The Traveling Shawl is a project uniting 50 knitters from all 50 states in the goal of knitting a lace shawl in honor and in memory of people we have known who have been stricken with breast cancer. The shawl is a fundraising effort for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. For $5 you can get your name entered in a drawing for the shawl. (You'll be relieved to know that the shawl is a beautiful ombre rose color, not pepto pink. We're knitting it in Jojoland Melody Superwash, color MS06, if you want to take a peek.)
Let me assure you that the shawl is stunning. There are some lovely photographs of it in this newspaper story here.
I am tremendously honored to be part of this journey. The shawl feels like a rare and precious thing, holding as it does so much hope and grief. The diary that travels with it is quickly filling with the stories of women's lives and struggles not only with breast cancer, but also other dire illnesses.
My six rows are in memory of a wild, six-foot-tall red head who deployed f-bombs and astrological advice with equal force and was a fairy godmother to me. When she was ill with brain cancer, I knit her a prayer shawl and now there's this. Here's to the irrepressible Joan M. Smith.
And, I'm knitting in honor of the divine Ms. McMaster, who is fighting breast cancer with courage and style and knitting needles.
Check out the Traveling Shawl blog here. And if you have a spare five spot, consider supporting the shawl's journey.
Photos to come.