my survival shawl

I made this for myself

Created by: Arlene R

  • Project Details


    I took a knitting class with my daughter just as something to do in the summer. I became addicted! Two months later I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I knitted my way through the 5 hour chemo sessions and through the months of recovery when I could barely do anything else. Knitting was so therapeutic, so calming, and it kept my mind creatively on something beautiful rather than the ugly cancer. The Summer Flies shawl was my second project (first project was a ruffle scarf) and although I had to tink sections 5 and 6 three times, it was the perfect project for me. That was four years ago. I still love knitting and it is still my therapy - it is my escape, my calm.. I have knitted many, many things since then, but Summer Fliies will always be my favorite.


    Needles & Hooks

    • Circular 5.00mm (US 8) 40cm



    craft-knitting Knitting

    Skill Level

    difficulty Intermediate


    project-state Complete
  • Comments

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    • Sally W

      Well done!! Knitting, the modern day yoga to get you through tough times. By The way for someone who has just learned how to knit you have done very well.
    • Rina N

      It's beatiful! Stay strong and keep knitting.
    • Eiain


    • Linda W

      Your journey knitting the shawl is a perfect metaphor for your journey through cancer. The different stitch patterns can be symbolic of all the growth and change in our lives; and when we reach a spot where we need to back up and try again, the seemingly delicate yarn is more than strong enough to bear repeated attempts. In the end, success and the creation of lasting beauty!

      Congratulation on your successful treatment! May you continue to enjoy good health.
    • Zunia H

      Your shawl is lovely and very appropriate for a brave and talented lady. Keep up the good work ????
    • Chrissie P

      It's beautiful and so is your story, keep strong.
    • Mabel C

      Well done, you! Keep well.