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Breaking of Hearts

Our very best friend, Hubster’s main bro since childhood, is not long for this world. We are heartbroken. We got back home Wednesday to see him, I drove down early and Hubster waited for the other Musketeer to get into Indy’s airport and then headed south. Family gathered all day, we dropped in at the Hospice Center about 6:00. I returned to Indy on Thursday and the guys stayed in town, wanting to spend as much time with the family as possible. J is basically doped up to alleviate his pain, so he is non-responsive, but we know he still hears us and we take comfort in that.

His wife and sons are devastated. We have watched as they sought out every option and procedure, hoping to kick this thing. Appendix Cancer. Rare, but treatable if caught soon enough. Unfortunately, J was one of those tough out the pain kind and he didn’t seek treatment for his issues. But the amazing thing is, his cancer saved him from the rupture of his appendix. The cancer ate the poisons filling his body. But then it went to work on healthy tissue and organs. Moral here: Check out any and EVERY little issue that just doesn’t feel right!

Feeling helpless, but wanting to do something, I asked L, his lovely wife, what her favorite color was. When I heard her reply I knew I was standing in the presence of God. It was in my mind to make her a prayer shawl. As I knit I would fill it with prayers for strength and serenity. When her answer came it called to mind 2 skeins of yarn I purchased aeons ago.

The Araucania Ranco was at such a good price I couldn’t pass it up. And the colors were just so vibrant that I thought they would be great together in a baby boy garment. Yup, I bought 2 skeins of UNWASHASBLE yarn to make a baby item. Stupid! And now un-returnable because they were clearanced. And so they sat in my stash.

And then L said, Ocean Blue and Lime Green.

So I grabbed the skeins to bring them back to Indy, and Thursday as I settled in for the evening I cast on a shawl. Serena Shadow Shawl. Works up quickly when started from the neckline down. And I will knit as fast as my fingers will allow, so that I can get this to her ASAP. I take heart that I just made J a hat in January, to replace the last one I made him. I know that L will cling to it so she can breathe in his scent after he leaves us.

I imagine the green is the foam of the wave on the ocean blue.

 Hug you loved ones tight, count your blessings, and say a little prayer for those in your life that are in need.

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Saturday Stash on Sunday

Saturday was a busy day. We went to the 2017 NFL Combine to watch the tryouts for QB’s and WR’s. Wow, what strength and agility these guys have!! It was a great Birthday gift for Hubster’s 50th Birthday. He was excited. But during the event I experienced some distress that ended up in a 24+ hour bout of stomach bug. I am still affected by the bug, but the end is in sight. Or the Imodium is masking the symptoms. Enough of that.

This week was good for knitting. I started a baby sack for a newborn due to arrive in April. I am using a new to me yarn from Universal Yarns called Bamboo Bop. Focusing only on this since I left the extra yarn at home for the vest I am working on. Gah! I plan to grab more project yarn when I go home Wednesday to give me more options as I finish things. It’s all getting packed up at the end of the month in anticipation of the new house being finished mid April. So excited! But I digress.

Stash on Hand: 64,170 yards and 346 skeins

Knitted Stash: 404 yards and 2 skeins
Purchased Stash: 1 pattern at $8.00 for a gift. No yarn!!!

Ending Stash: 63,766 yards and 344 skeins!

Continuing to move in the right direction, but this week might see less stash knit due to the arrival of a new dog member of the household. My sister is getting a 2nd dog to have for her older pup. Once we leave and move into our new house we are sure her pup will be very lonesome for his cousins. So she decided a 2nd pup was needed. He’s a Cavapoo and very young. So I get to do the potty training while I still live here. Oh joy! But it’s all good, I also get to have all the puppy kisses and snuggles!!

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Yarn Along

I don’t read books, more articles online, so I never have a book to mention. I guess I can use movies to represent books, since most of them are based on books. Or comics. Or scripts. So in essence, they’re almost like books?

The current love is The Hobbit Trilogy. Since they have been running on TV a lot lately, I have revisited the first 2 and then grabbed the 3rd one. Mostly I have been watching The Battle of the Five Armies. And boo-holing my eyes out at the ending. I do take issue with adding a love interest for Kili, but they never keep the movie true to the book. I forgive Peter Jackson since he gave me eye candy in the form of Richard Armitage 1, Luke Evans 2, and Aidan Turner 3. Dreamy!

Now I will head on to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and feast on Viggo Mortenen 4, Karl Urban 5, and Orlando Bloom 6. And all the while I knit.

Current knitting is a sleep sack that is just darling. Sleeping Cedars was found while surfing patterns. And luckily I knew of a new babe arriving in April. So off to work I go to get it done in time. That, and I ran out of yarn on hand for my vest. Why did I not bring all the yarn for that with me to Indy? Good thing I am headed home on the 8th for a Dr appt, I can grab the other skeins.

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Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop is new to me. Color in skein more realistic.
Lovely hand, and not too harsh on my hands to knit with it.

The eyelets will be for a drawstring, thinking to use ribbon in place of a twisted cord. Unless I can get my hands on a cord twister to use. I hate wimpy cords, so need something to help make a beefy one. Trying to use a pencil with the opposite ends tied to a door just doesn’t cut it. If I can find a nice ribbon in a matching shade, I will just use it.

And the last photo of the recent baby sweater, this time with a live baby in it!

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Sleeves were just a touch tight and the neckline in the pattern is just so loose.
Need to make sure to properly size her 1st birthday sweater.

And now off to knit and drool over some dream boats. Men with long hair in tight pants and high boots, what more could a woman want?

1 Amazing how he is almost unrecognizable as John Thornton when done up as Thorin.
2 Can. Not. Wait. For. Beauty. And. The. Beast! Jut to see him.
3 Poldark, nuff said.
4 Hidalgo is one of my fav movies!!!
5 What can I say, Bones in Star Trek-hilarious! And then in Red as the Agent Cooper-loved it!
6 Will Turner, swoon.