It’s tulip magnolia time…

Even on a hazy day, they’re opening…

Today their branches were the perfect place to pose some of the prizes for my Gynecologic Cancer Foundation fundraiser and giveaway

First are two skeins of Sundara Yarns DK Silky Cashmere (160 yds each, 55% silk & 45% cashmere) in “Spring Fresh,” a color Sundara chose for me. This is one of her newer yarns, and it’s just beautiful. It would make a soft and warm cowl or scarf.

Next is a skein of Sundara Yarns Fingering Silky Merino (500 yds, 50% silk & 50% merino) in “Marina over Icicles,” a yarn that Sundara sent as a little extra prize (Thank you, Sundara!). I’m knitting Anne Hanson’s Boxleaf Triangle shawl with FSM, and I have a “collection” in my stash — I think it’s my favorite (after Sock, of course).

And last, though not posed in a tree, is Beyond the Dunes by Jake Rajs. I want to share this book because it captures the beauty of the many landscapes and the extraordinary light that surround and inspire me. To the rest of the world this place is known as “The Hamptons,” but to those who live here it’s just home, on the East End of Long Island.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on my April 4 post by 7:00pm EDT on Wednesday, April 28 (my birthday!). I’ll draw three names at random and contact the winners by email.

I hope you’ll add yours to the (yay!) 64 responses so far, and that you’ll pass the word. With every new comment, I’m revising my idea of what I will be able to give — upward. I’ve never been a “cause” person, but this one, of course, means the world to me. 

Dr. Pearl, Nurse Sylvia, my friends & family, and all of you, aren’t charitable foundations, so one way to spread my gratitude around is to make the biggest donation I can to an organization that does so much for me and for all women. I hope you’ll join in my fun!


In the not-work part of my life, I’ve been spinning like a crazy fool ever since I received some very special fiber from Jen at Spirit Trail Fiberworks. It’s Bluefaced Leicester blended with silk, cashmere, and merino. There will be pictures eventually, but at the moment I’m in too deep to want to stop to take one. For now, take a look at the fifth picture down in this blog post. Now you see what I mean, don’t you? And excuse me as I publish this and get back to spinning while the light is still good!