Karmic Balacing the Second

So much got done around here on the weekend, which is brilliant, really, since I leave for Squam this week and if I didn’t get a grip on this place, I was going to end up living in a world of woeful regret.  Amongst the packing and the organizing and cleaning, it struck me that if I really hustled, I could finish the angora yarn in time for it to be my project at Squam.  I got up early on Sunday and worked on it, while the house was quiet, and everything was peaceful. 

It didn’t stay peaceful though, when I ran out of angora and proceeded to have a complete nervous breakdown, followed by a fabulous game of "I know it is here somewhere" coupled with a little "what sort of person steals angora" as I scoured the entire house looking for another bag of fibre I felt sure was here somewhere.  (It was. It was even more or less where it was supposed to be. I may not have been searching efficiently.)  I’m not sure if I have enough yarn for the sweater, but I’ve decided to chance it.  If I run out I’ll just… well, truthfully, I don’t know what I’ll do, but I’m sure it will occur to me then.

I also finished all the pieces of Afterlight, and blocked them. If all goes well, today I’ll have time to sew them up (HA) and this evening I’ll do the neckband (DOUBLE HA)  and be done in time to take it with me.  These are bold delusions, but they are all I have.  

In the meantime – more Karmic Balancing gifts! A thousand thanks to the generous knitters writing me and offering lovely things. I see your emails, you’re in the queue, I’m getting there – hold tight. 

The first gifts are courtesy of Susan, who’s sending three gorgeous skeins of Baruffa Cashwool out into the world. 

One each will go to April Z, LisaDP and Loretta J.  Those skeins are huge.. enough for a shawl!

Next up, Mary Jo has an amazing gift.  She’s not a designer and doesn’t have a company, but she makes ridiculously cute knitted toys for a Childrens Hospital, and has taken the time to write up the patterns, and put together little kits as gifts. 

Not only that, but the yarns are all dyed naturally with plants from her garden. Three people will receive one kit- either a fox, an owl, or a monkey.

My personal favourite is the fox, but Laurel W, Nicole T and Sarah S will work out with Mary Jo which of these darling kits will be theirs.

Next up, yarn that I love (and I mean that, it pushes all of my buttons) from Catherine at Blueberry Pie Studio.

One skein each of this really cool self striping sock yarn, called "My Box of Crayons" will be going to each of Melissa H-B and Cindy C.

Good news for Jessica P,  Lolly M and Bettina, all three of them will be getting the entire Really Clear pattern  collection (including patterns for 2013 that are not yet published, you’ll receive them as they are released)

Cythia will be in touch to find out if you would like them as paper, or digital copies. Thanks Cynthia!

More? Sure! Dani at KSC Designs is donating a needle roll. (Love her stuff.)

Not just any roll, oh no.  Lynne W will be choosing what kind of needle it will hold, and what fabric it will be, lucky duck. 

One more? Why not.

That there is a beautiful skein of hand dyed sock yarn, and Kevin (who’s the lovely dyer) is going to mail it to Arianne G.

Ok, I lied.  Three more.  Maureen has, bless her generous little heart, offered any or all of her patterns to three knitters. 

Her patterns are, by the way, totally fabulous (those are the Swirl Socks. Personal favourite) as I’m sure that Heidi S, Jessica F and Sheeri C will discover. 

There you go! Thanks to everyone for donating, and if you’re looking for a way to get a piece of this action, all you need to do is donate (any amount, I know we all do our best) to any rider on our team.


You’ll get an email from us about how to enter. (Although it can take a few days.)  If you’ve donated but not got instructions, just email me. I’ll fix it.  There are still weeks and many gifts to go.

62 thoughts on “Karmic Balacing the Second

  1. Nothing like a little freakout right before a trip. Makes it so relaxing by contrast. And I really, really hope you can relax.

  2. Speaking of finishing your sweater and of pushing your buttons — BUTTONS!!! (Not that I’ve ever seen you go off without the finishing buttons. I’m sure I’m just judging others by myself.)

  3. Thanks so much for the lovely yarn. I will make good use of it. I think it’s great that you guys are willing to make this enormous effort for such a good cause. I’m no longer physically able to do such things, so I’m happy to make a small contribution.

  4. I have faith in your creativity if you run out of yarn. Love the gifts, still haven’t won anything, but I could use some good karma. So send it my way even without a gift is fine. I am literally peeing my pants that I get to see you in less than a month. Colorado here I come!!!

  5. Must have that fox pattern!!!! How do we get Mary Jo to sell them to raise money for a good cause??

  6. Oops – found Mary Jo’s patterns on Ravelry. Thanks Mary Jo! and thanks Harlot too for being so inspiring…

  7. Love that the ‘karmic balancing’ is a win-all-round situation for those involved. Love it – love the gifts/merchandise as well. One can drool!

  8. I’m looking forward to seeing you at squam too. I’ll be at the Rav rev and the market. safe travels.

  9. Love it all, but especially Mary Jo’s patterns. My Dad had a wooden monkey that had some purpose that I don’t remember…but hers reminds of it.
    My husband HATES it when I am “on the search” for something out of my craft supplies that I know I have…but can’t remember exactly where it is.
    Now, if I could just find that set of crochet hooks…

  10. I am so excited! I had no expectation of actually winning anything, and this is just too cool!!!!!!!!

  11. Arggg, I ordered some of the stripy crayon yarn. How did you realize I’d been stalking self striping yarns all week?

  12. Oh, I love your continuing stories (Once each week: This is the c. s. of Peyton Place, when I was in hospital for six weeks, Alison went in the first week to have her baby and when I came home she delivered, sorry, got sidtracked), now we have to wait to know if you have enough yarn and fear with you. My last buy was: a childrens (halfsize) spinningwheel for the price of 9, I really mean nine American dollars!Euro 7,95. Maybe when I have learned to spin it is an ideal travelwheel?!

  13. Hi I love your blog so much, I knit mostly for orphans sometimes I just give my knitted stuff to people I meet in area where I live. I have learned so much from ur blogs, didn’t ever swatch, just went ahead and knitted, whatever size it came out, there would always be someone available that would fit. Knitting supplies are also really hard to get here, we have some yarn, its man made, without anything written on the labels. Needles are impossible to find. I live in a country that has a lot of people thatt are without any of the basics. People are so glad to receive whatever they are given and I love love to knit and give away. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog, I appreciate it so much 🙂

  14. I hope to see you knitting away on your angora at the Squam dining hall Wednesday evening. Save journey!

  15. i cant get the rally page to load on my computer but i would like to make a donation. and i love that you get so much knitting done in such a short time.

  16. Oh, some day to return to SQUAM! If you do run out of yarn you’ll be sure to find some beautiful offerings at the art fair. Have fun.

  17. OK, I’ve been meaning to donate anyway, but those fox/owl kits killed me. I donated in case there’s any of those left (but also because I meant to anyway!)

  18. Hi, all, I wish I was writing with happier news, but I am writing to say I got a spam email from info@socksummit.com (they were pretending to be “Paypal”, complete with quotes. I don’t know if this means that the Sock Summit email has been hacked, or if the phishers were just hoping I’d see a trusted email and click on the contained links (though why Paypal would be writing to me from the Sock Summit email, I don’t know, and why they’d want me to click on a link that went to Germany is baffling).
    I just wanted to give people a heads-up, in case they get a similar email. The German link makes me think maybe my email was grabbed when I made a donation to a German charity, so probably there is not a reason for concern for most people, but, as I said, FYI.
    Love the karmic balancing gifts, how do we send you something/donate something to be a karmic balancing gift? Thanks!

  19. I LOVE the days with Karmic Balancing gifts. Just love them. It is so wonderful of all of donors AND we get a little sneak peak into their offerings. It’s like shopping, but I can get in trouble with my card as easily….

  20. I can’t wait for my yarn to arrive… Apparently it’s actually DK not sock weight. Need ideas for 230yds of gorgeous, gorgeous DK weight yarn, stat!

  21. Got the beautiful patterns from Maureen. I will make those gorgeous swirl socks and the Mirkwood shawl – someday soon… 🙂

  22. Have you ever thought about creating an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog centered on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some storiesinformation. I know my audience would value your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

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