It’s been a while since I did a Friday Inspirations – I did have plans, but Winona Martin has shattered them after being featured for being a 97 year-old knitting superwoman! Before I start, a small update for you – I’ve had a bit of a successful week, with some of the goals on my March Resolutions making their way to being met. I’ll do an update next week, but it’s made me feel good about myself.
My parents came back from the States and I spent a while chatting to them the day they arrived (and just about everyday since too). Wonder-Mum gave me a fantastic present, which you’ll see soon! Anyway, on to Winona Martin.
Winona Martin – Inspirational Knitter
I started reading the article about Winona Martin with some scepticism – I was pretty sure that it would be full of rubbish, as a lot seem to be. I was so, so wrong.
Winona Martin, who is 97, started knitting around the time that the Pearl Harbour disaster was happening. Through her life she suffered from cancer – twice – and survived. She is legally blind, and her mother lived to the age of 108 – Winona cared for her as an already old lady, and now lives in the same home her mother was located.
So, apart from having attained a great age, what is so amazing about Winona Martin? She knits hats for cancer patients. She made 100 in 2010, 115 in 2011 and in 2012, knitted 125 cancer hats. In the first two months of 2013, Winona has knitted 35 hats. All by feel, mostly, and all to care for people who she will never meet, but with whom she has a common link.
I think that this is one of the greatest stories I have read, ever. I have printed out Winona’s picture and stuck it to my wall. I aspire to be like her.
FO Friday – Red Wetty
Departing from knitting, my good friend TJB is currently living on his own, and in my opinion, in need of a companion to get him through watching University Challenge without exploding with fury! I have a book by John Murphy, “Stupid Sock Creatures”, and I decided to have a go at making one of them after sorting through my sock drawer. Don’t worry, TJB, they were washed before I made the monster!
He is called “Red Wetty” in the book – I’m sure TJB will rename him. I think he’s rather cute!
I hope you’re all doing well and find some inspiration from Winona Martin. If you know of anyone who deserves to be mentioned for being particularly inspirational (it doesn’t have to be knitting), please do let me know!