Thursday, July 17, 2008

Gratitude for Knitting

On June 19th, my world changed. In San Jose at a national conference for my church, I received a phone call from my mother, who told me that the police had come to her house to notify her that my brother, Randy, age 56, had died. It was a total shock. We will never know what happened -- the coroner has said that his cause of death is undetermined.

The intervening weeks have been a blur. I have put a lot of miles on the car, flown to Denver and back, and dealt with what I have had the energy to deal with.

Thank goodness for the knitting. My Knitpicks lace sampler kit had finally come, and I wanted to make a shawl for the Afghans for Afghans project. I had started the shawl just before leaving for the conference, and it became my sanity-saver the past few weeks.

It started small,
a4ashawl5

and grew and grew:

a4ashawl1

I knit the whole thing in just 3 weeks. It was my prayer for my brother, my mother and me...

I also finished knitting a scarf:

Multidirectional scarf detail

Two easy knits, one of which that I can wear into the future, the other of which that will brighten the world of someone carrying many more burdens than myself.

I thank God for knitting.

5 comments:

Linda said...

Both projects are so beautiful. What an amazing thing that through knitting, our prayers become tangible.

AuntieAnn said...

My thoughts are with you. Linda put it so well -- through knitting, our prayers become tangible.

AlisonH said...

Sending my prayers up for you and your loved ones. Knitting done to bless others at such a time is both prayer and powerful.

Cheryl said...

I am so sorry for your loss. The shawls are a beautiful testimony to your brothers life! You and your mom will be in my thoughts.

jackie said...

i am so very sorry for your loss. my thoughts and best wishes are with you and your mom. how lovely of you to make such beautiful things during this time of grief. take care.