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I love listening to the Stash and Burn podcast. On a recent episode, they spoke about knitted cozies for to-go cups of coffee. These cozies replace the corrugated cardboard sleeves that you typically find in coffee shops. Just as functional, but more beautiful.

I decided to make some for gifts this year. I dug through my stash of partial yarn balls and made a bunch of them. They’re quick to knit (less than an hour), and I found myself fondly thinking back on the original project I had made with that yarn. Baby surprise jackets for co-workers, cowls for fundraisers, fingerless mitts for gifts. Each one made me smile.

I’m now wondering if the coffee cozies would make a good fundraiser. Here are some ideas:

  • Sell them for $3 or $4? Since I would be making them from just my left-over yarn, I wouldn’t have any out-of-pocket yarn expenses. I would donate all of my proceeds to the charity.

Photo of 10 knitted cozies

  • Sell them with a porcelain to-go cup for $15? The cups cost about $10, which would mean a profit of about $5 each for the charity.
    Photo of a knitted cozy on a porcelain to-go cup
  • Sell them for $20, packaged in a clear plastic gift bag with a $15 gift card to a popular coffee shop?  Again, this would mean a $5 donation to charity for each one sold.

Photo of a knitted cozy in a clear gift bag with a Starbucks gift card

What do you think? Would you buy these, alone or packaged with a reusable mug or gift card, for a gift for a teacher, co-worker, or friend? Or would you buy one just for yourself? Please leave a comment. I’d like to hear from you!



Picture of felted bowlsIn my quest to reduce my stash of felting wool, I’ve made a surprising number of felted bowls. Almost thirty. Back in January, I wrote a post about making a handful of these bowls, and since then, I’ve just kept going. They’re fun and quick to make. I love them!

They’re useful, too. A few on my sewing table keep notions organized. My daughter uses them to organize bracelets and other jewelry. They’re also handy for holding a pocket’s worth of spare change and keys. Or, filled with some herbal tea bags or chocolates, they make a unique small gift.

I’ll sell them next month as part of my fundraising. I’m thinking of pricing them at $4 each, or 3 for $10. What do you think of this price? I look forward to hearing from you!


I knit all year round to create accessories to sell at my yearly holiday fundraiser. And as much as I love knitting, I equally love tallying my profits and writing a check to a deserving cause in my community.

This year, I’m happy to announce that my check will be going to Peninsula Bridge, an organization that promotes academic and personal success for motivated middle school students from under-resourced communities in the San Francisco peninsula area. I’d heard of Peninsula Bridge for years, but only really understood its impact this past summer through the eyes of my son. He was a teaching assistant for their five-week summer school, which gives the middle school students an academic boost when they return to school in the Fall. Not only do these kids hone their math and english skills, they also get to hang out with high school teaching assistants, like my son, who serve as role models. For many of these middle-school students, they will be the first in their family to attend college, if they go at all. They are inspired by the teaching assistants, who talk about their plans for college, make it cool to learn, and have fun all day long.

The check I write will be modest, but hopefully it will help this great program to continue growing and making a difference.


As regular readers of my blog know, I knit to raise money for a few charities that I care about. Each January, I choose an accessory to make, and either create an original pattern or use one by another designer. I then knit a number of these items to sell to friends and co-workers the following December.

I’ve been doing this knitting fundraising for years now, and every summer I hit a breaking point. The novelty of the pattern wears off, and I get bored and burned out. I declare that I can’t make another one.

I recently hit that point with my 2013 knitting. For this year’s fundraiser, I decided to make fingerless mitts, using Anne Sahakian’s pattern for “Malabrigo Hand Thingies.”  I love working with Malabrigo yarn, and fingerless mitts are popular in Northern California where I live.  For many months, I was happy making the mitts. I plowed through my stash of Malabrigo, looking forward to seeing each new colorful skein turn into a beautiful pair of mitts. But, then I hit that point. I had made 29 pairs of mitts, and I couldn’t stand to make another pair. I was done.

Here’s the “mound of mitts” I made before hitting the breaking point:

Picture of my "mound of mitts"

Next, I need to set pricing. These are adult sized, and made from 100% soft merino wool. I’d love your feedback: would you pay $30 for them, knowing that all of my profits will go to a good cause? Please leave a comment letting me know your thoughts. Thank you!

Cable Braided NecklaceLast month, I wrote about my sister’s beautiful cable braided necklace. I’m happy to report that I made one as well! It’s a fun, easy pattern, and I love how the necklace turned out.

As you can see, I alternated a pink metallic strip with a black strip to create my braided necklace. The contrast adds visual interest to the piece.

I know I’ll enjoy wearing it, especially with the black tops that tend to be my uniform of choice. Depending on the feedback I get, I may decide to make more of these for my fundraising. Please let me know what you think; I’d love to hear from you!

Cable Braided Necklace with clasp