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Hey! This is just a reminder that if you have a friend you want to participate in this round, you need to send a vouch email to spljmods (at) gmail (dot) com by tomorrow! We need their username, email, and the actual vouch for them as a swapper. They will not receive an invitation without it, and there will not be a second round of invitations.Thanks!
As I have been saying, I am doing the Lupus Walk fundraiser again this year. Woohoo!For all my knitterly friends, I am having a thank you drawing. For every $5 you donate to the walk, I will put your name in a hat and draw for some FABULOUS prizes!!!! Those Prizes will be posted here over the coming weeks. So far there is fiber, jewelry, sock blockers, project bags! I am so excited to be able to do this for everyone as a thank you for helping me work to find a cure - because lupus sucks!!!! Seriously.So, go to my Lupus Walk page and click on Make a Gift! In the comments, put podcast or blog or something that tells me you came from here (cause I have family and friends who don't care a bit about getting fun stuff (shocking I KNOW!!!!) so I am not including those non-knitting souls in the fun (more for you!!!!!!!!!)My goal this year is to raise $5000. I think that is totally doable. The walk is on October 6. All donations must be received by then.Now...for the first prize that was donated and you could win...These are the Turtle Daddy Sock Blockers available at Turtlegirl76's etsy shop. The pictured pair are the large women's/medium men's, however I am not entirely sure which size/color combo is being donated - we chatted about it this weekend, but never settled on it because, well, we were busy buying yarn!!!
I chose this particular color/size to show them off though, because I happened to paint this pair. That's right. This fairie also paints sock blockers (in exhange for vodka and stitch markers - I am easy, what can I say???)So - go check out what else Cristi has to offer and stay tuned for more items to come!!!
Some Lupus facts:Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissue.Lupus can cause life-threatening damage to major organs such as the kidneys, lungs, heart and central nervous system.Lupus is the leading cause of death among women with autoimmune diseases who are in their childbearing years (ages 15-45).Women are five times more likely to die from lupus than men, and African Americans are three times more likely to die from lupus than caucasians.That's right, folks, LUPUS KILLS!!! Yeah, I look fine right now, but I hurt and this stupid disease kills! Help me find a cure!!!
My July package was finally picked up from the post office yesterday, a mere 24 hours before I headed down to London to fly to Australia!I love it. I want to thank siclady again for her patience with the rubbish British postal system and with me, and for her perceptive shopping! I hope we can keep in touch after this...So, my camera was already packed (as was my cable) so I am going to have to do my best through word pictures!
ohhh myWho's late on the bandwagonSo, it's my first time in Secret Pal and I'd say I had a lot of fun doing it. I got to snoop around journals and read surveys to find clues about what I should get my pal. I'm sure my own pal did her share of spy work, too, since all the gifts I got were amazing. I received paid patterns for a shawl I've really been wanting to make, as well as some great Fleece Artist in my favourite blue. Among the non knitting goodies she sent me wonderful things like a burnt cd, stationery, custom made magnets, coffee-scented soap, kaluha-coffee lip balm, and a bead kit. AND MY FAVOURITE TEA, which isn't sold in stores in my area.Apologies for being so slow in thanks (although I've emailed my pal many times during the swaps to let her know where I'd be), I'm overseas with really shotty internet. When the swap started, I was in Japan, and then I was home for a month, and now I'm on a tour of Asia again, going through Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. I've been knitting with my Fleece Artist this last leg of my trip!Thanks a lot, pal. And thanks to the mods for coordinating all of this, it's been an awesome experience.
So, the post office totally sucks around here. They left no notice or anything so that I would know my package had arrived. =( But, alas, I got it! Yay! =]My third package was this wonderful book! Thank you so much! I love it! =]My pal was super through out the three months. =] I got to try new yarn AND she even sent me some handspun yarn, too! I loved all my packages. The books and the yarn were wonderful.Soooo, thank you again, Secret Pal! =] It was a blast!
Just a reminder that the survey is due next Monday, August 27.If you need another copy of the file, please email me at crazykimmy (at) livejournal (dot) com.Thank you!
This is a late post--but I really wanted to be able to include photos and such! My pal was so awesome! She spoiled me to an unbelievable level, and--best of all--she totally got me things that I LOVED, but never would have thought to buy for myself.In my first package, she provided the much-needed needle sizer and gauge measure (which has already gotten a ton of use), some beautiful stitch markers that she made herself (and you sould all go see her etsy store!), and finally a skein of garnet red bamboo yarn. I have never used bamboo, and would have thought it to be coarse and heavy--boy was I wrong. It was so soft and cool, and had the lovliest drape! I knitted myself a lace halter out of it, and it was a big hit! I posted photos under the cuts!The second package contained hemp for knitting, which I also never would have bought for myself, but loved. It was so interesting to knit with, and the patterns she included in the package were PERFECT for me. I live in Colorado--the land of mountains and trust fund hippies. If there's two things that everyone in the state does, it's play outdoors and carry a water bottle. The pattern for the bottle sling she sent me is beyond useful--I've already taken it fishing!Finally, I the third package. Possibly my favorite of all. She really outdid herself! After recieving my second package, my fiancee surprised me with a spinning wheel (squeee!), and she appropriately sent me TONS of stuff to spin! She sent me some lovely white alpaca that I can dye when i'm done spinning, some llama, which I haven't worked with yet, and am excited to try, and finally, some BEAUTIFUL hand-painted wool roving that she also did herself. It is currently halfway done, with one bobbin full of fingering weight single-ply. I plan to double-ply it, and can't wait to see how the colors play out! It was a breeze to spin and drafted beautifully. She also sent me a kit to make a needle-felted cow that I LOVED! It is also almost done, and I can't wait to see it finished! My favorite part--she knitted me a pair of socks! Nobody has ever knit me anything before and I can't tell you now much I love them! They are so special to me, I think that they were the best part of the swap!Bottom line, I had the greatest swap ever, and it's all because of a very talented and incredibly thoughtful pal. She put so much care and good feelings into the packages she sent--they really made my summer. I hope that you were spoiled as thoroughly as I was!
My secret pal (sender version) was so lovely! They were considerate and really really knew what would tickle me. Every package was a pleasure. Thank you so much!My other secret pal (sendee) was a blast- she really made it easy, which was refreshing, and her feedback was wonderful. Thank you so much for your patience this last month- I know it got a bit nuts there, but I do appreciate your patience! This was a good experience, overall, and I enjoyed it very much.
I'm so grateful!! My yarn stash is replenished. I had such a sweet pal, so thoughtful of me and my girls! Toys for them, tea for me. Stationary, beads, fabric dye....inspiring me to stretch my knitting to other mediums! I apologize for the lateness of the post, I'm having internet issues! I made a beautiful feather and fan scarf out of the purple alpaca, and am working on matching hand warmers! I will post pics once I get some therapy for my issues....