On Knitting, Hope and Resilience

It's a sunny (and cold) Saturday morning here in Ann Arbor and as we headed into the shop looking forward to a busy farmer's market day, we got a very moving note from Cathy in New Jersey who visited us back in December and made a beautiful hat for her grandson that everyone in the shop fell in love with. The news today was different and sadder but so full of hope, we asked Cathy if we could share. Here's her story:

Hi lovely folks at Spun! Your New Jersey fan here again, the lady who did up the little berry hat in eggplant back in December for my grandson. I have a different story for you now, involving some of your yarn. I bought some Corrie Sock in warm pinks and greens back then intending to make - well - socks of course! But in the last month I got the diagnosis that my breast cancer has returned and is all over my bones. This was pretty frightening and fear with discomfort are difficult companions. I have started chemo and there are enough drugs running through my body right now to keep both tired and awake, as well as making my hands shake. My thoughts were straying towards "finishing projects" because well, you don't know. Until last week a switch flipped in my head about energy, positive warm healing energy and I remembered that skein of yarn. I decided to make a statement of Radical Optimism and wind the skein the very day I had my second chemo treatment (I use the "walk around two kitchen chairs" method!). Then I picked a lace scarf pattern off Ravelry called CashSilk Fern. And I cast on. Because to me, starting a Lace Scarf is an act of defiance against cancer and its scariness. The knitting calms my shaky hands and the scarf is turning out beautifully. I wish I lived closer and could simply come and enjoy the comraderie of knitting in you shop, but my note and picture will have to do. I don't know if you have cancer patients who knit at the moment, but maybe this will inspire them as well. #radicaloptimism #knittingthrucancer