20 April 2010

Rainbows of Hope

Rainbows of HopeI've been cranking out the midnight oil trying to figure out a way to raise money for the MS-150, which I'll be participating in this June. I have to raise $400 just to ride, but I've set a personal goal of $2,000 because, well, if I raise that amount, I don't have to stand in line at the porta potties at rest stops when I do this ride again in 2011. Selfish, I know. But that's a HUGE perk!!!

As they say, necessity is the mother of all creativity. Or something like that. I designed this scarf specifically to help raise money for the Colorado Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis. This pattern is included in my first (2011) snowflake pattern booklet benefiting the Colorado Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Association.

My pattern is illustrated with color photographs, and the scarf is made using chain stitch, single crochet and double crochet, with increases, decreases, slip stitches and yarn overs. I have written the pattern so anyone who can read and who knows the basics should be able to make this scarf.

Just like my snowflake patterns, you may do whatever you'd like with what you make with this pattern. If you are able to sell what you make using this pattern, I'm delighted to help stimulate your budget. You may not, however, sell the pattern. Last week I read in Ravelry, "Trying to sell a pattern that is not yours is just plain tacky." Isn't that a great quote?

And, if you can't crochet, I have this very scarf available in my Etsy shop, and all proceeds benefit the Colorado Chapter of the NMSS.

Why do I do this every year? I work with people who have MS. I have friends who have MS. Some of my friends have relatives who have MS. And one member of my husband's family has MS. I do all I can to support many good causes, and this is one of them.

Colorado has one of the highest incidences of MS in the nation. The Colorado Chapter of the NMSS serves 76,000 each year affected by MS – enough individuals to fill Invesco Field.

Multiple sclerosis affects the central nervous system by disrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body. Symptoms vary from person to person depending on where the central nervous system is affected, making it hard to diagnose. MS generally strikes in the prime of life — ages 20-50, and 73% of those diagnosed are women.
Rainbows of Hope

2 comments:

  1. What a great thing to do!! You are a good person, although I don't understand the porta-potty part :) My docs believed that I had MS for a couple of years but then it stopped progressing. So, either they were wrong all along or it's a very benign case. That point aside, for that reason, I've learned about the devastating effects of this disease and you're a good person to raise so much money for it!

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  2. It's really cute looks as though it could be sued as a tie or belt to. Very creative and colorful. Good luck with your fundrasing. MS is no joke!

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