Linus Project
Wednesday April 25th 2007, 12:55 pm
Filed under: Knit,Knitting a Gift

I have wanted for years to knit an afghan for Jim and his family; they are dear friends, and Jim’s a second cousin to my husband. It was on that list of want-to-do’s that every knitter has but it had never quite happened yet, even though I knew just what it would be: either cream or green in basketweave, to match their cream and green plaid couch.

I blogged recently about finding the amaryllis bulb in the half-dark in the garage, shooting up a large bud, when I hadn’t watered the thing in enough months that it should have been dead–there’s just no way it should have been preparing to bloom big and beautiful like that. But it did. I took it over to Jim’s as a way of celebrating the life of his eight-year-old son, the one who had fallen 30 feet off the ski lift during spring break.

And there was Nicholas. With a handknit wool afghan. In basketweave, and a cream and green variegated yarn. I was speechless–who? How? Nicholas’s mom flipped the edge over for me to see the label: Linus Project. Someone had made this and donated it to the hospital in Reno, and the trauma unit had given it to Nicholas.

Someone had channeled my inner afghan. I don’t know who you are out there, but we wanted you to see this. Photo by Nicholas’s parents.


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That’s a neat trick! <3

Comment by Amy 04.25.07 @ 2:01 pm

Wow! That is so amazing.

Comment by Sonya 04.25.07 @ 2:48 pm

That is so amazing. What a wonderful gift to be able to see first hand what so many of us don’t see… someone enjoying the things that we enjoy making so much. Look at that sweet smile!

Comment by Amanda1 04.25.07 @ 7:28 pm

We’ve got the head of the local Linus Project chapter contacting the one in Reno–you’re right, it’s so rare to get to see the results. And Nicholas is such a nice kid!

Comment by AlisonH 04.25.07 @ 10:24 pm

We knitters must all think alike! What a wonderful shot of how an afghan comforts. Thanks for your kind note on my blog, Allison! I too thought the KY state capitol looked like the one in DC, the one I was raised seeing. (grew up in Falls Church) In fact, until I arrived at the KY state capitol, I thought, pfff, it’s only a little thing. Then I really did feel awed and humble in the state capitol at the awards ceremony…I guess our nation’s capital didn’t spoil me for everything else, huh?!

Comment by Joanne 04.26.07 @ 5:43 pm

I grew up in Bethesda. Over the river and through the woods…

Comment by AlisonH 04.26.07 @ 6:25 pm

What a relief to see this kid up and smiling! I still can’t believe he fell like that and is ok. God is GOOD. The afghan is great, too! Hope the person who made it, sees it.

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