Sunday, August 31, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
This next square made was for my friend at work Bonnie, she was diagnosis with lung cancer and she battled the cancer and at the end of December was told she was in remission, until this past March.......just found out she has brain cancer and is once again battling against the odds. She is nothing but a trooper and will be on the winning end of this too.
This square is for a friend and co-worker Dolly who had a total hysterectomy due to pre-cancerous cells. She has a great sense of humor and always has a great story to share or a shoulder to lean on.
The lavendar squares are for the general awareness
Sunday, February 24, 2008
It's for this reason, I created these squares
1) All the squares created in memory of my parents
2) Krystal's Daisy square designed to incorporate the memories of both my parents
3) The square in memory of my mother, who died of uterine cancer (or complications thereof)
4) A square in honor of child hood cancers and to remember my mom had cancer in her leg as a child (the scar was horrible)
5) The square in memory of my father, who was diagnosed with 4th stage Lymphoma when I was in high school
The next set of squares is in memory of my friend's mother, Margaret, whom I met six years ago and was diagnosed with metastasized cancer, origin unknown but suspected to be either breast or ovarian
The next two squares (white and pink for ovarian and breast cancer) are in memory of Margaret
This square is in memory of Margaret's husband, Keith, who had bladder cancer
These are my "other" squares
First, there's the square in memory of Sonny. I totally got this idea from Daisy and thought it was a good one. I too wanted to honor the man whose name graces the hook
Next is a square in honor of a co-worker who is battling cancer. He hasn't really said much to anyone about it, there's been lots of whispering in the cubicles. I don't even think he knows that I know. It's blue for prostate cancer
And, finally, for general cancer awareness. The color we always have around at Relay for Life
I just really want to say what an honor it has been to be a part of this venture. I also want to say how much admiration I have 1) for Jimbo and his talents and commitment in making the gorgeous Sonny hook, even giving thought to the kind of wood used; 2) for Bonnie (angelfire), I don't know what to say other than "Wow" what a task you've taken on; and 3) for everyone who is lending their talent to this hook and its purpose. What a joy to be a part of such a wonderful group of people.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I made 20 squares for this worthy cause. How did I do it? I first planned ahead, which pattern I would use the most, and laid out all the yarn colors I planned on using. I did make a list of everyone I was planning to make a square for. This may seem odd, but I timed myself as to how long it would take me to make a square and then, see how many I could make in my 4 days. I made five a day (sometimes it wasn't easy, but I did it). It took me an hour a square. I did not take the time to weave in my ends, until all the squares were made. that way, I could send the hook on to the next person and save the best part of my time, making the squares, instead of weaving ends in. Anyhoo, it was a pleasure to work with the "Sonny" hook and a very humbling experience to make these squares, in honor or a memory of a loved one. When I made these, I thought about each person, remembering good times and the sad times. It was sometimes bittersweet. but none-the-less a labor of love.
Best of wishes to all!
The two squares above are "twins" for a reason. They are the color of clear/pearl which represents lung cancer.
The first square, is in loving memory of Sonny, Jimbo's friend, for whom our Traveling Hook II, was named. I'm sure that Sonny is smiling from heaven for what we are all trying to do. He would be proud to have this square made in his memory and the Jimbo hook in his name. He would say, 'Way to go, Jimbo'! So Sonny, this square is for you!
The second pearl square I made (above), is to say thank you, to Jimbo, for his excellent craftsmanship and for making this gorgeous hook for us, to work with. Jimbo, you outdid yourself on this one. It works beautifully! I think it's the best one you've done! Go ahead, pat yourself on the back! You done good and deserve it!
So Jimbo, this square is for you.......thanks for all you have done, for us funny Crochetville ladies. I hope you are staying warm up there on the crick.
<- This Pink square is the color for breast cancer. I made this special square for a dear sweet friend, who is fighting this. She is strong, brave and a great fighter. I am confident that she will beat this thing. She's a survivor! She has a wonderful sense of humor too.......that helps! I love you, sweetie, take good care of yourself!
The two above pink squares, are in loving memory of my mom. She lost her long battle with breast cancer. Maybe she could have been a survivor, if only she had it treated early. It was too late for her. My dad was in denial. He just couldn't not believe or accept it. My mom was very strong on the inside. She never complained one bit. she was silent like a lamb, even though there was no treatment to save her. I love and miss you mom. I wish you could be with my three children and see how much they have grown. I wish you could see me in gray hair....you would laugh. I miss sharing my flower gardens with you. Take care of dad for me!
This yellow square, represents bone cancer. I have made this square in loving memory of my dear neighbor, Rita, who lived across the street from me, when I lived in Canton, MI. She was such a dear sweet lady. She was full of vim and vigor, until the cancer took her away from everyone she loved. I was at her bedside when she passed away. It was hard, it was sad, it was very emotional.
When I first signed up to participate in the "Traveling Hook II ...Hooking for a Cure" project, I was looking forward to my turn in working with the "Sonny" hook, made by our favorite craftsman, known to all, as Jimbo. I really thought that this would be a "fun" experience, but fun really wasn't the right word that decribed what I was feeling when the "Sonny" hook arrived. I guess the right word would be, humbled. When I think of all the friends and family that have experienced the living with, dealing with, and dying, as a result of the big C, it's heartbreaking. So I turn to the serious side and prayed as I worked on my squares, thinking of everyone for whom I made a square. Oh how I wish there was a miracle cure for cancer, but with this effort, a small one on my part, maybe we will see some new medical breakthroughs to cure this dreadful disease. Too many people have suffered enough and too many have lost their lives. It may not be in my life-time, but hopefully in the future, a genius of a scientist and doctor, will find a way to make cancer become, a disease of the past....to no longer be a threat or a feared illness to anyone. I myself, am in the high-risk category for cancer, but I will not let that fear rule my life.....not now.
Without further ado, let my show you my dedication of squares:
Okay, I will have to post my pictures seperately........cause I can't seem to get my pictures to come out on this post. I am so bad with computers. Me and technology just don't mix well.
My Sqaures are in the above posts. I should have posted from the bottom up. I guess there is a little oops in everyone.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
This peach square on the bottom is for my dear mother-in-law, Sarah. She was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer back in 1990. It was in the early stages and caught in time that a hysterectomy saved her life and gave us many more years with her.