I think I may have forgotten to properly mention that I was heading to the annual conference for Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) last weekend (bad blogger!) so I'll just say that I went, it was amazing, and I came home thoroughly enthused about the work PSS is doing and has plans to do.
It's been a crazy week since coming back in which I sent off my first ever proper proposal for the book and joined the Social Media Team for PSS which included my first ever Google+ Hangout (as a participant that is). But there's something even more exciting I want to blog about today...
At the conference we bounced around the idea of a "9 months of..." campaign to try and raise funds for PSS. The idea behind this is that people set themselves a task that they will do for 9 months (the length of a pregnancy) and then ask people to sponsor them to do it. That way we can raise both funds and awareness as we continue to do our individual "9 months of..." things, hopefully ending in May to coincide with next year's International Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day.
I thought it was a fantastic idea but could not think of anything I could do that I would feel comfortable asking sponsorship for. I do not have the energy to do anything like a certain amount of walking/cycling/swimming etc each month. But what I can do is crochet...
Now, I'm not going to ask people to sponsor me to crochet. That just seems a bit mad! But what I am thinking of doing is a "9 months of crochet" project so that next May I have a bundle of handmade items to auction off to raise funds for PSS. It will be different to this year's eBay auction, but it may still bring help me raise more than I could than by trying to find an activity I can be sponsored for.
I am still working out the details (I need to start in August) but it is an exciting prospect. I am probably going to be asking people to help me buy the yarn I need to complete this task - yarn is expensive so instead of asking for sponsorship I thought I might ask people to "buy me a ball of yarn". And I know I shall certainly be blogging about my progress throughout the year. But other than that I am still very much in the "ideas phase".
I am wondering how I will fit it all in, but actually if I set myself the task of spending a minimum amount of time per day on crocheting I should be able to achieve a fair amount by the end of the 9 months. I'm thinking 10 minutes per day is an achievable amount, which can be increased on quieter days or passed on to the following day if I am totally run off my feet or feeling rough.
I did a fair bit of crochet in the later weeks of my pregnancy, when I was feeling relatively 'normal' but too exhausted to do much else. I became quite addicted to it to be honest but haven't had as much time to enjoy it since Little Man was born. So it seems like quite a personally apt challenge to give myself.
It may, of course, scupper my plans to make as many handmade Christmas presents as possible for this year, but it's a worthy cause!
I'd love to know what you all think... have you done something similar? Do you fancy joining me in this? What kind of patterns do you think I should try - blankets and hats or more adventurous things like toys and jewellery?