Drum Roll Please Maestro

I have just spent the last few minutes writing out slips of paper bearing the names  [ in multiples of $10 donation ] of all those wonderful people who supported the Castlemaine Relay for Life.

Only one person was going to take home the Forest Canopy Shawl

and that lucky person is …

[ drum roll ]

Merv Carr

who has four lovely daughters, any one of whom would probably love to relieve him of the shawl.




Friday Night

This was the scene at the Opening Ceremony for this year’s Castlemaine Cancer Council Relay for Life.

Apologies for the darkness  and graininess of the footage but it was taken in full dark with just my little point-and-press cheapie camera

The current total *raised by our little team of disabled adults, their parents / Carers, and support staff is slightly over $500 [ $200 above our goal ]

Of that Nadie and I – with your help – raised $330.

So many thanks to everyone who has donated.

I’ll blog about the experience tomorrow as well as announcing the person who will be taking home the alpaca lace shawl.

You still have time to donate, and to be in the drawing for the shawl if you’d like to [ link in the alpaca shawl post above ]

* The 14 teams involved have , so far, raised $16,000+ dollars and the final total will be higher, as this only counts the monies actually banked before the Opening Ceremony.

A finished object … and a good cause

This shawl was finished a couple of weeks ago, but of course, then it needed blocking and the ends sewn in. The blocking was accomplished last week, and, thanks to the weather, took 4 days to dry. If I’d waited to block it until breakfast yesterday, when it was heading to 30 degreesC, it would have been dry by lunch.

Anyway, it’s all done now, ends sewn in, and modelled by Nadie with assistance from His Beariness.

The pattern is – of course – my default setting, the Forest Canopy by Susan Lawrence. According to my Ravelry projects page, this is the eighth time I’ve made this one. I actually thought I’d made more of them but eight is a respectable tally.

This time around I used SWTC Inspiration yarn which is 50% Alpaca / 50% soysilk on 5mm KP Harmony needles.

The original colours of the yarn were a perfectly nice, pale green called  Success that I’d bought in Tara’s destash, and an equally nice grayed mauve called Memories bought from Ecoyarns. Nothing wrong with those colours at all, except that they weren’t what I wanted for this project, so I overdyed them all with a mix of Landscapes Ice and Marine. I will admit that it was a bit of a gamble because I had no idea how the soysilk would accept the dye, and the result is a bit softer and heatherier than if I’d done the same to pure alpaca or wool in those base colours.

I like it. The soysilk adds a soft sheen to the warmth of the alpaca.

But I’m not keeping it. This one has been made with a very specific goal in mind, which is where you all come in.

If you’d like to have it all for yourself or someone you love VERY VERY much, all you need to do is pop over to either my page or Nadie’s for next month’s Cancer Council Castlemaine Relay For Life, and make a donation of $10 or more before November 11.

For every $10 donated to the cause of Cancer Research through either of our pages, I’ll enter your name into a draw for the shawl. Donate more and you’ll get extra entries.

BTW I’ll happily post anywhere in the world.