Saturday, April 15, 2017

Blowing Off the Dust

Oh my gosh, you guys!  I promise you, I did not literally drop off the face of the earth, although for all of the dust and cobwebs on this blog, you would think so.  I am still alive and knitting, but what a journey I’ve had over the last several months.

In my last post, I shared that I had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, started treatment, then was overdosed by my (now former) oncologist and was in a lot of pain.  Since then, here’s what’s been going on:

  • Healed from the overdose (took forever, it seemed)
  • Found an online support group for this rare disease
  • Got a new oncologist
  • Began a different 12-week treatment
  • First 6 weeks were miserable - not much progress
  • Determined I was NOT gonna have surgery if I could help it
  • Pushed through the second 6 weeks
  • Treatment worked so well, I’m off of it until early June when I’ll be checked again


I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am, in spite of how hard this last year has been.  Thanks to those who shared such kind words and who kept in touch as I randomly showed up on Instagram even while the blog languished.  Many of you have been so encouraging.  I don’t know what the future holds for my prognosis, as this type of cancer often recurs, but I am hopeful.

And I have yarn.  Which makes everything better.  

Christmas came and went and was smack in the middle of my treatment, so it was unfortunately overshadowed a bit by that and then during the few days that my kids, granddaughter, and my mom were here together, my beloved dachshund, Daisy, had a spell (she’s 15 years old) and I really thought I was going to lose her.  I was pretty much weepy the whole time, which is horrible, because it is always such a blessing to see my family, and my granddaughter is always a special joy (but don’t tell my kids because they think they’re still my favorites).  

Elementary Watson
Knit Picks Stroll Solids in Cork

I did finish my Christmas knitting, so my son and daughter-in-law both got socks.  I used Knit Picks Stroll Solids for both.  I didn’t get a picture of my DIL’s socks but the pattern was River Rapids Socks in colorway Sapphire Heather.  The socks for my son are pictured.

Isn't she cute?!

I made my mom a pair of Ladies Felted House Slippers in Cascade 220, colorway pink.  My mom will probably beat me for posting this picture of her, but I’m living on the edge these days.  Unfortunately, one of the slippers was too big around the heel.  So I actually owe her another gift which I’ll surprise her with when she least expects it. 

As for the grand baby, I made her an Elmo headband:

For the record, fun fir is not fun.
Loosely based off of this pattern here.

A skirt:

Sea Anemone in Malabrigo Rios - Aguas
I added buttons to the pocket later but didn't get a pic

And a hat:

Owl Be There hat in Rowan Big Wool

I also knit my boss a scarf:

Gust in Cascade Alpaca Lace - Caribbean Heather

And last but not least, I finished the black, vegan sweater.  It actually fit pretty well, thanks to Custom Fit, and my daughter actually wore it to work, so it was worth it.  This once.  Mostly.

I'll get another beating for this one.  Meh...she's adorable.

Oh, and my mom stayed on through the end of March, which was a real blessing for me and I hope for her too, since she escaped some cold weather and snow.  


See you soon,


  1. Truly, God is walking with you (carrying you sometimes, but he is with you). Your courage, strength, and faith have been an inspiration to me and so many other I'm sure. It is so good to know that you are doing better. It gives me time to request my "Grover" headband (LOL). Kidding aside, you remain in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you and Paul all the best!

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