Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Two years ago, my grandma, Granny, was ill. She was battling, among other ailments, a second bout with breast cancer. She was in and out of the hospital throughout 2008, and about a year ago she passed away. Starting off what would be a challenging 2009.

At some point during 2008 when she was sick, I started knitting her something that would either be a shawl or blanket. I just starting knitting one day with soft yarn in her favorite color and I made the pattern up as I went along (though it's a pretty simple combination of stitches). I finished the knitting, but then I started questioning the whole project. The yarn wasn't machine washable. And though it was quite soft, it shed like crazy. And frankly, I just wasn't sure if a shawl was the appropriate gift. And I wanted to re-knit the project to make it more perfect. So it sat. And sat. I moved it from the table to shelves to the UFO bin. The ends still needed to be woven in, and it needed to be washed and blocked. But that was really all that was left to do.

Garter and Feathers Shawl 01

The rest of 2008 went by quickly, and then Granny started getting sicker, and before I could even remember to finish it and gift it, it was too late.

This has been the most difficult unfinished piece of knitting to complete. And now that it is, I don't know what to do with it. I love it, but don't want to keep it. So, I need to find someone else who needs some warmth and a little comfort and then pass it on.

Garter and Feathers Shawl 03

I considered writing up the pattern, but found others that are very very similar available online, so it doesn't seem worth the time. Though I do want to knit another. Some day.

5 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Amanda said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. If you need ideas where to donate the shawl, try visiting

There are several ways to donate.

Debbie said...

It is lovely. I'm sure one day you'll find the right recipient for it.

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful, the sentiment behind it is wonderful, and anyone would love to have it, I can picture Granny in it for sure. She would have loved that it was made with your loving hands. Love, Mom

Katie said...

Im sorry for your loss. I'm sure you'll find the scarf a nice home....congrats on all your newly FO's. :)

Bonnie D. said...

I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. If I were you, I would hold on to it and only break it out when life calls for it. Occasionally, I'll have a bad day and find it very comforting to wrap myself in my favorite shawl while curled up in bed with a book or cuppa. Mine doesn't have any sentimental value behind it but it has become a special thing to me. Maybe yours will bring back Granny memories!
Thanks for sharing your story.

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