Thursday, May 25, 2006

2 More Chemo Caps

There is a lady at our church who is going through chemo now. I grew up with her 2 sons and we were all like an extended family.

I really hate to see her have to go through this. It is horrible to watch someone go through the pain and sheer exhaustment of it all. So I found out that her favorite color is blue. Of course I had to get some yarn and make her a few hats. I know that it isn't much, but I hope that when she wears them she will know that someone is thinking of her.

She will be going into the hospital for 4 weeks soon so please keep her in your prayers. I don't know the details of it, but I have been told that it is for a bone marrow transplant.

I really wish that I didn't have to make the caps. That would mean that there is a cure for cancer, but until then I will make them for who ever I know that might need them.

They are a quick knit and the yarns that I use are so very soft. So I do enjoy knitting them, but really wish it didn't mean that some one was sick.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Thank You

I would like to thank all of you for your kind words that you have left me. It really means a lot to know that others know what you are going through and feel the same way about their pets.

He was a very special dog. I can NEVER replace him. It was so unfortunate that his life was cut so short. But I would rather he went in his sleep like he did than to suffer.

I have been asked what actually happened. We really don't know. He went to sleep that night and didn't wake up. I didn't take him to the vet when I found him that morning. There was nothing that the vet could do at that point unless he was a miracle worker. I just wanted Leon to be able to rest in peace and not to have him cut open with his organs all over the place. I just couldn't sand the idea of taking him all the way to the vet just for that. I know with pure breeds there are so many problems with them so I figure that it was his heart and it was weak. I have talked to the vet and they feel that it was a heart attack as well. So there was really nothing that could have prevented it from happening if it was going to happen.

He had a very spoiled life. He was such a good dog and was my baby. He slept on the couch, bed, or anywhere else that he wanted to. We didn't do much table food since I know it really isn't the best for them, but he did get the occasional soft food in a can for a special treat. He was kind, gentle, caring and just always knew how I was feeling inside even if I didn't show it on the outside. He was an amazing dog and I will never find another one like him. I miss him so much!

I still have days and moments that are bad where I just break down and cry. I still carry the heaviness in my heart and chest. It is just so hard sometimes. In a way I think it is harder to loose a pet since they are depending on you for their health and safety and when something happens you feel as if you have failed them. I know that is how I feel about Leon. I feel as if I failed him in some way. I know that heart attacks will happen no matter how well you take care of them, but it is just hard to convince myself that I did everything for him that I could.

Well I will stop rambling now. Thanks to everyone that left me a comment, sent me an email or I saw. It means a lot knowing that others feel the same way about their animals and don't think that I am completely crazy. Thanks - it means a lot to me.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Leon - You Will be Missed!

Last night our Black Lab, Leon passed away in his sleep. He was almost 9 years old. He was such a sweet, caring, compassionate and loyal friend and family member.

Today he was laid to rest next to his friend on my In-Law's farm with his bed. He has a nice peaceful place to rest. I can just imagine him and my Dad together in heaven. My Dad is in his recliner with Leon laying at his feet. Take good care of him Dad - I know that you loved him too and he loved you.

The best that anyone can guess that happened is a heart attack while sleeping. He was in the same position that he always lays to sleep when we go to bed at night, so it just looked like he fell asleep and some time in the night slipped away. I just couldn't stand to take his body to the vet for an autopsy. I just wanted to let him rest in peace.

Remington is doing ok. He seems a little confused, but is alright. He isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he is really sweet and always happy, so I think he will do ok. He is liking the extra loving that I have been giving him. The cat couldn't care one way or the other, but the cat really isn't very social anyway.

I know that some people probably think that I am crazy. People are saying that he was only a dog. Our pets have always been raised as part of our family. I have always gotten attached to my animals and it is hard to see them go. Really hard sometime - like now. I have been crying off and on all day. I so wish that he wouldn't have passed away, but I am glad that he didn't suffer. My heart aches and my chest is so heavy with grief. I know that time will make it better, but it is just so hard to see the light right now. Guess I need to go through my grieving process and I will begin to feel better.

Please remember me in this time of sadness. Thanks.

L to R Leon (Black Lab), Winston (Black Cat) & Remington (White Lab)

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Sockapaloooza Loot

Well here it is as I promised.

I am sooooo happy with them. They are so comphie and fit so well. They are made from Lorna's Laces. Have I mentioned that I love Lorna's Laces? ;) Jenny Raye was my spoiler. She did a great job on the socks.

I think I will have to try the pattern myself. I have quite a bit of sock yarn in the stash and I am always looking for a new pattern to use. If you know of anywhere that I can get any type of sock patterns I would appreciate the info. I am constantly on the look out for great patterns.

Without further ado....

Monday, May 08, 2006

Sockapaloooza Socks Finished!!

The socks are finished in the mail and Jennifer has already received them and left me a lovely comment on them. I had a blast making them and would love to be involved in the next one.

During this I found a new sock yarn. Lorna's Laces! I had heard people talking about it and how much they loved it, so I thought that I would give it a try. Oh My! I never thought that it would be so nice to work with. I have a new love. The next socks that I knit will defiantly be from Lorna's Laces. I enjoyed knitting with it so much that I couldn't wait to do the next sock. Normally I dread the second sock. Of course I am going to be making a pair out of Malabrigo so I am positive that I will love that too. :)

On to the pictures and specs. of the socks.


2 Skeins Lorna's Laces Shepherds Sock in the Mt. Creek color way.
Size 2 Addi Turbo 60" Circular Needles

Sock pattern is the Jay Walker from MagKnits. I used the biggest size of Casting on 84 stitches. I worked it from the cuff down. I did everything by the pattern, other than the length of the sock, I just played that by ear. No other modifications. I was very happy with the way that they turned out. I am going to have to make me a pair of them soon. I am a tight knitter, so I used ALL of both skeins for the socks. I am glad that my sock pal liked them as well.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

2 More Easter Baskets Needing Felted

Here are two more pictures of Easter Baskets that I had been working on. These are Kevin's and mine. Kevin's is the brown one. Of course but now they have been felted and used, but I don't have any pictures of them finished. Guess I need to take some once my battery charges up.

I can't believe that it has been a month since I have posted last. Where did the time go? Of course I know where it went. LOL James has been keeping me on my toes and I have been busy knitting as well. I have had many other things going on too, but I won't get into that now. I am hoping to find more time to post more regularly and to keep up with everything. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can do it. :)

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