November 25, 2003

The Surprise

Sandy Blue, a Seattle native and resident, is well known for her knitting and teaching skills, and well-loved for her sweetness and friendliness. In September, Sandy lost her mother to emphysema. We wanted to do something special for her at that time, and so thirty-five knitters from around the world banded together for our Secret Project-- to make something to give Sandy comfort and to let her know how sorry we were for her loss.

Yesterday we were able to present her with this afghan. Here it is all ready for her to walk in (on the pretext of a "business meeting"!).


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The afghan was loosely based on squares from the Great American Aran Afghan, and the knitters were free to choose their favorite square or make one up. When I pointed to one of the "tree" squares and asked Sandy to guess who knit it, her eyes filled with tears as she said in a tiny voice, "Janet?". And she was right.

The participation was so excellent that we had four squares left over, which Kit and Sam handily made into pillows. Look at that attached I-Cord finish-- isn't it fabulous?

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And here is Sandy, happily united with her gift (and Sherlock, who was dutifully licking away her tears).

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We were so happy to be able to give this to Sandy before the holidays. She was overwhelmed and it was a most worthwhile and wonderful effort. I wish you could all see each square close up.

As for what else I'm up to, here is my first attempt at knitting with beads, using Zephyr laceweight and size 8 beads with Jackie E-S's pattern. It's very fun!


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And thanks to Karen, who brought me another skein of Rosewood, I was able to continue on Dusk.

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It's still difficult to see the color changes in photos, but I am just now starting with the color Dusk, which will be a more noticeable change eventually. For now, it all looks gray, doesn't it?

I hope that your Turkey Day is shaping up nicely!
Sherlock is practicing for his Christmas photos. He's thinking of doing a glamour shot.


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Posted by Sheila at November 25, 2003 10:00 AM | TrackBack
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Sheila - great presentation.

Thank you for starting your scarf, I'll get going on my again.

Happy (soon-to-be) Turkey Day (hmmm, maybe we should have a second Thanksgiving up here)

Posted by: Angela on November 25, 2003 02:47 PM

Aw. Makes me wanna cry too.

Posted by: Linette on November 25, 2003 02:58 PM

the afghan turned out great! i feel like the lady from romper room- i see my square, and sandy's sitting on it! so glad she likes it :-)
dusk looks green on my monitor! sherlock is adorable! my maddy would never sit still for a glamour shot ;-(

Posted by: vanessa on November 26, 2003 04:07 AM

sherlock is a SUPERSTAR i'd buy xmas cards with him printed on them anyday!!! (p.s. how 'bout some little doggie sunglasses, i think he needs them)

and btw, i really like the colors y'all went with for the afghan. very cool.

Posted by: carolyn on November 26, 2003 08:02 AM

Very nicely presented, Sheila! (How did you get Sandy to wear a color-coordinated sweater?) Thanks to all of you who organized this and put it together so professionally.

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