Saturday, July 07, 2007

CAMPANULA for the CURE!


I decided to self-publish my Campanula sock pattern (pictured above) and offer it here as a charitable fundraiser: To get the pattern, all you have to do is CLICK HERE and SPONSOR ME for the 2007 Weekend to End Breast Cancer.

During one amazing weekend, thousands of women and men are joining forces Toronto to walk 60 kilometres through the neighbourhoods of Toronto to benefit the Princess Margaret Hospital, one of North America’s leading centers for cancer treatment and research, in a bold display of our commitment to end this heartbreaking disease for good.

Donate any amount you choose! Don't be shy. Even $10 or $20 will make a difference - it all adds up! As the Yarn Harlot so keenly observed in her phenomenal May 25 Toronto appearance: knitters (maybe all hand-crafters) are superdonors, giving a lot or a little, but giving often, perhaps because we are uniquely aware of the power of doing one small simple thing over and over and over... Of course, if you are able and inclined to donate more, please do. The cause is worthy and 100% of all donations go directly to Princess Margaret Hospital.

Just put "CAMPANULA" in the message line or leave me a comment here. You can either use the donation form available as a download from my WEBC sponsorship page and send it in with a cheque, or you can securely donate online through the WEBC site. The WEBC site will inform me of your donation and I will email a PDF version of the pattern to you ASAP! (if you need another format, just let me know)

These were knitted toe-up with a provisional cast on, short-row toes and short-row heels. But they will easily translate to other methods, though this lace works best from the bottom up. Toe Up socks and short rows are very easy and once you do them you’ll wonder what took so long. The first time is a bit of a leap of faith, but just follow the directions and they’ll work. However, as I do not explain these techniques in the campanula pattern, my suggestion is that you first make up a pair of plain ones by following Wendy Johnson’s fabulous instructions. Some familiarity with lace would be helpful, but it's not a hard lace to knit, a simple variation on dayflower lace done in the round.

The magnificent magenta originals (pictured above) were made from 2 skeins of Koigu (KPM #1170). The one below was made with Knitpicks Gloss (Concord Grape). Note that for this lace pattern, solid colours are best. A subtly variegated tone-on-tone colour-way would be okay, but too much colour striation will distract from the lace.

And if you happen to be visiting here, please pass it on. Let's make it like that shampoo commercial: you tell two friends, and they'll tell two friends, and so on and so on and...

P.S. Have no fear: the pattern has been tested by several sock-knitters, some adept and some new, and corrected/revised to incorporate their feedback! (Thanks again guys.)

23 comments:

Carol said...

Glad to hear you have returned to the land of blogging! I put up a blurb and a link on my blog about your sock pattern. Should I post my pic of it now? Or would you like the honour? And thanks for the b-day card..it was a real hoot hearing from you!

Angela said...

This is a fabulous idea - I'll post a link!

Lisa Anne said...

Done and done. Pattern looks beautiful - can't wait to give it a go. I'll post a link on my blog this week.

H-Star said...

it's a brilliant idea! i love it! i posted on my b,log and on the main page of the store

KnittingHawkeye said...

Beautiful pattern! Btw, thanks for choosing my birthday as the sticky date. =P

Joanna said...

What a great idea to raise money for such a worthy cause. I made my donation-Joanna SOS2007 Participant. Can't wait to knit up the socks!

Marsha said...

I made a donation but I forgot to put the sock name in the message part. I can't wait to get the pattern and was happy to help our "northern sisters" even in my small way!

Logan said...

Gorgeous pattern & great cause! I donated, but forgot to do the comment / CAMPANULA thing. Sorry! Would love the pattern though - Thanks!

yvonnep said...

A great idea... I made a donation! Support from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Evie said...

What beautiful socks and what a great idea! Good luck training for and walking the event. I've made my donation and hope you get many, many more!

Donna said...

Hi, I like others, made a donation but forgot to put the sock name in the comments. Great idea and I'd love the pattern as well. It's a beautiful sock!

Cinderella said...

I made a donation today but don't know if I used the correct message bar to receive the sock pattern. Would you please send me the pattern? It is great to see this beautiful pattern knit up in so many colors. Great job!!

cperra@earthlink.net

mockingbirdark said...

Hi Ramona,
I donated $10, please send your lovely campanula pattern to me at mockingbirdark@aol.com. Best wishes in September!

Alice said...

What a smart lady you are!!! I just finished submitting my donations and I wish you tons of luck!! Now I just need to find some great pink yarn!

Alice
few_2001@yahoo.com

MonkeySocks said...

I love this idea! I would like to post a link on my blog to help spread the word, if that's okay with you.

I donated, CAMPANULA.
my email is lovelock79@gmail.com

Thanks and I hope you reach your goal!

Kajin said...

This is a great idea! I just contributed - my email address is kajin AT ishiki.net -
silly me forgot to put Campanula in the message box!

tapmouse said...

Your pattern is gorgeous! I went and donated not just because of the pattern, but because it is a great cause.

Karen said...

Love the pattern and had to jump right over and support you. I have had many friends affected by breast cancer - some did not survive - and I really feel it is almost like a contagious disease that must be fought now! Best of luck on your walk.

I tried knitting and walking once on one of these fund raisers - it was a lot of fun, although I can knit faster sitting still!

Can't wait to add the pattern to the queue.

wronskian said...

i saw your mention of this pattern on facebook's "addicted to knitting" group. it's gorgeous, and i'm happy to donate to such a good cause.

just so you know, i plan to give a copy of it to someone in an upcoming sock yarn swap, in addition to using it myself. since i'm sharing the pattern with another person, i donated double the amount that i would have otherwise. i hope that's okay with you! if not, just mention it when you email it to me.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
Iwuold like to make a donation but I need to send it trough the mail how can I do that?I really love you sock and can't wait to order the pat.Shelda

MezzoDiva said...

Shelda - you can use the donation form available as a download from my WEBC sponsorship page and send it in with a cheque.

Esther said...

What a geat cause - so wonderful of you to do this!! I just donated and will be posting a link to your site! I truly hope you meet your goal.

Chris said...

Gorgeous! I donated and will post about this on Monday. I think I totally missed out on where I was supposed to put CAMPANULA in the message line... whoops. The email address that I use for blogger is NOT the email address I used for the donation...