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Customer Projects - Get Inspired

Would you like to share a project that you have made from our yarns or our patterns?   Hundreds of thousands of people who care about your favorite craft will see your work.  Any submissions, particularly original ones are welcome, as long as the project was made from Lion Brand Yarn. 

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Knit For Life
Created By: Nancy Slover

Hi, my name is Nancy and I am a breast cancer survivor of two years...still half not believing that I had CANCER. Everything in my life changed when I was diagnosed. I had three surgeries in five weeks, months of horrible chemo, lost my hair, my job of 21 years ended and along the way I nearly lost my soul....until I learned to knit.

I learned how at my radiation oncology center while doing radiation in April 2006. It was at a recently formed group called Knit For Life. Needles, yarn and instruction are provided and all the group members are cancer survivors or their caregivers.

The moment I held the needles I felt as if I had found a part of me that I hadn't known was missing. I caught on quickly-like I'd been doing it for years. I made a knitted, felted purse as my first project. I entered it in our State Fair and watched proudly while many admired it, even though it didn't place. I received many compliments on it when I acknowledged that it was mine.

I made my first pair of socks that August even though everyone except my instructor, now my friend Molly, told me that I wasn't experienced enough to make socks. It took me a while, but I did it took me a while to do chemo-but I did it.

Slowly the relaxation the knitting and the joy of making something with my hands and needles and yarn; feeling the satisfaction of watching someone wear what I had made-filled my soul with a peace that had gone missing the day I was diagnosed. Knitting gave me back joy in life. Something that I am good at and that I feel I was born to do. Something good that came out of my having breast cancer.

Tomorrow is August 18- two years ago I had my first cancer surgery. I am a survivor. I am still in recovery and have days where the fatigue does me in, but I sit in my recliner and knit. And plan what I am going to make to sell at the bazaars coming in the Fall like I did last year for the first time......someone actually bought something I knitted!!!

I know that the cancer may come back. Or it may not. Either way I have my hands and my heart filled with knitting....and knowing that this is what I am meant to do...Knit For Life.

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