The Clapotis is continuing at a fairly steady pace. The yarn I decided to use (Knit Picks Chroma) is a somewhat loosely spun single that produces a nice halo. Which makes for a great finished look, but it’s a bit finicky to work with. The drop stitches have to be coaxed down every time, which is fine, but a bit time-consuming.
The pattern has been straightforward ( I have just been following the spreadsheets) which is good because I have been doing a fair bit of television watching with it. It’s finally been cool enough to go outside and not feel immediately like you stepped into a sauna (or near the sun), but I have been pretty much stuck inside, thanks to the previous injury and the most recent one. For that I will just say it was an unfortunate incident involving my dentist and that oh so wonderful TMJ. So most of the last few days has been spent attempting to relax and take it easy, which has been difficult for me (if by difficult we understand that I would rather clean up after a herd of two-year old’s during a sugar high.) Hoping for positive news from the doctor today so fingers crossed!
Okay back to the knitting, I haven’t decided if I will be keeping the Clapotis or if it will end up as a Christmas present. (Oh crap, I said that-which-must-not-be named. My bad.) There is at least one person that this would be perfect for, but there is that tiny selfish part of my brain that is trying to persuade me to hoard it all to myself. You know the one, that voice that makes you want to covet things in the corner, making little shrines and whispering sweet nothings to it. That part that wants to go all Gollum a la Lord of the Rings and start calling it your precious, to carry it around in your bag, just so you can pet it when you feel stressed? No, just me then?
Well okay, moving on to something very unselfish to share with you. I don’t usually do this kind of thing on the blog, but I have a friend who is looking for a bit of help in reaching a pretty neat goal. She asked if I would be willing to share her story with you all and I said yes. What follows below is the message from her. It’s a good cause over all and a great way to help someone reach a personal goal, if you feel like giving than please do. Thanks either way.
Hi! I’m Mallory, aka Introverted Knitter’s occasionally mentioned bestie. I myself have a (dormant) blog, Indoor Cat’s Guide to Geekery, because at my heart, I’m an indoor cat (and a geek, but isn’t that true of everyone in some way?). I like to watch TV and movies, read books, cross stitch and hang with IK, her hubby, and her cats-basically, I really like to chill out and relax.
However, every now and then I get the urge to do something big. Something exciting. Something that sounds dangerous (but is actually ridiculously safe). This often seems to culminate in jumping off of tall buildings, and this September, the urge to jump strikes again.
I’ll be participating in a fundraising event for the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The event, Over the Edge, allows the mildly adventurous minded, such as myself, to rappel off the Woodmen Tower, formerly the tallest building in our fair city, Omaha. It’s 30 stories, 470 feet of rappelling goodness.
This is actually my first time really rappelling. I did a small rappel once when I was about 11 and on a sixth grade field trip at a 4H camp. I remember thinking it was really fun, and when I found out about this event last year, I knew I had to do it. Turns out about 95% of the participants have little to no prior rappelling experience, so that makes me feel much better about my lack of skills.
There are two real reasons I want to do this. The first is because not everyone can say they’ve rappelled the Woodmen Tower; it’s a small group, and I want to be part of that group. It’s a chance to see my city, the place I’ve lived since I was two, from a new perspective, and to connect to it in a way the majority of the people in this city won’t or can’t.
The second reason is simply to support the Boy Scouts. Recent issues about their leaders aside, I find the Scouts to be a very helpful, exciting organization. I was a Girl Scout for many years and LOVED going to camp, where I learned to ride horses, fish, set up a tent, participated in talent shows, swam, hiked, ran, played ball, and made friends. I loved earning badges and learning new skills, including the cross-stitching that I now do to relax and let off steam. It builds confidence, gives kids a place where they can safely explore new interests, skills or hobbies with support from their fellow scouts and their leaders. It’s about more than just selling cookies or popcorn; it’s about giving children a memorable experience, one that will make them a richer, more well-rounded person in the end. (To be clear, because I don’t want anyone thinking I’m dinging them for NOT being a scout, there are other ways to go about enrichment- you’re not a lesser person for not having been a Scout!)
That being said, since this is a fundraising event, I am tasked with raising funds in order to rappel. Everyone rappelling has to raise $1,000, which goes to support the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and helps them send boys to camp and provide the volunteer leaders with the tools and resources needed to provide a fulfilling, educational, and fun experience for the boys. I HATE asking people for money, especially in this economy, but every little bit will help me get closer to that $1,000 goal, and will help a great organization.
If you can afford to and are willing to donate, just follow the link below. Like I said, every little bit helps; whether it’s $1 or $10, I appreciate it SO much, and know the Boy Scouts, MAC will as well.
If you can’t afford to donate, or simply don’t want to, I completely understand and have one last request: think some good, safe thoughts for me on Saturday, September 21st (Introverted Knitter’s birthday!) so that I don’t hurt myself (and can celebrate IK’s birthday with her that night!).
Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support BSA – Mid-America Council