Friday, 1 January 2016

Knit one, drop one

Just over a year ago, when we thought that everything was back on an even keel, a routine blood test revealed that the cancer was on the rampage again.
I suppose that everyone  has their own way of dealing with bad news. I was (am) carer again big time. Blogging which I love, took a back seat and I dropped out of most things. When a wave like that hits you it's hard to talk to people. Then one day when I was in Welshpool, I called in the Severn Hospice Shop just above the town hall. There on a low shelf, was a basket full of wool. I haven't done any knitting for about thirty years and what I did do was a bit suspect. Anyway I bought both the basket and the wool.  I found it totally therapeutic. Well better than just biting my finger nails. It's good having a project.  I started with these.



I made this

and this

and this.

And now, 2016, I've done 14 squares - just another 58 to go. Things are going to be good this year. 
If you called by and read my blog  (bless your little heart(s)) Happy New Year x



34 comments:

  1. Moll! There you are. Welcome back. I hope you are coping ok - do a bit less knitting and a bit more talking with us?

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    1. Yep. Good to be back, Tom. I never miss reading your blogs even if I think, more than I comment.
      Have a really good 2016. Friends are special x

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  2. You have done well with all that knitting. Hope the upcoming medical appointments go well.

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    1. Hello Sue. Hope 2016 is a good year for you as well xx

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  3. It's good to have something to take your mind off life. Happy New Year to you...may 2016 bring blessings.

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    1. Thank you Delores. Happy New Year to you and your hubs, the Wee Man and Miss Gracie xxx

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  4. I've missed your smiling face. I think after that first basket of wool you have been out gathering more. Ha ha. It's good to have you back. Hope all goes well this year.

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    1. I have. My daughter gave a a bag full of wool for my birthday in December. She said that she would love one of those squared throws for Christmas, but didn't think I'd have time to make it for this Christmas - I already had this one under construction, but didn't let on:) Thank you for your good wishes. Love reading your blog xx

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  5. I like the one in the final picture, with the squares. It has a very cosy, cottagey, feel about it. Sorry to hear about your bad news; let's all hope for the best. Good to hear from you again. Cro x

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    1. Thanks Cro. Happy New Year to both you and Lady M - have a happy, healthy 2016 x

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  6. Those knitting needles must have been glowing red hot at times! My mother was a great knitter - whereas I more or less stalled at making a pot holder. Seeing that beautiful squared quilt now makes me think perhaps I could do a quilt - dolls cot size, for starters. All good wishes for 2016, Love, E xxx

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    1. Thank you E. Actually I'm not that good at crafts, but this pattern was so easy - DK wool, size 8 needles. Cast on 33 stitches. Knit 3 Purl 3 until your square is 6" (15cm x 15 cms forms a pattern opposite to ribbing. I did 72 squares which with a fringe each end makes quite a decent sized throw. Gave it to my daughter for Christmas. She loved it and her hubs thought it wasn't bad. So well chuffed

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  7. Wow Molly - that is some progress from those lovely woolly hats that you showed us -well done - hope all is going well - keep safe - Happy New Year to you and OH XX

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    1. Hi Jane. Really sorry that we missed your call the other day. Happy New Year to you both as well xxxx

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  8. You could sell these, they're that good. My grandmother Doris, who wasn't really my grandmother by blood but more by presence, tried to sit us girls down to teach us how to crochet. She had a lot of stories about the Victorian era that I'm sure would have been the real treasure of those crochet lessons. I hope things go well, Miss Molly. It's not easy being in the 'carer' role. Make sure you carve out some relaxing time to yourself if you can. Much love to you and many prayers. xx Love, love, love.

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    1. Oh Amy, I could never sell them, but I love making them for people. Do you still have my email address? Amy, if you would like one, send me your address and I'll make one just for you xxx

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  9. They are all so lovely, Molly. I have found that doing things with my hands helps with my anxiety when times are troubling. From being a caregiver too many times, I know what a difficult job that is. I pray that things will get better for you and your husband.

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    1. Arleen, thank you. You are such a lovely caring person. Friends are so special xx

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  10. Just popped over from Tom's blog. That basket of wool went a long way ! Lovely knitted things. I used to love knitting…just easy items, but since I had a puppy over 2 years ago I haven't done any, as he is nearly always on my knee! Happy New Year, and hope all goes well on the health issues for you and husband.

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    1. Hello Frances. Thank you for your comment and your best wishes. Happy New Year to you and your family too.

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  11. I'm sorry to hear that things have been difficult Molly and I wondered why you had gone quiet on the blog. I've always appreciated your comments on mine. I tend to go quiet when there are difficulties especially over health and family problems so I understand. Knitting is a good way to deal with stress and I have several scarves in plain knit from such times to prove it! Your knitting looks lovely and practical too. Praying for the best outcome in your situation and every blessing to you, your husband and family.

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  12. Hello Linda. Thank you so much for your prayers, they are so much appreciated. We are taking each day as it comes and feeling positive.

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  13. Hi Molly, Reading the posts we don't imagine the problems you had to face and after a year you are a winner! You made beautiful works to spend the time instead of doing anything. You are a brave lady! I love your comments very much. I pray for you and your family!

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    1. Hello Sandra, thank you so much for your prayers. People like you are helping both of us so much. I love the lovely things that you make too xx

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  14. I had no idea Molly and had wondered why you were posting so little. I am so sorry!

    Glad to hear though that you are coping so well and you certainly have been busy with the knitting. Even having one thing to focus on when times are tough (and we all have them) is an outlet and a great feeling that something has been achieved in a day. Blessings xx

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    1. Hello Marianne. Love reading your blog posts.

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  15. beautiful just beautiful! It does help to have our hands busy doesn't it. Bless you Molly bless you!

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    1. Dear Linda. You've been through all this, not once, but twice. Thank you for your sweet comment.

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  16. they're all so lovely, I really like that cream coloured throw.

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    1. I made that one for my grand daughter for Christmas. She seemed to like it, so that pleased me as well.

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  17. Happy New Year, Molly and I hope this year will be much better for you both than the last one. I too find knitting very therapeutic and am very impressed by what you have produced over the past year. I really must try knitting something bigger than socks!

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  18. Hello Perpetua. Thank you for your good wishes. I love making things like this. I have half completed another squared throw to keep my hubs warm, but I think I shall be using it too.

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  19. Molly, I see you did a lot of useful things last year. I especially love your blanket of squares - very pretty!

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