April 08, 2011

Holy Cannoli (Fundraising Update!)

You guys, I am TOTALLY GOBSMACKED by the generosity of the crafting community. The outpouring of support was amazing! We raised $3,395 -- more than three months' worth of prescription medicine for Emily!
Thanks to everyone who gave money to help Emily's fight for cancer!

Now, check out the winners of these amazing prizes:

* The custom-knit sweater by Elspeth goes to Sheila.
* The custom pattern from Amy goes to 4-Ply Katie.
* 9 hanks of Grace in Berry go to Ruth
* 9 hanks each of Grace in Tangerine go to Knittiak and Nadean
* 5 hanks of Grace in a chocolate-covered cherry colorway, plus 10 balls of Kashmir Aran in Merlot go to Autumn, who also won three patterns from Through The Loops.
* 10 balls of Kashmir Baby in green plus 10 balls of La Salute in black go to Heather C
* 10 balls of Kashmir Baby in pink, plus 10 balls of La Salute in ivory go to Cathi
* 10 balls of Kashmir Aran in teal, plus 10 balls of La Salute in red go to Christina
* 10 balls of Kashmir DK in teal, plus 10 balls of La Salute in red go to Strikker Kristine and Elspeth
* 10 balls of Kashmir Baby in navy, blus 10 balls of La Salute in red go to Caro F
* 9 hanks of Pima Fresca in Ivory, plus 10 balls of Kashmir DK in rust go to James
* 3 hanks of Arucania Milodon in purple, plus 4 balls of Kashmir baby in violet go to Jenn S.
* 10 hanks of Arucania Milodon in green go to Kim
* 9 balls of Queensland Super Aussie Merino plus 5 balls of Elsbeth Lavold Bamboucle in celadon go to Penny
* The giant grab bag, including Elsbeth Lavold bamboucle in celery, plus 4 balls of Sublime Cashmerino dk in assorted colors, plus a full bag of unlabeled bulky ivory yarn, goes to Jenn W.
* The $50 gift card to WEBS, plus the two hanks of Huntington sock yarn in a deep purple pictured above, plus one set of size 2 bamboo dpns, goes to Sue A.
* The $50 gift card to WEBS and one set of size 2 bamboo dpns goes to Pia
* The hank of Fiberphiles 2-Ply Squooshy sock yarn in Concord goes to Susan
* The Sundara Fingering Silky Merino, Colorway Flower Studies #5 goes to Orli
* The $100 gift certificate to the IndigoDragonfly yarn store goes to Sherry
* The hank of Wollmeise Twin in Frosch goes to Carin
* The hank of Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga, colorway Autumn Tiger Beetle, goes to Ginny
* The Wollmeise sock yarn in Veilchen goes to Allison
* The Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga, colorway Cuban Cockroach goes to Chawne
* The Splityarn box bag goes to Paula
* The Yarn Play Cafe heavy tote bag or a zippered tote goes to Cathy
* The gift certificates to the Through The Loops pattern store, good for three patterns each, go to Rhonda, Vanjula and Autumn
* Three TanisKnits patterns of the winner's choosing go to Anne
* The handmade mini-quilt goes to Gwen
* The handmade, double-strand labradorite necklace goes to Bertha.

Even though this fundraiser is over, Emily's fight is not. You can follow her medical blog to get updates on her condition... and feel free to contribute at her Give Forward page. As one commenter put it, let's help Emily kick cancer in the taco!

Posted by Ann at 01:21 PM | Comments (409)

March 20, 2011

A Request, For Emily (Win Crafty Goodies!)

So. My best friend in the world, Erin, has a sister, Emily. This is Emily.

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Emily is sick. Very sick. They thought her liver was failing and she was preparing for a transplant last month when they discovered she actually has liver cancer -- which makes her ineligible for a transplant. Emily recently began chemotherapy, the first leg of her long journey to fight cancer. When she beats the cancer, she will still need a liver transplant.

When she is healthy, Emily works as a school teacher in my hometown in Kansas. Unfortunately, Emily's health insurance does not cover prescriptions. And because Kansas does not recognize gay marriage, Emily cannot get on her partner's insurance to help cover some of the costs. Right now, her prescriptions are running about $1,000 a month -- $35 a day -- which doesn't include co-pays for other medical treatments. She is hoping to raise at least $20,000 in the short term to help cover these costs. Emily keeps journal at CaringBridge to chronicle her fight against cancer.

I’ve put together a small fundraiser to help Emily get the money she needs for her fight. And amazing crafters from across the Internet have rallied to help out, too. Just look at the bevy of goodies for the winners! (Please note: the actual goods far exceed my photographic skills.)

My good friend Elspeth, of Wry Punster fame, will knit you a sweater!
* One winner will receive a sweater, knit by a former knitting teacher, to her (his) measurements. The winner will provide the yarn (worsted weight or heavier) and Elspeth will develop the custom pattern in consultation with the winner. The winner will receive the sweater and the pattern so that she (he) can knit additional garments to the same specs.


Amy, of Stash Knit Repeat, has generously offered a custom sweater design. Amy is the force behind Fit to Flatter -- knowing what styles look best on your body type and dressing to accentuate your assets.
* One winner will receive a sweater pattern, customized for the recipient's body type and measurements.


KFI Yarns donated a ton of yarns, most in sweater quantities. Including Louisa Harding Grace, which is a kissing cousing to Sundara Aran Silky Merino or Lorna’s Laces Lion & Lamb. Desert Island Yarn, for real. But wait, there’s more:

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Top: Louisa Harding Grace; Queensland Collection Pima Fresca; Elsbeth Lavold Hempathy; Louisa Harding La Salute.
Bottom: Arucania Milodon & Louisa Harding Kashmir Baby; Louisa Harding Kashmir (baby, dk and aran weights); Arucania Milodon; Queensland Super Aussie Merino & Elsbeth Lavold Bamboucle.

These will be divided as follows:
* One winner: 9 hanks of Grace in Berry
* Two winners: 9 hanks each of Grace in Tangerine
* One winner: 5 hanks of Grace in a chocolate-covered cherry colorway, plus 10 balls of Kashmir Aran in Merlot
* One winner: 10 balls of Kashmir Baby in green plus 10 balls of La Salute in black
* One winner: 10 balls of Kashmir Baby in pink, plus 10 balls of La Salute in ivory
* One winner: 10 balls of Kashmir Aran in teal, plus 10 balls of La Salute in red
* Two winners: 10 balls of Kashmir DK in teal, plus 10 balls of La Salute in red
* One winner: 10 balls of Kashmir Baby in navy, blus 10 balls of La Salute in red
* One winner: 9 hanks of Pima Fresca in Ivory, plus 10 balls of Kashmir DK in rust
* One winner: 3 hanks of Arucania Milodon in purple, plus 4 balls of Kashmir baby in violet
* One winner: 10 hanks of Arucania Milodon in green
* One winner: 9 balls of Queensland Super Aussie Merino plus 5 balls of Elsbeth Lavold Bamboucle in celadon
* One winner: grab bag, including Elsbeth Lavold bamboucle in celery, plus 4 balls of Sublime Cashmerino dk in assorted colors, plus a full bag of unlabeled bulky ivory yarn.


Kathy at WEBS-America’s Yarn Store, has generously donated to the cause.
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* One winner will receive a $50 gift card to WEBS, plus the two hanks of Huntington sock yarn in a deep purple pictured above, plus one set of size 2 bamboo dpns.
* One winner will receive a $50 gift card to WEBS and one set of size 2 bamboo dpns.


You know I’m a sucker for Fiberphile yarns from early on in her shop-days. Georgia’s colors are so amazing!
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* One winner will receive a hank of 2-Ply Squooshy sock yarn in Concord.


Likewise, my girl Sundara has generously donated a hank of Fingering Silky Merino. One hank is 560 yards – plenty of yarn for a shawl or scarf.
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* One winner will receive a hank of Fingering Silky Merino, Colorway Flower Studies #5.


The force behind the beautiful colorways at IndigoDragonfly Yarns is giving away a mini shopping spree!
*One winner will win a $100 gift certificate to the IndigoDragonfly yarn store.


My good friend (and lunch-buddy) Pia dug into her own stash for these highly coveted goodies.
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* One winner will receive a hank of Wollmeise Twin in Frosch.
* One winner will receive a hank of Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga, colorway Autumn Tiger Beetle.


I decided to match Pia's generosity.
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* One winner will receive a hank of Wollmeise sock yarn in Veilchen.
* One winner will receive a hank of Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga, colorway Cuban Cockroach.


The amazing and generous Caro has donated a box bag from her shop, Splityarn.
* One winner will be able to pick a box bag – print of the winner’s choosing. (I’m partial to the spiderpig box bag myself.


With so much yarn to be won, there can’t just be one bag, right? Jen from YarnPlayCafe has donated to the cause as well.
* One winner can pick a heavy tote bag or a zippered tote from her shop.


The incomparable Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops fame has generously offered up her designs.
* Three winners will each receive gift certificates to the Through The Loops pattern store, good for three patterns each.


My amazing friend Tanis -- a talented designer and former editor at Vogue Knitting -- has offered to share her designs, which she publishes at TanisKnits.
* One winner will receive three patterns of the winner's choosing.


The inspiring, phenomenally talented force behind Cauchy Complete has created a wonderful mini-quilt.
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* One winner will receive a handmade mini-quilt.


Remember Elspeth at the top of this list? Her mother, an accomplished beader, has graciously contributed.
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* One winner will receive the handmade, double-strand labradorite necklace.


Here’s how to participate:

1. Go to Emily’s donation site at Give Forward.
2. Give an amount you feel comfortable with. With your donation, leave Emily a note of support. Let her know the knitters are cheering her on, or share an inspiring quote or a song lyric. Or just share the cheesiest joke you’ve heard lately – something to make her smile.
3. Come back here and leave a comment with your donation amount. For every $10 you donate, you will receive one entry into the raffle. If you donate at least $20 and mention this fundraiser on your blog, public twitter account, or flickr, you’ll get an extra entry. (Make sure you include the link where it’s mentioned.)
(3.5. Important! Make sure that your comment information includes how to reach you if you win! )
4. Comments will be accepted until Tuesday, March 29, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Winners will be announced the next day.
(4.5 Fine print: Taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Winners who do not respond to their notification within 7 days will forfeit their winnings. International entries are okay but will be shipped at the cheapest rate.)

Finally, a note about giving: There is a lot of tragedy in the world today, and I recognize that everyone has many opportunities to give. This is not intended to detract from any fundraisers for other worthwhile causes. If you do choose to give to help Emily, your donation will go directly to help her fight against liver cancer. And for that: THANK YOU.

Posted by Ann at 03:57 PM | Comments (110)


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