Thursday, June 12, 2008


Well, it is Thursday again and time for me to update everyone on our Team in Training effort. (Steve and I will be running in the San Antonio Marathon in November to raise awareness and funds for much needed research to find a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma) I'm continuing to build my base and am up to 7 miles for my weekly long runs. Steve is having a set back with his knees and back giving him trouble, but we are still months from our race and I know that once he gets past this set back he will do fine.

I thought I would just have today be a purple day. Purple is often a color used when raising awareness for cancer and is the primary color in the Team in Training logo etc.. I love the color purple and have been noticing it even more. This is my Clematis plant that grows on a wire frame at the front of my house. Each year it is fuller and fuller and is just breath taking, I think.

These are some Indian Paintbrush plants that are in Galena. Again, I just love the hue of purple.

Even Sumo sports a purple collar!!

I was excited to receive in the mail today the yarn that Liz dyed for me to make a Team in Training colored scarf as one of the prizes for those who donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through our Team in Training efforts. The colors are absolutely perfect and I can't wait to cast on. Not only that, but she also dyed some matching roving that I plan to spin as soon as I get more time on my spinning wheel under my belt!! Liz donated not only this yarn and the roving, but 2 other wonderful skeins of her MacKintosh yarn.
(She also sent a skein of Hawkeye colored yarn for K!!) Thanks Liz! You're the best!
(Liz is currently evacuated from her home in Iowa City because of the floods!!)

Here is the roving Liz sent. I really do need to get back to spinning. I keep thinking life is going to settle down......

And although it isn't purple, I thought I would show another prize that a very generous anonymous knitter sent for me to give away. It is a sock kit from Yarnissima that features an incredible pattern and a skein of Wollmeise sock yarn. I think I will donate to myself so I can be in the drawing!! (If you are interested in donating, see my fundraising page here.)

Thanks for checking in. Keep your eye out for the color purple. And when you see it, remember all of those who are affected each year by cancer. We can make a difference.

Until Next Time.....


KnittingHawkeye said...

I'm shocked that you received the package so quickly! I shipped it yesterday. LoL. I'm glad you like everything I sent, it should help take your mind off of the flooding. Steve and I are in Rockford until Sunday unless Kirkwood is canceled part of the coming week also. Have fun and enjoy. Stay dry! <3 <3

Kristi said...

I am so happy to see your post today which tells me that you and your family are okay despite the floods. The Team
in Training colorway is beautiful! Hope Steve feels better soon. Take care, Kristi - Ohio

Lovs2Knit said...

The yarn and roving are gorgeous. I'm starting to like purple more and more. :~)

Glad to here that you are doing good. Our friends in Vinton are not doing to well. My friends mom has lost over 85% of the stuff in her home due to flooding.

marit said...

Beautiful yarn!
Good to hear you're okay- we heard of the hurricanes in Iowa and Kansas on the news yesterday, and then of course the flooding.
Take care, and have a nice weekend.

Allison said...

I love that hand dyed yarn from Liz - I want to win it! Does she have any for sale? Good luck staying dry - Good Morning America has been all about Cedar Rapids this morning!

Caroline said...

I have surely thought about you this week watching the news about all of that flooding in Cedar Rapids.

Continued good luck with your running. Seven miles is a nice is ten.....anything more than that...not so much:)

Robin said...

I am glad that you are all okay. I loved the yarn and roving that Liz did up for you. It is beautiful. I have determined when it comes to spinning you almost have to make time for it. I have been spinning alot this week so I am really enjoying it.

rohanknitter said...

Gorgeous yarn and gorgeous flowers!!!
There are pictures of flooding in Iowa all over our newspaper today - I really can't believe how bad it is!!
Hope you guys aren't too close to it.

monica said...

Love the TNT color. All the yarn is beautiful as are the flowers.

I think it is wonderful that you are doing so well in your training, and hope that Steve is feeling better soon so he can train with you.

The weather has definitely been crazy this year. It was heartwrenching to drive downtown today and see everyone's belongings at the end of their yards waiting for trash pick up. Stay safe and dry.

Lynn said...

I'm so glad to hear you're staying dry. I've been glued to the coverage of the floods since I have so many friends and family members in Iowa. I hope the rain stays away.
The yarn and roving are beautiful...I can't wait to see how the roving spins up!