This is my first winter vacation. My first experience with fallen snow flakes. The weather has been bizarrely freezing cold and cozy warm.
I have a silly mantra, and I thought I would share this with you. When I travel, I try to contribute back to the community and cities that I visit.
We talk about leaving our footprints. Well, I did that on the snow ground, but wouldn’t it be more meaningful if I left a purposeful trace instead?
I have crocheted at aged 8, and I have never mentioned this in my business profile or business related media, and I will only mention this once – I have Asperger’s Syndrome (most of us on the spectrum have our own obsessions) and one significant lifelong obsession is with crochet. I love to crochet, and I suspect that I will never tire of it.
Even when I am traveling, I think about crochet all the time. It would be quite silly to crochet warm accessories whilst in Singapore – it’s forever humid and forever warm in Singapore! Now that I am taking a relatively long winter vacation, I figure that I could try my hands on beanies (I do adore beanies!) and scarves!
Before this, I had only crocheted ONE beanie in my life; and knitted (yeah, I knitted!) ONE scarf in my life. I wasn’t sure if I could make nice beanies and scarves considering my lack of experience in this department. It turns out, I do quite a decent job!
So, I made beanies and scarves for my generous hosts’ family, including the free infinity cowl crochet pattern. Then, I thought, ‘how cool would it be if I could make a bunch of these and give it to the needy?’. So I told my friend about it, and wondered how could we go about doing it. Then, the next day, she shared a local news feed with me of an appeal for winter warm stuffs.
I left a comment on Shepherd’s House Facebook page and they replied promptly that they need the warm accessories all year round. So, we went to the craft store and bough a bunch of yarns, and I started to make beanies and scarves.
I made 2 scarves and a bunch of beanies. I chose unisex designs for most of the beanies, but the priority is to make sure they can provide warmth.
I also made a slouch beanie. It takes longer time and more yarn, but I feel that perhaps, just perhaps, they like stylish and nice beanies too.
I made them as though they were meant for paying customers. These beanies and scarves are good enough for me (and yes, I am very very particular with quality), good enough for any paying customers. The people who go to the shelter deserve the same (sometimes life happens, they are as human as we all are), so I don’t slack.
I am only left with 4 days before I leave for Europe. I will try to make as many as I can, but I doubt it would be as productive. My friends here have very big hearts, and will bring the stuffs over again after I leave.
My mantra is that… Leaving my footprints is not sufficient; I hope that at least ONE person benefits from me being in the vicinity. I don’t want to be just a random visitor, I hope to warm at least one heart in this brutally cold weather.
I make charitable efforts on special occasions or no occasion. The Chinese believes in 积福 (ji fu), it means accumulating good fortune (karma alike). I hope by giving, the good blessings goes to my mother, who has painstakingly raised me even though I was an extremely difficult child. 😛
My next stop is to Denmark, do you know a charitable organisation that I can get in touch with, to make my one month vacation there a meaningful one?