May 2007

I have some “Eye Candy Friday” for you. Yes, it is still Friday.


Bleeding Heart 3


Bleeding Heart 4


I have been struggling with this blog. I wanted a knitting blog…somewhere where I could post my finished projects, mull over knitting bloopers, converse with my lovely, bloggy, knitterly friends. Also, I wanted to occasionally post my amateur photos of the things I find beautiful in life.


Bleeding Heart 2


What do you do with a knitting blog though, when you have no knitting mojo? It’s gone. Gone, gone, gone. My family life requires all of my attention these days. I’ve explained that my husband has been ill. After 10 months of symptoms, my husband has been diagnosed with stage 3B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. That’s cancer of the lymphatic system. On the one hand, he’s very, very ill. On the other hand, at least now we know what it is. Most importantly, people have been completely cured from it. That’s the outcome we’re hoping and praying for. This has actually been a seven year ordeal. My husband was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at that time. (It took a year to diagnose that too). Did one disease lead to the other? Will we ever know?

This has been such an ordeal. I can’t tell you how loudly I’ve been screaming for help for this man. Now that he has been diagnosed with cancer, there are actually programs to access for help. A social worker has spoken with us!! I asked myself, “Where have you been for the past seven years?”. As dreadful as a Hodgkin’s Disease diagnosis is, there is treatment available and hope for a cure. There is no cure for Crohn’s Disease, and it’s a disease which is dramatically on the rise. Yet, there seems to be so little support out there.


Bleeding Heart 1


I hope this will explain to those of you who visit my blog, why I haven’t been posting consistently. I still intend to keep blogging, but for the time being posts will be sporadic. Although my knitting mojo has suffered, I still seem to have purchasing power. I’ve ordered some things, and can’t wait until they arrive! There will be photos and updates. Lastly, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has emailed me, and sent their support, concern and prayers. I really can not thank you enough! My bloggy, knitterly friends, you’re the best.


Iknow that I haven’t blogged for a while. I’ll give an update on what’s going on around here, health-wise, as soon as I can find the words. Meanwhile, I want to leave a note about an event that I read about on Wannietta’s blog. For those of you who may live in Ontario, this sounds like a LOT of fun, and a worthy cause!

    On Sunday, May 27, the Toronto Spiders will take up the International Wool Challenge (Back to Back Competition)for the fourth consecutive year. This competition, involving teams around the world, requires that a sheep be shorn and the fleece spun, plied, and knitted into a sweater (according to a standard pattern) in one day.
    After two years at the Ontario Handspinning Seminar and a year at Toronto’s Riverdale Farm, this year the Toronto Spiders will be at the Pickering Museum in Greenwood, as part of their Opening Day. The team is made up of Wannietta Prescod(the Fastest Knitter in North America in 2005 & 2006), Barbara Aikman, Julia Lee, Judy Pergau, Denise Powell, Karen Richens, and Lorraine Smith of Spinners Quarterly. Our shearer is Bob Comfort, and Joan Kass and Judy Findlay will be our timekeepers and educators. We look forward to having lots of interest and support from passers-by. Like all Back to Back Challenges, we will be raising money for cancer research.
    We will be attempting to beat our Canadian record time of 6 hours, 51 minutes, and 15 seconds, so hope to finish some time between 4 and 5 p.m.
    If you are in the neighbourhood, please do drop by and wave, say “Hey y’all”, but don’t expect us to stop what we’re doing to chat with you until the sweater is done!