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|