Thanks to all the knitters who bought the Willie pattern, to all the folks who posted and facebooked and twittered (tweeted? twatted?) about Willie, and to Shepherd Susie’s generous contest (which has been extended until Monday! go enter! win a half-share in Juniper Moon Farm’s 2011 yarn/fiber CSA! and while you’re there, check out the Lamb Cam, welcome several new lambs to the flock, and see more baby-animal cuteness than you can shake a stick at), we’ve already raised $1465.45 toward Crush’s vet care. That’s almost half the total bill. Unfriggingbelievable. As I said in the Juniper Moon Ravelry forum, we might have saved Crush’s leg without this help, but I honestly don’t know how.
And in case you doubted that generosity begets more generosity, I’m thrilled to report that all the attention paid to Willie has also bumped up sales of the wurstwärmer pattern. Today I made my second monthly donation of wurstwärmer proceeds to the Michigan Animal Rescue League: $105, for a total of $235. That buys a whole lot of food for shelter animals while they wait for new homes.
Crush is doing just fine — thanks to everyone who’s asked about her recovery and sent their good wishes. Her leg was put back together with pins and wires, but the result is delicate. The hard part comes now, when she doesn’t get to play or run or jump or tug or go for walks for the next 6-8 weeks. Needless to say, I am VERY OPEN to suggestions of activities that will wear her out in other ways.
I’m working on several different patterns during all this quiet rest time, including something extra-specially-gruesome for Halloween. (Yes, Halloween. I start planning that shit on November 1, friend.)
Before the gruesome, though, let us have more cute. Another baby sweater was at the test-knitting stage when it was bumped aside so I could work on Willie. This little number is coming soon: