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Report from the front lines

There was this whole, big post I started in L.A.  Let’s just say, I had an awesome time, met new people and got a lot of information.  I’ll share more at a later date, but today, I have additions to the prize!!

You already are in the running for all this great stuff:

  • A beautiful leaf motif shawl and itty, bitty things (cupcake, gnome, chicken, zombie and armadillo) from that Sarah!
  • A minion from our Cookie!
  • 2 skeins of Purling Dervish County Road worsted in the colorway Hope Grows.
  • The Hope Grows Cowl

But now, included in that prize pack are the following:

602 yards of 2-ply merino, color Cassis, hand-spun by that machine we all know and love, Cookie.

Your very own copy of Saving Each Other by Victoria Jackson and Ali Guthy. (you can also purchase one for yourself since they are donating their earnings to The Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation)

Saving Each Other: A Mother Daughter Love Story begins just as Victoria and Bill learn of Ali’s disease, starting them on a powerful journey to save Ali, their only daughter, including bringing together a team of more than fifty of the world’s leading experts in autoimmune and NMO-related diseases to
create the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation.

Told in alternating viewpoints, Victoria and Ali narrate their very different journeys of coming to terms with the lack of control that neither mother nor daughter have over NMO, and their pioneering efforts and courage to take their fight to a global level.

How can you win this fantastic prize package?

  • Donations can be made through October 31, 20112October 26, 2012 at the Guthy Jackson website.
  • Every $10 donated gets you one entry in the drawing.
  • One share of this on your blog or Facebook gets you one entry (let me know you did).
  • You must put Stacey Pope in the purpose section or email me a copy of your donation receipt.
  • Drawing will be done on November 1, 2012

Go forth and donate!  Only 2 days left!

Someday in the near-ish future: fun with elevators, crazy people and first time shot drinkers.

Happy Monday y’all!

Prizes!! Finally!

Did I say Sunday? Apparently, I meant Monday. I don’t know what happened to yesterday. Here are they are!

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  • A beautiful leaf motif shawl and itty, bitty things (cupcake, gnome, chicken, zombie and armadillo) from that Sarah!
  • A minion from our Cookie!
  • 2 skeins of Purling Dervish County Road worsted in the colorway Hope Grows.
  • The Hope Grows Cowl

How can you win this fantastic prize?

  • Donations can be made through October 31, 20112 October 26, 2012 at the Guthy Jackson website.
  • Every $10 donated gets you one entry in the drawing.
  • One share of this on your blog or Facebook gets you one entry (let me know you did).
  • You must put Stacey Pope in the purpose section or email me a copy of your donation receipt.
  • Drawing will be done on November 1, 2012

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I leave for Patient Day tomorrow and I am totally not ready. My “prep-day” yesterday got sidetracked by my suitcase being full on winter clothes, lack of sleep, a neuro nurse minion and an aggressive goose. Today, I was going to catch up, but have so far been foiled by hatching ducks, pharmacy hi-jinx and internet woes. I’d be napping if I didn’t have to finish packing.

Happy Monday y’all!

Yeah, this is my town (na, na, na, na, na)*

Pink tractors and horse drawn wagons.

Traffic jams and scarf posing on a tractor.

Yeah, sometimes I wonder too.  Texas wouldn’t stop so I could grab the baby cow and throw it in the car.  How mean is that?

The fundraiser is still going on.  I’m extending the date to donate out until October 31st because Sarah and Cookie are mailing their prize contributions today and I will be in Los Angeles for Patient Day next week. You can see the rules here if you want to donate.

Here is a sneak peek of something that is going to be in the prize.  Isn’t it flipping adorable? I have such wonderful friends.

Hope Grows Scarf

  • Yarn: Juniper Moon Willa
  • Needles: US 11
  • Start: 11/11/12
  • Finish: 11/15/12

It would have gone faster had I not also been writing it out and making (and fixing) charts. I wanted to keep it to one skein. It is available on Ravelry with all proceeds going to the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation.

Many thanks to Cookie and Heather for helping double check the work.

Other than all that, I have a regular check up in Dallas tomorrow and a meeting for the research study proving that by participating, I have officially lost my mind.

Happy Tuesday y’all!

*one of my favorite lines from the song:

Well, I bought and painted up that rusty tractor.
You can’t miss it, it’s sittin’ right there in our yard.

Massacre at 42 Farms*

OZZY!!! He has a mirror and a minion-ish thing to keep him company since Sharon didn’t make it.  He loves his minion. He has pulled it over next to the mirror and sleeps with it.  Thankfully, it’s cotton and can be washed. However, we have quite a few eggs in the incubator and we’re hoping he has a pal soon. 

And then along came Kitten. Named after Carrie.  They share the same birthday, so it just made sense.

A hat! It’s for Sex Kitten.  Appropriate, no?

  • Rav Info: Official Kittyville Hat
  • Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride worsted
  • Needles: US 7
  • Start: 10/10/12
  • Finish: 10/12/12

Mods: I knit the flaps in garter, because I’m lazy like that.

I’m about halfway through knitting the sample for the Hope Grows Scarf.  Since Texas is going to Dallas, maybe I can actually finish it off.  It’s coming along nicely and I’m going to gift it to on of the other amazing Neuro nurses in my life. (Don’t forget to see this page about donating and winning a prize)

Happy Sunday y’all!

*Every other day, we clean out the big pool.  Friday morning, the ducks found a nest (?) of frogs.  Let’s just say they had an amazing breakfast. There was fighting, running, and quacking, but I think we’re down 7 frogs. I think I mentioned before that frogs scream.  All I could think of was “Well, Clarice – have the lambs stopped screaming?”  Yeah, I’m kind of messed up like that.

 

I did say there was going to be a prize.

First up is this lovely cowl, hand knit by me in Juniper Moon Willa.

The infamous Cookie and the smart and sassy Sarah are both knitting a little something too.  No, I do not know what they are knitting yet, but as soon as I find out, I’ll let you know. I’m also awaiting some fun little things that will round out the prize.

The rules:

  • Donations can be made through October 26, 2012 October 31, 2012 at the Guthy Jackson website.
  • Every $10 donated gets you one entry in the drawing.
  • One share of this on your blog or Facebook gets you one entry (let me know you did).
  • You must put Stacey Pope in the purpose section or email me a copy of your donation receipt. stacey (at) purlingdervishes (dot) com
  • Drawing will be done on November 1, 2012

There are two funds to donate to this year. One is the traditional Research Fund and the other is the Friends of Patient Day. (they’re both on the donation page).

For more information, you can see this post.

I know it’s been a rough couple of years, so if you can’t donate here, please consider buying the Hope Grows Cowl pattern.  All proceeds will go to Guthy Jackson. (All, I’m eating the paypal fees.) I’m also working on a scarf.  Here’s a sneak peek.

Tomorrow? Baby ducks and the story of the Massacre at 42 Farms.

Happy Friday y’all!

Hope Grows

The blog ate your comments! When I have some quality computer time, I’ll go back to the other day and hopeful write y’all back. I think I fixed it from then on.

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Hope Grows Cowl

Pattern available here .  All proceeds will be donated to The Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation.
This cowl will also be one of the prizes in the fundraiser. Yes, the actual cowl. (I should be making more prize announcements in the next day or so)

  • Yarn: 1 skein Juniper Farms Willa
  • Needles: US 11 Cubics interchangeable
  • Time:  About an hour or so

I also whipped one out for me:

All the major details are the same, but I made a couple of extra leaves.

I bought the Cubics on a whim and am glad I did.  They are comfortable to hold and are a nice change from metal needles without going bamboo.

Ever since someone turned me on to non-bamboo wood needles, I’ve been quite picky.  I hear she can do that to people.

Today, I’ll be educating Texas on the finer points of 70’s and 80’s horror movies.  No Amityville? No Poltergeist? No Exorcist? What?

All while unpacking the hand knits and trying to stay warm.

It hit 47 F (8C) last night.  In October! In East Texas!  Who the hell approved that?!?!

Happy Sunday y’all!  What are you up to?

And so it is October

Time for me to ask you to donate money. (My story and other information can be found here)

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO or Devic’s Disease) is an uncommon disease syndrome of the central nervous system (CNS) that affects the optic nerves and spinal cord. Individuals with NMO develop optic neuritis, which causes pain in the eye and vision loss, and transverse myelitis, which causes weakness, numbness, and sometimes paralysis of the arms and legs, along with sensory disturbances and loss of bladder and bowel control. ~From The National Institute of Neurological Disorders

It was a rough year with Texas being out of work for 6 months, and I’m trying to get some type of prize together. (if you want to donate towards the prize, let me know!) There will be only one prize this year.

The rules:

  • Donations can be made through October 31, 20112 October 26, 2012 at the Guthy Jackson website.
  • Every $10 donated gets you one entry in the drawing.
  • One share of this on your blog or Facebook gets you one entry (let me know you did).
  • You must put Stacey Pope in the purpose section or email me a copy of your donation receipt.
  • Drawing will be done on November 1, 2012

There are two funds to donate to this year. One is the traditional Research Fund and the other is the Friends of Patient Day. (they’re both on the donation page).

Research Fund: 100% of your donation goes directly to scientific and clinical research. The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation does not allocate any donated monies to administrative support of the Foundation.

Friends of Patient Day: You help make the impossible become possible by financially supporting a patient’s attendance. NMO Patient Day offers patients a rare chance to connect with leading NMO clinicians, scientists, and other NMO patients – a first for many NMO patients given the rarity of this disease.

I can tell you that being able to connect in this way has made a world of difference for me and my treatment course.  I would not have been able to attend this year without their financial support. This disease can be expensive (even with insurance) and many cannot afford to go.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this and donate.

 

 

 

Thank you so much!

With all of your help, we were able to raise $910 for the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation!

grand prize

Prize 1 : Jayna

Prize 2 : Beth

Prize 3 : Paula

Prize 4 : Angie

Prize 5: Terri

Prize 6 : Jayna

Prize 7: Cheryl

Jayna is not a spinner, so she said to go ahead and draw again, so Sarah, you won too!  I’m going to dig around and see if I can come up with a little extra fluff to throw in there.

  • Exotic wood drop spindle
  • 8 oz. of hand dyed BFL roving

I’ll be getting in touch with everyone.  Thank you again.  Every dollar makes a difference not only to me, but thousands of us suffering with NMO.

Happy Tuesday y’all!

Back to knitting tomorrow.  Swears.