My emotions are raw as I write this. My beloved Grandma passed away last night. She was a one in a million person – the kind of woman who makes everyday better and everyone feel special. Losing her has been even harder because I lost my father far too early in January and that wound still feels fresh. I won’t try to tell you about my dad because I would be too emotional to write this post. We also lost my husband’s dear grandma this year and my other grandma at the amazing age of 101. Dealing with grief has been a hot topic in our family this year. My children have struggled to deal with sadness from the loss of loving grandparents and I have struggled to deal with my own grief and loss. In the mist of all of this sadness something beautiful has emerged. My beautiful daughter had a wonderful idea that has helped her work through her grief and bring some comfort to others.
After my father passed away, my daughter was devastated. She had just learned to arm knit so I suggested she make a scarf for my step mom. Having something to do was a great comfort for her and making something for her grandma that she loves so much made the project very meaningful. She made a beautiful scarf for my step mom and in doing that she was able to work through her grief. When my husband’s grandma passed away just months later, my daughter wanted to make scarves for my mother-in-law and her sister. She added this sweet note that you are welcome to download and use:
In our year of loss, a beautiful tradition has emerged. When my grandma died unexpectedly last night, through her tears and heart ache my daughter went to work. She had a big list of people to knit scarves for this time and having something to do has helped her to deal with her own grief. Arm Knitting these scarves has been very therapeutic for my daughter and the scarves are kind gifts that are a small comfort to her family that she so wants to support and show her love. They are really pretty and warm and they cost less than $3 to make so they are a very frugal gift. My cute daughter was even willing to make a video to teach you how to Arm Knit these scarves.
These scarves require about 1/4 of 4 different standard size skeins of yarn. You can get yarn at yard sales and thrift stores or in most stores. They should be about $3 per skein. Amazon also has some good yarn for under $3. You don’t have to get fancy yarn and different textures and thicknesses or yarns work well together in these Arm Knit Scarves. We even like to add ribbon. The final result is really beautiful and it’s hard to believe you can arm knit these scarves in under an hour!
I am so proud of my daughter and I just love this tradition!