The Sylvan Lake and Area Community Partners Association is giving sets of gorgeous hand-knit wool toques, scarves and mittens to those in need in the community.
The yarn used to knit these wool items was donated by Frank and Joy Webb to honour their daughter’s legacy of knitting and making things to help others.
Their daughter Natalie Webb passed away last September at the age of 42 from a ruptured appendix. When Frank and Joy Webb were cleaning out their daughter’s home, they found large amounts of yarn that was still in good condition, and chose to have it made into clothes that would benefit others.
“We’re trying to make sure that there are things constantly going into the Community Partners for people in need,” Joy Webb said. “People are taking Natalie’s yarn and spreading it, and it’s ending up in Edmonton, some of it has gone to Calgary. It just sort of keeps going. A lot of people are benefiting from the yarn, which is why I say it’s her legacy.”
Joy said her daughter had a real knack for making crafts and would help other people by making things they needed. She said one of the things people will remember about Natalie is her smile and how she did things for other people all the time.
The yarn is helping people who may not have access to, or the ability to purchase, nice new things for themselves, Webb said. That’s why Webb describes her daughter’s legacy as “traveling” — it keeps on going from one place to another.
“You just don’t know where it’s going to end,” she said. “It’s great — it’s her legacy. It means she didn’t die for nothing.”
Webb said carrying on her daughter’s legacy helps make bearing the pain of her death a bit easier. She said that knowing that her daughter’s kindness, love for people and love for crafts is still reaching people and making a difference in their lives makes the grieving process easier.
“It doesn’t take away the loss or the pain, but it makes it somehow easier,” she said. “Natalie wasn’t just wiped away. She died, but there’s good things coming from it. She had done a lot of things for people and she did what she could.”