September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month! There are so many ways to get involved and help spread the word.
Maybe you have heard about Teal Toes? The idea is to get in one more pedicure before the weather turns and by having an unusual color like teal, when people comment on it, it is an easy way to start a discussion about OC. Long have I loved blue-green colors, and I’m finding that teal is really my favorite color (even if it wasn’t the color of this fabulous cause). It can range from blue-blue-green to green-blue-green, it can be mermaid-ish, or peacock-ish – but when it’s good, you know it when you see it. I tend to favor the bluer teals, more jewel-toned than shimmery. My usual go-to polish was OPI Ski Teal We Drop, but when I went for a pedicure on Saturday, I couldn’t find it! Instead I chose Essie Go Overboard, which I really am pleased with.
I’m also happy to see so many in the fiber community get involved as well. Last year I bought a special StitchedbyJessalu bag as part of a fundraiser, I also bought “Fade Out Ovarian Cancer” handdyed / handspun (since I don’t spin) from Stitches’n’Rows. This year, I have pre-ordered a skein of Tealtember Journey Sock Yarn Ovarian Cancer Awareness from unwindyarncompany. The High Fiber Diet podcast is behind Tealtember. Check it out on Ravelry too – there is an “everything a-long” with prizes if you: donate to http://www.ovariancancer.org/ & post that you did; Paint your nails (toes or fingers) Teal and post a photo; Talk to someone about teal toes or ovarian cancer and post about it; Crochet, knit, spin, sew or weave something teal and post a finished picture.
I pulled out my stash of teal yarns this morning and took a photo of my toes! Now what to make? I would really like to finish that sock’s mate (CookieA’s cusp from when I test knit it, in Alchemy Juniper) and I have Malabrigo Rasta already caked (probably for the project I intended to do during Malabrigo March). That’s probably a good start, considering the state of my WIPs.
Please take a moment or two and check out ovariancancer.org to educate yourself! Unfortunately, there is no test at this point in time, so awareness and education are key.