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"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."  


- Helen Keller

I used to do a lot of knitting many years ago but for some reason I stopped. I think it happened around the time that the internet found it's way into our house. I started spending (or should I say wasting *g*) my time on the internet inside of pursuing more productive things. But recently I felt a need to start knitting again. I think I was motivated from some talk on the Multiple Myeloma Facebook group that I belong to. One of the members who recently passed away used to knit a little stuffed toy that she called a Myeloma Buddy as a fundraiser for Myeloma Research. So I started looking at patterns on the internet and came across a really cute stuffed bear that I decided to knit. I realized that it was not going to be a good fundraiser idea since the specialty yarn that the pattern required was just too expensive so I filed the pattern for future reference. Little did I know that the time to knit it would come sooner than I expected. A few weeks after I bought the pattern, a friend of mine lost her 21 year old daughter in a car accident. They were very close and my heart hurt so much for her. My friend is an avid knitter and so I decided to sharpen my knitting needles and knit this stuffed bear for her. The pattern is called, "Need-a-Hug Bear" and I thought that when she was really sad and missing her daughter, she could hug this bear. Plus I knew that my friend would really appreciate the love and time that I put into knitting it. Every stitch I knit I thought of her and prayed for her. And I'm sure if she looked close enough she would see that I'm not a perfect knitter but that my heart was in the right place while I was knitting it. I know that it won't bring her daughter back but I hope that it will give her some comfort on her dark days.

Knitting also gave me a gift. I realized that it was a perfect thing to do while Mr. B is having his treatments. It amazed me how quickly 4 hours could pass while I was knitting. Sometimes I would do (easy) crossword puzzles, or read a magazine or book. But knitting puts me into almost a zen state. My mind quietens, my body relaxes and I focus on what my goal is. I'm not sure how long I will continue to knit at the treatments but I have already promised a few bears to family members so I'm committed to a few more hours of knitting. And I will see where it takes me after that. Here's a picture of the finished project. Oh, and there aren't little black specks in the yarn. What you are seeing are little sequins in the yarn that reflect the light.
Sharyn
7/29/2012 08:49:27 pm

What a beautiful gift for your friend.

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Shelley
7/30/2012 04:03:37 pm

Thank you, Sharyn. I just want her to know that I put a lot of love into every stitch I knit.

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Peggy
7/30/2012 01:03:46 am

Shelley...you are an amazing person!

That bear is a work of art...and I know it will be appreciated by the recipents.

You have menitoned a very valid point...the internet coming into our homes has "wasted" alot of valuable time...time with your spouse and family...time crafting...time reading...many have become addicted to the internet world...I am guilty. I need to refocus. I need to go back to the old me...reading, crafting, spending more time conversing in person, in voice....I fear for the younger generation who only know how to converse in text.

I think of you often...your blogs are so well written. I truly believe you are helping many, many people who read them. Thank you so much for sharing.

Peggy.

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Shelley
7/30/2012 04:05:24 pm

Peggy, I'm not sure I would call myself an amazing person. Especially if you heard the "choice" words I was saying while I tried to sew it together. I would gladly knit them if I could find someone else to sew them together. That was the big challenge for me! :-)

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Donna Sutherland
8/1/2012 06:05:44 am

Shelley,

I think your "Need-a-Hug Bear" is absolutely adorable, and I do want to hug him. Truly a beautiful creation and one that just may become the source of strength for another when they need it most. I agree with Peggy, your blogs are well written, stirring emotions from me each and every time I read them...and they do help others as they journey on their own paths of challenge and goodness. Thank you for sharing. --Donna

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Shelley
8/1/2012 10:41:37 am

Thank you, Donna.

I thought the same thing when I first saw the pattern for this bear. He looked so sad that I immediately wanted to hug him. I've been restraining myself from hugging the one I just made. *g* I'm very anxious to give it to my friend.

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mary
8/1/2012 11:30:58 am

I so wish we lived closer to one another. I would stitch them together for you.

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Shelley
8/1/2012 04:02:56 pm

Thank you for the offer anyway, Mary. Now that I've completed the first bear I think I've discovered what worked and what didn't work. This was my first time knitting a toy and I had no idea how to stitch the arms and legs on so it was definitely a trial and error process. Plus I learned that I couldn't use the main yarn to do the stitching because it had little sequins attached to it and they kept getting caught when I tried to pull the yarn. It was a nightmare until I tried the yarn that I used for the feet, hands & muzzle.

Do you knit, Mary?

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mary
8/4/2012 03:46:02 am

I was never able to master that beautiful art. If I see it, I can sew it. I love to sew and quilt, and taught myself to crochet. I have tried and tried to knit, but just do not have the coordination it takes to use both hands at once apparently. When my husband was first diagnosed, in order to not disturb him, I did a lot of crocheting during the month we spent in the hospital. Once home, the hooks and yarn were put away. I think it's time to get them out once again, I miss that activity and the quiet peace it brings.

Nicky
8/31/2012 12:16:29 pm

I think what impresses me most about your story is the healing that is taking place in your life. It gives me hope.

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10/14/2013 02:50:40 am

There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.

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