The Longest Day with Team ANN BUDD!!
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The Longest Day with Team ANN BUDD!!

On the longest day of the year, our dear friend Ann Budd, knits to raise awareness (and hopefully a whole lot of funds) for the Alzheimer’s Association. Each year the Alzheimer’s Association challenges individuals to help fight the disease by raising funds and awareness for care, support, and research on the day with the most light. This year is no exception!

On Sunday, June 18th, Ann will knit from sunrise (somewhere around 5:00 am) to sunset (somewhere around 9:00 pm) Mountain Daylight Time on a project she designed specifically for this event. We're joining Ann, along with 7 other fabulous yarn shops, to turn this day into a fun knit-a-long (KAL). We want you to come along too.

You will receive your Zoom Link the evening before the gathering, and an hour before. We will send out a 3rd link just before we begin in case you join at the last minute! 

What we'll be working on for the KAL:

Ann has designed a brand new cowl pattern called the Fading Memories 2023. When you purchase this pattern, Ann will donate $5 USD to Alzheimer's research.  A perfect yarn for this pattern is the 2023 4 Skein Longest Day Gradient Set dyed by Theodora's Pearls in Longmont specifically for this project! For each kit sold LYS will donate 10.00 to team Ann Budd! 

Message from Ann: 
I designed this tapered cowl for the 2023 Longest Day campaign sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association (—an annual

fundraiser that takes place on the summer solstice. For every pattern sold through August 31, 2023, $5 will be donated to Alzheimer’s research.

The stitch pattern of an expanding zigzag lace motif punctuated with eyelets represents the convoluted and chaotic memories
of those afflicted with the disease. The dark-to-light gradient to represent how those memories fade over time.

The top-down cowl widens from the cast-on edge to the bind-off edge, and requires just 255 yards (233 meters) of yarn.
Both row-by-row and charted instructions are provided.

Join us for the KAL! It's free to participate:

If you'd like to Knit-A-Long with Ann on the Longest Day, you can! To make this day more interactive, eight Local (online) Yarn Shops have joined in to host a virtual zoom session with Ann. You can check in, give Ann a "way to go, thumbs up" emoji and hang out for an hour of chat and encouragement. All eight sessions are free and will take place on Zoom. 

Start the day with Ann and Laura at Four Purls ( in Winter Haven, Florida. This zoom session begins at 6:00 am PDT, 7:00 am MDT, 8:00 am CDT, 9:00 am EDT. 

Hop over to Knit and Stitch Boutique ( in Cocoa, Florida. This zoom session will start at 7:30 am PDT, 8:30 am MDT, 9:30 am CDT, 10:30 am EDT

The next stop will be at Hill Country Weavers ( in Austin, Texas, starting at 9:00 am PDT, 10:00 am MTD, 11:00 am CDT, 12:00 pm EDT. Click this link to register.

Drop in on Ann again, courtesy of Longmont Yarn Shoppe ( in Longmont, Colorado. This zoom session will begin at 10:30 am PDT, 11:30 am MDT, 12:30 pm CDT, 1:30 pm EDT.

Keep knitting and join Barb and Cynthia of River City Yarns ( in Edmonton, Alberta, at 12:00 pm PDT, 1:00 pm MDT, 2:00 pm CDT, 3:00 pm EDT.

Join Ann next at All Wound Up ( in Edmonds, Washington, starting at 2:00 pm PDT, 3:00 pm MDT, 4:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm EDT.

Keep up the good work at Kid Ewe Knot ( in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, at 4:00 pm PDT, 5:00 pm MDT, 6:00 pm CDT, 7:00 pm EDT.

Finish the day with a visit at Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop ( of Port Townsend, Washington. This session starts at 5:30 pm PDT, 6:30 pm MDT, 7:30 pm CDT, 8:30 pm EDT.

Please visit Ann's fundraiser page and make a donation.  Thank you! 

Instructor: Ann Budd
Instructor Bio: Ann Budd is an author of more than a dozen ever popular knitting books, a devoted teacher who helps other develop their own approach to knitting and designing, and is the founder of Knit for Fun Retreats. Participants in Ann's classes always leave with great tips to add to their knitting tool kit!!
There is no charge to participate in this gathering. Register to be sent your zoom link for the gathering.

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