prize! This shawl is knit in one of my favorite yarns to work with. It is a special blend of merino wool, llama, silk and linen. The shawl is very soft and lightweight, and all the eyelets of the shawl make it breathable and light also, as well as lend an elegance to the piece. I have knitted this shawl once before for myself and it is a good layer for the in-between seasons of spring and shawl when a light accessory is needed. I like to wear mine draped over my shoulders in the mornings and evenings often to warm against the chill of the day, or wear it wrapped around my neck as a scarf when going out. The color of this yarn is called “lady slipper” and I think the soft mauve brown is one of my favorite colors lately. It is very wearable in my opinion and pairs well with many things!
As for cost, I spent about $30 on the yarn alone and many hours knitting the shawl. It is quite difficult to price a hand knitted item because the cost of good materials plus all the time involved knitting is hard to place a value on. All of that to say, your donation will be well worth the cost of the item!
So here’s how you can enter for a chance to win the shawl:
- Donate at least $10 to Peter + AllieMarie’s GoFundMe. Make your donation HERE. Every $10 donated will be worth one entry toward winning the shawl. Once you donate you will be emailed with a receipt. Hang onto that email, because if you win I will need you to email that receipt to me as verification of your donation.
- Come back to the this page to use the Rafflecopter link below, enter the amount you donated to enter the raffle for the shawl. First you login with either your email address or your Facebook profile. The options within the widget after you login are Donate $10 for one chance, Donate $20 for two chances, Donate $30 for three chances, Donate $40 for four chances, and Donate $50 for five chances. You can select a combination of entry options if you need to. So for instance if you were to donate $60, you would choose the “Donate $10” option along with the “Donate $50” option. Each option can only be selected once per day, so if you donate more than the total options available ($150 per day), you will need to come back the following day(s) and select the options necessary to add up to your total donation. If you have any issues or questions please email me at marthahkimball(at)gmail(dot)com.
**Because of the current pandemic and subsequent strain on the postal service, the raffle is open to US + Canada only.
Please feel free to share this post to spread the word so we can raise as much as we can for the adoption. Also, feel free to visit Peter and AllieMarie’s adoption instagram account as well as their GoFundMe.
Good luck and thank you so much! I’m so excited to send this shawl off to one of you lovely folks soon!