Screw the Ides

My current circumstances are, by some measures, less than ideal. I’m coming to the end of an employment contract which may well be my last gasp of teaching in academia, I have no idea where my next paycheque will be coming from after it’s done, I live beneath a landlady who walks as though she’s attempting to divot the floorboards with her heels, in the summer when I move back home I’ll be leaving behind the very cute yarn shop and friendly knitters that I’ve become acquainted with this past year, and between being sick, being stressed, being below my landlady, and dealing with daylight savings clock-changing, I haven’t gotten a solid night’s rest in weeks. And while I’ve never yet actually hidden under the covers with a bottle of wine, that plan is starting to seem more and more reasonable.

And yet, I do live in a part of the world which is not literally falling apart.

It’s been rough trying to absorb what’s happening in Japan over the last five days, not least because it could have been so much freaking worse. The quake that flattened Haiti a year ago was a was a two-orders-of-magnitude-smaller one, so. Damn. Cold comfort to say the least. But that doesn’t change the fact that things are rough for a lot of folks in Japan right now, at the same time as things continue to be pretty rough for millions of others around the world dealing with disease and risk and everyday problems that have nothing to do with seismic tremors. And I’d hate to also be living in circumstances that didn’t let me help do something about that.

All this is a roundabout way of saying that, from March 16th-March 31st, all of my pattern sale profits will be donated to charity – split between Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers, and the Red Cross. (Note: I will, as always, be giving to the unrestricted funds. Shit is going down everywhere.) That’s about 60% of sales through Patternfish (if that link doesn’t work, do a designer search for Glenna C), and about 80% of sales through Ravelry (give or take, depending on the pattern price). (Last year I did 100% of sales, and as much as I’d love to do that again, I’ve gotta be realistic and be able to pay the support fees. I’ll give as much as I can.) People get knitting patterns, good folks get cash to help, and I get to do more than just sitting and watching the news, so it’s a win-win-win. I’ll be sure to report back after the end of the month on how much cash I’ll be forwarding.

In any case, I hope you and your corner of the world are doing well, and that your yarn is there for you at the end of the day. Knit on!

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24 responses to “Screw the Ides

  1. Maureen

    Thank you SO much, Glenna…the silence from the knitting community has been deafening during the disaster in Japan…we’re missing 7 family members who lived in Sendei…it’s an extremely stressful time waiting for information. God help them all…

  2. I hope that your kindness, especially in times of your own struggles, comes back round to you very soon. A lovely gesture. Good luck!

  3. Mandy

    Good for you. I’ve been trying to figure out some small way to help, myself–I, like you, am a sessional college instructor, and I have no idea what I’m going to do come the end of term (the bed and wine idea sounds lovely). But you’re very right–there are people in the world who are in much more dire circumstances. I hope your pattern sales go well.

    Cheers!

  4. Liz

    Thank you for doing this, Glenna!

    I’ve bought a couple of the patterns that I don’t already own. :)

  5. gwen

    Done. Thank you for giving me a perfect excuse to purchase the gorgeous pattern I’ve been coveting, and thank you for your generosity.

  6. What a generous gift from you during your own hard time! It sometimes takes seeing others misfortune right in our faces to make us realize we don’t reall have it that bad.

  7. Thanks for this! Very generous of you. I hope the months ahead will be positive for you in hindsight.

  8. I think the insanity of the economy is getting to all of us. Really. All I can say is … live it up! Take two bottles under the covers, although I highly recommend a little G & T, and knit your fingers off! I’m ready to give my job in academia away to anyone who wants it–found out today from the principal that nobody wants a job in academia in our neck of the woods, so I’m probably out of luck and stuck. You are a saint to be so generous with your patterns. I’m sorry things are so dark right now. You never know what’s waiting around the corner, so I empathize and wish you rainbows and sunshine.

  9. <3 to you. LSG over on Ravelry is starting an LSG-a-thon, as we did after Haiti, and in two days it's ringing it at well over 5k in donations. Some of the knitters there are putting together a silent auction, for which I'm donating a pair of my October Leaves mitts. If people are interested I will pass on the link once it's live.

  10. Gina

    I picked up a couple of patterns I’ve been eyeing to help the cause. Thanks for doing that.

    Here’s hoping that things start looking up for you as well!

  11. Michelle

    Thank you so much for your generosity. I hope rewarding and meaningful work finds you, and soon.

  12. Sending you restful decaf latte thoughts from the left coast! Hopefully you’re sleeping right now. :)

    Here’s to the arse end of March being a little kinder to everyone than the start of it has been.

  13. Wine in bed sounds very comforting.

    Thanks for your efforts for Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. Together we can make a difference.

  14. I’m going to order one pattern I’ve been thinking about for a while. Next to find someone doing the same thing for Christchurch; admittedly that’s a little selfish as I live in Christchurch (another earthquake area).

  15. Oh, Glenna, I do hope that you find yourself in a more permanent teaching position next year. I have been through so much!

    I think the good karma you are generating can only help!

  16. Diana

    Maureen, I agree that the knitting/crafty community has been silent. Although Japan was better prepared than Haiti, I think this disaster (for me) hits closer to home because it more resembles what a disaster at home would be like. I hope your family is ok, and I hope you are coping with some yarny goodness and the comfort of your loved ones here.

    And, Glenna, thank you.

  17. Glenna, how wonderfully generous of you. I too have been
    through those periods when I didn’t know where my next pay cheque would come from. At the time we had two kids at home so I know how stressful it is. This winter has been hard on people. Much sickness and low periods. I’d take a Vodka Tonic and a good looking partner to bed with me and make enough noise to bother the landlady.

  18. tinebeest

    Sorry to hear things are tough for you, Glenna. I hope something jobwise turns up soon.

    Thanks for doing this. More than ever time to buy some patterns from you :-)

  19. Spring

    Thanks for donating during your time of need. I, too, just found out my contract won’t be renewed. Best wishes on finding another position. …off to buy a couple of your beautiful patterns…

  20. I’ll gladly pick up a couple new ones to add to my library! Rock on Glenna – you’ll move on to amazing and exciting things. They do have a way of working out. Especially for smart nice people.

  21. Elise

    That’s wonderful!

    Good luck with everything in the future. I know how scary it can be, but I wish you the best of luck and just keep at it! I’ve been living with same kind of uncertainty for the last year or so and all I can do is to keep trying.

  22. Good karma can only come from your generosity! Good luck with the sales.

  23. bikerdude

    Well, it is like this… this is what the Bible refers to as the birth pains of the end times. Christ’s return is very soon what with the earth quakes, natural disasters (wars and rumors of wars), the down take in the government in Egypt and the one fixing to happen in Libya (all told about in Daniel 11). All I can say is don’t go under your covers and get drunk, but instead, get in the Word of God and get your life right with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (not saying it isn’t, just saying IF it isn’t). He is coming back for His people soon. Are you ready?

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