FO Friday: The delivery

Back in June, I was the hostess of Crochetlist‘s monthly charity challenge on behalf of Bideawee, an animal welfare organization headquartered in New York.  My main job as hostess was to be enthusiastic about the charity during the month, and to collect pet blankets.  I also organized an ebook of 30 crochet stitch patterns suitable for pet blankets (for sale on Craftsy, Etsy, and Ravelry), which so far has raised about $150 for animal welfare organizations.  (I donate all the profits at the end of each month, so if you are feeling charitable, download a copy 🙂 – this month’s purchases will be donated to the Humane Society of New York.)

Through the kindness of Crochetlist members, I collected almost 70 pet blankets!

For six weeks each summer, I work extended hours four days a week with Fridays off.  Today is the last “summer Friday.”  I knew that if I didn’t deliver the pet blankets today, they might take up semi-permanent residence in my apartment.

This is what 70 pet blankets look like, in case you were wondering.

Of course, about 5 minutes before I left home, it started to rain.

You can sort of see the grayness in the background.

I managed to hail down a cab in spite of the weather and squeeze into it with my bags.

The bags took up two seats.

When I arrived at Bideawee, the rain was still pretty steady.

The staff in the Adoption Center were very friendly, and invited me to hang out with the kittens for a few minutes.

I couldn’t turn down a chance to play with kittens.

The black cat on the right is a superior hunter.  I hope he goes to a home with a supply of bugs to track down.

This little putty let me give some tummy scruffles.
This kitty was very serious and chose to sit in a box for most of my visit.

After hanging out for a little bit, I left, but not before taking some pictures of the mature cats in the front window.

Here’s one eating on a crocheted blanket.

If I didn’t have my very own alpha male at home, I would have brought a few of these putties home with me.  (Ok, I guess I would have had to ask MC, too.  It’s not good to make impulse adoptions!)

Nope, he’s definitely not welcoming in any new putties.

As soon as I left Bideawee, the rain got really bad, with heavy gusts of wind and those painfully strong “drops.”  My umbrella ended up getting destroyed, and I was completely soaked through, wet t-shirt contest style.  I managed to make it to the bus stop without destroying my camera (thank goodness).

But it was totally worth it, since I know these blankets will be used by the animals at the shelter.  I’m very thankful to the 15 group members who donated such lovely crocheted and knit blankets.  If it hadn’t been raining, I would have taken more pictures of the actual blankets so you could see all of the great colors and stitches.

For more finished objects, visit Tami’s Amis.

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