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1541  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting and dying on: April 25, 2013 11:15:05 PM
This is nothing to do with Madame Defarge but just the story of how knitting helped make our last days with Mum into a truly  special time.  

It turned out to be a very precious two months.  My sisters and I spent some of the time helping her sort out things she wanted to give or throw away before she died.  We told stories, reminisced, laughed, cried.  

And more and more - we knitted.  My youngest sister hadn't knitted for years but started again and got so enthusiastic she finished  a complicated jacket pattern.  

As children we knew that Mum could always make something out of anything and even then, a month before she died,  she started and finished a cotton cardigan for one sister in time for her birthday.
When Mum could no longer knit she was still interested in what we were doing and helping us choose colours and patterns.  My aunt came to stay every week and  would bring what she was knitting for her grandchildren so the two sisters  could sit and chat and share the knitting - or occasionally the unravelling.  Wink

Mum was able to stay at home the whole time, thanks to the amazing National Health Service which  provided everything free of charge, including the community nurses and Macmillans who came several times  a day to help with basic nursing.  

And of course we knitted as we  watched by her bedside at night.  We shared the watching, so that there was always someone with her.  Knitting was a way of staying awake, especially on the 2 am to 8 am shift.  Sitting in a small pool of light in her dark bedroom while she slept peacefully nearby, knitting not only helped to keep me awake but also kept my mind busy as well as my hands and helped me deal with the grief of her gradual decline.

Now a year on she passed peacefully in her sleep in April 2012 I and my siblings are so much closer together  and we keep in touch so much more  - not only to share the knitting that we are doing.  And I have several garments that I made then which will always remind me of a gentle passing and the loving time we had together.

and a knitting bag, made hastily to hold my knitting and which Mum really loved.

1542  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Up late and baby isn't even here yet! on: April 24, 2013 11:41:41 PM
They are adorable.  I love the little icecream hat and the frilly knickers.
Your comment about staying up late made me laugh because it reminded me of this cartoon on worstedforwear.
1543  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Alice book covered wooden boxes (Image Heavy) on: April 20, 2013 10:00:52 AM
What fun. Those are really great.
1544  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Alternative Cake (gluten free) on: April 19, 2013 12:00:20 AM
A beautiful cake and so thoughtful of your daughter. It is a very good idea though I have no idea what fruity pebbles are so I'd love to see a picture of the cake after it was cut. 
1545  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Winding Wool pincushion on: April 18, 2013 11:57:43 PM
An adorable pincushion. What fabric did you use for the doll? She is so tiny. I assume you used wire to make her posable.  I am so impressed by the little cat.
1546  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Duvet cover, rocky horror picture show inspired on: April 14, 2013 09:20:09 AM
Love it. "Let there be Lips"  Grin
1547  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 1st ATTEMPT AT ENTRELAC KNITTING! on: April 11, 2013 11:22:08 PM
Very nice scarf. You are right that yarn is perfect for entrelac.
1548  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: SHOULDER BAG WITH HAND KNIT BEADED WIRE TRIM on: April 11, 2013 11:19:48 PM
Lovely. I'm sorry the bracelet didn't fit but it makes a stunning bag.
1549  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gray Wool Coat on: April 11, 2013 11:18:28 PM
Looks very nice. That is a pretty pattern.
1550  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Ronald Weasley min waldorf doll. on: April 11, 2013 10:37:35 AM
A beautifully made doll, whether or not you are an HP fan,  and his outfits and accessories are just delightful.  I think my favourite is the W jersey.
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