Another prize added!

If you haven’t been here before, this is why I started fundraising every year. Collin was a wonderful little boy who passed away a little over a year ago from NMO.

How do you get a chance to win?

Click here to go to the Guthy Jackson donation page, choose “Memorial Donation” and put Stacey Pope in the “purpose” section.  For every $10 you donate, you’ll get one entry. If you share this contest on Facebook, Twitter or wherever (and let me know), you’ll get another entry.

Deadline to enter is November 1, 2013 (12 noon Texas time) and I’ll be announcing the winners on November 2, 2013.

What can you win this year?

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  • Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Green w/Envy and any one of Maureen Foulds patterns (left)
  • Approximately 2310 yards of Cash DK (merino/cashmere/nylon) in the Superhero Collin color way. (center)
  • Beaverslide Dry Goods 2 ply sport/sock yarn in Hidden Lake and any one of Maureen Foulds patterns (right)
  • A pair of hand knit socks from Maureen! Even better, they will be the prototype for her next design! (measurements will be needed by 11/8 and socks will be sent in late January/ early February)

Spread the word! Donate what you can. Win some awesome yarn.

Donate and win!

As many of you know, raising money to find a cure for Neuromyelitis optica is near and dear to my heart because I suffer from NMO. (I might even be in that video up there)

What is it, you ask?

NMO stands for neuromyelitis optica, originally known as Devic’s Disease. NMO is an incurable autoimmune disorder. The body’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells, most commonly in the optic nerves and spinal cord. It can cause temporary or permanent blindness and/or paralysis, and may have periods of remission and relapse.

What can you win this year?
  • Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Green w/Envy and any one of Maureen Foulds patterns
  • Beaverslide Dry Goods 2 ply sport/sock yarn in Hidden Lake and any one of Maureen Foulds patterns
  • A pair of hand knit socks from Maureen! Even better, they will be the prototype for her next design! (measurements will be needed by 11/8 and socks will be sent in late January/ early February)
How do you get a chance to win?

Click here to go to the Guthy Jackson donation page, choose “Memorial Donation” and put Stacey Pope in the “purpose” section.  For every $10 you donate, you’ll get one entry. If you share this contest on Facebook, Twitter or wherever (and let me know), you’ll get another entry.

Deadline to enter is November 1, 2013 . November 8 (12 noon Texas time) and I’ll be announcing the winners on November 2, 2013.. November 9

Happy Sunday y’all!

p.s. There is a rumor that I may be getting the dye pot out and adding some Merino/Cashmere yarn to the prizes in the coming week.

The winner! For real this time!

In total, $450 was donated by y’all.  I am so grateful for every.single.person. that made a donation or shared this fundraiser.  Thank you all so much!

Here’s what my contact at the foundation said

As you will see, it was a great fundraiser and raised a great amount for NMO research.

Thanks for everything that you did and continue to do.  As in the past, everyone on the list will receive a letter from the foundation that can be used for taxes.

Did you know, that the Guthy Jackson family has donated over 20 million of their own money? Do you know how hard it is to raise money for an orphan disease? Did you know that the foundation is changing the face of medical research? Their “share your information or you don’t get money” approach has eliminated duplication and is making people in the medical community talk about it.

Imagine if we could get every disease worked on this way.

The Judges

What the hell did you put in here with us?!?

Picking the winner

The winner is… ANGIE!!!!!!

1) Don’t call her house during election season… the Wilson is very protective of our Angie

2) Y’all must meet her sometime.  She is the most lovely person.  Plan a trip to WI Sheep and Wool next year and plan a meet up.  Really.  If her dinner hadn’t been ready, I could have talked for hours.

3) She can make me cry tears of happiness and not even know it.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.  (yes, my cold dark heart, but whatever) Remember you can donate anytime.  Here’s to next year! (and a return to my non-knitting, non-blogging life)

Happy Saturday y’all!

p.s. Did you know that they are also trying to get on with the Combined Federal Campaign? So all you people out there who know what that is, look for the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation.

Get your chicks for free

For some reason, I cannot get that song out of my head.

Perhaps it is the 8 chicks that have been running around the bathtub and various plastic bins. Oh, and there are more eggs with pips.  (send help, don’t tell Texas) I’m thinking of changing Ozzy’s name to Lurch.  He is HUGE!  As in Kitten’s whole head is the size of just his beak. (bill? whatever)

I spent Saturday and Sunday trying to relax and get caught up.  Yeah, it didn’t quite happen like that.  There may have been a tiny party with a bonfire. I cannot confirm nor deny.

We got started on season one of The Borgias.  Seriously. Go watch. Now.

Monday, I spent doing all the things. The most fun was the duct tape and painters plastic.  What?

Today, I may actually read some blogs and knit some stuff need to go renew my registration, deliver some eggs, and catch up on email.

What are you doing today?

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So you still want to donate to a good cause, but maybe it’s been a rough year and you’d rather not take the chance to win this awesome prize pack?  Here’s how you can still funnel money to The Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation and you’re guaranteed to get something:

1) Purchase Saving Each Other by Victoria Jackson and Ali Guthy at your favorite book seller. (also available as an e-book and audio book)

2) Hope Grows Cowl Pattern

3) The Guthy Jackson Store

They have everything from t-shirts to caps to sunglasses.

4) Hope Grows Scarf Pattern

5) proactiv

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Happy Tuesday y’all!

Report from the front lines

There was this whole, big post I started in L.A.  Let’s just say, I had an awesome time, met new people and got a lot of information.  I’ll share more at a later date, but today, I have additions to the prize!!

You already are in the running for all this great stuff:

  • A beautiful leaf motif shawl and itty, bitty things (cupcake, gnome, chicken, zombie and armadillo) from that Sarah!
  • A minion from our Cookie!
  • 2 skeins of Purling Dervish County Road worsted in the colorway Hope Grows.
  • The Hope Grows Cowl

But now, included in that prize pack are the following:

602 yards of 2-ply merino, color Cassis, hand-spun by that machine we all know and love, Cookie.

Your very own copy of Saving Each Other by Victoria Jackson and Ali Guthy. (you can also purchase one for yourself since they are donating their earnings to The Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation)

Saving Each Other: A Mother Daughter Love Story begins just as Victoria and Bill learn of Ali’s disease, starting them on a powerful journey to save Ali, their only daughter, including bringing together a team of more than fifty of the world’s leading experts in autoimmune and NMO-related diseases to
create the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation.

Told in alternating viewpoints, Victoria and Ali narrate their very different journeys of coming to terms with the lack of control that neither mother nor daughter have over NMO, and their pioneering efforts and courage to take their fight to a global level.

How can you win this fantastic prize package?

  • Donations can be made through October 31, 20112October 26, 2012 at the Guthy Jackson website.
  • Every $10 donated gets you one entry in the drawing.
  • One share of this on your blog or Facebook gets you one entry (let me know you did).
  • You must put Stacey Pope in the purpose section or email me a copy of your donation receipt.
  • Drawing will be done on November 1, 2012

Go forth and donate!  Only 2 days left!

Someday in the near-ish future: fun with elevators, crazy people and first time shot drinkers.

Happy Monday y’all!

Prizes!! Finally!

Did I say Sunday? Apparently, I meant Monday. I don’t know what happened to yesterday. Here are they are!

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  • A beautiful leaf motif shawl and itty, bitty things (cupcake, gnome, chicken, zombie and armadillo) from that Sarah!
  • A minion from our Cookie!
  • 2 skeins of Purling Dervish County Road worsted in the colorway Hope Grows.
  • The Hope Grows Cowl

How can you win this fantastic prize?

  • Donations can be made through October 31, 20112 October 26, 2012 at the Guthy Jackson website.
  • Every $10 donated gets you one entry in the drawing.
  • One share of this on your blog or Facebook gets you one entry (let me know you did).
  • You must put Stacey Pope in the purpose section or email me a copy of your donation receipt.
  • Drawing will be done on November 1, 2012

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I leave for Patient Day tomorrow and I am totally not ready. My “prep-day” yesterday got sidetracked by my suitcase being full on winter clothes, lack of sleep, a neuro nurse minion and an aggressive goose. Today, I was going to catch up, but have so far been foiled by hatching ducks, pharmacy hi-jinx and internet woes. I’d be napping if I didn’t have to finish packing.

Happy Monday y’all!

Yeah, this is my town (na, na, na, na, na)*

Pink tractors and horse drawn wagons.

Traffic jams and scarf posing on a tractor.

Yeah, sometimes I wonder too.  Texas wouldn’t stop so I could grab the baby cow and throw it in the car.  How mean is that?

The fundraiser is still going on.  I’m extending the date to donate out until October 31st because Sarah and Cookie are mailing their prize contributions today and I will be in Los Angeles for Patient Day next week. You can see the rules here if you want to donate.

Here is a sneak peek of something that is going to be in the prize.  Isn’t it flipping adorable? I have such wonderful friends.

Hope Grows Scarf

  • Yarn: Juniper Moon Willa
  • Needles: US 11
  • Start: 11/11/12
  • Finish: 11/15/12

It would have gone faster had I not also been writing it out and making (and fixing) charts. I wanted to keep it to one skein. It is available on Ravelry with all proceeds going to the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation.

Many thanks to Cookie and Heather for helping double check the work.

Other than all that, I have a regular check up in Dallas tomorrow and a meeting for the research study proving that by participating, I have officially lost my mind.

Happy Tuesday y’all!

*one of my favorite lines from the song:

Well, I bought and painted up that rusty tractor.
You can’t miss it, it’s sittin’ right there in our yard.