Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Signing Event


The Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion
37 patterns to embrace, inspire, and celebrate life
Janet Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo
Founders of

On Wednesday, September 29, Janet and Vicky hosted a Book Signing Event.
My daughter, Christina, submitted and had an original pattern accepted into the book.
The pattern was dedicated to her sister, Marcy,
and the shawl was presented to Marcy at the event.

Here, Vicky and Janet discussed and read excerpts from the book.

Janet shows the "Tranquil Diamonds Shawl".

Janet shows her own "Granny Square-Edged Shawl.

Vicky shows a page in the book in which her son models the "Peaceful Waves Shawl".

The Princess is pointing the "Sister Shawl" that she will soon present to her "Auntie".

Christina reads her story from the book.

"Six years ago, my sister was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). I was with her the day that the doctor gave her the diagnosis, and I was blown away by how easily the words flowed from the doctor's mouth. "You have MS." That was it. There was no question in her voice. It was MS. We were not a religious family, but that day, in our own way, we all began "praying" for my sister. For me, it was more like hoping. Hoping that she would never have any symptoms, hoping that she would know how much we love, her, hoping that she would have a healthy life like the one that she is living. These day, she has good days and bad, ups and down, some days with symptoms and some that are symptom-free. That sounds a little like my life, and that is all I ever want for my sister, to live a "normal" life.

I created this shawl as a gift for her. The design evolved as the shawl grew. Purple is one of her favorite colors, which is why I chose it. As I created my pattern, I fell in love with the flowery design that it took on, which looked like violets, echoing the color of my birthstone, amethyst. Then I chose green for the border and realized that this color closely matches my sisters birthstone, peridot. This shawl was becoming a combination of two sister,with both of our colors combined into one comforting fabric. I hope she will think of me and my support whenever she enjoys it."

"A ministering angel shall my sister be." William Shakespeare

A kiss for a shawl.

Marcy, wearing her shawl, Vicky, Christina, and Janet.

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