Yarn Along

I have been knitting and knitting these last few days. It keeps my mind occupied and is quite therapeutic in a way. I knitted down to the edge on my Tea Leaves Cardi and finished the trim edge. I have finally started on the first sleeve and can’t wait to be finished. I really love the feel of this cardigan and the wool I have knitted it in, it’s so soft and light, I think I will wear it all the time once it’s finished.

I have had so much to think about since my dad had his stroke, I almost can’t believe how busy my thoughts are… So knitting in the round repeatedly for the arms of this cardi is a wonderfully calming motion…

I had about half an hour to wait before I could go in and visit my dad today. I started reading all the lovely accounts in My Grandmother’s Knitting of how some knitters learned came to knit. It really is wonderful.

I have some amazing news about  my father, when we went to see him today, he opened his eyes for a brief moment and spoke a few words to us. The matron also told us he ate some of his dinner last night! He is still very sleepy, he sleeps most of the time, but occasionally he opens his eyes!

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, they are giving us such strength and hope…

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25 Responses to Yarn Along

  1. Donna August 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    That is great news about your father. I love the Tea Leaves Cardi. I am adding it to my list of “must knits”.

  2. Victoria @ Mommy Marginalia August 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    What wonderful news about your father’s progress! Glad you have such a fulfilling project to occupy you during this difficult time. Best wishes to you.

  3. Heather August 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    So good to hear that about your father. Still keeping you both in my thoughts. When my daughter was in the hospital for a surgery last year, I worked on a sweater. The knitting was definitely calming and a help to me.

  4. Jen August 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    I’m glad that you received good news about your father.

    I lost my dad last December, but knitting kept my hands busy while I got to spend the last few weeks of his life with him.

    I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  5. Carol Ann August 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    The prayers are working, for sure…great news! We’ll all keep up the prayers for him.
    Carol Ann

  6. Lisa Lord August 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Continuing to pray.

  7. Barbara Szatkiewicz August 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Great news. Now we pray prayers of thanks and healing. I’m so happy for you and your family.

  8. Donna August 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    Amen! So glad you have kitting to busy your hands and calm your heart as you pray.

  9. Joy August 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Happy to read your Father is responding is ‘wonderful news’ — I’ll continue to pray for
    wellness for you all —

  10. Leslie August 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    Knitting soothes and brings comfort.
    Beautiful sweater.

  11. sarah August 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    That is wonderful news about your father. He sounds like a strong man. I wish him well on his road to recovery.

    Knitting is such a great distraction. Your tea leaves is coming along beautifully. I knitted that cardigan this winter and it is so lovely to wear.

    Take care

  12. Rebecca Racine August 2, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    Isn’t it interesting that when we are going through something, either happy or sad or troubling, we reach for our knitting? A constant companion that we want to share things with. Like a good friend who just listens, or like background music that keeps one part of our brains occupied so that another part can focus on the problem or situation (good or bad) at hand. Best wishes to your family.

  13. W-S Wanderings August 2, 2012 at 4:05 am #

    Admiring your Tea Leaves. Understanding how therapeutic knitting really is. And sending prayers.


  14. K August 2, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    Round and round. Round and round. And in the end, you’ve made yourself a lovely hug – and meanwhile, you’ve given yourself comfort. It’s good. Very good. And his eyes open? And eating. Oh, Linda, what good news.

  15. Tricia- Crunchy Catholic Momma August 2, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    Has everyone in the world made this cardi but me?? It is so pretty and you wear it well : ) Very nice projects this week!!

  16. jezz August 2, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Praise to God for your good news! I’m so glad you are able to do some knitting.

  17. Emma August 2, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Dear Linda, I will be praying, too. I find the same comfort in just sitting, repeating the stitches, thinking and yet not thinking too much. I used to be an OT who worked with stroke patients, my heart goes out to you – it is an unpredictable journey. May His Peace be with you!

  18. Natalie August 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    So glad to hear the good news about your dad.
    Love the cardi.

  19. Tracey August 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Dearest Linda,
    I have only recently returned home and able to get back on line. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad, but am glad to read that he is starting to improve. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
    I love seeing your beautiful face and your tea leaves is so pretty. I have had My Grandmother’s Knitting on my wish list for ages and really just need to order it.

  20. Lise August 3, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    So glad that your father is showing signs of improvement! Knitting IS so therapeutic…my yarn and pattern are just waiting for me to start my own tea leaves cardi!

  21. lori August 3, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    dear linda, i can feel your joy and (hesitant) relief, sending big hugs to you. i love that we are both modeling our tea leaves within days of each other. yours is just beautiful and you look beautiful in it. i’m still in awe you hand dyed the color yourself. bless knitting, honestly.

  22. lori August 3, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    p.s. i forgot to say that is one of my favorite books. i made ysolda’s mitts, a lovely fun pattern i think you would love. and the stories really are the best part.

  23. LaVelle August 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    So good to hear he is doing better. I hope no lasting damage was done and that he can be home soon.

  24. Sarah August 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    Hello Linda,

    So sorry to hear about your Dad… I hope he is better. I will be thinking of you and send lots of love to you and your family.

    You look beautiful in your Tea Leaves! Beautiful colour!

  25. Tracy August 5, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Sending love and hugs to you xx

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