So. I've been sitting here with my fingers on the keyboard for many minutes trying to come up with some way to begin this post. It's all been done before, those 'it has been a long time' posts, often by me. For some of you it won't be a surprise to know that 2013 hasn't been my favorite year so far, we've had some tough times, but my world abounds in blessings, so let's move on. Here I am, the blog is re-paid for and I had a little inspiration to get me going.
Read to the end, DO NOT just look at the pictures of pretty lace.Trust me on this one.
- Pattern: Fylleryd by Mia Rinde (ravelry link) My ravelry project page with more photos. Eventually.
- Yarn: Ball and Skein Ariane, The Blues
- Needle: Addi Lace size US 2, 3.0mm
- Cast On: May 25, 2011
- Bound Off: June 30, 2013
- Blocked: June 30, 2013 (took nearly 4 hours)
- Approximate Wingspan: 70"
- Approximate Length: 35"
This shawl was cast on for in May, 2011. Like many projects, for any number of reasons, it got set aside. I can't remember exactly what other project took its place in my orbit, but surely one did. I do remember that I was frustrated with my nupps, I'm usually so good at them, I love doing them, I love looking at them, but for some reason these nupps were inconsistent and I was contemplating ripping the bottom lace sections (I had completed about one and half of them-that is a LOT of stitches and MANY nupps). I picked it up last summer to take on vacation and aside from discovering where I was in the pattern and debating nupps again it got no love from me. Week before last I found it again and that little switch went off in my brain. Just!, for Pete's sake, FINISH THIS THING! So, I decided that each nupp had its own character and each would stay.
It was a good decision. I am in love with this shawl.
The yarn is so soft and the color such a beautiful iris blue, not quite periwinkle, which has a beautiful halo and blocked out gorgeously.
Sometimes a yarn and a pattern synergistically find themselves in my life at just the same time and I know they were made for each other. This is one of those times, the end product exceeded my expectations, again. I love it.
And I am giving it away.
You read that right and I could be giving it to you! It wasn't initially my plan. I just wanted to finish the shawl, but as the yarn slipped through my fingers and my mind eased into the contemplation that can happen while participating in a repetitive activity a little spark in my brain was telling me to keep going, that this shawl is meant for someone and something else. That spurred me on. And somewhere in my head I was feeling the urge to share my knitting and spinning on the blog again. The spark and the urge came together and started nagging me to get the blog going and give away the shawl!
In eleven days my husband, Pete, is participating in the Tour de Cure, a fund raising, two day, 150-mile bike ride to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association. Also participating is my daughter, Meg and her boyfriend Ben who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a baby. He has not known life without this condition. We have all been touched by diabetes, Pete's mother died young, we have family members, friends, children of friends.... you know. You do as well.
To help support Pete in his fundraising I am going to 'raffle', sort of, this shawl.
So, you don't wear shawls. You don't like blue. Whatever. Christmas is coming. Just to say...
READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY. I'm not good at hunting things down so it will be best if you read and if you have any questions ask in the comments or send me an email: peteresacampbell <at> comcast <dot> net.
To have a chance at winning this beautiful shawl, please make a donation to Pete's rider page OR if you are uncomfortable with that, my paypal account (same email address, I will cover any fees).
- Each $5 donation will receive one chance at the shawl
- Each $25 donation will receive seven chances toward winning the shawl.
- Please make your donations directly to Pete's rider page OR to my paypal account (email above and below).
- Drop me an email: peteresacampbell <at> comcast <dot> net letting me know where, what and that you donated.
- I will assign numbers in the order I receive emails and I will respond to your email with your assigned numbers. If you do not receive a response then I did not receive your email. Contact me.
- The raffle will close on Friday night, July 12 at midnight and the random drawing will take place by the end of the ride on Sunday.
Can you do me one more favor? Can you spread the word? Not just to knitters, but spread it far and wide to anyone that might want to support the ADA, someone who loves knitted lace, someone who would love to give this as a gift, and who wouldn't love to give this heirloom quality gift to someone they love?
There are so many worthwhile causes to donate your money to and I know it is difficult for me to give to everything I want to, which makes it also a bit difficult for me to ask. Thank you so much in advance for your support and good luck!
2013. Two. Really?! TWO!? This is my second post of the year. That surprised me a little. This post is about one Tour and the next post will be about another Tour. It is July and July is all about the Tours.