It has always been true that the worst events often bring out the most beautiful in people. Now, knitters are beautiful people as a rule but even so, recent events have proven this to be truer than ever.
Last winter Terri, one of our favorite customers and frequent attendee of our weekly sit ’n knit group, was diagnosed with cancer. It sent shock waves through our group. But being knitters we knew what to do: knit, and more specifically knit an afghan. Now people knit prayer shawls all the time for people they don’t even know (bless their busy little fingers). But Terri was not a stranger, she was an integral part of our knitting family. So we wanted to make something special that we could all partake in.
Deb, another mainstay of our knitting community sprang into action. She came up with the idea of everyone doing an aran square that would eventually be sewn together. She organized everything, from the colors to the number of squares to keeping everyone on schedule.The colors were beachy tones, blue, green, cream and tan. The knitters bought their yarn and scurried away to start knitting. We were on a timeline because we wanted to get it to Terri in the hospital where she was for an extended stay.
In the end, it was a spectacular example of the warmth of human spirit, the strength of our knitting community, and how taking the time to create something is a beautiful way to share love, and prayers, and hope for a better tomorrow.
And at this Thursday's sit n' knit, Terri announced that she is in remission!
Julie, WY's Do-bee and store wordsmith.