Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Comfort and gratitude

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As ever, knitting is a balm to my aching soul, and this hat, with its traditional snowflake motifs and fluffy-hairdo-retention beret shaping, fell from the needles almost automatically.  I used one stray skein of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in “Down Heather” and some of a partial skein of Patons Classic Wool in the wonderfully grayed-navy “Mercury”.  As I worked, feeling very gray indeed, I wondered if it would’ve been more fun in zippier colors.  Maybe next time.  I’ll probably do another, probably involving--heaven help me--“Lemongrass”.  I don’t know what it is about that yarn, but it compels me.  It is the perfect foil for the stormy-looking everywhere gray of early winter.  The free pattern for the hat is here

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I can’t thank you all enough for your kind words and thoughts about the loss of my lovely old dog.  She came into our lives when I was kinda down and out, and with a most generous spirit she schooled me in play and laughing and running free in the fresh air, and in being fully your own self.  She was better than good, she was the very best, and I feel so lucky.  And I’m lucky to have all of you here, too.  Thank you, thank you.  Thank you. 

19 comments:

  1. You are a lovely women Kristen, that's why people are here. So sad to here about your lovely dog. They are our true friends in the world our pets. I take solace knowing that if they had a full and happy life well loved, then who - man or beast can ask for more? She sounds very special indeed, I am glad she was so well loved. I bet she loved you that much too. Take care.

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  2. Kristen, your hat is wonderful, I wish I knew how to knit something like that - hope I'll learn, someday! Pets are amazing, and losing one feels like losing a family member - that's what they are, after all. So there's no need to thank for our words, I think most of us understand you far too well...

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  3. My condolences to you and your family for the loss of your beautiful dog. It always hits hard, the loss of a pet, and this year for you has not been easy. I hope the joy of the season, and a bit of knitting, can help soothe your grief a bit. All the best for the holidays....

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  4. Balm for the soul, that knitting is. Healing thoughts to you, Lady. You wear your hat very well. xxx

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  5. Beautiful hat. Thank you for the pattern. I so understand the feelings of absolute loss of your companion. They become our children and our confidants. I will keep you in my prayers.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  6. So sad to lose such a wonderful dog. sending you hugs. They will be forever in your heart. We are pet lovers so know how you feel. They are a great part of your family.
    So glad I have found your Blog. Will enjoy catching up reading your past posts.
    Sending you Christmas Wishes.
    Rosezeeta.

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  7. I love your hat and right now I'm in a knitting frenzy to finish a few of knitted gifts. I also can relate to the loss of our pawfert family member, we lost our Bo near two years now and we haven't been able to get another one yet. They fill our spirit so. Thanks for much for the pattern! I hope your heart can enjoy the holidays!

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  8. Keep knitting Kristen, and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love your hat xxx

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  9. I have read and enjoyed your blog for sometime now and you have inspired many of my projects. My heart felt best wishes go to you, knitting and time are great healers. Denise xxx

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  10. Knitting does that to us doesn't ? I'm so glad you have something that is helping you feel a little better and that in return you produce something so very pretty ... Beautiful hat. Keep jnitting my dear Kirsten and soon your soul will heal. Hugs to you and have a wonderful Christmas.

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  11. Yes, knitting is my therapy. Good food for the soul for sure!
    I have four little dogs right now, two Boston terriers, Stan and Bea (cousins), and two Chihuahua siblings, Peeky and her brother Rocket aka Buddha (and plenty others). The Bostons are both 10 and Stan had to have an eye removed a couple months ago. As usual, worry came to the forefront, one being 10 and the other a flat faced old dog. He came through better than before. Being a dog lover (animals period) I know all too well what you went through and going through with the loss of your better than good dog! We never forget them. Nothing every replaces them, we only allow our own hearts to get even bigger.
    Thank you for this wonderful blog, this wonderful hat pattern and your story of your wonderful companion.
    Blessings and all the magic that this time of year can bring to you and your family.
    hugs from Victoria, BC

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  12. Happy Christmas to you, Kristen. Love from Jo at Three Stories High

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  13. Happy Christmas, dear Kristen.

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  14. I hope your heart aches a little less everyday. She will always be with you, you just won't be able to physically feel you. Sending you a hug.
    Meredith

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  15. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ” - Anatole France
    Sending you light and love.... xx

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  16. I love your gorgeous hat (just going to pin the pattern!) and your brilliant blog and once again I am sorry about your dear doggy friend; we rightly love our animal friends so very much. We are lucky to have you and your blog : ) Jenx

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  17. What a pretty hat! It looks good with the scarf you have on. Hope you had a nice Christmas :)

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  18. I think you will always love this hat since you knit it at the time of the loss of your dear furry friend. I've always had a thing for grey, and it suits the pattern beautifully. I hope you can knit some more happy into your life very soon. Wendy x

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  19. Awww...I've just found your lovely blog, and am sorry to learn of your recent loss. Been there, it's awful, trust you have many sweet memories to treasure. Take care J. x

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