Thursday, 17 December 2015

Prayer Shawls for my Dad

Hello from Germany,

those who follow us on Facebook or Instagram probably already read why I didn't blog for such a long time. 

My dad died on the 29th of November. I am heartbroken and miss him so much. He was just 60 years old and the best dad I could ever wish for. Loving, caring and always there for us - I could always rely on him and I hope I can carry on his legacy of love and caring for the rest of my life. 

Grief comes in waves these days. Some days, I am doing fine, other days everything brings me to tears. Right now, I have tears in my eyes again. I hope he is watching us from above and feels the love we all have for him.


We spent his last days at his bed side at home, something I am forever thankful for. During this time I had to keep my hands busy and decided to crochet some kind of prayer shawls.


I decided on the Elise Shawl pattern, a pattern I had in my to do list forever. So I got different sock weighted yarns from the LYS in my hometown and started crocheting. Three weeks after my dad's death, I already made several of these shawls and gave one as a gift already. 


The pattern is quite addictive and it calms my mind, so I think I will make many more over the next weeks. I might block the shawls at some point but at the moment I don't have anything large enough to block them on yet. As I went down some hook sizes (4,5 mm instead of 5,5 mm), they are fine to wear without blocking as well though, so I am not too worried.

Hugs from Germany
Anne

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I didn't know. Thinking of you and sending hugs and good thoughts. xx

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    1. Thank you, Amy! It is a very though time and it is good to know people are thinking of us!

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  2. I am sorry for your loss of your darling dad. How special for him to be able to die at home in the close company of family. I am sure it was a great comfort for him to know you were close. Your prayer shawls are very special and beautiful - a true gift from the heart. I am glad that you could find some comfort in your crochet but nothing ever replaces a father's love. My sympathy to you, Anne. Hugs xxx

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    1. Thanks, Jodie. We are very happy our dad could stay with us to the end!

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  3. I'm so sorry about your dad. I lost my own daddy about 5 years ago, and while the sharpness of the pain has dulled some, I doubt it will ever go away completely...and I don't really want it to. He became my rock during my divorce, and it was in dealing with that all encompassing grief I took up my crocheting again. I began making prayer shawls for military families who's service member gave the ultimate sacrifice. I'm glad you were able to spend that time with your dad...it will give you peace to know that you were with him...and the blog can wait. Hugs and prayers are with you and your family.

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    1. Thanks, Mitzi! The pain is very raw still and I am sure some of it will stay forever! Hugs!

      Crochet is lot of help indeed! How lovely you make the shawls for the grieving families!

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  4. My sincere condolences Anne, I knew from previous posts your Dad had been very ill. I'm glad your crochet helps, take care of yourself. Hx

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  5. Dear Anne, so sorry to hear about your dad... like you said, turning to crochet might help to cope with this difficult time (your shawls look lovely).
    Sending you love and hugs,
    Ingrid xx
    Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  6. I am so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. I lost my own Father at 66 years old very suddenly last year and it really is such a huge hole. I am glad that you were able to have that time with your Dad at the end. I hope you will find peace during you first Christmas without him. Hugs. xx

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    1. I am very sorry to hear you lost your dad so young, too! Hugs!

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear your sad news, Anne. My thoughts are with you. A hug.
    Amalia
    xo

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  8. Dear Anne, so sorry to hear your sad news. My dad died just before Chrstmas 30 years ago and so the festive period always makes me think of him. My thoughts are with you. Susie xxx

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