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November 16, 2008

From Susan — More Snow in the Forecast

Filed under: Winter Wonderland Shawl,Wrapped in Care — lv2knit @ 2:48 pm

More snow, but just a flake at a time!  I’ve been knitting on my snowflakes a bit here and there, with a somewhat stealth project in between.

This flake was a little more fun to do because there was a lot going on.   My hexies are smaller than they are supposed to be, so this may end up a scarf!

I am finding quite a few errors in the pattern, and no errata published.  I contacted them and asked about a particularly problematic omission and received information — with another error.  Okay, it is a tricky pattern and not a lot of people have made it.  However, there are  lot of mistakes, so be forewarned.  Many of the errors will become fixable once you are familiar with the pattern.   But if you like your numbers “clean,” this may not be the pattern for you!  If you decide to forge ahead, make a copy of the pattern and take notes as you go.  Most of the snowflakes are made twice, so the second one should be easier.

Wrapped in Care
I’d like to put in another plug for the Wrapped in Care Project.  We are still receiving shawls from around the country and closer to home, as well.  My Thursday knitting peeps continue to dazzle me with their generosity!  Here is a recent donation from Cathy, an Alix’s Prayer Shawl:

I took the liberty of sending a shawl directly to someone who shared her story in our company newsletter.  She knew from tests during her pregnancy that her baby would not survive.  In cases like that, the baby still must be carried to full term.  She knew her growing pregnancy would prompt questions and caring comments, and she did not want to have to explain her story to everyone who said, “When are you due?”  So, she enlisted the help of her co-workers to get the word out.  Her co-workers also hosted a baby shower and gave her keepstakes of the baby and items to help preserve memories (like a kit to make a plaster handprint of the baby).  Her baby died in utero one week before the due date. 

Most women don’t have that kind of preparation time and go into their childbirth with hope and joy.  The shawls cannot lessen the pain but at least can show support and caring from an anonymous friend.  We have had close to 50 shawls donated so far.  Thank you for all of your efforts!!


  1. Your story made me cry! Thanks to those lovely pragmatic people for supporting her in need. I will work on seeing what I can do to help with the project. Thank you for reminding us!

    Comment by Delores — November 16, 2008 @ 6:43 pm

  2. The Wrapped in Care project is a lovely idea. My first baby was stillborn at 38 weeks. We found out on the Tuesday and couldn’t deliver him until the Friday. It felt like forever. I have an amazing husband and family and a number of handmade items that were made for him that I have in his keepsake box with all our letters, cards and photographs. The hospital were amazing and an incredible support then and through my pregnancy with my daughter. I know how lucky I am to have her, but it wasn’t easy getting through those last few weeks. My heart goes out to anyone, who has lost a baby.

    Comment by Kirsty — November 16, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

  3. Life is such a risky business. Of course we need each other to get through it.

    Thank you, Susan, for helping all of us help each other.

    Comment by twinsetellen — November 16, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

  4. How sad for this lady! I can’t even imagine the heart break but she is lucky to have such supportive people around her.

    Comment by kathleen — November 17, 2008 @ 9:58 am

  5. Thanks for the alert on the backround patterning. I have had my snowflakes knitted and blocked for over a year and a half. The thought of all that Kitchner around the hexagons chilled me to the core and I haven’t yet steeled myself for the task. I believe I will need total silence to accomplish this, so my hat’s off to you for accepting the challege!Awaiting your final victorious chapter, SP

    Comment by Southernpurl — November 18, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

  6. Wow, that snowflake is gorgeous.

    I am so awed and impressed by your Wrapped in Care project. You are wonderful. 🙂

    Comment by Romi — November 20, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

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