Tomorrow we will lay to rest my Mom’s last remaining sister. My Mom had two sisters, much older than she. The first was lost when I was much younger, maybe 30 years ago or more. My grandfather died long before I was born, being much older than my grandmother. We only lost my grandmother about 10 years ago. So Mom and Aunt Barbara were the only ones remaining from their family. Having longevity in our family on the female side, it was no big deal that Aunt Barb was in her 80′s. Her mother and aunts all lived from their late 80′s to 101! But in recent years her health has flagged. This last week she experienced some mini strokes. They tried to do a heart cath to reduce some blockage and her blood pressure dropped. There was nothing they could do to save her.
She was such a lovely lady, with such life experiences. Her husband was a Navy man and they were stationed all over the world, but mostly in Japan. When he retired they moved to San Antonio. Thankfully I was able to visit her there a few times, what fun! Her later years were spent in TN near her daughter, Son-In-Law, grandsons, and their families. It was there that she got back into knitting. I made knit items for the first few great-grands of hers and it sparked a passion in her. It was fun to converse about our knitting when she came to visit my Mom.
Please say some prayers for the family as we say goodbye. And safe travel for her family and my parents. Unfortunately College Girl flew to Florida for Spring Break yesterday, so she will not be able to be here. She has too much invested in the trip to back out now.
The one thing that always comes out of these events is the “hug your loved ones”. In this case I always meant to call her, or just take a trip and drive down to visit her. But life always gets in the way. Mom and Dad were planning to stop and see her when they headed back from Florida, until a few years ago she always went down with my sister to visit them. There is always that “plan to” “meant to” that haunts us sometimes. I need to remember that making plans is not the same as making memories.
Just a short note for my own record.
Knit: 409 yards and 2 skeins
Bought: 876 yards and 4 skeins
For a difference of:
467 yards and 2 skeins added to stash.
Eek! But I had to buy yarn! The baby blanket? Sure, GNTB isn’t due until July, but I gotta get knitting! Or something. Here’s the color scheme we are going with. My niece wanted a lighter pink, but they only had it in chunky, not worsted.
The nursery will be in gray, pink and turquoise. It doesn’t have to match perfectly, but I hope the pink isn’t too off. I will probably try to run down the lighter pink before I start knitting though.
Even though I haven’t busted the yardage this week I have finished 2 items. Obviously small items with less than 400 yards knit up quick. Hoping I can finish up a few more things this next week. A hat is close, just need to knuckle under and finish it already! And the shawl has 238 more yards of yarn left to knit up, so it’s doable. Again, that knuckle under thing will do wonders.
OK, off to “knuckle under”!
OK, these will just be deja vu for those who have been faithful readers the last few months. And I can’t even promise you won’t see some in the future again. They are just so much fun to make! And kids keep getting borned around here, so there’s always a victim in the wings.
The current victims are GN1 and GN2. I finally got around to making them some
Wow, shows the diff between taking a photo in the day time or at night. They are both on the same surface, a blocking square.
I did a nose job on these, I omitted one row from the pattern instructions to make the noses a bit smaller. For the adult size I will likely keep the larger bobbles, but for the smaller sizes I think the smaller bobbles are better.
Still using up the Ella Rae Classic Superwash I bought for the first few hats. I am now out of brown and very low on the oatmeal. I still have enough of the pinks to make another hat or two. I might just use the 3 leftover colors to make a different style hat, maybe stripes or a FairIsle design that doesn’t use much of the oatmeal color. I could probably get two hats out of the remainder if I used the oatmeal sparingly on them both. In fact, I think I have just the pattern to use. Off to see if that can be translated from DK to Worsted!
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