Featured Volunteer Evelyn Fagley
October 2009 Michigan Chapter Volunteer Spotlight
By Cathy Kaman Ryan, TPP Volunteer and Newsletter Contributor
Our October Volunteer Spotlight shines this month on Michigan’s Evelyn Fagley. Having moved to Midland, Michigan from Cleveland in 1950, Evelyn gave up her job in a bank after the move to Michigan to stay home and raise her children. Having been married for 63 years, she has three daughters and a son. With everyone grown, Evelyn and her husband focus much attention on their cat, “LBJ” (which stands for “Large Black Jack”). Her affection for animals extends beyond LBJ to her knitting “snuggles” (small cat blankets) for various animal charities.
Since Evelyn’s mother did not knit, Evelyn learned to knit at the hands of her cousins years ago after they had learned from their grandmother. With her daughters having attended Michigan State and her son having studied at the University of Michigan, she has now been trying her hand at knitting in their school colors. Her green and white hats and booties honor the State affiliation. The U of M’s colors of maize and blue also are used to fashion warm, cozy booties and hats. She gets a little extra knitting time in when she convinces her husband to be the “chef” for the evening.
Evelyn’s knitting needles have been clicking away for years and she enjoys knitting while watching television, in particular, sports such as baseball and football. She is highly accomplished at knitting hats and booties but has made little animal blankets and other treasures. She also enjoys quilting and has made blankets for various children’s charities. Two of her daughters are also knitters and she was introduced to TPP from one of them. Evelyn’s heart is as large as her beloved cat and she notes that “It’s nice to help people by knitting caps and booties to keep the babies warm, and the hospitals really appreciate it.“
Thanks to Evelyn for her devoted contributions. TPP is most appreciative.