I swear it is a novelty nightmare. I am on the committee for Owens school’s Dance. This is a big fundraiser. They have Chinese Auctions, Silent Auctions, 50/50 raffles, and this thing called Pick-a-Stick with tongue depressors. Each of the teachers has a basket theme and parents donate items for the baskets. Owen’s teacher has all boys in her class—so I was sexist and chose Sports.
Since I love knitting and it is my therapy—I chose to donate a knitting basket in addition to my other obligations. I wanted to share the love. I bought needles, various skeins of yarn, a magazine, a how-to book, and a copy of Debbie Bliss’ “How to Knit.” My LYS donated a gift certificate and another shop sold me items at cost.
Another mom suggested I knit a scarf—you know, one of those popular ones. Oh, you mean one of those hairy ones on big needles? YUCK. Even purchasing the yarn at my local was difficult. I was so frustrated and overwhelmed by the huge selection of eyelash, glitter, sequins, shiny ribbon. Terrible, I tell you. I wasn’t sure what colors looked good together. The yarn shop offered some guidance but I didn’t know if they were trying to pass off the ugly stock on innocent ‘ole me. You see, I am a novelty novice.
So, please let me know if these things are too hideous to donate. I can always scrap the yarn and donate the remains to the GSRP. Kevin suggested another Magnum Scarf but the Dinner Dance is March 27. With spring just around the corner who wants a massive wool scarf? The Firenze scarf I made for Owens teacher went over well but it was meant to be special for her. I love his teacher.
Oh, why such a big fundraiser? Where Owen goes to school the state doesn’t pay for a one to one ratio. The parents organized a charitable organization and we raise the money to supplement what the state pays. The school has a great success rate for integrating kids by age 6 into kindergarten. Some kids have even lost their diagnosis. Applied Behavior Analysis is an amazing thing.