Showing posts with label Kirra Koala. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kirra Koala. Show all posts

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Kirra Lovey

I've been on a Koala kick recently!

First Kirra came along, and you can find the blog post about her here.

And then I was asked if I made a 'lovey' version. So I made one! If you aren't sure what a lovey is, it's a cross between a blanket and a toy, like a little security blanket (the term can really be applied to any item a baby bonds with.)

Kirra Lovey is made with a chunky yarn, and does not include safety eyes. Despite the name, it is best practice to keep them for older kids.

Both original Kirra and Lovey Kirra are raising funds for the AREPH for the month of February. $2 from each will go to the hospital.
Donate directly to the organisation here, or find out about what they do.

Last month I was able to donate $60 to the AREPH and $60 to WIRES. I sold just under 60 copies of Kirra, but rounded it up!

I did mention in my newsletter (sign up if you aren't already receiving it! - read this blog post why you should!) that one of my testers has raised over $300 auctioning the koalas she has made from the patterns, and that is quite an achievement! Congrats Sara!

Find the pattern for Kirra Lovey on Ravelry or on Etsy

and Original Kirra can also be found on Ravelry and Etsy 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Introducing ... Kirra the Koala

Last week Kirra Koala was released as a new pattern. I only started working on her on New Year's Eve, and once she was finished, it seemed a shame not to write the pattern.

The last few months have been devastating for the koala population in Australia, due to the terrible bush fires you have no doubt heard about. Straight away I knew that proceeds from the pattern should go to help.

I quickly assembled some pattern testers. Sara has tested for me before, and is also involved as a rescue carer herself. She and Emma (another koala carer) pointed me in the direction of the Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital (AREPH) as well as WIRES as two worthy charities. Ruben, the Koala has had medical treatment from the AREPH, and is currently undergoing care. 

$2.00 from every pattern sold this January will be split between the two charities, which will be donated at the end of the month. I will continue to donate sales from the pattern each month, and if the charity or amount changes, I will be fully transparent about that. 

If you would like to donate directly to each of those charities you an do so here:

Since releasing the pattern, Sara has auctioned off her Kirra that she made, and has so far raised $200! Amazing effort!  

Kirra Koala is made using 100% Australian Merino wool from Nundle woollen mills, which keeps much needed funds in our rural communities.
Other supplies needed: 12 mm saftey eyes, 2.5 mm crochet hook, stuffing, yarn needle, small amount of black yarn (dk or similar)
Thank you for reading, and I hope you are able to help!