My Bopchi mainly crocheted. Every year for Christmas all of the women in the family would get a bunch of dishtowels that she had crocheted a "top" onto so that it could be hung from your refrigerator door. I knew I was a woman the first Christmas I got some of Bopchi's towels. I would post a picture of one, but I keep all of the ones I have left in storage. I don't know what I am saving them for, but they are too precious to wipe my hands on.
My Bopchi also crocheted afghans. I am sure that all of her fourteen Grandchildren got an afghan from Bopchi. They were all the same zig-zag pattern. Mine is two shades of purple and a yarn that goes from white to purple. I have it stored at my parent's house - it has seen better days, but just like the hand towels it is always there when I need it.
My Bopchi may have taught me to knit and crochet, but my love of fiber I had to develop on my own. I cannot remember her using anything other than acrylic yarn. It comforts me to know that no matter the moths or nuclear bombs - Bopchi's afghans and towel tops will survive.
Just after Christmas last year my Cousin Cathy had a recurrence of her Breast Cancer. My first reaction was to knit her something. My first thought was a cashmere hat and cowl.
This was months before my Narcolepsy Diagnosis, and I would spend most of my time at home napping. One of the characteristics of Narcolepsy is that you reach REM stage really quickly. Since REM stage is when you dream I can often have really awesome dreams during just a 20 minute nap - we'll save the bad bits about this for another time.
I had a dream and my Bopchi was sitting in her chair crocheting, and said, "Well, someone has to make Cathy an afghan!" I woke up and started planning an afghan for Cathy - I have no doubt that Bopchi wanted me to do this - for her, for Cathy, and as it turns out, for me as well.
The worst thing about my Narcolepsy is the guilt and shame I feel for not being able to follow through on things. So, I put aside those feelings, got myself to a yarn shop, and started crocheting an afghan for Cathy. (See, Bopchi knew I needed to crochet this afghan)
Cathy doesn't know about the afghan, but I did ask her for her favorite colors. She said crayon purple and green - no pastels. I went to The Yarn Basket and decided on a purple and green in Lamb's Pride Worsted. I decided to "update" Bopchi's afghan a bit by using the Soft Waves pattern from Jan Eaton's 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns. After some experimenting I decided to use an "N" hook. I found that using a large hook would allow the afghan to be large and warn without being heavy. I want the afghan to be somewhat portable if Cathy wants to bring it to a treatment or test. My ripples are based on the Fibonacci Sequence, which I found in this scarf pattern.
I am at about the half way mark. I will be seeing Cathy next week when I see Dr. Scammell in Boston and hope to have it finished by then. But, if I don't, there will be no tears, I will be seeing Cathy again when our families get together for Christmas.
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