Appreciation


That is today’s knitting word.

I don’t know about you, but most of what I knit is not for me.  Right now one of my project baskets has a vest I am working on for myself, but that is mainly so my husband will stop bugging me to make something for myself.  Even most of the yarns I buy I purchase with an eye toward whether they are colors that a boy would wear – since I am the only girl in my house (if you don’t count Misty, Jett and Ladybug – my girls).

Alot of what I knit is for family Christmas presents.  We have a big family and we really prefer to give something handmade over something just picked up in a store.  We are a crafty family.  We value the effort put into a gift.  Some of the things I knit I hope the recipient will like and/or use, but I don’t always know.

These past few days have centered around Mary’s passing in our family.  On Sunday we had a brunch after Mass to raise money to help cover Mary’s medical bills.  She had a $500 co-pay everytime she went into the hospital and she was in and out alot during the last month or so.  Her sister Kay made sure to let me know how much Mary liked the blue bunny fur hat we had made for her.  She told me that it fit Mary perfectly and she liked it because it wasn’t too warm and it was soft and she called it her bunny hat.  She was wearing it when she took her last breath.  Thank you Kay.  You let me know it was appreciated and that matters alot to me.  It makes the time to search out the right yarn and make it all worthwhile.

Monday night was the wake.  Mary was known for her crazy hat collection and she would wear these silly wacky hats to make people smile and laugh.  When we walked into the church, it was full of Mary’s hats.  They were all over the place.  But when you reached the end of the receiving line to greet the family you saw one hat on the casket.  The Fish Hat.  Thank you Kay.  Thank you for letting us know that the hat that the boys made her was special.  Thank you for making us feel appreciated.  I told the boys it was there and that made them feel good.

And then on Tuesday was Mary’s funeral.  To say that everyone was there is an understatement.  The entire church choir took the day off so they could be there to sing for her.  Mary worked as a stage manager at many of the local community theaters and there were professional actors there to sing show tunes for her.  There was plenty of music from the musical Godspell.  Mary also worked in a group home for folks who had suffered traumatic brain injury – and they were all there along with all the other folks who worked with her.  And, of course, all her friends and family were there too.  On her casket this time was her Homeward Bound Dog Rescue hat – to mark her love and devotion to rescuing dogs, and mention was made of her dogs Max and Hercules.  And everyone was wearing funny hats.

We got there just after they started singing the first song – running a little late as usual.  Mary always saved us the first five seats in the second row on the left side of the church because we would always be running in as Mass was beginning.  It is hard to get three little boys all ready and in their church clothes on Sunday mornings.  The funeral started a little later than Mass would, but this time I had more work to do to get them in their dress suits and find our funny hats so again we were running late.

Markus wore his pirate hat, Jesse the Happy Birthday hat, and Vash his green alien hat.  I wore the Muffin hat I was wearing when Chip proposed to me.  Father Gary wore the hot pink wild hair hat to start the service and later wore the pink flamingo hat for the “sermon”.

When we got to the church most of the seats were taken, but then Father Gary motioned for us to find seats by our usual section and Micki told us to sit in the front row – where the Fish Hat and the Bunny Hat were holding our seats for us.  They put us in the front row to acknowledge the special place the boys held in Mary’s heart.  Thank you everyone for appreciating the spot the boys held in Mary’s heart.

We knit those hats for Mary to show her that we loved her.  And it was so wonderful to know that the effort was appreciated.  It makes it so worthwhile.  And that is part of why I knit.

Now, I want to show you the progress made on the Summer Mystery Shawl.

This is completed through Chart B.  If you want to see it in a beautiful varigated brown check out my sister’s version on A Work In Progress (on my blogroll).  And I finished it 24 hours before the next Chart is issued tomorrow.  Woo Hoo!!

Thank you Wendy Johnson.  I appreciate that you gave us this fun design and project I get to do with my sister.  (grin)

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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2 Responses to Appreciation

  1. danielle says:

    Wow, it sounds like Mary would have loved all of it. What a special tribute.
    Your shawl looks beautiful! You can definitely see the pattern much more easily in the light color. I absolutely can not WAIT till 4:30 tomorrow to get my hands on the next piece of the puzzle!

  2. Barbara Antonelli says:

    I haven’t talked to you since Mexican Radio….I was wondering all about the Wake and Funeral and now I know. The funeral sounded wonderful,well, as well as a funeral could be. What a tribute to her sense of humor! She would’ve loved that.

    I’m glad it’s all over,for the kids sake……..now I guess it’s back to work and knitting for you. The time you spent on her hats was well worth it.

    Love.Mom

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