Friday, April 24, 2009

#37 Nevada

Name: Laralee
Ravelry name: Laralee
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: Catalog Librarian
In memory of Willa Ballard

I would like to include some excerpts from my last visit with Willa, the friend I knit in memory of.

Sunday, August 5, 2007
Today I had the opportunity to go with a number of my friends from church to visit a fellow sister who is only a few days or hours from death. Willa Ballard is one of my sisters in the Gospel who I visit teach. A convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of about 4-5 years, this tiny little sister was battling breast cancer at the time of her conversion. Everyone that met her was impressed with her great spirit and luminous smile.

For several years she had good health, but this year her cancer returned as well as a particularly fast acting form of lung cancer. It had been a month since I'd seen her, and her small body was wasted and she is unable to eat or drink and only somewhat aware of goings on around her. Even so, as we identified ourselves and expressed our love, we would see her beautiful smile.

When asked on Saturday what her happiness level was she said it was at a six. The thing she wanted that would raise her to a seven was to be at church. This wasn't possible so church came to her. We sang her favorite church hymns, Praise to the Man and Come, Come, Ye Saints and the sacrament was prepared for her by the Bishop and Ward Clerk, both her dear friends.

I may never see her again in this life, my friend Willa. But her impact on me is enduring. Strength, courage, beauty, and faith are but some of what I have learned from her.

Traveling Shawl

Traveling Shawl

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Name: Opal
Ravelry name: AkamaiKnitter
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: Knitter/spinner/crafter
Knitting in honor of all those fighting breast cancer.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Article in The Denver Post

Our CO knitter, Leslie/Nakeidknits, was interviewed by the Denver Post. Read it here.

Monday, April 13, 2009


Name: Billie
Ravelry name: knitnpurl62
Location: Browns Valley, CA
In honor of all breast cancer survivors.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Name: Erin
Ravelry name: alwayserin
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Occupation: Literary Agent
Knitting in honor of Patricia Murrell and in memory of Betti Albrecht.

While knitting this, I was dealing with pain and discomfort from gallbladder problems. The day it arrived, I learned I'd be having surgery this week. It was very moving to be trying to find the energy and focus to carry out all of my commitments--work, home life, and now the Traveling Shawl, brief as my time with it was--while feeling so lousy, right as I was holding in my heart and mind all the loved ones I know who have battled breast cancer. I know my problem is short-term and easily resolved; those fighting breast cancer live with much more pain and uncertainty, and yet they find ways to spend time with their family, honor their commitments, and live their lives with grace and joy. 

I made a flyer about the shawl and left it at my local yarn store, Purl in the Pines, and spread the word among my friends and family. May it generate much interest and many donations! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Name: Meredith
Ravelry Name: Catknitslace
Location: Taos, NM
Occupation: Accounting clerk
Knitting in memory of Aunt Vera


Name: Leslie
Ravelry Name: Nakeidknits
Location: Denver, CO
Knitting in memory of Joan Smith