Friday, January 28, 2011


Hi Knitters,
I received a message on Ravelry this week that made me cry. Every once in awhile a story strikes a chord and this is one of those times. I asked permission to share Catalina's story about her gorgeous grandma and her adorable knit bear with you. I can feel the love between these two women just by looking at that photo. Okay, I am crying again.

Here is the message from Catalina (she is amazing):

Thank you
Sent at 3:22 PM January 26, 2011

Dear Susan,
I’ve been meaning to write this message since last summer, I wanted to thank you for your baby bear pattern.
Last year I used this pattern to make a bear for my grandma after she was diagnosed with cancer, I was lucky enough to be able to go see her and spend some time with her, she slept with that bear every night and took him everywhere until she passed away last June, so thank you! you helped me say good bye to someone very dear to me.

She named him Pantaleon

Then I went to Catalina's Pantaleon project page on Ravelry and read what she wrote there and it made me cry again:


This is the dearest project I’ve made, so much that I still carry the ball band in my purse.
I made it in April for my grandma, years ago she said she’d like a bear to keep her company at night since she missed my grandpa so much.
Long story short, my grandma was diagnosed with cancer and I rushed to Colombia to spend a couple of weeks with her, I knew I was saying good bye so I wanted to make something for her that she could keep when I returned to Michigan, so I went with this beautiful bear.
It was a great project, she named him Pantaleon and she slept with him and took him everywhere until she died in June last year, the pictures here are my last pictures with her.
I miss her very much.

It's me again and nothing more needs to be said.

Have a wonderful weekend, dear Knitters. What we do matters in the most humble way.

best, susie

16 comments: said...

You never know what you do that will leave a lasting impression on someone! What a sweet story!


Anonymous said...

That is one of the nicest things a designer could hear. We all appreciate hearing the things we do have meaning to others. To hear there was so much meaning is truly special!

~ Dawn Sparks ~ said...

I love this story! Thanks for sharing!

Jan said...

Okay, I'm crying here too! Beautiful story.

Kristin Nicholas said...

Made me cry too Susan! I was really close to my Gram so I can feel the love this knitter has for hers. It is funny how knitting touches so many people. Thanks for sending the story along! XO Kristin

Miss Julep said...

Wow, what a bittersweet testimonial.

Anonymous said...

What a sweet story.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such a sweet story.

Kepanie said...

Oh gosh, that just squeezes my heart so. What a wonderful act of love that bear became.
It's such a great idea as well.

Linda said...

So sweet. It made me cry!

Linda said...

That is such a sweet story. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing it.

Maryjonono said...

So touching.

Lucy said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story.

Andi said...

That feeling has to be priceless. Just one more person letting you know how your wonderful creations help them express the love more than words ever can.
Thank you for your wonderful patterns!

Custom Patches said...

A very inspiring story! How a cute knitted bear make an old sick lady feel happy. Please continue to be an inspiration to others with your craft.

rhr-ozgrkdn said...

I love Pantaleon,and Susie's story impressed me very much.