So the other night I was at a meeting. And one of the members was pitching an idea for a group activity. A really crazy group activity. That included sleeping in tents. And a lot of exercise. And serious risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion. And probably more blisters in one weekend than I've had in my entire life combined. The 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk.
Turns out it was the ten year anniversary of a former's members battle. And across from me sat the sweetest woman - who had lost her mother to the disease. Two seats down from me sat my son's current teacher - a dear of a woman - who piped up that it was her 10 year anniversary as well. Really? I didn't know that. Of course we've only been at the school for 2 years. I won't know everything. But looking around the room, so many of us had been touched - personally or peripherally - by this disease.
I lost a beloved Aunt to it some years back. She was that aunt - the fun one - who brought her daughters along on all sorts of fun adventures when I was a child. I still tell stories about her and how much fun she was. She fought so hard but eventually it was too much. Nowadays everyone has some sort of story.
So before I could think, before I could process 60 miles, I spoke. "I'm in". And the friend next to me, my son's teacher's daughter-in-law echoed it. Well at least I'm not alone in the crazy. I need to drop some weight anyway, and if training for this doesn't help, nothing will. I need new shoes - 2 pairs probably - and a very good air mattress, and oh yeah, I need $2300. That's how much I have to raise for the walk. I need to check with our team leader to see exactly how the sign up works, but I figure better start sooner rather than later.
Needles: Size 6 needles (4.5 mm)
Yarn: Shibui Silk Cloud & Malabrigo Silky Wool (1/2 skein of each)
Size: 9 inches tall and 18 inches wide
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches in garter
Notes: Worked side to side. Requires four 3/4" buttons. Can be worked with other yarns, but stitch count and needles will need to be adjusted to achieve desired height and width. A full skein of each yarn will easily net you two cowls.