Sweater #196 was crocheted by Suzanne Arney. Her comments are very inspiring, especially as one who has worked in a hospital setting for two years. And as I find that she is an excellent writer, I am just publishing her own words below.
“I crocheted a little sweater in mohair the color of all the daffodils–every shade of yellow, from palest to rich yellow to peach. I placed it on my birthday, March 31, as both spring and birthdays are about beginnings, which are about hope. I put it in a row of daffodils that borders the entrance to a hospital nearby. In 2010 (January – March) and again this year (January – February), my husband was hospitalized. I watched winter melt into spring, I’d see those daffodils emerge in the still-cold mornings, and survive despite subsequent snows. Often, coming or going at odd hours, I’d be alone, but even in a crowd, I wondered if someone else derived as much encouragement from seeing those flowers bloom. This project touched me from the first I heard of it. I am not an artist, but believe in art and its power to communicate on a spirit level. I also know the power of communication between strangers.”