Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Random Act of Patterns

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep cannot keep it from themselves" - James Matthew Barrie

I believe in the power of kindness. It's an amazingly powerful concept. 

Have you ever had a truly terrible, awful, horrible, no-good, very-bad day? But then someone gives you a compliment or you witness an act of service-- and all of a sudden there's a bit more happiness in your heart? 

I'm sure you have, considering the current popularity of "Random Acts of Kindness" and the phrase "Well, that's my good deed of the day!

It seemed fairly simple to do one good deed a day: Hold open a door, pick something up off the floor, let that other car have the parking space. But I always wondered how to apply kindness into the crafting world.

Then, a wonderful thing happened. 

I read a post on Twitter. The post had been re-tweeted a few times before it landed on my feed, but I'm so grateful that it did. 

The original post was written by Knit Purl Girl, and I have since been on a roll with the idea. 

Here's the basic concept:

"I’ve declared that Tuesdays are for Random Acts of Patterns (or RAP). It’s the fibery equivalent to Random Acts of Kindness! Most of us have either randomly given or received patterns, so this is not my invention. However, I’d like to make it a movement and get more people involved! So on any random Tuesday that you feel inclined to and/or can afford to, consider randomly selecting a fellow Raveler and gifting him/her a pattern off of his/her queue."

For more, check out the Ravelry forum about it:

So there you go! Random Acts of Patterns. It doesn't have to be on Tuesdays... whenever you feel like being in the giving spirit! :) Spread a little happiness; spread a little crafting-sunshine! 

In the meantime, while you decide who to spread happiness to and with what pattern, here's a picture of an Owl Lovey I made for a baby shower:

Have a fantastic, craft-filled few days!  

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