Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Cause Yarn For A Cause

As promised, here's the yarn for September's K.A.Y.E. prize:


Two skeins (50 gm ea.) of Mirasol Hacho yarn in a blue (yeah, sorry, blue again) periwinkle color. I'm not really sure if it's sock yarn, but it is a finer yarn. It would make a cute scarf or hat if you weren't into socks.

What's so special about this yarn?

First off the clerk informed me that it was brand spanking new to the market. (For the record, I bought this stuff the day before we received the little note in the mail from the IRS informing us that September would be Sucky September--I returned the other yarn that I bought that day, but kept this!)

Second it's yarn with a cause. A percentage (I believe the sign said 75%) of the proceeds earned from the sale of this yarn went to the Mirasol Project. It's a program designed to help Peruvian children get an education, but still maintain their cultural identity.

Add onto that that large earthquake that struck Peru not even a month ago this is definately cause yarn for a cause.

What? Did you forget about that earthquake already? Hm, maybe because there was no big tsunami that made for interesting news. Add into that that Peru's not really known for it's exquisite tropical beaches and no supermodels were swept to sea.

Earthquakes are interesting phenomemon if you've never felt one before. That rush of adrenaline mixed with fear that you get when they start while you're figuring out where you should duck for cover--you've got that question "Is this it? Is this the Big One?" gnawing at the back of your mind. They usually only last for seconds, but feel like they last for minutes.

I can't even begin to fathom what it's like to lose your home and family in one.

And it's fall--prime earthquake season. For some reason the ones I remember always happened when the seasons were changing in spring or fall.

But anyway! If you haven't entered and you meet the requirements email me and I'll get you entered! (Click the link above if you're unsure of the rules or have no clue what I'm talking about!)



Blogger Jen said...

Well I'm in the pool so I'll keep my fingers crossed...

I was just eyeing this yarn up the other day in John Lewis - its a recent arrival here in the UK, and seems really nice. It was all I could do to stop myself buying some! (Considering the charitable aspect, I might not be so restrained if I see it again!)

6:38 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

It's very very pretty - but I had to change my appointment! It was supposed to be this month and when I called to reschedule the next available appt was in November!

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Miss T said...

Beautiful yarn!

7:13 AM  
Blogger knitty_kat said...

I had the pleasure of petting some of this over the weekend at the Kitchener Waterloo Knitters Fair, here in Souther Ontario. It's lovely stuff. I think the colours are fabulous as well.

I agree completely with you on the lack of media coverage for the earth quakes in Peru. It's sad how that works isn't it??

(I'll have my fingers crossed as well)

7:40 AM  
Blogger The Fluffy Ewe said...


Wow. That is gorgeous yarn! If I don't win, Ima gonna have to find who sells it and buy my own. Look at the twist on that stuff!! Pass me a towel, I got some drool on the laptop. Lol

8:04 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I'd take an earthquake over another hurricane any day. The yarn is beautiful! Peru is on my list to visit one day, I love the idea that it's helping out.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Yarnivore got those yarns in, too. I petted them when I was there - I'm sure I'll get some when I go with more money to burn. Btw, we had Bezzie Oats for breakfast today - very tasty. :)

8:25 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Every time I read your blog, I like you just a little bit more ;). It's really a testament to your amazing spirit that you kept the cause yarn for a cause even in the face of "sucky September."

And the post below this one, too. I had no idea what it was about and so I did some Google-sleuthing - very sobering. Of course, as you indicate, that's not necessarily something Toby Keith is going to be writing songs about ... all the more's the pity.

Maybe when we stop forgetting, we'll stop thinking it's okay.

8:30 AM  
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9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the only reason that I can think of for the quakes in spring and fall is casue the earth is thawing or freezing. You are right about the media and certain things...they only cover what will get the most viewers. Peru is a poor country, but is is nice to see that we can help out in our little way. Love, Mom

10:41 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Duuuuuuude! Or maybe I should say, Droooooool! That stuff is gorgeous! And I'm always a sucker for yarn with a cause. Now that I finally found a yaya doc who's open to new patients, I can finally get in on the KAYE!

11:20 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Pretty yarn! Our LYS stocked some and they do have pretty colorways.

One time, years ago, an ex-BF and I went hiking near the Loma Prieta epicenter and, years later, there were trees laying there piled up like toothpicks.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous yarn!

1:17 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Nice prize and yes, great cause! I get mine done next month so I'll report back the "inspection" is done ;) Blues are always fine with me!

3:59 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Pretty yarn. I'll bet we could find some online. I have only so/so yarn stores around here.
By the way, I can never make socks that fit my size 10 wide feet (three 9 lb babies will widen your feet like nobody's business) if I use the suggested needle size. I almost have to go up one or two sizes. I hope it works with the stranded color socks.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Krysstyllanthrox said...

I will be calling by the end of this week to schedule my appointment to get probed. You keep reminding me that I need to do it. Especially given the circumstances my mom is having...

6:40 PM  
Blogger prairiegirl said...

Having just returned from Peru two weeks ago, I was really excited to find the Mirasol Project being supported by my LYS! Peru is an amazing country with wonderful people. I love the idea that I can help make a difference just by buying yarn. Every bit counts!

And kudos to you Bezzie for reminding all of us to get our annual done!


8:24 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

ooo ooo pick me! yeah, earth quakes are weird... I lived in the bay area when the big one hit. I was out of town, but to return to broken highways and all... thanks too for the 9-11 pep talk, you said exactly what I was thinking all day...

9:07 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

That is just gorgeous gorgeous yarn! And its for a good cause..two good causes! Thanks Bezzie for reminding us!

10:55 PM  

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