A “crafty” book giveaway!

I’m not sure how it happens, but daughter B seems to parlay interests and hobbies into incredible job opportunities. They’ve taken her from the beaches of Maine to the waters of Puget Sound, from the forest to the desert. Her current find is a position at the Jimmy Beans Wool shop in Reno, where she’s working herself up from sales to social media mogul.

The shop’s website sells all manner of fancy yarns, needles, everything one might need for a knitting addiction–they even have free patterns! The JBW blog, while about to announce a SPECTACULAR coup for the shop later this week, today features an interview with Lorna Miser, designer, teacher, and author.

Lorna, of Lorna’s Laces fame, is the author of the new book The Knitter’s Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn, which includes “10 simple, accessible techniques, 65 stitch patterns, and 20 projects that make the most of the dazzling color combinations and creative possibilities that variegated yarns have to offer.”

And YOU could have your very own signed copy of this book for FREE as a winner of the contest, by leaving a comment on the blog telling everyone your favorite Lorna’s Laces colorway. (Folks local to Reno, NV can stop in and register in person.) One comment per person–and the deadline is this Friday, January 14 at 3 p.m. PST. 

 Baby, it’s cold outside — stay warm with your favorite knitting project and some very special yarns from Jimmy Beans!


Wildlife conservation

Our California mini-visit was so special I’ll be adding a page above, probably after we get home later this week. But this couple of days has been on environmental education, as we’ve come to the Lake Tahoe/Reno area to see B.

We finally get a tour of the camp where Sierra Nevada Journeys provides its excellent programming, and the area is breathtaking:

above the camp

above the camp

We took the tour and learned about how hundreds of California and Nevada children each year experience the learning that will take them into the next century. It’s clear B is heart and soul attached to this program:

B takes us on the grand tour

B takes us on the grand tour

And her boss and co-workers make it clear they agree. It is wonderful to see her so well- appreciated…

We also see the Biggest Little City in the World:

The new arch into the city

The new arch into the city

We have several delicious meals and then all too soon it’s time to head east again! B and her friend C have agreed to drive with us, for which I am more grateful that I can express. I’m all about being independent, but it takes a lot out of you to travel as a single mom!

We came across the Great Salt Flats:

The salt flat drying area

The salt flat drying area

And in Salt Lake City, the Mormon Temple the day before the city is to be invaded by the General Assembly of Unitarian Universalists…

The Mormon Temple, Salt Lake City

The Mormon Temple, Salt Lake City

Finally, we went to ground for the night but not before one last moment of drama, as B managed to avoid hitting a full grown moose in the middle of I-15. It was a thing of beauty. And so is she.

Tourney for the Journey

My daughter is the Director of Residential Programs for Sierra Nevada Journeys, an environmental camp just off Lake Tahoe in Reno, Nevada. They’re running a fund- raising contest, and I wanted to share it with you, because I know many of our special kids are so deep into nature, we’d all like to go. It’s a fun way to contribute to a special cause and win prizes, even more so if you know squat about basketball! (which I don’t!)

Here’s Beth’s letter:

Sierra Nevada Journeys’ 2nd annual “Tourney for the Journey” is on! This is an exciting time for both NCAA Basketball and for helping to make a difference in the lives of youth. “Feeding two birds from one seed” as our kids like to say. We couldn’t be more excited about the progress SNJ has made in its short 15 month history. In 2007 we served 620 students with nearly 18,000 student-education hours. We gave out nearly $5,000 in scholarships in a range of residential and in-school programs and our growth has been supported by more than 50 volunteers providing over 5,000 hours of contributed effort. We’re now at a permanent staff of four and just two weeks ago we served our 1000th child. All of this has been made possible because of people like you who realize that they have the power to transform kid’s lives.

Like last year, this year’s “Tourney for the Journey” allows you to fill out an NCAA tournament bracket then watch how your selections do … all with the opportunity to win prizes! With the proceeds collected we’ll be able to offer scholarships to underserved students and keep our program fees affordable. One of the organization’s top priorities is ensuring that students from a wide variety of backgrounds have the opportunity to experience the outdoors, science enrichment, and leadership programming.

It’s easy to participate in the event, just follow the two steps below:

Step 1: Make Your Picks & Donate

Go to the Tourney Site www.sierranevadajourneys.org/tourneyforthejourney.html and click on the basketball icon to register for the Tourney, make your selections, and donate. Make all selections before 9am (Pacific Time) on Thursday March 20th.
Suggested donations:

$25 for one entry … $45 for two entries … $10 for each additional entry per house-hold (it costs approximately $75 for a student to attend our 5-week after-school science, leadership, and rock-climbing program). (Note: if you’d rather not participate in the tournament, no worries! You can still Donate via the above link through Paypal or with a credit/debit card)

Step 2: Follow Along With the Action!

Once the tournament starts, go back to the Tourney Site to check on how your teams are doing. Prizes include:
*Outdoor Adventure Pass good for one of more than 80 experiential adventures around the country!
* $100 REI Gift-Card
* National Parks Annual Pass
All participants will automatically be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a print from locally renown Reno artist Nanette Oleson, who paints idyllic scenes of the Sierra and western Nevada. The last-place entrant will receive a “Reno, Envy” t-shirt. (Get it? Reno…N.V.?? They’re so clever…)

Choose quickly and good luck everyone!!


By the way, I’m the guest blogger today on the Special Needs Parent blog–come by and check it out!