Thursday, May 25, 2017

I’m sorry about yesterday. My husband was very weak. He is somewhat better today. James is here, for an overnight visit. Alexander is coming tomorrow. Rachel will be here on Saturday for a similar overnight visit. We hope her new granddaughter doesn’t throw a spanner in the works by getting born tonight.

I’m doing well with the Polliwog – back and front finished and overlapped, one set of stitches picked up, first sleeve progressing nicely. I continue to be enchanted by the pattern. It deserves to become a classic. I will be proud to send it to Hellie & Matt & their daughter and tell them that it was designed by a friend of mine.

Maybe the next time we have a great-grandchild, I will knit it again in the yarn it was designed for. What a luxury it is, to be able to whistle down any yarn in the world! I remember my high-school self, and those VKB’s, and all those yarns I had never heard of (same still applies). All I could do in those days was buy yarn at Woolworth’s in Allenhurst and hope for the best. The best didn’t happen very often. Now, it would take only a moment or two to find a source for anything Vogue could throw at me.

Everybody has responded with great enthusiasm to the prospect of the Lovage. Ketki says that it would make a good Calcutta Cup sweater, with the Cup and the date around the bottom. Only one trouble with that idea…


So I’ll probably go ahead with that. How I wish I could be like Andrea – finishing one project and then buying yarn for the next. It sounds so easy! But even she took on board a few odd skeins during the EYF.

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  1. No need for apologies. Family comes first. Glad that you have knitting to distract/keep you busy. We're always glad to hear from you.

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  2. I am happy to hear that other members are coming to spend time. And so pleased that you are enjoying Polliwog so much. You could start the Lovage with a provision cast on leaving allowance for the few inches where you add the Calcutta cup later. Or plan for duplicate stitch!

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  3. Anonymous1:07 PM

    Thinking of you and your family.
    I hope there is some knitting time for you as relaxation in a busy weekend. Polliwog sounds great!
    I agree - don't worry about us blog readers. We will wait for you whenever you are ready to put up a new post.
    LisaRR

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  4. Anonymous10:25 AM

    Also thinking of you Jean. Chloe

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  5. I'm echoing everyone else in saying don't worry, we faithful followers will be here when you have a moment.

    Jean, I looked back on your blog to when you made the Dunfallandy blanket in 2015/16.


    Do you remember which stitch you used to sew the pieces together with? The pattern doesn't specify and I don't think mattress is the one for this as it would leave ridges on the wrong side. Any words of advice warmly welcomed.

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    1. =Tamar5:21 PM

      Moorecat: Jean's post of Thursday, December 31, 2015 shows a photograph of the back of Dunfallandy as it was being sewn together. It looks ridged.

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  6. Hope all is well Jean

    Jenny xoxo

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  8. Thinking of you and your family.

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  9. I'm thinking of you and yours and wishing great strength to all.
    Di

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  10. =Tamar3:35 PM

    Thinking of you.

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  11. I'm hoping all is well with you, Jean.

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  12. Anonymous10:59 PM

    Also hoping all is well.

    Beverly in NJ

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  13. Thinking of you and adding my hope that all is well, and if not may God's peace and strength be with you.

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  14. Thinking of you and your family - our strength is joined to yours.

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  15. I too am thinking of you and yours with all goodness and light.

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  16. My family and I are sending love to you and your family.

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  17. You are in my thoughts

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  18. Like all the others, I check a couple of times a day for a message. Do not be concerned about writing, just know we are all thinking of you and wishing peace and comfort for you and your family.

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  19. I've been praying and will continue to do so. Much love to you.

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  20. Thinking of you, Jean.

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  21. CarolM6:06 PM

    Jean, thinking of you and your family.

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  22. Jean, echoing what others have said. Hope you are having fun, and not caught up in some family crisis. Just know that we are all thinking of you and your family, and sending all of the love and positive energy we can your way. Lots of hugs, too, which are the best free things in the world!

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  23. skeindalous1:17 AM

    Hoping you are well.

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  24. Sending all good wishes to you, hoping that visitors are keeping you busy. Prayers for you all.

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  25. Dearest Jean. Good wishes from the southside. Keeping you and the family in my prayers.

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  26. Anonymous12:48 PM

    Thinking of you, Jean.
    Fiona in Edinburgh

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  27. Anonymous9:37 PM

    I have also been thinking about the new great-grand child. I hope the mother is doing well.
    New babies are special indeed.
    Keep well,
    LisaRR

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  28. Rebecca12:43 AM

    Thinking of you and yours!

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  29. Jean you are in my prayers.

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  30. Thinking of you and your family and keeping you all in my prayers Jean.

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  31. Condolences Jean x

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  32. Oh dear.

    http://www.williampurves.co.uk/obituaries/?obituaries_id=10689

    Jean, I am so very, very sorry. I hope knowing you have a friend in NJ who cares eases the pain just a little.

    Beverly in NJ

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  33. Anonymous2:55 PM

    So sorry to hear about your husband Jean. Condolences from Catriona.

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  34. I'm so sorry, Jean. I will continue my prayers for you and your family.

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  35. My very first comment to you is to offer my condolences, and for that I'm heartily sorry. I remember when I subscribed, and you noticed. That was years ago, and you've been a part of my day for each since then. I will remember your husband, and you.

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  36. I'm so very sorry, Jean. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  37. So very sorry, Jean. You can rest easy knowing you gave your husband the comfort of being in his own home at the end. No small accomplishment on your part.
    Looking forward to hearing from you again when the time is right. AnnP in NY

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  38. Jean, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers
    Gail

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  39. Deepest sympathy to the whole family from one of the knitting folk. May you all find strength and peace with one another.

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  40. Thoughts and prayers for God's peace and comfort for all.

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  41. As one of your unofficial followers my thoughts are with you. Your followers, official and lurking, will be here when you are ready to return to your blog.

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  42. Thinking of you and family Jean.

    Erin in PA

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  43. Dear Jean Thinking of you and your family. Praying for your strength at this difficult time. Beverley in New Zealand

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  44. My sympathies as well. Thinking of you. Hoping you feel the peace and love that so many of us from so far away are wishing you.

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  45. I'm thinking of you and your family.

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  46. Anonymous9:16 PM

    I'm very sorry for your loss, Jean. I'm a long time lurker on your blog and just wanted to say you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Cindy

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  47. I am very sorry to read these comments and to learn of your loss. Please accept my condolences for you and your entire family. You have been part of my day for many years and I thank you for your wonderful writing and thoughts about many things in addition to seeing your beautiful knitting.
    And you have shown many of us who are in long marriages, how to cope with the changes and challenges of time. Many of your thoughts and concerns stick with me as we head into our 80s. I will light a candle and say a prayer.

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  48. Your writing and knitting inspire me and make me look forward to knitting for my own grandchildren and maybe great-grandchildren. I also share your love of gardening. You are in my thoughts.
    Birgit in Philadelphia

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  49. Jean. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure your wonderful family will help you through this difficult time. I hope you take some consolation from the fact that you were able to keep your husband with in your home. Thinking of you and your family. Sending love. Wanda.

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  50. Oh, Jean, I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending cyber-hugs to you and your wonderful family. Wish I could help in some way.

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  51. Dear Jean and family-I have been checking to see if you had posted throughout this past week and have been keeping you and your family in my thoughts....I had a sense of what might have happened. I checked through the comments and discovered that your husband had passed. Please know that you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Take comfort in the everyday memories that make up a life. Spend time with family and be gentle with yourself. Peace....Cindy

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  52. Anonymous1:32 AM

    I am so very sorry for your loss Jean. I had a thought that this was the reason for your absence but hoped I was wrong.
    I hope Perdita gives you some comfort at this sad time.
    Much love
    Jenny from Canada
    xoxo

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  53. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope your faith and family give your the comfort and peace you need right now. I also hope your wonderful memories help ease the pain.

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  54. Condolences from Chicago. My heart is with you. Hang in there.

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  55. I have been thinking of you. Then today I checked and discovered the sad reason why we have not heard from you. You have been such a devoted caretaker. I have taken much inspiration from you as I care for my husband. Take care of yourself and know that you are loved by many.
    With love,
    Janet from Cape Cod

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  56. May his soul rest. Prayers for you and your family.

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  57. Dear Jean - I had hoped you were visiting your beloved Strathardle but had a feeling that wasn't it - my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Diane from Ontario

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  58. Dear Jean,
    I am so sorry for your loss. All your readers are with you at this time. Knitting our thoughts, prayers, and wishes together for you and your family.
    Nancy, Chicago suburbs

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  59. Dear Jean, please accept my condolences for you and your wonderful family. May your husband rest in peace any may you have the strength and comfort you need right now.

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  60. Love and prayers to you and your family

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  61. Dear Jean, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family were able to care for your husband at home, which is admirable and loving. My thoughts are with you.

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  62. So sorry for your loss - my condolences to you and all your family.

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  63. My prayers are with you and your family. I'm so sorry.

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  64. Dear Jean and family: I'm so sorry for your loss. I am also a long-time lurker who has enjoyed your pithy comments and life adventures daily for many years. I hope you can draw strength from each other and vicariously from your friends in cyber space and take comfort in knowing your husband had a long and fruitful life.
    Adriana in Yukon

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  65. Love and prayers to you and your family

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