Bryn's Butterflies

Many of you have been with me long enough to experience the hardest moment of my life. The day we lost our daughter Bryn, a month after her 5th birthday. That was almost 3 years ago. I've had some major highs and lows since then. The highs have mostly come from the crochet community rallying behind me in support and love to make sure her smile is never forgotten.

Every year on her birthday I try to do something special with you all. Two years ago it was Bryn's Flowers - a major yarn bomb on the fence of the kindergarten she would have attended. Last year we handed out candy to let her know we "love her more than candy" - something she used to say to me.

This year, on April 16th she would have turned 8. So to do something that would have made her smile, let's make butterflies. LOTS of butterflies to hang from the tree in her favorite park. Ones that anyone can take if they need something to brighten their day. Bryn made people smile wherever she went. We can help her keep spreading that joy.

If you want to be a part of Bryn's 8th birthday celebration, here's the info you're looking for:

  • Pattern: You can use any butterfly pattern you'd like. It'd be best if they're not too small since they'll be hanging in a big tree. Here is a collection of my favorite free butterfly patterns on Ravelry to give you inspiration - http://www.ravelry.com/bundles/10853
  • Deadline: My mail is slow... really slow. So to be sure I get your butterflies in time to add them to the tree, please have them in the mail by Saturday, April 11th (Monday at the latest). But sooner is better!
  • Extras: We will need lots of thin fishing line to hang all these beauties from the tree. If you don't crochet, or just want to clean out your husband's tackle box, please send it to the address below.
  • Address: Send everything to...
Playin' Hooky Designs
Liz McQueen
PO Box 453
Salida, CO 81201

play hard... play hooky


  1. I love this project. It made a beautiful gift. My heart hurts for you and I understand. I began crocheting two years ago. After I lost my 13 year old son and my five year old daughter, 3 days after her birthday. The pain won't go away. But crocheting helps keep me at peace. You are in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your craft. It is helping me and many others live through it all.

    1. I'm so sorry that we know a little of each other's pain. I'm so glad that crochet has helped you like it did me. And I'm grateful to be a part of other grieving parent's stories. <3