I finished the comfort shawl for the Milford Jaycees a few minutes ago. I like it alot, well, for a big, thick, pink polyester shawl. But it's not for me, it is for charity, so I wanted to make something others would like.
Name: Comfort Shawl for the Milford Jaycees
Pattern: Umm.. no. I just did some stuff
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky Twists, in Tawney Rose Twists, 6 balls
Needles: US 17s
Notes: Let me say this.... I love the spirit of this project. Giving a hug to those in need at a most critical time of their lives. Cancer is a bitch. Being sick is a bitch in general, but Cancer really really really blows.
I wanted to choose easy care yarn, that was not a neon or otherwise irritating color. (I still had to knit it, ya' know.)I also didn't want to do lace - machines and hoses and crap would be not lace friendly, I'd think. So out came my Comfort shawl.
One of the traditions when you knit a comfort shawl is to think good thoughts (or prayers, if you are so inclined), or healing thoughts while you knit them. That way, all the love and good vibes you thought about will go into the shawl and surround the wearer with warm fuzzies. I tried really hard to do this. I am not very good at it though. I knit quit often to get rid of anger and frustration. Not very "comfort shawl" thoughts, frankly. This got me thinking.... (scared, aren't you?)
People have very different reactions to crisis. Some people withdrawal, others get outgoing and excited. Some people contemplate, others live in the moment. I decided my shawl is full of "fuck you cancer!" energy. I want the wearer to fight, goddammit! I want her to kick cancer in the fucking balls, and take names while doing it. There will be no pansy feeling sorry for yourself! There will only be fighting! And winning! I want her to know that I made the shawl with love, but it's only there to help her fight, to push her on, to get better - for the people in her life that will miss her. I'm giving her this yarn hug to say, "Hell Yeah! You kicked ass today! Tomorrow kick it even harder!"
So, whoever gets my shawl, please know, I'm pulling for you, and if I get the chance, I'll kick cancer right in the sweet meats - just for you.