My first attempt at blogging: I knit and have started a crochet project as well. I'm a retired elementary school teacher who still subs occasionally. I have a married daughter and a son who just completed his masters degree and, hopefully, will find a good job soon! My husband and I are currently organizing a walk for pancreatic cancer research through the Lustgarten Foundation. I will attempt to write about these aspects of my life, as well as about political issues of the day.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Welcome to my new BLOG!

My name is Shari Piper. My daughter, Kim ( Werker, has been pushing me for quite some time to begin my own blog. Today she took me up on my willingness to try in her usual "go to it" manner. I followed her advice, and here we are.

After letting go of my younger crafty college days, I again picked up knitting in the past couple of years - beginning when I brought my mother to visit Kim in Vancouver. If Kim could do it, I sure would try! I quickly found that knitting kept me calm as Mom retold her stories for a countless number of times.

I made the obligatory scarves, poncho, then a shawl, and more recently, two sweaters. The sweater pictured being my first! And it was made from a Knitty pattern on size 10.5 needles with Blizzard 65% alpaca, 35% acrylic yarn. Most of my friends and colleagues have been amazed - and more than surprised - at this domestic side of me.

This past year has been a stressfull one for me. My 50-year-old brother lost a four-month battle with cancer on Thanksgiving Day. My 84-year-old mother has had two relatively minor surgeries. For both of these family members, I am the closest relative, and therefore spent much time commuting from my home in Albany County, New York to their homes in New York City. Knitting has calmed me on many occasions as I faced long evenings and difficult realities.

Life has calmed down into a "new reality", and I have kept right on knitting. I love it!

This month, my son received his Masterd Degree, thus making us quite proud. And then my family - son, daughter, son-in-law, husband - and I took our first ever Piper family vacation. We had a blast in Vancouver and on Galiano Island!

And I re-learned to crochet!!!! Once again, daughter leading mother. Follow the sidebar link to view our FAMILY PICTURES!


  • At 8:18 PM, Blogger Kim Werker said…

    Woo hoo! I'm so excited for your new blog, mom! I'm also really psyched to see photos of your projects since you never email me any (hint).


  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger maryse said…

    hey welcome to the blog world, crochetme mom!

  • At 9:59 PM, Blogger David Piper said…


    This is awsome, you did a nice job. Oh, but you forgot one thing on your summary of the past few years - my graduation :).

    day (crocheme brother)

  • At 10:35 PM, Blogger Lucy said…

    Hey...welcome to the blogging world...I'll subscribe to you. Come over to my blog and have a visit.

  • At 12:07 AM, Blogger MrsFife said…

    Wow! Your sweaters are lovely.

  • At 7:24 AM, Blogger Annette said…

    Welcome to the blogging world, Shari!

    I'm especially looking forward to seeing your progress in crochet.

    Annette (Crochet Me contributor)

  • At 10:40 AM, Blogger CrochetmeMom said…

    Hey, David:

    I as soooo very sorry to have forgotten to mention your Masters degree graduation! I have never been more proud of you!

    And thanks for also giving me a dose of Jewish-mother-guilt. My life would not be complete without being reminded of all the things I did that should cause my offspring to need intensive therapy. Remember to write them all down - therapists charge by the hour and you don't want to pay for "down time"

  • At 11:34 AM, Blogger Heather Cox said…

    Good luck with your new blog! It's looking good so far.

  • At 7:47 PM, Blogger Shannon said…

    Hurray for you! Can't wait to read your future posts and meet you when I'm on tour with Kim in the fall! Come on over to and say hello...

  • At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Congratulations on your return to the yarn arts and for your first steps with the blog!

    Continued success with both. I look forward to seeing what you bring to them.

  • At 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great blog! It's so cool that you and your daughter have knitting and crochet in common!


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