[3:43pm, EST: ETA: Leslie Wind has generously donated one of her shawl pins to the Rosie's Place raffle. If the mittens don't move you to donate, perhaps one of these will (Follow the link; they're beautiful.) Thanks Leslie!]
It began with this.
Which led to this.
And we finally ended here.
It's a wee bit of a shock to see one's face front and center on boston.com before one's through her first cup of morning coffee. Looks okay, though, and I'll have you all know that the scarf I'm wearing is the first thing I ever finished as a knitter (Notice that I didn't type "knit". I wonder what dark secrets lurk in Subway Knitter's past. That sounds worthy of a Globe Special Report.)
Seriously, it was a lot of fun chatting with Mac Daniel from The Boston Globe and Lisa Poole (by whom the above picture was taken) was very kind about composing a decent shot. Thank you both.
People seem quite taken by these mittens, and a few people have contacted me about commissioning a pair. Want a pair of your own? Here's the deal. What Mac Daniel wrote about my charity drawing was true. See the "PayPal" button on the sidebar, to the right? It's to make a donation (via a PayPal link) to Rosie's Place. You know Rosie's Place, right? It's a vital resource for Boston's poor and homeless women. It's been a favorite charity of mine for years, and I can think of no more fitting a tie-in for this mitten giveaway. If you make a donation (of any amount) to Rosie's Place via my PayPal link I'll enter your name into a drawing for a pair of custom-made mittens. You pick the color, give me your size, and I'll do the knitting. The drawing begins today and will continue for one week: until Friday January 26th at 12:00pm EST. I'll notify the winner by email (so make sure that the address connected to your PayPal account is current). If you win, you'll have new mittens to keep your hands warm. If you don't win, you can still feel warm and fuzzy knowing that you've helped keep others warm this winter. Thanks in advance!
You'll get an email from me (rosies[at]subwayknitter[dot]com) after you donate. If you donate and don't get my email then PLEASE contact me at colleen[at]subwayknitter[dot]com. Your donation will appear on your credit card as ROSIESSBWAY. That's me.
Special thanks to Claudia who kindly shared the code she uses for her annual MS fundraising ride.