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Pay It Forward: Sharing the Stitching Love

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on November 5, 2007

pay it forwardsPay it Forward is a warm-fuzzy-feeling concept that will make the world a better place. The basic idea is it that instead of returning a favour, you pass that favour onto some other needy soul. The idea, which dates back pre-Hollywood and modern book to Robert A. Heinlein’s Between Planets, has taken on legs of its own (thanks to the movie and her royal highness Oprah) and finally it has come to the knit.

S&B London Stitchette, Lauren, came across it in the virtual halls of Ravelry and jumped on the band wagon of sharing. The basic idea is this:

  • The first three people to leave a comment on the Pay it Forward post here will receive a knitted item from the blogger (in this case me) within 6 months
  • The people who comment then put Pay it Forward on their own blog for three people to comment on and knits those three an item within 6 months
  • Those people then put it on their blog
  • Then the next three put it on theirs
  • You get the idea

You have a whole six months to think of something suitable, it can be small, huge, simple, clever, whatever you want. You could be sending and receiving from anywhere on the planet!

We traced PIF back through blogs to London to Denmark to Maine, USA, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Australia, before we decided there wasn’t time to trace them all!

Quick! Comment now (with your email address in the right box so I can get back to you), and if you are too late start your own on your blog (and leave a link on ours to invite people in). Soon there will be London knitting pinging from pole to pole.

Pay it Forward, S&B Londoners!


And let us know how it goes and we’ll publish your goodies on our blog too.


9 Responses to “Pay It Forward: Sharing the Stitching Love”

  1. Em said

    Ooh, neat idea – I love this!
    Please can I take part??!


  2. That’s one person to knit for. Yay! 😀

  3. Charlie said

    I’m in!

  4. That’s two people…

    One more to go.

  5. Emmy said

    MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I wanna play! Me me me me me!

  6. That’s the last one then folks.

    Anyone else who wants to join in can start their own on their blog and post it in these comments though. Share the knitty lovin’!

  7. Charlie said

    I’ve put the Pay it Forward post on my blog:

    The first three people to comment will get a knitted item from me within 6 months. No-one has commented yet so there are still three spaces left….

  8. […] Pay It Forward: Sharing the Stitching Love […]

  9. hadenmaiden said

    Setting a PIF on my message board right now. Thanks

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