Thank you!

Thank you to all that have donated in support of my run in the Race for the Cure. As always, it is very much appreciated.

This year, I ran my fastest 5K. That was truly unexpected. I finished in 23:10. My previous best was 23:38. Yeah!

To celebrate that, I have added these shibori scarves to the prize list. I give you the details on how I made them in a later post.

But for now, the winners of the prizes:

For the scarves: Mary Jane Pfeffer, Teresa Greenhalgh, Joan Hajek, and Roseann Mauroni.

And the winner of the throw is Ellen King!

Thank you all!

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Missing You


Hi all! It has been a while, hasn’t it? (Please don’t go back and count how many times I have said that in this blog.)

A lot has gone on since that last post. Some good, some bad, some indifferent. I will get into all of that later, but right now, I am raising funds for my run in Race for the Cure.


And this year’s thank you gift that will be raffled off to those who support me is the Still Waters throw that got a first place in this year’s Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.


There is one catch, though. The throw will be in my weaving guild’s show that ends in June, so the winner of the throw will not actually receive it until June.

For every $5 donated in support of my running the Race for the Cure, you get an entry in the raffle for the Still Waters throw. And there will be more prizes to come.

Thank you for your support. And good luck!

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Thank you

I know that I said that my next post would be about the actual race, but really, very little changes about that from year to year. Instead, I want to talk about why I have been doing it all of these years, my sister-in-law Debbie.

Here are a couple of my memories just to give you an idea.

  • Back in high school, I got mono so badly that I wound up in the hospital for a week in respiratory isolation. When I came home from the hospital, I was given medicine to get my appetite back. Debbie was just dating my brother at this point. Debbie’s answer for getting my appetite back: her cheesecake. Her cheesecake was whole lot better than the medicine!
  • When I was coming out to my siblings, it was my brother having Debbie as his wife that moved him up in the order. While not knowing what the reaction would be, I knew that it would be better because of Debbie.

She was very special to us mostly because she accepted people as they were and would do anything for those that she loved.

Thank you again for your support.

Next entry will be fiber related. I have a backlog to show you.

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We have winners! The winner of the shawl is Chuck Gardetto! The winner of the massage is Lynn Zwerling! The winner of the BFL scarf is Bonnie Becker Ramsey! And the winner of the Sea Monster scarf is Dorothy D’Ascanio!

I will talk about the actual race in my next post, but for now. Thank you all for your support!

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More, More, More


Thank you all so much for your support in Race for the Cure! We have raised over $1000, thanks to you!

And because I want more people to win, I am adding prizes!

In addition to the shawl and the massage from New Horizons Massage, I am raffling off the scarf that got a first at this past year’s Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

It is BFL wool, dyed by Fiber Optic Yarns. More specifics can be found about it here.

Also, I will be raffling off this scarf.

The fiber for this scarf is merino/silk/seacell dyed by Dragonfly Fibers. More about this scarf can be found here.

The drawing will be tomorrow at 8 PM Eastern, so there is still time! And if you have mailed in your contributions, please let me know so that I can include you in the drawing (the mail is a little slow!)

Thank you all again.

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It’s Time


So this summer, I spun up some superwash merino/bamboo roving that I purchased from Kimber of Fiber Optic Yarns at this year’s Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

And earlier this month, I teased you with the start of what it was to become.

Well, it is done. And it could be yours. Mr. Penney was gracious enough to model it for photos.

How can it be yours? For every $5 in sponsorship of me in the Race for the Cure, you get a ticket in the raffle for this shawl. The race is October 21, and the drawing for the shawl will be October 28 at 8PM Eastern time.

But the shawl isn’t the only thing up for grabs. A one-hour massage from New Horizons Massage will also be raffled off. How great is that!

This year’s race is very special to me. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Pretty in Pink


Well, my niece, Colleen, is expecting a little girl (really soon!)

I don’t think anyone ever doubted that I would make her something. Because, well, really, must I explain?

The pattern for this matinee jacket is from a Hayfield pattern book from years ago. I am pretty sure that the pattern book is not available new anymore. The yarn is Kate’s Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock in the Conch Shell colorway. It knit up pretty quickly.

Of course, when I order something that is pink (or any light color), people that I normally purchase fiber from know that something is up. Go ahead, look back at my projects. I’ll wait.

See, I normally pick darker colors. So, yeah, when you see me making something in a color like pink you know it’s not something I am making for myself.

Yes, it’s about that time.

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Race for the Cure 2011 post-show

Race day, which was two weeks ago now, was a brisk but sunny day; and as usual, my stomach was turning before the event. The nervousness starts on the drive to the event, as the last few miles take an eternity to drive because traffic is so backed up. Granted, I have learned my lesson with that, but the traffic back up seems to get worse every year. A blessing and a curse, I guess.

Once the car was parked, I got myself to the starting line. I didn’t get a spot as close to the starting line this year as last year because I really don’t like worming my way through all of those people, jockeying for position. They all just kind of look at you like, “And who do you think you are?” And somehow, the response, “The one that is going to beat you to the finish line!” doesn’t seem appropriate.

Not jockeying for a position closer to the starting line turned out to be a big mistake, because my time (24:31.4) was close to a minute slower than last year. And all of that lost time was in the first mile, trying to get out from behind people who decided that maybe they will just walk instead. While the 1 mile clock said 7:00 when I past it last year, it said 8:15 when I passed it this year. Oh well, live and learn.

The actual race isn’t the primary reason for being there anyway.

Everybody there was racing for someone.

I wrote down who I was racing for.

Thank you all for your sponsorship to help me do this.

Now for the shawl.

It is completely finished and ready to go to the winner of the drawing, Joan Hajek.

It took me a while this year to come up with a project to make. Part of the problem is finding a project with some kind of pink in it that I will actually like doing, because I am not a pink person. Surprise! Then, in July, I got the last shipment from Spirit Trail Fiberworks fiber club. Of course, the thought of this shawl didn’t occur to me until the night that Irene hit us when I saw the notice that Jennifer had post on Ravelry that she had 10 ounces still available of the colorway. While the storm was raging away on us, I was messaging with Jennifer to get the rest of the superwash BFL. Good thing we didn’t lose power until later that night!

After spinning the fiber up, I had to figure out what pattern I was going to use to weave it. Since I was using the same yarn for both the warp and the weft, I wanted a pattern that didn’t instantly scream “PLAID!!!!” After playing around with different drawdowns (weaver-talk for how we figure out a weaving pattern), I settled on the one below.

It is what is called a progressive twill, which basically means a basic twill pattern that gets its starting point shifted over to a different set of treadles with each start of the repetition. I thought the long diagonal would be longer than any color repeats, and thus play down the plaid a bit. (BTW, I have nothing against plaids. It was just not something that I wanted to go for here.)

Overall, I think the idea was kind of successful.

On the loom, the shawl was sett at 15 ends per inch, with a weaving width of 16″. Coming off the loom, the shawl measured 14.5″ X 59″. After fulling, the shawl measures 13.25″ x 54″. None of those measurements include the fringe. I believe a good bit of the draw-in, take-up, and shrinkage is due to using wool singles, which have a great deal of energy to release. A plied yarn in a less elastic fiber probably wouldn’t have shrunk down so much.

Again, thank you all for your help and support. I already have next year’s fiber on order!

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