Growing up, I felt as if I was forced to learn the art of knitting and crocheting, not realizing what a great gift she had imparted to me. As I started my family with four children, they also wore knitted outfits, and I was proud. Somewhere during these years, knitting became a hobby. Now Moe Bos has been gone for over 20 years, but her gift continues. As a middle school teacher, my students learned in after school programs, where I encouraged boys and girls to participate. Then after retirement, the past five years, I have been traveling to Kenya, to teach knitting and crocheting to the women in the small villages and to children at an AIDS orphanage. There are now two groups, totaling about 35 women, who make knitted goods to sell in the market. Each time I am overseas, I thank the Lord for my mom, as I share her gift and love of knitting with others.
After nine trips to Kenya in the past seven years, I have decided to spend more time here in the states. One of my dreams, besides going to Africa, was to open my own yarn shop. I feel so blessed to open a small shop in downtown Caledonia, where I'll be teaching knitting and crocheting through Community Ed. and offering beautiful yarns and classes to my community. Students are able to walk downtown from five of our local schools and I hope to pass the gift of knitting on to many.
In honor of Moe Bos, one of the dresses she made for me in high school, over forty years ago, is hanging in my yarn shop. I never want to forget what a great gift she has given me and I dedicate my shop to her.