Normally I'd say that this time Karma has way overbalanced itself, but it's been a truly rotten two weeks over here and this goes a long way towards evening things out.
After watching 3 weeks of Tour de France and an additional bit of time with the cyclists in good old California, I appreciate a great deal what you and your family are doing for AIDS and the ride you are taking! This is huge. I love that so many have come forth one way or another is support too! Best wishes to all of you - oh, and enjoy the process, it is really special!
Stephanie, what's the deadline for donation bids? I was thinking of bidding on Sam's scarf but didn't see a deadline...
Any chance I could get some advice from Sam about that scarf she knit? Like what yarn it was, if the pattern came with the yarn, how long it took and any tips for knitting it? My granddaughter's 8th birthday is coming up and that would be perfect to go with the outfit I got for her. Thanks.
In case I don't get back to blog before the weekend, I just want to say that I am keeping your family of riders in my thoughts and my heart during the whole ride. Here is to a hugely exciting (safe and painless!) adventure. I am so proud to be part of a community that reaches into their stashes and piggy banks and gives big to such a worthy cause.
These gifts are wonderful. At least you're not an athlete in the Tour de France. I'll be donating to your bike ride for sure.
Good luck. You'll be fine.
Tell Sam she is AWESOME, and if knitting for charity is her thing, she should check out afghans4afghans.org I love 'em and have been furiously knitting hats, mittens and socks since April for their latest campaign.
For the air mattress, I recommend the Reactor Summer Pump Pad from Mountain Equipment Coop. It's light (600 g), small when rolled and packed (31 cm long x 9,5 cm in diameter) and not that expesive ($72). When inflated, it has an 8 cm thickness, which I find plenty to be confortable.
All those karmic balancing gifts have made for some great links to beautiful site, products and knitterly gift ideas, much like your Christmas idea blogs. Fun stuff! Best wishes for a great rally.
Looking through the prizes is like being enabled... :)
I felt the urge to do some karmic balancing of my own, so just hopped over to Ladybug Fiber and scored a beautiful skein of her self striping merino/cashmere. You're definitely an enabler, but I'm ok with that.
If loving self striping yarn is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
in knitting take away with you: try squeezing needles, wool and a pattern in an artists tube. From motorbikingdays I know there is almost always room for an artiststube/brushhlder. Have a satisfying kikeride, good luck.
Hi, Stephanie! I've sent you two e-mails offering 600yds dark-honey-coloured mohair as a karmic balancing gift - are they lost in your spam folder, or is it something you think no one wants?? Please let me know either way.
Congrats to the winners. And now I'm off to check out Happy Fuzzy Yarn, that purple kale is to die for!
I'm absolutely stunned that you are doing the bike rally. It sounds worse than a marathon, where at least one can walk. Will you be going through/near Kingston so we can cheer your team on?
Seeherknit--so happy to hear Riin has a new fan! Her stuff is seriously To Die For. So happy to see it here!!
I have to admit to getting a bit light-headed when I saw the Sea Cell. Congrats to all who won!
If you are carrying your own stuff and volume is as big an issue as weight, I recommend a mattress from the Thermarest NeoAir series. They are the smallest and lightest I've seen so far, and they inflate to a comfortable thickness... Plus, the NeoAir won't roll up on you as the vertical chambers mattresses do.
Congrats to the winners!
Katherine S - I so enjoy your comments - hope things get better in your world soon!!! :)
I think I look for your blog every time I see a comment by you. I don't learn. :)
I'm having heart palpitations... I am Elizabeth M., but I don't know if I'm THE Elizabeth M., and I don't have an email in my inbox, so does that mean there is a different very lucky Elizabeth M.?
Forgive the incoherence, that yarn is utterly gorgeous.
Oh wow. These are all gorgeous: the yarns, the other gifts, the handknits. Stunning!
WOW! Awesome! Inspiring! I am going to get back on my bike in August!
Therm-a-rest makes a good air/foam pad, they come in thick and thinner. Remember to get a patch kit for the inner tubes and for the sleeping pad.
If it rains during the ride, just keep riding. I have found it to be very peaceful when it rains gently, I have been lost in my thoughts with the soft swoosh of the tires on wet pavement. You can get dry afterwards.
I am going to send you what I was going to spend at a LYS tomorrow for the benefit ride. Maybe I will get some balancing Karma but, if not, your inspiration will be enough.
Have fun, be safe, take pictures!
I am so grateful for and proud of my fellow knitters and their generosity and skills.
It's going to be awesome, you're prepared! Terrified will melt away, I promise! Ride like the champion you are...
I know you have been really really busy and I may have missed it but did you ever finish the Gansey fit Joe?
Lisa K, that hat is beautiful!
Stephanie, we love you, if you didn't know that already. We'll be a virtual wind at your back all the way. I hope it is more fun than grueling in the end! Will think of you throughout. xo
The hat is gorgeous. The site seems to be mostly in German. How do I order in English (and see prices) from them?
Hope all of you ride safely!!!!! It was a wonderful campaign.
(Did I miss seeing Omelet blocked and done?)
You guys just rock. In every possible way. Best of luck to you and your whole team. So awesome.
Good luck to you and your group during the bike rally, I'm sure that all of your efforts are greatly appreciated :)
Also, just a suggestion, depending on what you want to invest, And the kind of surface your tent will be on, a pool floatie, one of the long inflatable ones that you can lie on, in my experience work very nicely to sleep on. True, they do have to be inflated, but in theory, you can inflate it with a bike pump :)
I hope you and your bike are tuned to perfection and that all goes well. Best of luck to you and your team. Are you going to do this again next year?
Best of luck to all of you! We'll be cheering you on, from all over the world!
Also... how do we tell you that we've donated?
You will have a fantastic ride. You are awesome.
Do check out Mountain Equipment Coop for gear. They have great selection and knowledgeable staff. They are very generous so tell them what you are up to and you may get a discount.
Bonus, the King Street store in Toronto is close to you.
Good luck to you and your team.
Karmic balancing gift muddle sorted out - many thanks! Also, I raise Monarch butterflies from-egg-to-release every year, just for the love of it (100+ in-house as I post). Whatever butterflies I have available for release on the rally start day, I will be releasing in your team's honour - may their gentle wing-beats help you on your way!
If anyone else wants info/instructions for helping preserve the Monarch butterfly in North America, please e-mail me, with 'Monarch info' as the subject line.
From your earliest days of blogging and mindful giving, I have had my heart warmed by these simple displays of living kindly. It's so easy to be nice, and so gratifying to see it spread all about. I wish you a feather-soft ride with many straight paths, and karma back to you.
I don't know how easily available they'd be in Canada but here in Florida, USA I often use a beach/pool float as an air mattress for backpacking/camping. Lightweight, roll up small, CHEAP ($2-$3), patchable, easy to blow up (usually a dozen deep breaths or so), and with a built-in pillow. Good luck for all in the ride.