At work we are a sponsor of the American Heart Association's charity Relay For Life, Westshore chapter in Tampa, FL. Last year a group of us created a committee to form Team Xcelience, and we must fundraise leading up to the event, which will be in April of 2014.
One of the fundraising ideas we had was to create the Xcelience Yellow Pages, which employees with a skill or talent can "sell" their skill or expertise for a fee and donate the fee to the charity. It was a big hit. I had an "ad" which was Sewing by Nancy or something like that and I was able to earn over $70 just mending people's pants and repurposing t-shirts and all other sewing-related tasks. Not too shabby, if you ask me!
I will do the same this year and also have a second "ad" with a few coworkers to make crafts to sell. I wanted to come up with an idea that was easy, fast and cheap. I came up with Coffee Cup Cozies. I will knit them in a ribbed pattern. I plan on making a few and see how well they do, then consider making more. I have made a few already:
Well, not exactly a coffee cup, it is basically a sleeve that will go on a hot cup of take-out coffee, instead of using the cardboard sleeve they offer you at the café. This is a greener way to drink coffee!
I have made a few in a variegated cotton yarn and one in Lion Brand Homespun. The Homespun is the pink one in the pic. It was my prototype and came out cute!
I am working on another one now that I am holding two yarns together to give a confetti look. I'm not sure I am crazy about the colors I chose to go together, sort of 1980's looking, with the neon green-yellow yarn, but I will continue it. you never know who will like it.
Here are the balls that I am currently using:
I have a TON of yarn that I will use up. I really do not want buy new yarn, only because I really can't charge too much for them. Each one takes roughly an hour and I was going to charge either $3 or $5. How much is too much?? And will anyone even buy them??
Right now, I am only doing a k2, p2 ribbing in the round, but I do plan on changing it up. Stayed tuned.