Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Labor of Love

I know it's been a while. I've been busy knitting. And living. And haven't felt much like blogging. Until now.

My auntie, my mom's sister, was diagnosed with brain cancer last year. She went into remission for a while and then earlier this year, her cancer returned. Feeling helpless and so very far away, I had to do something. Something. I couldn't be there with her in person, so I decided to do the only thing I really knew how to do to show her how much I love her and wish I could be with her. I got out my needles, some very special yarn, and went to work.

My original plan was to knit this for Ravelympics in 18 days. I needed a goal to get thru such a lofty project and Ravelympics was just the ticket. Even though it took me 29 days (with a few breaks in between) instead of my goal of 18, I'm completely and totally satisfied and really, really proud of what my hands created for someone I love so much.

I really hope she feels every prayer, tear, hope and every ounce of love that went into each and every stitch. I hope it warms her shoulders and her heart. I hope that she knows how very much she is loved. I hope she knows that if I could, I would rather wrap her in my arms than in a shawl. I hope this finds her well and with hope. I love you, Aunt June.

Pattern: Leaf Lace Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark for Fiber Trends
Yarn : The Plucky Knitter Merino/Silk Laceweight
Needles: KP Options size 5
Size: small with lace repeats

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Posted by Wannabe @ 8:06 AM

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the shawl turned out so amazing and I know she will feel all of your love and prayers in it.

Posted by Blogger photogmichelle @ Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:08:00 AM #

absolutely lovely - and I hope every time that she wraps up in it she will feel peace and all of your love put into it. wonderful gift!

Posted by Blogger Lolly @ Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:29:00 AM #

Your aunts' shawl looks amazing! It's beautiful and I know she will love it :)

Posted by Blogger StarSpry @ Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:49:00 AM #

she is going to love it.

Posted by Anonymous krysten @ Thursday, September 11, 2008 1:12:00 PM #

It came out so beautiful. I know she will feel wrapped in your love and warmth every time she puts it around her shoulders.

Posted by Blogger Karen @ Thursday, September 11, 2008 1:14:00 PM #

the shawl is gorgeous. It makes me think about one Kashi on knitters uncensored who said in one of the episodes that she makes all her scarves (though I think this applies here) to be as long as her arm-span so that when people wear them she can say she is giving them a knitted hug.

Posted by Blogger Lisa @ Thursday, September 11, 2008 4:11:00 PM #

What a gorgeous shawl! I totally believe in the power of prayer and I don't doubt she will revel in each stitch! I will add your auntie to my own prayer list! Take care!

Posted by Blogger peaknits @ Thursday, September 11, 2008 7:24:00 PM #

It's absolutely gorgeous. I'm so sorry about your Auntie.

Posted by Blogger Scoutj @ Thursday, September 11, 2008 7:38:00 PM #

It's just beautiful! I'm sure that lucious green will bring a spot of brightness to her life. Prayers for your Auntie.

Posted by Blogger mle @ Friday, September 12, 2008 6:51:00 AM #

oh, how much will your aunt appreciate your labor of love!
i send lots of healing thoughts...

Posted by Blogger Ulli @ Friday, September 12, 2008 9:55:00 PM #

Gorgeous shawl - I'm sure your aunt will appreciate it and know how much love you put into it.

Posted by Anonymous Jeanne @ Sunday, September 14, 2008 6:21:00 AM #

Wow, what an amazing gift to your Aunt June! The color and lace work is so beautiful!

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ Sunday, September 14, 2008 10:29:00 AM #

So very very special. What a loving, thoughtful gift.

Posted by Blogger Sarah @ Monday, September 15, 2008 5:19:00 PM #

oh how beautiful. i'm sure she will cry when she sees it and knows that you made it....

i heart your curls too. so jealous.

Posted by Anonymous tinka what what @ Friday, September 19, 2008 5:24:00 PM #

I knit a forest canopy in green.The shawl is gorgeous I'm sure your Aunt will feel like she is wrapped in a hug from you:)Hugs Darcy

Posted by Blogger Darcys Knotty Knitter @ Thursday, May 21, 2009 9:24:00 AM #
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