As we are firming up insurance estimates and calculating the number of cable ties we must purchase for the installation, Knit the Bridge has been busy brainstorming creative ways to cover our various costs.
One fundraising strategy we’ve been working on involves launching an online crowd sourcing campaign. Working with a fabulous group of Pittsburgh Filmmakers students, we’ve been creating a short film to get folks excited about Knit the Bridge and encourage them to donate any amount to help make the project possible. We think crowd sourcing is inline with KtB’s grassroots approach because it’s dependent on normal folks, everyday knitters and crocheters and their friends and families. Also, it’s awesome to see how lots of smaller amounts can go a long way!
Part of these campaigns involve perks for those who contribute. So we’ve been working on ideas ranging from stitch markers, to pattern pdfs, to an exclusive Knit the Bridge hand-dyed colorway! (and gifts for non-crafters too, like t-shirts and postcards…)
Do you know Cosette Cornelius-Bates (aka Cosy)? She’s a local knitter/spinner/dyer/yarn shop owner and has been very committed to the Knit the Bridge cause.
So Cosy said, “Let’s offer a Knit the Bridge colorway”.
And we said, “Awesome!”.
Last week, Cosy, Tammy, Suzanne, and Amanda spent the day dyeing at St. Paul’s Monastery in the Southside Slopes. We started with Bridge Yellow. And then over-dyed three other colors to create both a warm KtB colorway and a cool KtB colorway.
They are beautiful!
Look for the online campaign later this spring and this yarn could be yours…