At the beginning of 2015, there was a thing going around Facebook called the “Pay it Forward” initiative. I joined in after I saw it a time or two, and got this message to post on my FB wall:

I’m participating in this ‘Pay it Forward’ initiative: The first five people who comment on this status with “I’m in” will receive a surprise from me at some point during this next year (2015). There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me, and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy. These five people must make the same offer on their Facebook status. Once my first five have commented “I’m in,” I will forward this message to you privately, so that you can copy and paste it, and put it on your status, (don’t share it) so that we can form a web of connection of kindness. Let’s do more kind and loving things in 2015, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other. Cheers to a more festive and love-filled year.

Being who I am, I feel the need to make at least part of the surprise.  Since it is March, I need to get started. Today I began building the base and sides of a crochet tote that will go to one of the people who responded with “I’m in.”

Bag start

I am lucky I have some crafty people playing along who will like something hand made. I had fun playing with the colors I already had and mixing in 3 new ones to make these stripes along the base.  I do fear that I have made the base too big and this will end up being enormous. I may do some random decreases as I build the sides.