Due to my new upstairs neighbour playing music at 5:30am (why? WHY?) I arrived bleary eyed at the Race/Knit for life. I'm grumpy enough as it is after four hours sleep but seeing a sea of lurid pink t-shirts and hearing overly cheerful pop music didn't help, I'm not good at enforced joviality.
And why pink? I know the Race for Life is a female only event (and I have my own views on that but anything that raises money for cancer research is good) but the mass of pink t-shirts was reminiscent of an enormous tumour. I was pleased to see that the rest of the Stitch London team ignored the pink thing too (unless they chose pink because it suits them - I do not have a problem with that). Anyway, enough of my grumpiness, after some much needed caffeine and an expensive fruit salad I was ready to go.
We were knitting Batternburg cake squares for cushions which will go to Bart's Hospital. We somehow started off in the runners lane but managed to get to the back. I walked most of the course with Jenny, who I've met at various Stitch London events and shares my love of travel. We nattered all the way around the course so I'm not too sure where I went but we did go past St Pauls cathedral.
We waited at the 500m marker for the rest of the team to catch up. I wish I'd raised an extra £10 every time someone said "You making me a jumper?" or "You better be finished by the end". We did get loads of good feedback including a race marshal who stared slack jawed at us and a woman doing the race in a wheelchair who said she couldn't knit and walk at the same time which made me feel awkward.
We stopped for a team photo outside the Lord RAGLAN pub...
.. and knitted together to the finish line.
One of the knitters brought a delicious home made banana cake with her which went down very well
The funniest part was when the race had finished and we'd eaten cake we all carried on knitting.
I did eventually leave and carried on knitting my cushion on the bus home and on the sofa for the rest of the day while watching the World Cup. It was a really fun way to spend a Sunday morning and raise some money to kick cancer up the arse.
As well as being a good walking project the Cake Makes it Better Cushion is a good mindless TV watching project, the pattern can be found here, just remember to donate to cancer research or a charity of your choice for it.
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