We've blogged before about how brilliant our fundraisers are and how they raise money for us in a multitude of ways and today we're featuring a new, fab way of fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer UK while sitting comfortably in your chair: knitting!
Sarah Alderson of Wessenden Woollies has designed a gorgeous hat pattern (pictured above), the proceeds of which she is very kindly donating to us, in memory of her mother, pictured here:
"I think I got my craft-love from my mother. We used to do a lot together; card-making, sewing, cross-stitch and make Christmas decorations. When I started to knit, she started a few months later and one of the last things we did together was sew up a jumper she knitted. The first knitted gift I ever made was a lace scarf for my mum. She loved it and wore it many times over that winter and asked me to make her a hat to match.
Sadly, within a couple of months of her request we found out she had pancreatic cancer. She had been feeling unwell for a few weeks and unfortunately when the cancer was diagnosed it had already spread. She died just two weeks later, aged 59. We all miss her terribly and her death has left a huge hole in our family. It took a long time for me to feel able to design her the hat she wanted, however it would have been her birthday in November, and so I decided to make the hat in her memory. I am sure she would have loved it. She will never see the knitwear designs I develop, but I know she would be proud - she was an inspiring mum.
I am dedicating this pattern to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK in the hope that one day a cure can be found and other families will not suffer such a loss. All profits from the sale of this pattern will go to Pancreatic Cancer UK, and since November is pancreatic cancer awareness month as well as my mum's birthday it seemed like a great idea to raise money for this good cause.
I have named this pattern after mum's favourite flower which comes from the greek word for divine, as does her name. Knitted in fingering or aran weight yarn, the easy lace beret pattern is knitted in the round and uses gorgeously soft and warm angora or mohair yarn."
To support us by buying the pattern for only £2.50 (and get a lovely hat at the end of it!) Go to Sarah's website...and don't forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and send us a pic on one of them to show us your Dianthus