Sebastian working on his new bridge building set.
I've tried it before - giving some little thing randomly, to surprise someone I don't even know and delight them for just a moment. It feels great. Many people are doing that kind of thing right now, to try to make sense or at least look around a little and say hey, some of us are good to one another. It's lifting their hearts, and that is truly remarkable. From what I've read, people have been buying Starbucks cards and tanks of gas for strangers, buying things to donate to shelters, anything.
I don't have much extra money right now. I have more than enough for us, but not that much extra. Not 26-gift-cards kind of extra. I thought about really inexpensive things like letters, but that aren't overly sentimental and hokey.
In the meantime, I was taking stock of my knitting "career" such as it is, and I figured out that I have 26 knitting patterns that I sell.
When I thought about this, I realized that giving away patterns is self-serving, drawing a spotlight to me. While the 26 acts thing is actually focused very much on the giver, in my opinion, still it seems wrong.
I decided two things. One, I'll do something else truly simple and random for myself and humanity at large. Like leaving dollar bills in coffee shops or books on bus benches. And two, I'll give away patterns separately, as a little way to light up the drear of winter. Starting on January 1, I'll just pick someone from the ravelry queue for one of my patterns and gift it to them.
Before I do this, I have one question. Do you think this would make people feel pressure to knit the patterns I give away? What if they just queued something on a whim and really don't want to knit it? I do that all the time! What if I sent a pattern to you and you didn't really want it? How would you feel?
What do you think?