Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sadness and Joy!!!

Sadness and joy........both have touched my life this week . The sorrow.......!!!!
While on vacation, I received the news that my beloved Aunt Anita had passed away. I returned home to Vermont and then traveled to Maine for the funeral.

My Aunt Anita had a quick wit and really was a "together lady". She was 88 years old. There are many wonderful memories to comfort those of us who loved her very much.

The picture was taken December of 2006.
I was introduced to someone at the funeral home that I had not seen in 40 years. Neither one of us recognized the other but someone who knew the two of us brought us together for a few moments of reminiscing. I babysat this man's children for at least every Saturday for a couple of years. However, when told who I was he said, "Oh, taught my wife how to knit!". I must have been about 15 years old at the time and did not remember this at all. I was an avid knitter back then so I must have. It pleased me very much that he remembered.

and for the joy..............!!!! while in my home town I was also able to see the newest addition in my family, Kaleigh Noella, only 10 days old.

On the knitting home front, I finished the caramel Primavera socks and have started another pair using a Cat Bordhi pattern that I am finding quite challenging. It involves a casting on method I've never tried before and other construction that makes me feel like I've never knitted socks before though I have completed at least 25 pairs.

I am way behind in blog reading and leaving comments. I hope to get caught up this week. I'm sure you all have been creating some very interesting things.


  1. I'm so sorry for your loss of your beloved Aunt and I rejoice with you in the joy of the new baby in your family. Life's funny that way sometimes that life (a new birth) & an end of another's life coincides.

    What a neat experience at the funeral home that you had run into someone that you taught his wife to knit. A little joy in the time of sorrow.

    Let us know how the Bordhi socks are working out for you. She certainly has a different approach to knitting socks, doesn't she?

  2. A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.

    Condolences on the loss of your aunt.

    Isn't it funny that knitting made more of an impact on the husband than the care of his children for such a long time?

    Have missed you.

  3. So sorry to hear of you loss.

  4. Sorry to hear about your aunt, but glad you got to rejoice in the blessing of that beautiful girl!

    Which Cat Bordhi pattern?

  5. I'm so sorry to learn of the loss of your dear aunt. But isn't it nice that there is joy to balance the pain? The newest member of the family will one day soon be ready to hear stories of your wonderful Aunt Anita, and then her memory will carry on through another generation.

  6. I'm sorry for the loss of your aunt. :(

    It's very cool that a guy would remember who taught his wife to knit :), she must have knit a lot for him to notice :P. Congrats on the addition to your family, my addition should be here in the next week or so. :)

  7. Joasie, I'm so sorry you lost your Aunt. At the same time I lost my favorite uncle and had to travel to PA for services. The only good thing about it was seeing my cousin from TX and his delightful nieces.
    The sweet baby , is that who is getting that lovely sweater??
    It's a great story about the hubby. Mine would like to get his hands on whoever taught me to quilt-lol

  8. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Aunt.

    congratulations on the new addition to you family. :)

  9. Such sorrow, but a new baby too. I was sorry to hear about your aunt, but no there a new somebody to love!

    God luck with the Cat books!

  10. Hi, I found it. I am so sorry to hear about your aunt and at the same time happy for you for the new addition to the family. She is a cutie. I left you a message on Multily re Lyra. Good news, it has been republished and you can get it in the US. Renate

  11. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. At least it was tempered with some good things.

    I hope you're figuring out that Bordhi pattern. I'm still floundering with cast-ons for socks. Happy Knitting_Kyred

  12. The sadness and the joy, the circle of life truly complete. I'm sorry for your loss, pleased it was lessened by the memories of chatting with the gentlemen. How nice to know your knitting made such a lasting memory for someone.

    I recently read a blog note where someone who experienced the loss of someone special to them knitted/crocheted in their honor and made a donation in their name to a specific charity. Perhaps the same would be a healing time for you.

    Please try to enjoy the upcoming wkend.


  13. So sorry to hear about youe aunt. How beautiful little Kaleigh is! I now know why your knitting is so beautiful,knitting since you were 15!! No wonder!