Sunday, March 12, 2017

Orlando & and the sale to raise money in his memory.

I lost my beloved fur baby Orlando two months ago today. It's been excruciatingly difficult getting through the days and I miss him terribly. The first month I did nothing but cry. As time moves on I am a little bit stronger but I will never fully get over losing him. We had a special bond and he saved me in so many ways. I'm getting a little teary even as I type this. I'm still raw from it all.

It's important to me to honor his memory and one of the best ways to do that, in my opinion, is to continue to help and support the organizations that work tirelessly on behalf of homeless and abused animals. There are several wonderful groups here in Massachusetts, including the MSPCA. On May 21st they are holding a 5K run/walk to raise money, Fast and Furriest. I have signed up - it's my first 5K -and I have set a fundraising goal of $500. I am raising the funds in memory of Orlando.

My fundraising efforts have led to a sale in my Ravelry shop. Between now and May 20th you can purchase all of my 10 paid hat patterns for $15. You have to purchase all 10 but it's a savings of $20.00 off the regular price. All of the proceeds from this sale, every last penny, will be going to the MSPCA and hopefully help a lot of animals. It's only on Ravelry. The link is here:

Whenever I crocheted he would snuggle in next to me and rest his head on my thigh, so this is the perfect way to honor him. The cash goes to the animals and you get ten trendy hats to make.

If you would like to donate without buying the hats you can do that here:

You can donate anonymously if you choose and the donations made through the website are tax deductible.

I now have over 400,000+ unique downloads since I started this journey 3 years ago. I offer the majority of my patterns for free. Please consider donating, even a dollar, if you have ever downloaded and made one of my free patterns.

And speaking of free patterns I am spending the rest of today typing up the patterns for 2 new hat patterns. "Evie's Hat" and "The Costello Slouch". Hopefully they will both be available sometime this week for free on Ravelry & Craftsy.

Happy Crocheting everyone and thank you for your continued support and appreciation of my work.

Orlando the first time he got on top of the kitchen stool by himself

He loved to play the piano

My handsome little man


  1. I'm so sorry about Orlando. Losing a pet sucks. I lost my beloved Pepperbean doggie in early December and I'm still gutted. I miss her...I look for her...sometimes I swear I hear or see her out of the corner of my eye.

  2. Hi JoJo.
    I'm so sorry to hear about Pepperbean. There is a certain grief that happens when you lose a fur baby. I think I keep seeing Orlando too. Brian says it's because he hasn't really left. It's so hard. I'd post a picture of my Orlando shrine but then everyone would know how crazy I really am. :)

  3. honey i understand your tigger kitty lost his battle with kidney disease we didn't even know he had back in 2009...i had him for most of his 9 years and he was soo my took about a year but my now ex and i adopted a 10 year old that wouldn't stop pawing out of her cage at my husband...and then about 6 years ago we gained another kitty when my son was returning his to the shelter because grandbaby would always carry it around the those two kitties are my life...they are our children...tears still come to me for Tigger...always my 'son'...i hope your heart lets you cry less over time, but your baby will always be your baby...thank God you have plenty of memories!!

    1. Hi. Thank you so much for taking the time to post your story. I'm sorry for your loss as well. I do have some wonderful memories of him and moving forward I'm trying to focus on those. Thanks again. It always helps to know you're not alone especially in times of grief & loss. That's one reason I love the crochet community. 99% of the people in it are so kind and generous. :)

  4. Hello Kristina -

    I just came across your blog and I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Orlando. What a very handsome feline >^..^<
    I hope that you are crying less and that you are able to find some joy in each day remembering the love and the bond that you shared. Remember that kitties have 9 lives -- he is out there watching you and sending you nose boobs and kisses and purrs.. and remembers all of the yarn project's that you have shared wishing that he snagged a ball or two of that fluffy goodness.

    I also have a Tuxedo cat who means the world to me and has saved me from many things and I have helped him along the way too. He is the heart of my soul.

    I am also a size 18 and have a crazy love of food (and Hulu) - we are sassy and classy!!

    I think that it is amazing that you work in an oncology department - so many people are rewarded by your kind heart when they are not feeling there best. Medicine intrigues me... both the clinical and the personal sides of it.

    Keep blogging and yarn crafting!!