4/11/2006

Warming Grace Update

91 registered knitters (not to mention associated relatives, S 'n B's, work colleagues, knitting groups) making squares and still more people signing up!! Wait; now it is 93!!! Woohoo! I am tickled "pink!" I have some news to share: 1.Gracie's friend Simone also has leukemia and she was diagnosed 2 weeks after Grace so they are more or less at the same stage in their treatment. 2. My brother, Jamie, and his wife, Adrienne, are bowled over at the response to this little project (are we, as a knitting community, surprised by our kick butt generosity? NO!!). As a result, and as a small token of their appreciation, they are donating $500.00 in gift certificates (5 times $100.00) from Make 1 Yarn Studio, a brand new very cool yarn shop (owned in part by the famous indi girl herself Amy Swenson) located in Calgary, Alberta where my Jamie, Adrienne, Thomas, Grace and Annabella live. Thank you Jamie and Adrienne! When I talked to Amy about what we were doing she threw in another $100.00 gift certificate! Now I know that everyone has volunteered because they want to help but isn't great that there are a few rewards to sweeten the deal! Thank you Amy! 3. Amanda has purchased a skein of medium weight STR in Lagoon and she is throwing in some real Lousiana Pralines as well! Thank you Amanda!! 4. For my part I have purchased 1 skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk and 2 skeins of Koigu. I wish I could give everyone who is being so generous something in return, but we will have 9, no, 10 draws for contributors! 5. Updated!! Celia has graciously offered to donate a skein of her hand dyed and hand spun wool for another draw - all the way from Australia. She has a store in Esty - go check it out!! More information when I have it! Thank you Celia!! The way it will work is I will enter your name as many times as squares that I receive and then we will draw ( I promise not to put my own name in at all but I sure would love to!). All the knitters whose squares I receive by May 04, 2006 will be entered into the draw. I will still continue to take squares as long as you knit them so keep on knitting and sending them! Don't forget to send postcards with your squares. If you haven't heard from me, it may be because I don't know how to get in touch with you (Knittymama) or I have tried to email you and it hasn't gone through (Monika). Please email me at cynicked@sympatico.ca with your email address so I can give you my mailing address. Thanks so much. I am so excited about the response and the joy we are creating. Thanks is actually so inadequate but I have no other words to properly express how I am feeling - I have been touched by your grace.

21 comments:

Cathy said...

Cancer has hit my family hard over the years, I would be honored if you would add me to your list of square knitters. I have 4 children of my own and can't imagine the pain and mental anguish that you all are going through. She is a beautiful little girl and I will keep her and her friends in my prayers.

Vicki Knitorious said...

Wow. All of it. Everything. Wow, wow, WOW!!!

; )

Samantha said...

Holy cow! WOW!! 91 knitters is amazing ... the draws are unexpected ... WOW.

Can you please repost the date you want the squares by?

Carole said...

My square is going in the mail today. How fantastic that you got so many people to sign up!

Cynthia said...

What truly amazes me and makes me proud as a knitter is that so many knitters signed up for this project because of their own compassion and generosity and NOT because of some reward! Knitters rock; they truly do - you are all amazing to me!

batman said...

I just sent you an email with my contact information. I have passed on the information to my S&B group as well as some other knitters I know. I will be making squares starting tonight!

Rhonda said...

Wow, I'm speechless over the certificates. Of course all of the generous knitters hasn't surprised me. My squares are ready & just waiting for a postcard to jump in before they're put in the mail. Happy knitting!

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Hi there!
I think it's really cool that your brother and his wife along with Amy and the other knitters are being so generous in the prizes! I am trying to get a postcard made with my blog title so you'll be able to recognize my tags in Grace and Simone's package. Keep up the great work!

Kimberly
=:8
http://www.somebunnyslove.com

Danielle said...

Hi! Sign me up. I've finished one square and started a second.

Is Grace's friend also allergic to acrylics? I made two other yummy soft squares, but realized that the yarn (Reynold's Blizzard) has some acrylic in it. If you could use these for someone other than Grace, I will send them along.

Miss Scarlett said...

Cynthia! that is fabulous that so many people are helping!!
How kind of your family to respond back. I love this aspect of our online community.

I just read the above post about an allergy to acrylic - is Grace allergic to acrylic?
I somehow didn't know that and my squares are acrylic. But I have some cotton I will knit up instead.

amanda said...

yay! knitters are awesome!

Debstmomy said...

I sent them today. I did the seed stitch one, & my dd did the garter stitch one. They are coming from Yucaipa CA, so you know when you get it it is from us. My dd, Amber, wrote Katie a little note. Enjoy!!!!

Debstmomy said...

Oh, they are made from Cascade 220...just fyi.

margene said...

Blogland is so generous and thoughtful. What a wonderful outpouring for you and your family!

celia said...

More than happy to help out! Thank YOU for doing all the sewing. I think THAT is teh hardest bit. I hope to have the package sentout by tomrorow, or by Tuesday next week. Easter weekend lasts from Friday to Monday here and if I don't make it by tomorrow, the earliest will be Tuesday. Give Gracie a big hug for me. She's such a sweetie.. oh those eyes...

christine said...

WOW! I am thrilled that you have gotten such a big response! I have some advice when you get to the seaming process....
I'm taking some pink soft wool with me for my visit with Jef, and will whip up some Grace squares.

Aren't knitters wonderful??????????

amanda cathleen said...

You truly have the hardest part! The seaming! WoW! What generous donations! : D

Emily said...

What great donations! People can be wonderful.
And you got to MEET Annie Modesitt?! I have read that post twice now to glean out every bit of information. =)

Geraldine said...

Found your blog via Zen Knitz...What a beautiful blog it is, love the layout and the posts Ive read so far.
On a personal note, I was ill with chronic fatigue syndrome/burnout for over a year at one point, it was a very difficult time. When I was again strong enough and able to read and knit again, it really helped to pass the time and to take my mind off all the problems I was going through. I wish you a complete and hopefully soon recovery. Cheers from the Canadian Prairies, hope you will stop by my blog soon, Geraldine
PS If you don't mind, I would like to add your blog to my link list?

Pink One said...

Knitter's are awesome!!!

Hi Grace and Simone.

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

Holy cow, you have some great donations coming in. It amazes me how generous everyone is.
Make One Yarn is FABULOUS if you are in Calgary, it is not to be missed. How thoughtful of your brother (and Amy as well).
Stunned is the word for the situation at Children's. Our government saw fit to give every single person in Alberta $400 but they can't put more money into healthcare. It never ceases to amaze me.
Hope you are feeling better. All my best to you and yours at Easter.