Knit for a cause...


Last year I was involved with the Academy of Friends Gala, a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS and other health services in the Bay Area that is held on Oscar night.

Restaurants and caterers, wineries from the greater Bay Area would donate food and wine, a large pavillion would be decorated and folks would dressup in tuxes and gowns and sip champagne and nibble and browse and mingle... last year we had a surprise performance by the cast of Cirque du Solei's Zumanity!

I was involved with the Silent Auction which boasts a broad and eclectic mix of offerings... from rare wines and sumptuous vacation packages to art work, jewelry, movie memorabilia and other movie and entertainment items like walk-on roles on Smallville or Robin William's good basket from the previous year's Oscars.

This year, I've approached my knitting groups to ask if they would knit a piece for Silent Auction. Ideas range from knit bags to cable knit scarves... matching caps, shawls...

I'm doing a scarf from Eros ribbon yarn, metalic eyelash and black cashmerino for an elegant eveningwear scarf...

Knitters get to write off the retail value of their donations and indulge in their knitting habit for a good cause... it's also a great excuse or opportunity to invest in some more luxurious yarn to make the item more attractive to bidders.

If anyone would like to contribute to the effort, please contact me via the message system here and I'lll send details...

You can look up the Academy of Friends at www.academyoffriends.org. This is the 25th year that the Gala is being held, so the Silver anniversary is a big deal... even though it's also rather sad that this epidemic is halfway through its thrid decade with no end in sight.