a dillydallyknitter: Wish Me Luck Contest!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Wish Me Luck Contest!!

So what does an overweight, out of shape, couch potato Knitter do for fun on a Friday night? She joins her healthier, fitter and crazy Knitter pals and signs up for the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk.


"Bwah, hahahaha oh boy that's a good one!!"



"Oh. I think she's serious"

Our LYS owner’s daughter had this idea about forming a team to do the 3-Day and we all said “Wow, that’s a great idea” and Team Unraveled was born. So now all I have to do is raise a lot of money and figure out how I’m going to walk 60 miles in 3 days…

To to get me through this, I’m having a lo pressure, no purchase necessary, give-away and what I need is your encouragement because I'm really out of shape. There are 20 weeks until I have to do this and I’ll need lots of moral support—and some free publicity! Just leave me a comment on this post and I’ll enter your name into a drawing for some yarny stuff from my stash. If you link this post to your blog, I add another entry (just let me know you did)! To keep me going, I'll do this once a month* until the big day!

For the first drawing, May 2, how about some Wollmeise Sockenwolle Superwash in the "Red Hot Chili" colorway:

And, of course, I'd love any support you can give to my fundraising efforts, just click on the pink 3Day widget in the right hand column or go to my personal webpage.

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."--Carl Bard

P.S. Our walking team, "Unraveled" is setting up our own web site with what we hope will be some fun fundraising so stay tuned for updates! (or pleading)

*monthly drawings: 5/2/08, 6/2/08, 7/2/08, 8/2/08, 9/2/08 (each month, I'll empty the hat and add a new post for comments)

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At 2:50 AM, Blogger Fríða said...

wow, what at truly great idea and a wonderful initiative! of course I would love to be entered into the drawing for a prize, but most of all I want to cheer you on with this great project! good for you!
best wishes from Iceland
Frida

 
At 3:30 AM, Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

As always, great kitty pictures! Good luck. I know you can do it! What great motivation to whip yourself into tip top shape too! Keep us posted on giving donations too!

 
At 3:41 AM, Blogger Disco said...

Good luck Christine. What a wonderful incentive to get off the couch ;0)

 
At 4:17 AM, Blogger sophanne said...

60 miles? you can do it. Just learn to knit while walking- you'll go an extra 60 for good measure!

 
At 5:15 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Oh my goodness - how wonderful. It's a double wonderful because you will be helping fight Breast Cancer and helping yourself get more healthy all at once. Good for you! I know you can do it. 60 miles in three days is quite an undertaking, but you are absolutely up for the challenge. You go!!!!!

I'll post about this tomorrow. :)

 
At 5:21 AM, Blogger Trillian42 said...

Yay!!! Good for you guys!

And I'll totally walk with you on the cruise. If we can't find open treadmills, we can do laps on the deck. :D

 
At 6:02 AM, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Good Luck! You need to fix your link to your donation page, blogger shoved some extra url info into it. With a bit of tweaking, I was able to get to the page.

 
At 6:06 AM, Anonymous Emily said...

What a great idea! Best wishes to you and the team.

 
At 6:22 AM, Anonymous Joyce Laurie said...

Piece of cake!! Sounds like you have the desire and that will carry you through. Love the cat yawn...

 
At 6:45 AM, Blogger Virtuous said...

How exciting!! And very happy for you that you are doing it with a team of knitters! This may just be the push you need...heck the push I need to get it together over here!! I haven't exercised in over 6 months!!

I luv that quote!! Definitely use it as your mantra during this time!

But you can count on me to encourage you with the rest of your cheerleaders!!

How very nice of you to off up some of your fiberlicious stash too!

Lets get ready to rumble!!!!!!! tee hee! ;op

 
At 7:20 AM, Blogger Bezzie said...

I'm picturing you and Trill on the boat doing laps on the deck---in the fog

30 miles a day right? Totally doable!!!

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger KG said...

Go Team!

You guys will have such a great time!

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Stefaneener said...

you will be GREAT. Of course you can do it -- look how committed you are to other things. Keep us posted!

 
At 9:57 AM, Blogger Casey said...

me me me! i want to win! Pick me!

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger Manda said...

woohoo! welcome to the team! I heart your project 366 pic. :D

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger bmom said...

That sounds like a fun team. If you start walking now, you'll be in great shape for the big days(s).

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger weezalana said...

LOL on the kitty pics!

You can TOTALLY do this. 20 weeks to train? No problem. 60 miles in 3 days? Piece of cake. You'll do awesome! (P.S. Talk about sex while you're walking. The miles will fly by. Trust me. ;))

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Zonda said...

Good for you!! Good cause too!

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger Beverly said...

You can do it! Good luck!

 
At 1:51 AM, Blogger Queen of the froggers said...

Well done you! I will be projecting good vibes to you from here in the UK. Love kittys expressions!

 
At 7:18 AM, Blogger Em said...

Good luck! What a great name for your team! WOO! Go team!

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger DreCat said...

Walk on! You can do it!

 
At 6:36 PM, Blogger Becky said...

What a great goal! No worries, you have plenty of time to get ready. You'll certainly have plenty of people rooting for you! I will link to you on my blog. :)

 
At 6:44 PM, Blogger LadyLungDoc said...

Great idea! You'll be surprised how quickly your endurance improves!!

 
At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Celeste said...

Congratulations on signing up for the Breast Cancer 3-Day!

I just wanted to let you know that you can boost your direct fundraising efforts and promote your Breast Cancer 3-Day participation by putting a widget on your blog. Anyone who clicks on your widget will be taken directly to your 3-Day online donation form.

To get yours, just log in to the3day.org site.

 
At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can SO do this! I will be here cheering you on! You are an inspiration!

Ravelry
JackieCastsOn

 
At 7:57 PM, Blogger knitseashore said...

Came over from Karen's blog to wish you good luck!!! What a wonderful cause.

P.S. I love your kitty photos.

 
At 6:01 AM, Blogger Kathy said...

Well don't feel bad. Just start again. i was using a pedometer and it was motiviating me.. This past week I've been sick so I think I set an all time low record. I didnt wear the thing, but I bet there were 2 days where I didn't even break 100 steps!

Great contest yarn.

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger Eryn said...

Good Luck! It'll be a piece of cake!

 
At 8:47 PM, Blogger Turtle said...

I think it is great that you are doing this! I have wanted to and may have contacted a small group to participate with! What a difference you will make and just take the prepping of yourself week by week, before you know it you will look back and be amazed with your progress! (ok, now kick me in the butt to get on the elliptical!, smile)

 
At 10:11 PM, Blogger allergicmom said...

Thanks for fundraising for this. My mom had breast cancer, and I'm probably a candidate too in a few years, unless more research is done. Good on you for this effort and good luck!

 
At 4:00 AM, Blogger Emily said...

Good for you for doing this! I did the 3-day walk in Chicago many years ago and it was one of the best experiences in my life. Not kidding. The people you meet and what you go through as your walking each day. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. And the training was hard, but I had friends that would join me once in awhile and keep me company. Get your friends and family to get out there with you. It helps.

Good luck and enjoy every minute. :)

 
At 4:43 AM, Blogger suzzcq70 said...

Breast cancer research is a cause close to my heart. What a great thing you're doing! Sounds like fun too. Cheering the Unravelers on from here in CT!

 
At 5:13 AM, Blogger Dove Knits said...

You, my dear, are an amazing person. And you can totally, totally do this.

 
At 5:39 AM, Blogger Miss T said...

Fabulous idea! You can do it. Best of luck!

 
At 6:15 AM, Anonymous Josiane said...

Good luck! Being part of a team will certainly help keep the motivation high, both on the fundraising and the training fronts. Have fun meeting your goals for that great challenge!

 
At 6:21 AM, Blogger LaVerna said...

Good for you!

 
At 7:12 AM, Blogger Sharon Rose said...

Go go go go!!! You probably already know this, but start walking immediately! Gradually increase how much you are walking until you are ready. I'm also trying to motivate myself to walk more... I'll be huffing and puffing right there next to you!

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger EJ said...

How wonderful. I'm a breast cancer survivor and do an annual walk myself. The first year, my daughter and a group of her high school friends did it with me. The second year, it was held on parents weekend so when we went up to visit, my daughter had arranged for her and 2 of her friends to join me in the walk. Last year, my husband and I did it. A team certainly helps, but even if you do it alone, you will find so many people with so many stories that it will be an absolutely life-changing event, I promise!

Start walking now. I used to say I was too busy. Now I've realized I have to take time for myself every day to keep myself healthy. I go out and walk 3 to 4 miles every day - rain or shine. I just bundle up and go and walk. I got myself an i-pod and listen to books on tape. It's great. I usually listen to mysteries or thrillers and sometimes I walk longer than planned because I have to hear what is happening next.

Good luck.And I love the yarn!

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger Elaine said...

Hey - you CAN do it! Just start walking each day - get really good shoes that really fit and have great padding. Walking with music or friends can really help.

I'm posting this on my blog.

And just think what a wonderful thing you're doing both for yourself and to help cure cancer!

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger Heatherly said...

what a great project for couch knitters! good luck!
maybe a WAL instead of a KAL would be a good idea ;0)

 
At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Kate said...

I don't think my last comment stayed, so let me try this again!

GOOD LUCK! YOU'LL DO GREAT!

and i talked about you on my blog!

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Congratulations and TONS of RESPECT for making this decision. Whenever I hear about a walkathon, I am reminded of the hymn "Just A Closer Walk With Thee". I think they certainly qualify.

You'll be surprised how quickly you improve your stamina. You might even trade in that couch for a treadmill!

So here's my favorite trick for motivation: Get a pedometer and track your progress. But don't think in terms of MILES, but rather in YARDS. Here's why...

When you walk that first mile, you will have walked 1760 yards, OR, 3.75 skeins of Malabrigo Lace!

Two miles = 8.97 skeins FIesta Yarns "ballet"

One day you'll walk a distance equal to the number of yards of your favorite yarn required for that dreamy twinset you've been thinking about. A few weeks later perhaps that same yardage will make the twinset plus matching hat and scarf for the new, fitter you.

So maybe this all sounds loony-tunes, but if it makes you giggle, I'm glad.

I've come here from WiKnit: The Knitting Contest Blog and will post on my blog immediamundo.

 
At 12:56 PM, Blogger ikkinlala said...

You can definitely do this! Best of luck!

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger Bronwyn said...

Just gotta say I love the cat pictures. The captions make them AWESOME.

 
At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Jersey Jessie said...

Think positively and you can do it. Think about all the people you'll be helping, both by the money you raise and the morale you boost (you have no idea how great it feels to see so many people rooting for you)

If you start walking every day, before you know it it will be a pleasure, not a chore.

 
At 2:00 PM, OpenID knittingpanda said...

What a great thing to do. I have always wanted to do a walk but have never gotten around to it. You can find me on Ravelry as knittingpanda87 that is the best way to contact me if I happen to win.

 
At 2:59 PM, Blogger danielle said...

You go girl! Do it for every woman out there...and every girl who will someday be a woman!

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger Bea said...

I don't think you have anything to worry about. You've got 20 weeks to prepare (and to learn to knit while walking). I totally think you can do it!

I'm off to go post on my blog and hopefully drum up a few donations for you. Then I'm going to go donate some myself.

 
At 4:46 PM, Blogger Bea said...

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At 5:42 PM, Blogger krazy4katz said...

Well, that cat laughing at me would be incentive enough!

We all know you can do it! You know you can do it! Imagine that sense of satisfaction when you've completed the walk...The feeling you'll have when you tell people what you did.

You Go, Girl!

 
At 6:23 PM, Blogger Suzy Girl said...

I think it's a wonderful thing you are doing. And if you spend the next 20 weeks training you'll also be doing a wonderful thing for yourself.
It's really amazing what we can accompliash when we set our minds on it. Just one step at a time and keep the goal in sight!!
Go Team!!

 
At 8:02 PM, Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

What a wonderful thing to do! And you can definitely do it -- it's amazing what walking with a bunch of inspired people for a good cause can do for your motivation. A friend of mine is trying to get me to sign up for the one near me in November; you may have inspired me. I'll be checking in on your progress and sending folks over from my site -- hang in there :)

 
At 8:27 PM, Anonymous twinsetellen said...

20 weeks - I bet you come out of them ready to walk, and you'll come out of the walk really, really proud. Keep us posted on progress.

 
At 9:04 PM, Blogger purple-power said...

I've done a bunch of walks - I've done an annual cancer walk for several years, and I'm sure you can do it too.

Start walking every day - listen to music, and walk along. Or listen to a book. If you concentrate on something other than the walking, you'll be amazed how quickly the time goes.

And while you're doing the actual walk, you'll be so pumped by being a part of this amazing thing, you'll feel just great.

Make sure you buy really good shoes with lots of cushioning. That's really important.

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Aww best of luck! You can do it!
What a sweet little cat.

 
At 12:33 AM, Blogger brownbear said...

Good for you! I did the walk two years. You are going to have an amazing, unforgettable experience. Make sure you are breaking in your shoes (and feet) because blisters suck. You are going to meet some wonderful, upbeat, encouraging, and supportive people. Make sure you pause to high five every hand and get a sticker from all the cute little kids along the way. You can absolutely do it!

 
At 12:45 AM, Blogger Elise said...

You go girl! I think what you are doing is great. I will be cheering you on! Good luck! I know you can do it! =)
Ohhh... what BEAUTIFUL yarn! Where I'm from it's really hard to get anything other than the basic staples of Lionbrand (i.e. Fun Fur, Homespun, Wool-ease, that's pretty much it), Simply Soft, Red Heart Super Saver, and Sugar 'n Cream. =o I'll be keeping my fingers crossed!
I've never posted before, for fear of sounding "silly" or "immature" or "too young", even though I am in college. You have given me initiative to get me out of "lurkdom"! LOL =)

 
At 2:51 AM, Blogger KSee said...

Isn't it funny how we as so easy to talk each other into something. Oh, yes, buy that yarn. You must have it. You only go around once. All good advice. How cool that you all worked this talk out for a good cause. The kitty shots says it all!. Hook on a bag and knit while you train. All this said from a couchpotato...I'm contest #2

 
At 5:42 AM, Blogger Tracy said...

Good for you! I lost my grandmother to breast cancer 14 years ago and I still miss her every single day. Thank you for doing this!

 
At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Rachel O said...

I've been doing a different cancer walk every year since my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She did it while she was having chemo. She said she didn't think she was up to it, but we convinced her to try and assured her that as soon as she felt it was too much, someone would come and pick her up by car. Well she made it and has done it every year since! You will find so many different people walking with different situations - there will always be someone like you that you can walk with. And talking while you walk, and basking in the cheers from people along the route really really help! What a great thing to do!

 
At 8:36 AM, Blogger cthulhulovesme said...

Congratulations on deciding to do this, and good luck!

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger moo said...

Hello! I found my way to you from Yarn Yenta. I do not believe in luck, so I will send you my blessings, and encourage you every step! You can do it!

 
At 4:32 PM, Anonymous blogless in NJ said...

First - you can do it. Start walking every day and you'll feel better, look better, and be healthier - all benefits for you. But when you do the actual walk you will feel terrific!! You'll meet new people, have a real sense of accomplishment, and generally feel like you're helping others. Breast cancer affects us all and everything we can do is important. Remember to get good shoes NOW so that you are sure that they are comfy for the big days.

 
At 4:54 PM, OpenID mzpookie said...

What Great Inspiration for a Great Cause. Just remember anything can be achieved it just takes one step at a time. Sending you positive vibes and great success one step at a time

 
At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Beth said...

I've considered doing a 3-day but am also sadly out of shape. They seem like they'd be a lot of fun though. good luck!

 
At 12:09 AM, Blogger Susan said...

do I have to donate and if so, how do you do it. I don't have much but every dollar counts, right? wish I had more to give but on SSI, money is tight

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger Susan said...

great thing you're doing........if they allowed someone being pulled along in a little red wagon maybe I could join too........hehehe. Seriously, I admire you. At a young age still, I can't even walk from the parking lot into a store without my knee giving me fits and my back screaming.

 
At 5:37 AM, Blogger artinreality said...

Wow! I'm so cheering you on! You;re doing a great thing here. Best wishes!

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger Katie O said...

You can do it!! I'm so proud of you!! I have a friend doing it and she is also training like crazy!! And for such a great cause... Just keep thinking of all the good you are doing!!! :) GO TEAM UNRAVELED!!!!

 
At 10:51 PM, Blogger JL said...

That's a very noble act, keep it up. Thanks.

 
At 6:22 AM, Blogger Erin said...

Good for you! You can do it!

An idea for a fundraiser--organize a 5k walk. Friends have done this 2 years in a row with excellent success. We charged $20 per walker and our local Starbucks kicked in an additional $10 per walker. Lowe's donated water, Krispy Kreme donated donuts and we mapped out a walk on MapMyRun.com. It was pretty easy peasy and raised over $800.

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger Kristen said...

Way to go! And good luck on the walk and all your training walks as well!

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger Heddy said...

good luck ... what a great cause to support

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger Darcy knotty Knitter said...

Congratulations on signing up for the Breast Cancer 3-Day.You are an inspiration to me:)I will link to your blog on mine:) for every woman out there fighting for their lives I know you will walk the 60 miles you can do it;)Huggers Darcy

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger knittinwolf said...

Good luck...you can do it! What a great cause to get in shape for! 3of my friends are going through masectomy's...you're a true inspiration. Many blessings and hugs are sent your way!

 
At 6:30 PM, Blogger twins2005 said...

What a self-less act! I commend you for your efforts. I also hope you never have to experience breast cancer. You can do the walk, think of all the lives you are saving and goooo!
I have done 6 mile walks for March of Dimes Walk America, since my twins were born 9 weeks premature. I have never exercised before in my life, but it is worth it. Blisters heal.
Good luck and God Bless!

 
At 8:55 PM, Anonymous victoria barton said...

good luck with your efforts such beautiful yarn

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger helenlam said...

Good luck on the walk! You can totally do it. Just think...incremental increases on mileage every day and the miles will fly by before you know it!

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger Carolyn said...

Wow! Look at all those comments!

Good for you! I really do wish you the best of luck. You'll be fine of course, plenty of time to get yourself in shape. When we joined our village walking group I found the first couple of weeks I ached like mad the day after (we walk about 7.5 miles) but after just a few weeks I was fine. 20 miles a day for 3 days is a much bigger ask I know, but you will be too :)

 

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