Wrap the World in Hope.
Tikvah is the Hebrew word for hope. For every Tikvah Shawl sold, I will donate 80 percent of my profits to a worthy cause.
Tikkun Olam, which I've discussed somewhere in a previous post or two, means repairing the world. In Judaism, we are all supposed to work towards making the world a better place. It doesn't matter if we don't succeed; what matters is that we try. If everyone works towards repairing the ills of the world, something good is bound to happen. I've been trying to think of a way to do Tikkun Olam, and finally came up with this idea:
This spring, from April through June, proceeds from the sale of the Tikvah Shawl will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with mental illness and their families. Throughout the country, NAMI provides education, advocacy, and support, striving to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illness and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illness. To learn more about NAMI, visit their website at www.nami.org.
Over the last week, I designed and knit up a little fichu of a shawl, Tikvah, and now I have to write up the pattern. I'm hoping to get it ready for test knitting in a couple of weeks and then, when everything is set, I'll donate 80% of my sales directly to NAMI.
Just to tease you a little, here are some pictures of the Tikvah shawl.
Holly - Yep. But you have to wait until I get it written up. I've got two patterns in the works. And you know just how much I love writing patterns.
Scrabblequeen - I do indeed have great new software. I'm still learning it.