While my husband has been ill for some time, he reached a point earlier this year where there is not much more the doctors can do for him. It wasn’t one thing or another, just a progression of new problems that leave us with less hope for recovery than we had before. The most difficult thing has been adjusting to this disappointing news. Physically and emotionally, there are good days and there are bad days, but each day is a gift to be appreciated. We both hope for many days and months and even years left to enjoy. Que sera, sera.
Working through the fog, I still have been knitting and taking classes and trips related to knitting, spinning and weaving. For a time, I didn’t even feel like knitting, but some project commitments to my LYS kept me working on a few projects. Today, I’ll start with one of the classes that leads to some fun news.
A month ago, the illustrious Ann Budd came to The NorthCoast Knittery. On Friday night, we learned about sweater design. The next two days were spent knitting a small sweater, putting to practice the things from Friday and learning more in the process. The weekend also included an evening at the yarn shop with Arts Alive, a local monthly art walk through the downtown area. And the local radio station joined us live at the yarn shop as well. What a busy hub of activity! Ann marveled at the crazy that swirls around town just before our infamous Kinetic Sculpture Race, now known as the Kinetic Grand Championship. (This is the weekend of the race, but the husband and I are spending our time at home with family, friends and each other.)
It was great fun taking classes from Ann and I managed to finish my sweater just as class was ending. I plan to get a teddy bear to wear the little sweater, but in the meantime I just couldn’t resist using the model at hand. This is Huckleberry, the husband’s new puppy. Doesn’t he look dignified in the sweater? This will definitely be the only time he wears anything other than his own thick coat.
Huckleberry was born March 8th and we picked him up on April 29th. He is a brown Newfie (Newfoundland) from Teddy Bear Newfs in Newport, Oregon. His father weighs 160 pounds, so he will be a big ol’ bear. Although he is a lot of work, sometimes a bit overwhelming, he is a good distraction and motivation for the husband. It keeps him active even when he would rather not be! Of course, puppy care takes time away from my crafting, but it is temporary. He is growing up fast.
Our grandson and his friend went with us to Oregon, so we started off in Eugene for the Oregon Duck’s spring scrimmage. The boys, who are football players and big Ducks fans, had tons of fun and came away dressed head to toe in Duck’s gear. It was a sweet weekend.
I suppose that is enough for today. I will be trying to catch up with the things I’ve missed — if I can remember them! One of the best things about this blog is that it records some things I want to look up later. Another best thing is the people who I have met in writing it. I hope to get back into the habit of using it.