ok, knitspot readers, it’s time. time to kick in with a booster campaign to get more money for
claudia’s ride for MS.
for those of you who may not have heard about it, each year claudia rides 150 miles to raise money for research and treatment to people who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
why am i making such a big deal out of helping raise awareness (and donations) for claudia’s big ride?
my dad died from advanced MS a few years ago, after fighting it for about 30 years. MS can take away a person’s ability to use their hands or their legs, but also affects a person’s eyesight, perception and judgment of distances, swallowing and breathing, and can bring on dementia. MS research and treatment as gone a long way in the past 30 years to improve life and options for people with this diagnosis. if my dad were diagnosed today, his treatment would be quite different, with a more optimistic prognosis than it was in the 70s.
last year, in honor of father’s day, and in memory of my dad, i created a matching fund from my june teaching fees and gave $10 for every reader who donated to claudia’s ride (see post here).
we did pretty great, too—and i only had about 25 readers then.
THIS year, i know that knitspot readers have multiplied like, well . . . stash (sigh—wouldn’t it be so cool to all get together some time?).
now, claudia wants to raise $20,000 this year and i want all of us to help her. i am NOT above begging, of course, and neither am i above bribing—which is way more fun. here’s what i’m proposing we do:
- go to claudia’s blog and give ANY amount to her MS ride by saturday, june 23rd (midnight EST)
- write and tell me that you gave (i_gaveATknitspotDOTcom; remove the words AT and DOT, replace with symbols).
i will put your name in the knitspot drawing for the fabulous prizes below. if you gave before this week, write and tell me—you are also eligible! you can even tell me which 3 prizes below you like best, and i’ll try to match your desires (but obviously, i can’t promise)
- I AM PROVIDING MATCHING FUNDS for donations made by knitspot readers. For every donation of any amount to claudia’s ride, i will give $1.
in addition for every $10 that a knitspot reader gives to claudia’s ride, i will add $1 to the matching fund. so, if you give $20, i’ll give $3. it doesn’t sound like much, but it will add up because i know there are now multitudes of you, and that you are givers of the highest order.
i do not need to know the amount, but if you do decide tell me,it will increase the matching fund.
- right now, i have $500 burning a hole in the knitspot account for this purpose.
i want to spend every last penny of it. it’s possible that i can scrape up some more if things go really well.
- each reader who gives ANY amount to claudia’s ride will be entered in the knitspot drawing, to be held sunday evening, june 24th, and, if you give $10 or more, you’ll be entered in claudia’s own drawing at her blog.
how cool is that??
so waddaya say? let’s ROCK this thing okay? make me a poor girl.
now, everybody get your drool rags out, because we are going to take a look at the prize pool, which is AWESOME (and which i am happy to add to with new donations ANY time!)
first up, 2 skeins of fearless fibers merino laceweight in colorway miracle AND a pattern for the just-released orchid lace scarf. this amount of yarn will be enough to complete the scarf and the matching mitts (pattern to come).
next up, we have numerous items (each one a separate prize) from reader elizabeth, sadly blogless. she has a treasure trove of goodies including:
a sock kit with 2 balls of panda cotton, needles, and some panda heel reinforcing yarn
this collection of 24 rebecca pattern booklets
a beautiful skein of mosaic DK yarn—enough for mitts or a hat.
four skeins of luscious lion and lamb yarn by lorna’s laces
four skeins of fingerlakes 2-ply wool in a wonderful denim-heather color—enough for a vest or smaller-sized sweater.
5 balls of rowan cashsoft, in a beautiful moth gray—hmmm, what could you knit with that?
from kim at the woolen rabbit, a gorgeous skein of her hand-dyed merino sock yarn, which i have been know to rave about . . . and, since that color fairly screams corn!, we will add a teosinte pattern to this prize.
each one is a separate prize
my friend lisa (of the blocking wires—thank you lisa!) has another sock package, including vesper, cherry tree hill, and all things heather yarns
meghann of radiant twist offers a good-enough-to-eat skein of her obsession sock yarn—mmmm-mmm
natalie, of the yarn yard sends a one-of-a-kind skein of her lovely sock yarn in budgie colorway
our friend, karen has a beautiful skein of schaefer anne to send one lucky winner
and lilith has a super-special skein of her lovely handspun—little fish—it’s a 70% bluefaced leicester/30% silk blend, fine DK weight, 100 grams & 220 yards in a one-off dye lot.
kyrie has 2 50g skeins of Filatura Multicolor to offer. this is a beautiful mohair blend yarn with about 200 yds per ball—enough for a scarf.
my buddy chris, at briar rose has three to-dye-for prizes she’s throwing into the ring, dyed by Herself just this week:
a 2500-yard hank (you read that right!) of angel face laceweight alpaca—enough for a HUGE square heirloom lace shawl.
a 1200-yard hank of grandma’s blessing superwash—enough for a shawl! we will pair a knitspot shawl pattern of choice with this prize
two hanks of wistful alpaca/merino/silk—enough for a morning glory wrap in everyone’s favorite colorway—and i will add a pattern!
susan from ohio has two incredible gift boxes with some smashing sock yarn in them:
th first has (left to right) – Gypsy Knits BFL Superwash Fingering, Zen String Serendipity Sport in Blueberry Pie, 2 skeins of Artyarns Ultramerino4 color 143, and Posh Yarn’s Emily in Genteel
and the second one has (left to right) – 2 skeins C*EYE*BER Fiber sock in Winter Tundra, Blue Moon Silkie in Tide Pool, and Handmaiden lace silk in Woodland
as claudia herself said: “makes me want to donate to my own drawing”
the lovely erica (you MUST go to her site and peek at her kids—that baby cracks me up every time) has created a nice gift box of sock goodies, including Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Tahoe colorway, Regia Multi Effect color, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in the African Grey colorway, and an electronic 3 row-at-a-time counter plus (i have to admit i have no idea what this gadget does, but it looks snazzy!)
gail has two skeins of medium-weight STR to offer—ONE for each of two lucky winners! isn’t she a peach? one is rooster rock colorway (left), and the other is sherbet (right)
maura, sadly blogless, is an old friend i “bumped” into recently through another blogging buddy. maura has five sets of beautiful stitch markers made from beads she’s collected in her travels. here are a couple of examples:
two sets with green glass beads
one with orange beads
one with amber beads
and one with blue swirl beads
each one is a separate prize. thanks maura!
debbie has 3 beautiful skeins that she would love to send out one prize. they include a skein of manos del uruguay, a skein of soft bartlett’s wool, along with a skein of tocahy’s farm handspun in the coral seas colorway
now, from my own stash of stuff i have the following:
two skeins of sock hop yarn in colorway i got you babe fresh from crown mountain farms—enough for a generous pair of socks
one skein of suri alpaca laceweight yarn in this soft colorway
two balls (plus part of another) of emu autumn leaves wool blend yarn in a rose tweed that knits up like handspun, and a pattern for the stocking cap for all sizes
a hardcover copy of couture knits by jean moss
a copy of fitted knits by stefanie japel
a lil granny felted bag, knit (by me) from my pattern
a bigger jimi bagette, also knit from my pattern
a retro chain bag
and a lantern bag
whew! can you believe all that? and any one of these prizes can be yours if you give just a little bit.