Real Men Knit
$710 Raised
118% of $600 goal
14 contributors
3 Years running
My goal is to raise money to purchase a knitting machine and supplies. I would love to give back, pay it forward, and always dreamed of creating and giving free clothing to those in need during winter time. There's no better time to start than the ... More ...
My goal is to raise money to purchase a knitting machine and supplies. I would like to give back, pay it forward, and have always loved the idea of creating and donating clothing to those in need during winter time. It's a dream of mine to even just help one person by giving them clothing, to comfort and to help, during our harsh NM winters. No time like the present to start!

I can do a number of trades for a donation towards realizing my knitting dream. I'll knit you a wonderful hat or scarf, perform alterations/mending on a clothing item, or hand sew a silk eye pillow for you :) Please choose one of the three rewards for every $15 donated & contact me to let me know what you would enjoy :)

Eventually I'd like to start a non-profit organization called Because It's Tuesday to create and give reminders to people that they are loved and to give random acts of kindness away freely through creative and unexpected actions. Purchasing and working with this knitting machine is a huge stepping stone in realizing this greater dream, by being able to produce clothing for those in need.

The risks and challenges presented after this project is successfully funded are of commitment, fulfillment, and love.

The challenge of commitment is the least of my worries. I am committed to helping others, and already do so in many ways. I actively do volunteer work through local organizations in my community, give freely of my time to help complete strangers laugh and possibly have a better day (the basis for my future non-profit project Because It's Tuesday), and share my experience, strength, and hope to others to show that life on life's terms is possible and truly a joyous experience. I am committed to helping others through the purchase of this knitting machine.

The challenge of fulfillment is the greatest of my worries. I have skills as a fashion designer, and am actively learning to put them into practice to be able to fully support myself financially. Last winter I attempted to create clothing to give away for free, and wasn't able to come up with the funding on my own to both make clothing to donate, and meet my basic needs. I didn't know about fundraising websites back then, regrettably. Now, I feel this dream is more than possible, and I will work my hardest to give to others this coming winter. This knitting machine is second hand, and there is always the possibility the machine will break down. I will fulfill my commitment to give to others, even if it means knitting solely by hand.

The challenge of love is something I believe a soft sweater on a cold winter day doesn't solve, but help considerably. For me, love is that warmth on a cold winter day, no matter what form it may be presented as. Simple acts of giving freely, selflessly, are what I will do to challenge old ideas of love. For example, I used to always wonder "Okay, what do they want from me?" when someone would do anything kind for me. I think it would be wonderful to break free of these old beliefs, constructs, and patternings in another's life, and my own, by being able to give knit wear away without asking anything in return.

I believe I will face challenges realizing my dream, and I believe my dreams are challenging because they are worthwhile. I will help others, and that is my primary purpose of living my dreams. I am fully committed to helping others through the purchase of this knitting machine.

Creating knitted wear is financially feasible to be able to give clothing items freely, and I am asking for help to create knit wear and eventually to fashion brand new heavy winter coats to donate to those in need this upcoming winter.

Thank you for reading this, and thank you for helping me realize my dreams to benefit others in our community :)

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