Thursday, May 7, 2009

Charity. Autism Speaks. It's Time to Listen.


Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.
Joseph Addison

Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

In charity there is no excess.
Sir Francis Bacon

This month’s Embrace the Lace theme is Charity, and we felt that there couldn’t be a a more appropriate way to celebrate Charity and everything it encompasses than to support an organization that is near and dear to our hearts ~ Autism Speaks. With autism spectrum disorders now diagnosed in 1 out of 150 children nationally, it’s critical for organizations such as Autism Speaks to receive support from the community. Supporting Autism Speaks contributes to autism research, awareness, advocacy, and family services – and provides hope to those who are affected by this disorder.

This month will be full of Charity - Charity to those who give and Charity to those who receive. By donating $5 or more to Autism Speaks throughout the month of May and June, you will not only be supporting a wonderful organization and cause, but your name will also be entered to win a large assortment of prizes we have lined up from all of the Embrace the Lace dyers, designers and artists. For each $5 you donate, your name will be entered to win a prize - so, for instance, if you donate $10, your name will be entered to win twice. We will continuously be adding prizes to the pot too, so be sure to keep the most updated by visiting the prize page frequently.

We have included a PDF on the left hand side bar with all of the details on how to make your donation and the list of prizes we currently have donated.

All winners will be notified via email on July 1, 2009, and we will post a complete list of all winners (and prizes) on the blog in the first week of July.

Give the gift of Charity this month. Autism Speaks. It's time to listen.

We have the most amazing package planned for you this month - filled with all sots of wonderful goodies. We are scheduled to ship packages out near the end of May; however, we may be shipping a bit early this month - we will be in touch via email as to when the packages are ready to ship. In your packages, you will find a mini-contest of sorts, and there will be several winners for that as well. Lots of chances this month to win some amazing prizes...feeling charitable yet?

Happy May!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Romance Sonambulo

Green, how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
The ship out on the sea
and the horse on the mountain.
With the shade around her waist
She dreams on her balcony,
green flesh, her hair green,
with eyes of cold silver.

Green, how I want you green.
Under the gypsy moon,
all things are watching her
and she cannot see them.

~ Fernando Garcia Lorca, 1928
To Gloria Giner and Fernando de los Rios

It's my pleasure to announce that we have started shipping the first of the Embrace the Lace packages this week. All international packages are out the door, and US packages will start shipping out this Friday, March 27th. I don't want to post too much here just yet, but the poem above is a slight hint as to the color of this month's project, and you can check out the first contest on the sidebar of the blog.

We welcome you all to the club, and hope that you enjoy knitting this first project as much as we have! If you are in the Portland area, you will be sure to see me wearing mine around town. :) Make sure to check out the Ravelry Embrace the Lace group as well, and I will do my best to post any group updates and pattern errata in both places in case you are checking one or the other more often.

It's time to Embrace your Inner Lace! Welcome!