Very Special Yarn: Part 1

Last Saturday, Ron and I spent WWKIP Day at Shall We Knit? in Waterloo. While we were there, we did some dyeing demos, auctioning off Naming Rights and the yarn itself, to support The Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund.  In the end, we raised $1691.  Yes.  I  know.🙂

So with that kind of success, you just know this is going to become an annual event! Get ready for next year.

We’d like to share the stories behind each of the colourways created on Saturday.  All of them are one-of-a-kind, never to be repeated colours.  Making them all the more special.

Incorrigible Curmudgeon

Deirdre asked us to create this colour:

The name I’m thinking of is Incorrigible Curmudgeon, for my dad who died about a year and a half ago – the name is given with absolute love and affection, and even he would agree, it says it all…

The colour would be something orange, as it’s always been our favourite colour.

On the drying rack:
Incorrigible Curmudgeon

Finished:
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Roswell: Not Just For Aliens

Wilma made a special drive out for the event, and asked for this colour for the surgeon who performed her life-saving surgery for Stage IV appendix cancer at Roswell Park in Buffalo (this surgery is not yet available in Canada). Wilma would like women to know that her appendix cancer, very difficult to detect, manifested itself in some bloating and a persistent dry cough.

(Now for the 5 year old in all of us, there was also a short moment of delighted realization last Saturday, as Wilma realized this radioactive green was a pretty close match to the mucus produced by this disease. Heh.)

On the drying rack:
Roswell: Not Just For Aliens @shallweknit #wwkipday

Finished:
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Take Your Moments And Make The Best Of ‘em – Delicious Ambiguity – That’s What Life Is.

Compiled from a quote from Gilda Radner, Betty’s colourway represents the spirit of Gilda’s outlook on life…a neat reflection of Betty’s attitude towards her own health challenges.

[Gilda’s] actual quote (which I sorta cut up to fit on the card):
“I wanted a perfect ending… now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” Gilda Radner

She also said : “I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.”

On the drying rack:
Gilda yarn

Finished:
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Tomorrow we’ll show the other colourways…see you then!

10 thoughts on “Very Special Yarn: Part 1

  1. Wow! They were pretty in person as they were dyed, but I love how the finished skeins highlight the varigated colours! Really, really lovely, and a fantastic fundraising idea!

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  3. This was such a fantastic idea. I love that there are indie dyers and indie dyer lovers who would jump on such an open hearted project. And the little stories just make is so much sweeter. ❤

  4. I cannot put into words what this experience meant to me.
    I am incredibly appreciative that Kim and Ron gave us this opportunity – the opportunity to do something very good for a wonderful charity for women’s health, as well as an opportunity to put our personal experiences into thought and then into gorgeous yarn.

    Kim and Ron: You are so extremely talented and insightful; you captured “Take Your Moments and Make the Best of ‘em – Delicious Ambiguity – That’s What Life Is” – Gilda would have been proud! I am ecstatic!!!

    And, I received “Take Your Moments” today.
    I cannot express the words of appreciation and gratitude and happiness – not enough to describe what this means to me. And, the yarn is absolutely perfect!

    Thank you for your time and energy – physical and creative.

    You two are doing something important; creating important art “pieces” that we get to appreciate.
    I am appreciative; I am thankful.

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