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shawls from a legally blind lady
Created By: Netagene Kirkpatrick

I bought the kit (book & Lion Homespun yarn) from Herrschner's. I became legally blind when I was 59 (I am almost 64 now) but thanks to several operations, again have a good bit of usable sight in one eye. I've been crocheting since I was small, & taught myself to knit when I was late 20s. Losing eyesight, I also lost my job & was out of work 3 years. After getting back some sight, I got back to crocheting & some knitting. Since I no longer drive, I can't very well take a dish of food to a shutin. So I started making shawls, usually knit with Homespun. I made up a more simple pattern. I use size 15 needles, co 37, every row sl the 1st st, k the rest. When I finish 1 skein, I cut 148 strands (37 x 4 for 2 per st) of whatever length I want, for fringe. Then I knit as long as I want. 2 skeins of Homespun made like that will make one about 20x60. So far I have given one to preacher's wife, 1 to a girl in her 20s with major family problems, a couple when the husband was under Hospice care, 1 to an older lady who has major illnesses of family members, a couple to shut ins (I get someone to take them of course). Some wear them. One uses hers for a wall-hanging. Another on the back of a chair in her LR. Because I ride paratransit to & from work, I do some of it on the bus. My housework is neglected because I'd rather knit & crochet! I put each shawl in a pretty gift sack, add a personal note, & add this poem which I wrote: On Earth, content, but spiritually rich! Love and prayers in every stitch! For you, I made this shawl To use as through this life you walk – Your private "closet", as you talk To God, whose promise sure, Keeps your secret things secure.

He is God over all.

(I am also crocheting scarves for our military people.)

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