Sunday, February 24, 2008

My time was wonderful

I had the pleasure of having the Sonny hook from Wednesday evening (Feb. 20) until early Sunday, Feb. 24 before I packed it up to ship to Krystal16. Some of you probably already read my post here about why I chose to participate. Not unlike everyone here, my life has been touched by cancer. I lost both my parents before I turned 25.

It's for this reason, I created these squares

1) All the squares created in memory of my parents
Joyce squares

2) Krystal's Daisy square designed to incorporate the memories of both my parents
Joyce squares

3) The square in memory of my mother, who died of uterine cancer (or complications thereof)
Joyce squares

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)
Joyce squares

5) The square in memory of my father, who was diagnosed with 4th stage Lymphoma when I was in high school
Joyce squares

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
Joyce squares

The next two squares (white and pink for ovarian and breast cancer) are in memory of Margaret

Joyce squares

Joyce squares

This square is in memory of Margaret's husband, Keith, who had bladder cancer

Joyce squares

These are my "other" squares

Joyce 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

Sonny square

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

Joyce squares

And, finally, for general cancer awareness. The color we always have around at Relay for Life

Joyce squares

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

Squares by Daisy

Well, I hope my journal posting looks better on the blog than it does as I type this. My introduction is actually at the bottom, on another post I did. I really had a hard time in posting all of these pictures.
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 three squares above, look terrible here. They really are pretty, but the scanning didn't do them justice.
The first square is a combination of teal and grey. The second is all grey and the third is all teal.
I made these squares, in honor of a dear friend who bravely and sucessfully battled with many cancers and IS a survivor! I'm proud of her.

Pink for Breast Cancer

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 would laugh. I miss sharing my flower gardens with you. Take care of dad for me!
(my mom & dad died a day apart of each other. Mom on Christmas Eve and dad the day after Christmas (1991)) Together forever!

(Above) This square here, is a Kelly Green square. It looks like teal in the picture, but I assure you, it is Kelly Green. It is the color for kidney cancer. My dad had a cancerous kidney, but had that removed. He was a survivor, thank heavens! He passed away years later (Dec. 26, 1991), from other causes (heart failure), but mostly because he didn't want to live without my mom. He stopped taking his medications and was a total handful. I loved my dad tremendously. When I was a little girl, I used to love to watch my dad make things, and daddy let me play with his tools too. I was daddy's girl. I always held a lot of respect for my father. He was a good man! This one's for you, daddy! I love you and I miss you!

The above, is my lavender square. It represents general cancer awareness. I made this square in loving memory of my dear sweet grandmother, my mom's mom. My grandmother was 72 when she passed away and I was in my early 20's at the time. My grandmother, went to the hospital to have a gall bladder operation. When the doctors opened her up, they decided against doing any surgery at all, because they said that she was "full" of cancer. They just sewed her up, and gave the bad news to the family. She only lived a few days afterwards. Till this day, we have no idea where the cancer started, that is why I chose the lavender for my grandma.
Grandma, if you are watching over me, know that I love and miss you.

(Above) This is a blue square. This one represents Prostate Cancer.
This one is in loving memory of my dear grandfather, my dad's
dad. He passed away before I was born. Because of the cancer,
I never got to see or know my grandpa. He died from prostate
cancer, before there were any fancy medications and
treatments to help him. I'm sorry grandpa, I wish I could have
known you. I hope you are in peace and know that I love you!
This is my yellow square for bone cancer. I made this one in memory of my loving mother-in-law, Katherine, who lost her life to bone cancer. She was a sweet and loving woman all the way till the end. Here's to you mom! Hugs from your DIL

(Above) This is an Emerald Green square. It represents liver cancer.
I know the color isn't showing up, but it's a pretty color of green.
I made this square in loving memory of my Uncle Ollie. What a
jolly man he was, so full of life and laughter and just a pure joy to
be around. He lost his life to liver cancer. It was a shock to the
whole family. We loved him dearly. Uncle Ollie, if you are
peeking in, this one's for you!

The square above, is a lavender square. It represents general cancer awareness. I have made this square in loving memory of my dear sweet cousin, Cheryl. She was soooooo sweet. Always had a kind word for everyone. She passed away from cancer, but I can't for the life of me remember which cancer it was that took her. She was my age when she passed away...a few years ago. She left behind her husband and 2 sons. Cheryl, we miss you, but you are in Divine hands now, so I'm sure you are happy and at peace.


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.

This Black Square, is in honor of an old dear neighbor. Jack lived next door to us, before we moved. He has skin cancer. Every time he would go to work in his veggie garden, he would be dressed to the brim. I even bought him a new gardening hat, from the Jerry Baker web site. He loved it! He is a survivor! The best neighbors anyone could hope for.
This is a gold color square. This one is dedicated to all the children who are afflicted and suffering from childhood cancers. My heart goes out to them. They are so loving and so brave. No child should have to have cancer and no parent should have to watch their child go through it, but we cannot stop these cancers, until we find a cure! Love to all the children!

This square is an extra square I made....just because.It is an emerald green square, for liver cancer. I don't know why the color didn't show up well, but it is an emerald green just the same.

This is my orange square, for leukemia.

I made this one to honor those who have suffered with leukemia.

Daisy's Squares

This is the burgandy square, in honor and in memory of those who suffered with multiple myeloma. This one I did.....just because.

Traveling Hook II ...Hooking for a Cure

Squares are pictured above.
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 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.