I spent most of last weekend knitting, wanting to finish my Antarktis shawl. Once I finished, I soaked and blocked it, asked my oldest son to take a couple of pictures, and then carefully stored it away. It is knit in The Fibre Company’s Meadow yarn (40% wool 25% llama 20% silk 15% linen) in the Bergamot colorway. This yarn is one of my absolute favorites, and this is my second time knitting an Antarktis shawl with it, as I knit one for my sister last year. The resulting shawl is light and airy, a wonderful all season piece. The color is amazing. Seriously, I love everything about this shawl! And while I originally meant to keep it for myself, I’ve decided to raffle it off, hoping to help raise some money for a dear local friend who is battling cancer.
My friend Amy is the beautiful woman wearing the black and white patterned scarf in the photo above. She is surrounded by her husband and twelve children, along with the spouses of her eldest two. I have known Amy for about ten years, having been blessed to participate in an evening Bible study with her. Amy has a way of making everyone she meets feel important, accepted, and loved. Truly, she is one of the most incredible people I have ever met. And I am far from the only person who feels this way about her.
Last fall, Amy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Cholangiocarcinoma, cancer of the bile ducts. Rather than cave to despair, Amy met the disease head-on with grace and optimism.
Seven rounds of grueling chemotherapy did not shrink her inoperable tumor, and doctors recently decided that the only course of action left would be high dose radiation at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Amy’s eldest daughter, Amy Elizabeth, started a GoFundMe to raise money for this treatment because being out of network, Amy and her husband will have to pay 20% of the cost of radiation, or roughly $50,000. Currently, the fund is just over $20,000 shy of the goal. If less than half of those who visit my blog in a day were to donate just $10, Amy’s radiation treatments would be fully funded!
*update 7/23/16 The fund is now just under $14,000 away from reaching the goal!
So, here’s how you can help Amy, and enter to win my handknit Antarktis shawl: Donate at least $10 to Amy’s GoFundMe. Make your donation HERE. Each $10 donated will be worth one chance toward winning the shawl. (The yarn alone cost nearly thirty dollars, and I probably spent close to 30 hours knitting it. I wouldn’t quite know how to place a value on it.) This is a great opportunity to help someone and possibly win a beautiful handmade item! I would love it if you shared this post and/or Amy’s GoFundMe page either on your blog or via social media to help spread the word. Maybe you know someone who would like to try to win this shawl?
Once you donate, you will be emailed with a receipt. Save that email, because if you win, I will need you to forward it to me as verification of your donation. To enter the raffle, you will use the Rafflecopter widget below. First you login with either your email address or your Facebook profile. The options within the widget after you login are Donate $10 for onc chance, Donate $20 for two chances, Donate $30 for three chances, Donate $40 for four chances, and Donate $50 for five chances. You can select a combination of entry options if you need to. So for instance if you were to donate $60, you would choose the “Donate $10” option along with the “Donate $50” option. Each option can only be selected once per day, so if you donate more than the total options available ($150 per day), you will need to come back the following day(s) and select the options necessary to add up to your total donation. If you have any trouble, just email me (ginnysheller(at)gmail(dot)com) and I will help. The raffle ends on July 28th. Rafflecopter will generate the winner based on the entries received. The winner will be announced here and notified via email. I will ship the shawl worldwide. Thank you in advance for considering helping my friend Amy!!!
And just for fun, here’s a photo from about eight years ago: Nearly all of the ladies in my Bible Study were pregnant at the same time so we lined up for a photo. That’s me on the far right, early pregnant with Beatrix. (Amy is next to me, smiling over my shoulder.)