I've had the opportunity, other than this blog, to share my knit and crochet designs and was thrilled
when Dee e-mailed to let me know she'd finished a beautiful prayer shawl for her dear friend Bev using my Trinity Stitch Pattern
, and Homespun Lion Brand yarn in Painted Desert colorway.
It turned out beautifully!
Check out the stunning hand carved shawl pin she included
For more photos please visit Dee's blog post
. This energetic lady is also a student holding down a 4.0 GPA.
I asked Dee for permission to write about her story on Piecework Treasures and she told me...
I would be honored to have you put the story on Piecework Treasures. I
spoke to Beverly on Friday night after she had received the shawl. She
absolutely loves it. She also told me it was perfect timing since she
starts chemo again this week. She gets chilly and is excited to have the
shawl to keep her warm. Her mother and daughter were both eyeing it so I
may just have to knit a few more.
A lot of prayers were said and tears were shed. I am happy to be able
to wrap her in God’s love especially during chemo when she will be ill
and weak.glad I did persevere.
Dee's story is one of perseverance as she struggled with finding the right needles to suit her needs, as well as a labor of love for her dear friend who is in stage 4 cancer.
Dee's Ravelry Project Notes:
May 15, 2012: Wow! This truly was a labor of love. I tried 4
different needles, Clover Bamboo (HORRID for this project. Shaft was too
short, tip too fat and the cable too stiff.) The 2nd set was a metal
circular. Shaft was too short to be comfortable and the interchangeable
cables kept snagging the yarn. I switched to Boye 14” straights but
since I do most of my knitting in bed or the car these proved too
difficult to use. The last set I purchased at Webs in Northampton, MA
when I was there in March. They are Knitter’s Pride Basix. The shaft is
approx 5.5” - 6” and the cable was just a bit too stiff but workable.
They had 2 burrs and kept shredding the yarn. My husband actually sanded
down them down to a slightly finer point to eliminate the burrs and
added a semi-gloss finish. I think if I had a do over I would ask for
gloss instead as they were almost too “sticky”. The re-invented needles
did the trick and allowed me to complete the shawl with relative ease.
For such a simple pattern it really gave me a go of it. I finished the
shawl tonight. Added 10” fringe for impact. It ended up wider and longer
than I actually anticipated after blocking but I think it turned out
wonderfully. I wanted it big enough to use as a “throw” or a car
blanket. It is so soft and fluffy. Like a big hug! I added a hand carved
shawl pin as well. I hope she really loves it as much as I loved
creating it for her.
I owe a huge thank you to Lisa Spivey, the designer. She provided encouragement when I was about to give up. THANK YOU LISA! :)
The shawl is for a dear friend with stage 4 cancer. I did not pray
for God to cure her, only to let her live to see her only daughter
graduate from college. If anyone reading this is part of a prayer chain
please add Beverly. Thank you and God Bless.
May 21, 2012 - Update: Beverly received the shawl and loves it. She
starts chemo again this week and gets chilled easily. I am blessed God
chose to instill the love of crafts and knitting in my heart and in my
hands. I wept when she described her reaction when she unwrapped it. I
will be seeing her in several weeks and will give her God’s love and a
warm hug in it!
I told Dee I cried as I read her project notes and that "I will pray for your dear friend and am sure she will
feel ‘hugged’ and embraced by you everytime she uses her throw. I am so
glad you did not ‘give up’. You are a blessing."
'Thank you' Dee for sharing your story and may God bless your dear friend.