I love to see what other people do with my HeartStrings patterns and to hear the stories behind their making. I was particularly touched by this one …
This was Kelly’s first Faroese shawl and I am delighted she picked one of my HeartStrings patterns to knit – the All-Over Faroese Lace Shawl. She actually had started making it for herself in yarn dyed using the Gradiance technique she has developed for The Unique Sheep. Just as she was finishing the shawl, her mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She wrote on her Ravelry project page for Wool Therapy that she felt the shawl was meant to be her mother-in-law’s all along. The colors were perfect for her and she will now have a warm yarn “hug” to wear as she faces treatments to cure her cancer.
In talking to Kelly since then to get permission to feature her story and pictures, I expressed my sorrow in a family member being diagnosed with cancer and let her know what a wonderful hug she had made for her mother-in-law (even though she did not know it at the time). She said that luckily the tumor is small, so hopefully her treatment will not be too harsh and she will recover quickly. Let’s all wish and pray that is the case.
Isn’t the story heart-warming and the color transitions in the shawl are just stunning?! If you like this effect in yarn specially dyed for color transitions, you will want to check out the Gradiance Collection colorways offered at The Unique Sheep.