Last year, Chris, blog photographer, husband, and bike racer, participated in Get Your Guts in Gear, a 210 miles/3 days bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for patients with Crohn's Disease and Colitis. Charlie, our cat, who also had IBD, was our Spokescat. He knew firsthand about the discomfort, tests, and treatments of the disease along with his Person. They were the same, for both human and cat.
Charlie passed away from IBD-related lymphoma last fall. (Let me stress that this can happen in cats, but not in people, though humans with IBD may be more susceptible to colon cancer). It is now time for GYGIG 2.0, and the ride is even more personal to us. Though GYGIG raises awareness and funds for research and treatment for humans, and hopefully one day a cure, what doctors learn helps veterinarians too.
To honor Charlie, and help raise funds for Chris' ride, I asked for the help of a talented knitter, dyer, and fellow Crohn's patient -- Yvonne of Lavender Sheep. She took out her dye pots, worked some magic, and created Charlie's yarn, a limited edition sockweight yarn.
Tim: "Do you think it looks like him?" Rosie: "I think it looks like meeeeee!"
Here is a closeup of the yarn, but my photo is more brown than in real life:
For every donation to GYGIG we receive between now and Memorial Day (May 26), we'll enter donors into a prize drawing for some of Charlie's yarn. We'll give away one skein of yarn each during the last weekends of March and April. On Memorial Day, I'll choose three winners and give away two skeins of yarn and a gift certificate to a yarn shop for $21.
If you would like to purchase Charlie's yarn as well (and see a more accurate photo of the colors), please visit Yvonne at Lavender Sheep. She'll be donating 50% of the sale of each skein to GYGIG as well. The yarn is 100 grams, 460 yards, for size US 1-3 needles, just right for socks. Two to three skeins will make a scarf, which is what I plan to do.
If you would like to read about last year's 210 mile, 3 day ride, please click here, here, and here. You can use the button at the top left column to read Chris' story on the donation page. Thank you in advance for your support.
"I still think it looks like me..."