I said I'd let you know what was happening with that Dream Assignment grant competition so I'm here to tell you. It's in the professional judging panel now, winner to be announced at the end of this week. I'm keeping busy. Work, errands, hiking, knitting, yardwork, fussing at my loved ones. Sitting around and waiting? Not my style. Plus, it is a long shot. 1 in 22! Fingers crossed.
Corriente cattle in Springhill, Montana. Am I not subtle?
In the days following becoming a finalist (thanks to you all) , I submitted a detailed amendment to my proposal.I got to know some folks at Heifer International . I don't need to persuade anyone reading this how amazing Heifer is but still....go check out their projects over at the site. Mind boggling. The fundraising materials make it sound so simple but the work they do within communities is multi-layered and fascinating.
Here's one conversation I had with their director of public relations: When he asked how I got so much support in that voting for the competition so quickly, I confessed it was passing the word through knitblogs. There was a little pause. You know, sometimes after you say the phrase "the knitters" you're not sure what response will be forthcoming? I wish I could tell you this next bit verbatim but it was something like:
" Knitters? The knitters? The knitters are in their own category to us at Heifer. Knitters GET us in a way many others don't. Knittters understand the fundamental connections in the work we do. We LOVE the knitters".
Of course, then I said, "well, I am one of the knitters...."
(and to prove it, next I should show my vest that just needs seaming to be wearable, it's done).