Monday, May 07, 2007

A Blue Square

Some of you have asked if I'm alright. I haven't posted in a while for several reasons. This is the time of the semester when it's impossible to stay sane or calm. I've also been having a great time fulfilling my first big dyeing order, which will be finished and shipped out by the middle of next week.

I'm okay, but I haven't quite been myself lately either. I'm withdrawn and distracted these days and a bit sad. I realize that I've reached out to you all in the knitting community to knit squares for cancer patients, but at the same time, I haven't been fair to all of you who have been so generous and giving. I've been keeping a secret because there's a part of me that believes that everything will be okay as long as I be secretive about it.

I've started knitting a square for my father, who was diagnosed with cancer last summer. He's starting chemotherapy tomorrow. This square is for you, daddy. I love you. I am here for you, and I'm always, always thinking of you. It's blue, because I know that's your favorite color.

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I got more squares from Jody and Joanna and Mims. Mims made her squares in honor of her cousin Katherine who is a survivor.

Thank you so much, girls. Your squares are so beautiful, and you all are really making this blanket drive happen.

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I started the Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts that everyone is making. I know now why everyone is making this scarf. It's fun and foolproof. I think that any unusual color combination looks great in this pattern.

This scarf will be for my mother. A very late Mother's Day gift.

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Oh, I lugged something home from the post office today. Originally, I was supposed to get this to celebrate finishing my first big dyeing order, but I kind of had a hard time with that line of reasoning.

What you're seeing is the wheel of a Louet S17 spinning wheel that that ordered from Adrian of Hello Yarn. I decided to go with a Louet S17 because I think I really did want a wooden wheel, and I really like the look of Louet wheels. You can't beat Adrian's prices, either. The wheel came with half a pound of luscious roving. I can't wait to get this thing polished and put together.

p.s. I'm planning on doing April's prize drawing soon. I just need to collect the names of some lovely ladies who sent some squares to Mom J. Hopefully I get those soon.


schrodinger said...

Oh No! I'm so sorry to hear the news about your Dad, and can totally understand why you would be secretive about it. I'll be thinking of you and your family while your father starts his treatment.

The_Add_Knitter said...

So sorry about your heavy heart. We'll all be thinking warm thoughts for you and your dad.

Hope the spinning lifts your spirits!

JaneD said...

I'm thinking good thoughts for your dad and the rest of your family as he begins treatment. I hope that knitting that blue square keeps you calm and brings you comfort--and by the way, it looks like beautiful yarn! The future blanket recipients are lucky to have you in their lives, even though they don't know you yet!

katrynka said...

Hello, hope that all goes well with your Dad. I can understand why you don't want to talk about it. *hugs*

Tiger Lily said...

Hey LK -- I'm sending all my prayers and thoughts to you and your family. Hang in there.

Thanks too to both you and janed for showing me yesterday how to increase -- and definitely let us know if some yarn/knitting therapy is in order!

Mims said...

jenny, i'm so sorry to hear your news, you and your father are in my thoughts. here's to a speedy recovery.

Leslie said...

Just wanted you to know that your family is in my thoughts. I hope your new wheel is able to bring you some joy right now.

Meredith said...

I'm sorry to hear about your father. I understand what you are going through and I'm sending as much strength and positive thinking as I can for your Dad on his venture into chemo. I really hope it goes well. And don't keep this stuff bottled up lady! You have to look after yourself as well. The spinning wheel looks great and I'm glad the afghan drive is going so well! Big hugs! Take care! :-)

K. said...

I hope things go well for your dad. It is very hard when someone you love has cancer. In some ways that is the worst word you can ever hear. I will be thinking of your family!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Hope you're doing ok.

Hate to do this to you, but you're tagged. See my blog.;)

Knitting Bandit said...

Hang in there. I think you will find great comfort knitting your dad his own blue blanket so "you" can always be with him, even when you can't physically. It'll be a present to you both!

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

My squares went in the mail yesterday. the squares you have received so far look lovely as does yours.

Lazuli said...

I'm so sorry to hear this! I hope the knitting helps you, and knowing that there are knitters out there in the wide world keeping you and your loved ones in our thoughts.