Hi everyone. My name is Alison Jacobson, and I’m new to this list. (And kinda new to knitting.) On the needles right now are a pair of socks for DH, a diaper soaker in wool for DD, and an afghan for Elizabeth’s best friend from Iraq.
I’m posting a link from Arlington National Cemetery about Barbara Heald. She was a civilian who volunteered to help Iraq rebuild their government. Sadly, she was killed in action there by terrorists. What I found to be wonderful, though, was that she was a fellow knitter. She loved the craft so much that she was intered with needles and a ball of yarn at Arlington. The last article highlighted this. Additionally, there’s a pick of her holding Knitters Magazine in Iraq.
The afghan I’m working on represents the saddest knitting project I’ve ever had to do. On September 28, my stepdaughter, Elizabeth Jacobson, was killed by an improvised explosive device which hit her convoy while she was serving in Iraq. She was 21 years old. She was the first woman in the Air Force killed in ground combat since World War II. Liza’s best friend, Anna, accompanied her remains back to the United States, and for that, our family will be forever grateful. So I’m knitting her an afghan made with a GORGEOUS and soft alpaca wool so that she can have a “hug” from us whenever she needs it.
About 1 day after Liza died, I tried to knit to comfort myself. It was just too much. It wasn’t until about a month after the funeral that I could do it again. But now, I think I’m able to, and it feels healing. I only knew Liza for a year and a half, as my husband and I were still at the end of our first year of marriage when she was killed. And tragically, she was never able to meet Miriam, our daughter who was born while she was in Iraq. (Miriam was 9 weeks old when the knock came at the door.) But knitting something for Anna will help, I hope …
Thanks for letting me talk about this. Please support all our troops, both home and abroad. I am so grateful for their service, and will never forget my sweet Elizabeth, who gave her life for this country, and who I counted as a wonderful friend and stepdaughter.