I think you all know me to be a bit of a multi-tasker and while this illness has kicked my fanny, I’m a pretty resilient 155 cm woman so that when I got a call to do the “Gig”, I was pretty excited, and let’s face it, I’m probably the only person who would be crazy enough to take on something like this, from my sick bed, with the very insane deadline that was provided. We got a green light on October 30th and needed to have the whole thing done to hit the road on Nov. 17th.
When I was contacted by the PR firm, I told them that I couldn’t work on the project, and that I would assign project management to Brenna MacDonald and Matthew Kosichek, a dynamic team combining mathematical genius and pattern charting and writing skills. Together they delivered and I couldn’t be more pleased. I then reached out to our 4,500+ followers on Twitter and Facebook. We are honoured that you follow us. We managed to get a team of 30+ knitters knitting panels that we then spent a weekend steam blocking and seaming. The client’s dream of a sweater for the truck was created.
What’s even better about this project is that I insisted that we knit with wool for a few reasons:
1) We live in Canada, where it rains and snows; wool can hold up to pretty much anything. Thank you Estelle and Cascade USA for delivering the (Eco+) yarn that was knit triple stranded on 12mm needles.
2) I personally wouldn’t knit with acrylic if my life depended on it, and I refused to make something that would eventually end up in a landfill site for the next 300 years, much less something that huge.
3) The yarn needed to be repurposed after the client was done with it. In the beginning I didn’t know who the client was until we signed a confidentiality agreement. I am so pleased and honoured that the campaign itself had its own charitable purpose in #WarmWishes. Every time you tweet the #warmwishes, Tim Hortons donates a hat to a child in need. Thank you Tim Hortons.
4) While I am a bit of a coffee snob, everyone who knows me knows that I love my Timmy’s and with the Canadian branding that I’m always bragging about, this was right up our alley.
5) Our contribution to the charitable aspect of this campaign is to donate our time to wash and felt the wool that Tim Hortons will in turn donate to Covenant House.
So to me, the project represents an even bigger score!
Needless to say, I’m tickled pink, or should I say, red and white?
P.S.: We are accepting donations of hats, mittens and scarves so please drop these off and we’ll make sure they get in the right hands.