I was 15 when I found out I had a eye disease , and I have been leally blind since. The trips to Blind school and rehab took about 2 hours, on trains, trolleys and buses, so my mom taught me to crochet
to help the time go by. Then in my 20's I picked up the needle again
and started to make little blankets for the animal rescue, blankets for nursing homes, and hats and scarf's for the homeless shelters.
Then in 2009 my partner 0f 40 years came down with cancer, lung & brain cancer, and we received 3 prayer shawls as gifts of comfort. I thought that was so nice. So I pick up my needle again, and I started to make them, during the long hours of chemo treatments and over the 16 months of my partners chemo treatments I had made 150 shawls, I had them blessed and I gave them out to other chemo patients. Two weeks before my partnered died. I was told I had cancer,so then I was battling my own cancer, but I continue to make the shawls, through my chemo treatments, and continuing to give them out to other patients. When I was in isolation, a Rev. Pattie came to me to pray with me, and then she gave me a prayer shawl, I was very moved. We talk about making them. so when I had my first 150 done Rev Pattie made arrangements to have a Blessing of the Prayer Shawls right in the Hospital Chapel , It was Mother's Day week, so I donated them all in my Mom's name. I made 300 that year. Since
2010 I have made a 1000 prayers shawls, and every Blessing service
more & more patients come to the blessing, and the blessing service is sent through hospital through the Hospital 'sTV.
They are a simple pattern of V stiches and shell stiches. I use Lion brand, Vanna's Choice,, Heartland & Homespun yarns. What ever one
is on sale, because I'm on a fix income. But, I'm happy to say the more people who hear about my shawls I have gotten donations for the yarn Some of the patients are told about my battle with blindness, spine disease & cancer and find hope in my story. On the shawl there is a tag with a little note that they are in my thoughts and prayers, and there is my email address on it also. I am very moved by all the patients who have emailed me, or have come to meet me at a service. How wonderful that something my mom taught me to help pass the time away is bringing so much comfort to others, not only at the Mass. General Hospital, but now I'm sending them to churches, people through the USA & Canada, and now Europe. I'm up to making two of them a day now and will continue to do so as long as I can
or smiling "until the yarn runs out" !!!!! . as June 2012, I started to make special one's using a pineapple pattern to make wings on the shoulder. Thank-you for all your beautiful yarns.
There are other people or groups who also donate shawls to the hospital which are all needed and wonderful.I thank them all.
I am here telling you my story and the pictures below are me and my shawls being blessed
so other patients can see it.