Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Knitting on

"Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises." - Elizabeth Zimmerman

And so I have. It's been - understatement of the century - a rough week. My father may have improved slightly, but in the big picture, it was not enough, and so the wake is Wednesday and the funeral is Thursday and I'm still not sure exactly what I spent the last three days doing.

Well, I do know, sort of. In between all the Other Stuff, I worked on my quilt, I knitted on a feather-and-fan scarf out of Noro, I finished an eggplant hat for an impending baby and I did a few more rows of my Blackwater Abbey aran. So the hands are busy and maybe my mind will calm down some.

The amazingly invaluable Fool is doing an excellent job of making sure I remember to wear pants, cross with the light and eat three meals a day, even when I don't want to. There is family in town and we are doing all the eccentric things we do (mostly making wise-ass comments in funeral homes, so far), and there are many friends, so in total, matters could be much more difficult than they are.

Today, in an effort to feign normalcy, while out running errands, I stopped at Fringe and bought "No Sheep For You," and am happily devoting three or four brain cells to thinking about spring and the next big project. One of the women working in the shop and I had a nice talk about men's knitting patterns, which I think I will expound on later.

But now, I think it's time to go see why the Fool is yelling at the cat.


GaiaGal said...

Dear Meg~

My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your Father.

If your family is anything like my crazy Polish family, there will be many fond memories shared in the next days and weeks to come and possibly even a few shots of some "adult" beverage in honor of your Dad.

Hold these memories close and your Dad will always be with you.


lola coca-cola said...

Meg, I am so sorry, we are sending love your way.

Jakki said...

So sorry to read about your father.

Diane said...

Meg, very sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies at this difficult time.

Teej said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but glad to know you are surrounded by loved ones who are helping each other grieve and remember.

JaymeKnits said...


Theresa said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. My husband lost his father just a few weeks back and it's been a very difficult time for him as well. Peace to you and your family.

Angie said...

***Hugs*** to you and your family. My deepest sympathies.

Lanea said...

I am so sorry about your father.

Ginny said...

I am so sorry about your father. I will be thinking of you and your family this week.

I so enjoy your and the Fool's knitting musings, and am envious of your shared love of knitting and music. I hope that both of you are able to lean on the other at this time.

LaurieM said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

mad angel said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad, Meg. Hang in there. Time does heal all, and in the meantime, may you be comforted by wonderful memories.

David S. F. Portree said...

Very sorry about your dad, Meg. We're thinking of you.


Cheryl in VA said...

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, but also glad to hear that the Fool is taking such good care of you. Our partners are invariably irreplaceable when it really counts.
Do take care and keep the fond memories near

anne marie in philly said...

so sorry for your loss.

remember the good times, get loud, and remember you will see him again.

and, if you fall, the fool will be there for you.

Anonymous said...

Meg - So sorry to hear about your dad'd death. Prayers for you and yours

David in OR

JustApril said...

So sorry, Meg =(
There are really no words, so I wish I could be in Chicago and just hug you. And then you'd say, who are you, and why are you hugging me? Hopefully I'll have a Guinness handy for a peace offering.

Good job on the pants, meals...etc that's a hard job, too.

I cry with you both from afar

Eldronius said...

Sorry to hear the tragic news. May you find comfort in the loved ones around you.