Hatliners Blog

Beaded Angel
by Benjamin Levisay
on 12/06/13 06:31 pm
by benjamin on 12/06/13 6:06 pm

Hello Friends! Our founder and president (and my dear friend), Pamela Haschke, asked me to contribute to the HatLiners Blog every once in a while. This new site has been up for a little while now... and I just haven't been able to find the time. Today I am making the time to tell all of you a great story.

Betsy HershbergSince I joined the Board of Halos of Hope, about a year ago, I have had so many wonderful experiences with people in the fiber arts world. I don't have time to tell you about all of them. But I have to tell you about my friend Betsy Hershberg.

For those of you who don't know about Betsy, let me tell you a bit about her. She is an award winning designer, teacher and author of Betsy Beads: Confessions of a Left-brained Knitter, published by XRX Books. After more than 50 years of knitting she is thrilled to have discovered a creative process that allows the left and right sides of her brain to play together nicely. She has yet to encounter a knitting project that cannot be enhanced by the judicious application of beads. She is a staple and a favorite at STITCHES Expos. And her Craftsy.com class Brilliant Knit Beads, has allowed her to share her innovative techniques with thousands of students.

She's also a very good friend of mine. I kind of think of her like a big sister who looks out for me and gives me encouragement when I'm down.

She's got a great story to tell. And I'm not going to tell you all of it in this blog post. I did recently interview her on my podcast, Fiber Hooligan. So please feel free to go and listen to that show to hear more about this amazing lady.

The part of the story that I do want to share with you is how cancer touched her life. In 1999, at the age of 60, Betsy's sister-in-law, Sunnie Mitchell, lost her valiant fight with breast cancer. To honer her sister-in-law, Betsy designed a beautiful beaded scarf.

This design was actually a grand prize winner in the mixed media category in a Vogue Knitting Magazine contest to help promote breast cancer awareness in 2005.

Normally, we collect hat patterns to sell on the site to help raise money for Halos of Hope. In fact 100% of all pattern proceeds fund shipping and handling for caps to be sent across the country. 

And since Betsy really doesn't design hats, she did us one better. Betsy graciously donated this beautiful pattern (see the picture below) to Halos of Hope (to sell on this site to help raise funds) in Sunnie’s memory. 
Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf
The wonderful news for all you knitters who can't get enough of Betsy (and who can) is that this pattern is available in the Halos of Hope store NOW!

All of us here at Halos of Hope are so grateful to Betsy... to be so generous with something this personal to her. We're finding it difficult to properly express our thanks to her. Betsy, however, is as eloquent as ever...  "I know she (Sunnie) would be thrilled to know of the work Halos of Hope does and would have been a big supporter."

Thank you, Betsy! You ARE a Halos of Hope Angel!

And thank all of you for your support!

P.S. If you're on Ravelry, please don't forget to check out the Betsy Beads! Fans group.

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