But with only 50 days left in my challenge (I purposefully started a couple of weeks early, so that I left myself plenty of time to list all the items on eBay - a lesson I learned the hard way last year) it is high time I shared my progress with you all.
Here's what I have made so far...
That's 3 baby blankets (one complete, one 3/4 complete, and one in the beginning stages), 2 ladies hats, 2 children's hats (plus a 3rd I forgot to add to the photo), a little child's purse, and a cowl. The blankets have all been made using yarn donated by Black Sheep Wools or using gift cards donated by their customers. Without such donations I'd have struggled to make such beautiful items and so I am so grateful for their support.
All of these items (and any more I manage to complete over the next 50 days) will be added to an auction on eBay to coincide with International Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day on 15th May. Last year I organised a handmade auction and we received just over 80 items which raised over £300 for PSS. Do you think we can beat that this year?
I do hope so! I've already received this beautiful collection of cardigans and a magnificent scarf from the wife of one of our trustees.
I would love to try and beat last year's record and list 100 handmade items and raise nearer £500. And this is where you come in!
If you're a crafter, please consider spending just a couple of hours creating something that you could donate to the auction. It doesn't have to be perfect, just handmade. Why handmade? Well it is symbolic of the love and determination that the women we support rely on to get through some of their darkest hours. A handmade item has been created with care and attention and requires a certain amount of dedication, more than buying something from a shop. And that's something we can celebrate!
Plus, it is really lovely to gift someone with a handmade item that is unique and wonderful when compared to mass-produced items, don't you think?
What if you're not a crafter? Well, perhaps you could share this link with friends, family and your own social circle to see if anyone you know might be able to donate an item. That won't take long but it could make all the difference.