Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gorgeous Afghans made from the heart

Matthew 25:40


Since Breast Cancer Awareness is this month, I want to feature some afghans that a dear friend of mine makes for people who are suffering from cancer.

Karen, who attends my church and my life group brought one of her afgans to show our group and I was taken back by how large and cozy and thick they are. She uses 12 skeins to make these.  Here are some of the ones she has made.

Karen was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in Oct. of 05 and had a mastectomy and reconstruction in Dec of 05.  She started chemo the end of Jan 06. Karen felt compelled to give back and started volunteering at Cancer Centers in Winston Salem, NC.  She was able to guide three people through their treaments by listening to them, answering questions and lending them her hats and scarves.  In June of 2011 found out about Cancer Action and stopped in and found out what they were about and what there needs were.  She found out they really needed afghans and started making them as well as volunteering her time in their office.  To date she has made 11 afghans and will continue to make as many as they need.  God has given her  the ability to do this and hopes each and every person that receives one knows that she made it just for them with love.  Karen spends her own money, does not recieve any funds from anywhere to give these to deserving individuals.
Cancer is a terrible disease and we hope that we can get rid of it but until then she will keep giving of her time and God given talent to help others.  Karen is 6 years cancer free and by the Grace of God will stay that way. 
Her afghans are 55" x 60" so they are  comfy for men as well as women.

I visited with Karen yesterday and she told me that one of her afghans that she made  for a man,  left it to his grandson who spent many hours snuggling with him in his favorite spot.

Hope you enjoyed Karen's story.

I'm linking with the following blogs:

Exodus 35 Creativity party


Marydon said...

Emotional & heart rendering share. May she continue to receive heavens blessing for good health. What a lovely kind generous heart she has. TY for sharing.

Have a beautiful day ~

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Having lost so many people I love to that beast of a disease, this post is particularly meaningful to me, Ann, and what a great thing your friend is doing! I hate cancer with the heat of a thousand blazing suns!



❀~Myrna~❀ said...

What wonderful caring work Karen is doing and her afghans are beautiful ! God Bless her.

LV said...

What a great thing this lady is doing. I am sure in her case it is a blessing to her to be able to bless others.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Each one is a work of love...


Yea for scarlet, yea for red!
Yea for summertime that’s fled
To some far-off frigid place,
Where no ruby shows its face!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Tired Old Apples

Rebecca said...

How wonderful of your friend! I hope to that they can find a cure and that your friend will continue to stay cancer free!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

This is a very special and heart warming post! Thank you for sharing Karen's story and the photos of her beautiful afghans.

Deborah March said...

Such BEAUTIFUL afghans...and for a cause so very close to my heart...

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

These really are beautiful. As someone who crochets, I know who much time she has in them! Blessings, Debbie

Nanna said...

Karen is a special person and God is truly using her talents!

The French Hutch said...

What a beautiful friend you have and what lovely afghans she makes. God Bless her and thank you for sharing this wonderful inspirational story.

The French Hutch

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh what gorgeous afghans!!! And such a blessed story, indeed!!!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Thank you for sharing Karen's story. Cancer has taken many in my family so the story truly touched my heart. These are the most adorable Halloween cupcakes I have seen...they look delicious too!! I have joined your followers list and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

Sarah said...

What a precious soul your friend Karen is. I hope God blesses her with funds and energy to make many more gorgeous afghans!

I would like to invite you to my weekend linkup. It involves anything related to homemaking: recipes, sewing, decorating, crafts, DIY, a story about what you did today, etc! I know you'd be a great addition to the party!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

Annesphamily said...

What a beautiful story you share Ann! I hope she is truly blessed and many funds start pouring in to help her with the cost. I really love these afghans. They are so unique. The story touched by heart!
HPS to you!
Please pray for Nick and his team mates as they travel to the state competition for cross country. May God provide wings under their feet! Strength and integrity. God Bless You Ann! Hugs Anne

Olivia said...

What a sweet story and her afhans are just beautiful! Big hugs and Happy PInk Saturday!

poppilinnstudios said...

What a beautiful post. Karen is such a special lady. Her afghans are gorgeous! Wishing her all the best.
Happy Pink Saturday!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Ann Sweetie...
What a gorgeous share. I so enjoyed this special journey along with Karen. Her story is so heart warming and I know she is encouragement to others going through this horrible step as well. What a wonderful way to give back. The time it must take her to crochet each of these gorgeous afghans, each stitch with love for the patient.

Thank you for bringing her love to us today. I so enjoyed my visit. I know her community adores her.

Have a glorious weekend sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a great post!! I am thrilled for your friend to be cancer free! She creates beautiful afghans!
I have what I hope will be my last cystoscope in a few weeks and if all is good, I will have hit my 5 years and that will mean no more cystoscopes!!

Thanks so much for your visit and very kind words!!


Holly said...

These are so beautiful and so meaningful! I think it means so much to people who get to be wrapped in a gift of love and healing. Thank you for such a beautiful share!
Happy Pink Saturday!

D.E. said...

What a sweet story! Blessings to you. DE

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting on the sparkly pink pumpkin. :) I love these beautiful colorful afghans. My mother, aunt, and grandmother always made them. Afghans give me a homey and comforting feeling. Have a wonderful weekend.

Sarah (Nikki) said...

What a great way to give back...beautiful

chubskulit said...

Simply beautiful!

Pink Fairy

BrushedByAnAngel said...

Beautiful work - thanks for stopping by today.

Susie Jefferson said...

A great story and a very worthy cause. Those afghans are wonderful! Happy Pink Saturday, Happy Halloween and thanks so much for visiting me. Hugs from the UK!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers said...

Wow! What a sweet and powerful post. I loved the way she is helping so many in such a practical way. And I especially appreciated the story at the end about the grandchild getting to keep his grandpa's blanket. Yes, I have to confess, I have tears coming down as I type this - happy ones for them. :) Thank you for such a lovely spirit-lifter today. :)

Gayle said...

It is a wonderful ministry isn't it? I did a prayer shawl ministry several years ago and it was such a blessing.
I am glad you stopped by Behind the Gate and I had the opportunity to meet you.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

That is a great story...thank you for sharing!

Charlotte said...

The afghans are gorgeous. What a great ministry. Thank you for sharing.

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