Monday, June 1, 2015

Ginny's Shawls

Last weekend I got super excited while looking at Instagram.  I have been on Insta for a while but recently found what a great source of inspiration Insta can really be in regards to knitting....and as always Ginny is a big part of that inspiration.  She posts the most beautiful pictures that makes me want to drop everything and knit among goats and wildflowers.

Ginny put out a call for shawls for her to raffle to raise money for women and children of Iraq.  I knew instantly the shawl I would donate.

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Last summer when Ginny's friend Sarah died I was knitting the Onward shawl from Shannon Cook.  I decided I would send the shawl to Ginny when I finished it.  It did take me awhile to finish and I will sadly admit to NEVER sending it to her.  I have drawers full of good intentions...

But in my mind, that shawl was hers so I knew I would gladly give it to whatever cause she wanted.  I knit this shawl thinking about Ginny and Sarah while I sat on many a rocky beach last summer here in Sitka, Alaska praying for them both.  I love that shawl.  I love those women.


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If you have never had a hand knit item let me tell you how special it can feel.  There is a difference in the way you carry yourself when you are wrapped in something so personal...and with knitting you are part of so many stories....let me explain...

The pattern:  Shannon Cook is a mom in BC and she wrote a book with her friend Jane.  I bought the book and had to knit this shawl.

The Yarn:  Quince and Co...a fiber mill using all products from the US run by amazing knitters that have brought so much to the cottage yarn industry.  You get to love these company's like they are your friend. I had to have the exact yarn that the pattern was written for.

The Knitter:  Me...a mom who learned to knit after seeing Ginny's knits on her blog, wanting to do a little something in my  free time while I was growing my family and finding the person I wanted to be.  Lots of projects later I still consider myself a new knitter since I have rarely not searched for "easy" projects to complete.

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And now you...doing something to help someone REALLY far away...

Cool story....True story....

Go to Ginny's blog and see all the shawls that you can own...Have fun and guess which one I am bidding on???

18 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful! I was showing my husband pictures of all of the shawls that are a part of the fundraiser. He pointed at yours and said, "Lark. You've knit with that yarn before haven't you?" I laughed and said, yes, Lark is one of my favorites. "I can't believe I know that." He said. I'm not sure if he was proud or ashamed. At least he's listening! I love your blog! It's just beautiful!

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    1. That is funny and I could hear my husband have the same reaction. I love all quince yarn. Thanks for saying you love my blog. I love doing it.

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  2. Wow! Speechless! Really beautiful!

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  3. Wow! Speechless! Really beautiful!

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  4. Wow! Speechless! Really beautiful!

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  5. Beautiful post, beautiful shawl, beautiful soul!

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    1. Thank you Tracey. I do love that shawl and it was such a great soothing knit.

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  6. Lisa, thank you so much for sharing this story! You describe perfectly the beauty of a handknit, and why they are so special. And the fact that our beautiful Sarah is all tied up in the prayers and making of this shawl means so much. I know it is going to bless someone.

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    1. Oh Ginny... I so love you and all that you share. It has changed me and continues to shape me . I feel very blessed by all that you share... And to remember the thoughtfulness of Sarah always touches my heart.

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  7. thank you beautiful ladies for your faithful prayers and for you Lisa and your beautiful work and heart. I love Ginny too and to Sarah my daughter you will be blessed Lisa. Sarah was always touched by intercessory prayers. Love Sarah's mom in Minnesota.

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    1. Hi Sarah's Mom,
      Thank you so much for stopping by. I knew your sweet daughter briefly and she made such an impact on me in the few times I got to be with her. She was generous and beyond thoughtful ... You did good mom.

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  8. I just love this knitting community. Ginny is an inspiration and I feel like I know her and her little family. The shawl. It looks like a very comforting wrap indeed. ( I've wanted to buy from Quince & Co many times just haven't done so yet. )

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    1. Ginny is an inspiration for sure... And another thing for sure is knitting with Quince is just as inspired !! Great yarn... Great company .

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  9. Sarah was - is - a good friend of mine, and Ginny told me to read this. i have tears right now; thank you.

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    1. Thank you j'aime. I kind of got teared up tonight when I opened my blog and saw such sweet comments. I meant every word... Knitting is being part of so many stories.

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  10. What a special post! So flattered you enjoyed my shawl pattern and thank you sooo much for your support and kind words! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Shannon! I enjoy all your work and everything you share. Thank you for writing me.... I really love that shawl.

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