Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Auction!

Thank you all in advance for opening your hearts and your wallets. In contributing to such a great cause, you are helping many, and honoring the memory of my dear father.

Caution... picture-heavy post ahead.

There are lots of goodies here, and I hope, with your help, to raise a nice amount for Doctors without Borders. For everyone's information, the money that you donate through your bids for the items in this silent auction will be donated IN ITS ENTIRETY to Doctors without Borders. No tax receipts will be issued, as DWB does not officially recognize donations in exchange for goods. However, you will have the thanks of me, my family, and all those around the world who are helped by this worthy organization. Please contact me with any questions you may have about your donation. For my part, I will be donating the yarn/fiber and whatever it costs to ship the item(s) to you.

Here is how the auction will work: Go shopping down the list of items up for bid, and email me at siviaharding AT shaw DOT ca (delete spaces and caps before emailing) with your bid and the item you want. There is no minimum bid, but please be generous. I will post the high bid and initials of bidder twice a day or as I am available to post new bids. The bidding will continue for one week, ending at midnight PST on March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday. Winners will be notified by email. Payment must be made by cash funded Paypal. The donation will be sent to DWB as soon as possible after the completion of the auction.

The final donation will be made in memory of my father, Raymond Cushman. The amount of donation will be posted here after the auction is complete.

Good luck and happy shopping!

1. 501 100% pure wool superwash, 137.5 yds/50 gr ball, 1 ball plus 2 partial balls, color 210. High Bid: $15 LR2. Schaeffer Anne sock yarn, 60% merino wool superwash, 25% mohair, 15% nylon, 560 yds/4 oz, 1 skein wound into a ball. High Bid: $50 SW
3. Elann Peruvian Baby Cashmere, 80% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 109 yds/25 gr ball (fingering weight), 11 balls plus partial ball, color 1321. High Bid: $60 AS
4. Elann Peruvian Baby Cashmere, 80% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 109 yds/25 gr ball (fingering weight), 10 balls, color 2699. High Bid: $85 AS
5. Fleece Artist Blue Faced Leicester braids, 50 g, 2 full braids and 1 almost full braid, in lovely greens. High Bid: $100 MD
6. Cascade 220, 100% feltable wool, 220 yds/100 gr, 3 full skeins of coordinating colors wound into balls. High Bid: $40 SG
7. Cascade 220, 100% feltable wool, 220 yds/100 gr, 3 skeins beige, color 8021. High Bid: $25 CO
8. Confetti self-patterning sock yarn, 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 210 m/50 gr, enough for two pairs of socks, or stripes of nicely coordinating colors. High Bid: $30 DH
9. Louet Euroflax 100% linen sportweight, 270 yds/100 gr, 1 skein in crabapple blossom. High Bid: $35 KB
10. Novelty yarns - 2 balls Crystal Palace Whisper, 1 ball Funny. Nice for edging your felted kitty beds! High Bid: $5 LAR
11. Vintage German fingering weight pure wool yarn, 200 m/50 gr, 4 balls plus 1 partial ball. Dye your own sock yarn! High Bid: $48 FR
12. Fleece Artist sock merino, 350 m/115 gr, 1 skein, discontinued colorway. High bid: $55 DC
13. Fox Fibre Cotton, Coyote/Camel Breaker Sliver, 45 gr. This rare color-grown fiber is now impossible to find. High Bid: $15 ES
14. Fox Fibre Cotton, natural sliver, 46 gr. High Bid: $10 JR
15. Fox Fibre Cotton, Breeder's Mix organically grown Sliver, 47 gr. This rare color-grown fiber is now impossible to find. High Bid: $15 ES
16. Fox Fibre Cotton, Green Card Sliver, 49 gr. This rare color-grown fiber is now impossible to find. High Bid: $18 LAR
17. Fox Fibre Cotton, Coyote Card Sliver, 40 gr. This rare color-grown fiber is now impossible to find. High Bid: $18 LAR
18. Handpaintedyarn.com handspun 100% feltable wool kettle dyed yarn, 135 yds/100 gr, 2 skeins purple grapes, 1 wound into a ball. High Bid: $30 RG
19. Indigo Moon 100% merino wool superwash handpainted sock yarn, 185 yd/50 gr, 2 skeins northern steppe paisley. High Bid: $100 LM
20. J.Knits superwash me - sock, 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 420 yds/ 100gr, 1 skein Nebraska. High Bid: $55 MK
21. J.Knits superwash me-sock, 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 420 yds/ 100gr, 1 skein Amesbury. High Bid: $50 MK
22. Jo Sharp Soho Summer 100% cotton dk, 109 yds/50 gr, 3 balls carmen. High Bid: $50 AT
23. Koigu Premium Merino 100% merino wool, 175 yds/50 gr, 2 skeins 113. High Bid: $40 CB
24. Blue Moon Fiber Arts Laci, 100% extra fine 80's merino, 1,750 yds/8 oz, 1 skein Ms LaRock wound into a ball. High Bid: $105 KB
25. Rowan Linen Drape, 55% linen, 45% viscose, 109 yds/50 gr, 1 ball pearl. High Bid: $25 LR
26. Louet Gems 100% merino wool fingering weight, 185 yds/50 gr, 2 full skeins (1 wound into a ball) and 1 partial skein mustard. High Bid: $50 LK
27. Malabrigo Lace Yarn, 100% baby merino wool, 470 yds/50 gr, 1 skein velvet grapes wound into a ball. High Bid: $50 LK
28. Mirasol Hacho sportweight sock yarn, 100% merino wool, 137 yds/50 gr, 2 skeins blue ocean (1 wound into a ball). High Bid: $25 MM
29. Handpainted 100% mohair roving in brillliant jewel tones, predrafted and very soft, 100 gr. High Bid: $25 RL
30. Hand dyed 100% mohair roving in natural pokeberry, 31 gr. High Bid: $10 KG
31. Handpainted 100% mohair sliver in light raspberry shades... by moi! 121 gr of fiber. High Bid: $30 KAO
32. SWTC Phoenix, 100% soy silk, 175 yds/100 gr, 5 balls rose. High Bid: $55 LSC
33. Assorted fine rayon yarns, great for crochet or knitted jewelry. Very soft and pretty. High Bid: $20 MY
34. Charbotté French ribbon yarn, 100% nylon, 147 yds/50 gr, 5 spools black. High Bid: $40 KW
35. New Zealand Romney fiber, hand processed and very soft, 5 bumps, about 180 gr total. High Bid $20 CD
36. 100% Samoyed fiber, very soft and easy to spin. This fiber has been washed once, but you will need to wash it again. Beautiful and well worth the trouble. I have tons of this from a dog owner friend... I am dividing the fiber into 10 lots of 100 gr each. High Bid: 2 lots $15 each AS, 6 lots $12 each LK, 2 lots $16 each LAR37. Seacoast Handpainted Yarns 100% superwash wool, 480 yds/100 gr, 1 skein shadows on snow. High Bid: $45 NE
38. Berger du Nord Belle, 100% silk, 136 yd/50 gr, 3 balls color 9039 (more red, less pink than it appears). High Bid: $50 LK
39. Silk Tree medium silk singles yarn, approx. 200 yd/50 gr, 1 ball mulberry. High Bid: $50 LK
40. Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight, 360 yd/4.5 oz, 1 skein love-in-idleness. High Bid: $60 MM
41. Wool Pak 8 ply 100% feltable New Zealand wool, 525 yd/250 gr, 1 skein royal green. High Bid: $50 JO
42. Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester, 100% wool, one-off colourway, 1,000 yd/250 gr (fingering weight), 1 full skein plus 427 yards left from another skein from the same lot. High bid: $75 DD
43. Tangled Skeins Yarns wool/cashmere (unknown proportions but yummy soft) hand dyed yarn, 220 yd/50 gr, 2 skeins. High Bid: $100 LM
44. Elann Peruvian Collection Baby Silk, 80% baby alpaca, 20% silk, 109 yds/25 gr (fingering weight), 5 balls Butter Pecan colour #3423. High Bid: $55 FR
45. Rowan Kid Silk Haze, 70% super kid mohair, 30% silk, 229 yds/25 gr (lace weight), 1 ball color #597. High Bid: $20 MB

46. Sweet Georgia Yarns Handpainted Sock, 100% merino wool, 420 yds/112 gr (fingering weight), 1 skein coffee bean wound into a ball. This yarn is no longer available, and it is lusciously, decadently soft! High Bid: $60 SR

47. Sweet Georgia Yarns Handpainted Sock, 100% merino wool, 420 yds/112 gr (fingering weight), 1 skein viola. This yarn is no longer available, and it is lusciously, decadently soft! High Bid: $50 WJ

48. Handmaiden Angel Hair, 70% kid mohair, 30% nylon, 800 m/100 gr (lace weight), 1 skein bronze wound into a ball. This yarn is no longer available. High Bid: $53 KB

49. Handmaiden Angel Hair, 70% kid mohair, 30% nylon, 800 m/100 gr (lace weight), 1 skein burgundy wound into a ball. This yarn is no longer available. High Bid: $45 KB

50. Waterlily Socks Kit featuring my Waterlily Socks pattern, 2 skeins of Nature's Palette vegetable dyed fingering weight yarn in ice blue (100% merino wool, 185 yds/50 gr) wound into balls, and beautiful faceted blue beads to match. I have even strung the beads onto the yarn for you... High Bid: $70 JS

51. Lucy Neatby Celestial Merino, 100% premium merino wool, 320 m/100 gr (fingering weight), 1 skein seashell. High Bid: $50 CC

5 comments:

Cathey said...

There's a buncha gorgeous stuff here, and I want some! But I live in the US and am wondering if I should convert my US $ bid to an equivalent Canadian value.

Sivia said...

Hi Cathey,

Don't worry.. Most bidders are from the US, and the Canadian-US dollar value is almost at par now. I may donate in US funds just to keep it all simple. Thank you for your question, and for your kindess and generosity...

woolflower said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you. This is such a lovely way to honour his memory, such beautiful fibres and a great charity. It's a shame I live in Australia now or I'd be a bidding, totally disregarding my yarn diet.
I wanted to share a little story with you. In early 2004 I was back in my hometown, Victoria, staying with my mother after the sudden death of my father. I purchased your pattern "Shetland Garden Shawl" at the Beehive Wool Shop during my stay, intending to make it as a gift for my friend to wear at her autumn wedding. When I got home I read through the pattern and the story behind the shawl; it sounded like a joyous celebration for the couple involved, and I was saddened to hear that they had had so little time together. I got a little shiver when I realised that the receipent the shawl was designed for had passed away on exactly the same day as my father. Perhaps fancifully, I felt that something had drawn me to that particular pattern (when I saw it I had to have it, even though it was my first lace project and I probably should have picked something a little less involved) and after discovering the connection it made me think that I was continuing in the cycle by making the shawl to celebrate another special event. I knit my joy for my friend and my grief for my father into each stitch. My friend had a beautiful wedding and although I couldn't attend in person she had a warm hug from me to wrap around her on her special day. I have just recently knit the shawl again, this time as a gift for my mother-in-law, you can have a look on ravelry if you'd like, where my username is woolflower :)
It's a gorgeous pattern, as is all your work.

Sivia said...

What a touching story-thank you so much for sharing it. There is no such thing as coincidence, and these events are undoubtedly bound up together, just as they are physically in the shawl you made for your friend. What a work of love...

Kat said...

WOW, all the bidding since yesterday is amazing!!