remember last december, when we created our second knitspot red scarf scholarship by selling the fall line scarf and cowl pattern? it was so exciting to watch the sales numbers rise for those last two weeks of december, passing the previous year’s number and heading ever upward as the year drew to a close.
what a grand way to end the year, huh? be assured that we will do that again this year!
but that’s not what i’m writing about today—today i’m pleased to bring you a follow-up on our 2012 effort. the scholarship is awarded near the end of the summer and this year, our friend tina at foster care to success has chosen a lovely candidate from washington state as our recipient. “our” student, brandy sent me this letter a while back, which promptly got lost somehow in email (oy, it happens once in a while, probably due to traveling). once it finally got to me last week, i made plans to post it here because as you know, the scholarship is from ALL of us. so without further ado, here’s brandy!Dear Anne and Knitspot, First off I would like to thank you very much for choosing me as the recipient of your very generous scholarship. This scholarship really means a lot to me, I know that it will really make the difference in my schooling and help further my education and the pursuit of my dream job. I have learned just how hard it is to find a scholarship at my age and schooling level. Most of the scholarships I have found are for seniors in high school or for ethnic minorities, both of which I am not. So I just wanted to say again thank you so much for this opportunity and that I am very grateful to you and your readers. I just want to let you get to know me a little better through this letter and know what I will be doing in school over the next couple of years. I am from Washington State, and I will be attending Western Washington University in the fall. I will be studying Art History, Journalism and Psychology; these three subjects will help me on my journey to becoming a curator at a museum. I decided a couple of years ago that this job would be the one that is perfect for me because it combines all of the subjects I enjoyed the most in school together as well as my love of experiencing new things and places. I have chosen to go to Western Washington University because it reminds me a lot of the place in Washington that I grew up, compared to the other major universities here in Washington it isn’t in the middle of a big city, and it has a lot of trees and wildlife that wanders freely. This town felt comfortable to me because it is mostly a college town and there are a lot of places for students to go and study in a quiet and safe place. When I found out that I received this scholarship and whom I got it from I decided that I would check out your blog. I have always wanted to learn how to knit, I was taught how to crochet when I was fourteen but I haven’t done that in a long time so I don’t really remember how to do that anymore either. I have to say I loved a bunch of your pieces; some of those patterns look like they’d be really hard to make and take awhile to finish. I’m so thankful to have received this scholarship opportunity from you, I really look forward to corresponding with you and getting to know you. Thank you so much for all that you’re doing for me. It really means so much.
i was so excited to receive and share this letter, letting you know just how meaningful your participation is. buying a single pattern back in december may have even slipped your mind, but your action still resonates in the result. so thank you very, VERY much.
it got me thinking about what i will design for THIS year’s red scarf scholarship event (i’ve got a few ideas i like!).