Friday, February 23, 2007
I have started a sweater for William. My idea was to use up some bits of Swish that I had laying about and hope it was enough for a brown sweater with a patterned yoke. HIS idea was for me to purchase more of the brown yarn and make a cream colored yoke that I later duplicate stitch his name is Japanese Kanji. Since it is his sweater and he is a bright and opinionated boy (and since I do not relish spending time knitting a sweater he will outgrow and never wear) I wisely defered to his wishes. I now am stalking the postal carrier for the latest order from KnitPicks so I can get this thing done while it is still cool. The lastest blast of warm weather worries me and I fear it will have to be frogged before he even gets to wear it. Next time I might consider making a top down sweater so I can add length, but it won't help if he grows rounder as well. I am happy using 2 different sized needles and the Options cables for the sleeves. My latest brain problems make 2 matching items difficult to produce, so I knit sleeves, socks, etc, on 2 circs at the same time. I am using size 4&5 for the cuffs and size 5&6 for the body of the sweater.
Friday, February 16, 2007
When I was cleaning up I overheard many conversations. Parents, coming together after a day at various treatments, check ups and appointments were listening to each other. A parent with concerns about a procedure the following day was reminded she could call the doctor to clarify instructions first thing in the morning. There were no tears. While stirring pasta and discussing the merits of whole foods diets, I heard a mother tell of a family she bonded with last year and that family’s child lost his battle with cancer. She continued to cook, the other mom continued to listen. They were able to speak without explaining medical terms to friends and family, they didn’t have to worry about upsetting anyone, they were among a unique family. One mother said “they’re supposed to be children, they’re supposed to have a childhood! But he (her son) doesn’t seem to mind. Sometimes I feel bad.” And for many many children every year, this home-away-from-home becomes a part of their childhood, a weird, fun, painful, healing, part of their childhood. The children here are with a parent; lucky is the child who has two parents here, or a grandparent. Despite having an ill child, there are other children to care for at home, mortgages to pay and jobs to keep so often parents rotate here. One at a time, weekends together, but weeks and weeks apart. Without the daily support of other parents, this journey would much bleaker for them. Their lives are disrupted by cancer, but they have a haven, a space to live and share and care and laugh and learn from others. Studies show that helps survival rates, and the donations from Radiothon and other RMH fundraisers keep this place going.
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Friday, February 02, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
or so it would seem if you note how many of these I have knit in the last year. Here is the latest pair (before and after felting. Notice in one photo the length extends over the 12 inch tile.) Right. I finished Renee's and CO immediately for another pair for myself. My latest pair has a hole and is wearing thin on the sole. These are knit out of a terribly inexpensive yarn that is 75/25 wool acrylic. They cost me about $6.