Thursday, May 31, 2012

153 Done!

 Oh boy do I have a reason to celebrate.  It isn't all doom and gloom here at Mereknits, although there is a bit of that, too (more of that later).  I have completed 153 squares for my vest.  That is right you read that correctly, 153 squares.  I have just started the border, well that is before I realized I had better get moving on the dinner preparations.  I can not wait to get it all finished and blocked so I can show you the finished product.  Of course it is about 190 degrees here in Florida, well okay that is a slight exaggeration, so I won't be able to wear it for a while, but still I am almost at the finish line!
 As my youngest is trying very hard to get done with his school year, the availability of the computer has been limited at best.  He is working his little tush off, and I, as his loving Mother, have to not run to the computer and blog every time he gets up.  I know I have many, many other things to do but still reading blogs is so much fun.  If you are a friend and I have not been to visit it is because I am trapped not being able to access the computer for more then a few minutes here and there.  Then when he is about done for the day I have to head off to work.  Frankly when I get home from work I am too darned tired to do much, so I will visit as soon as I can.

Speaking of friends, my lovely friend Amy is leaving for New York soon.  If I let myself think about it I get so, so sad.  I am almost done with her shawl.  I have a few more rows, and then the fringe and that is it. Hopefully I can remove it from the loom this weekend. It is made from the lovely cream yarn with sequins I showed you in my last post.  Even if she never wears it she can put it on quickly, and get wrapped in a hug from me.
I know so many of you are fighting illness and stress of some sort.  This seems like an exceptionally hard time in almost everyone's life.  One of my friends from my knitting group has now called in Hospice for the esophageal cancer she has been fighting so bravely, for the past four years.  My heart breaks for her children.  Another friend (her daughter swims with my son), just got diagnosed with a very rare stage 4 cancer that involves her uterus, lungs and skin.  She told me the name but I can not think of it.  She went to the doctor (another friend) with a cough, and after an X-ray all H*ll broke loose.  She was feeling fine, actually pretty good with the exception of the cough, when they found out.    I was sitting next to her last weekend at a swim meet chatting away. It has really shocked all of us. So if you have a few spare prayers, could you send them to my friends who are fighting so hard?


23 comments:

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Sure Meredith I will definitely pray for your friends. There really are so many who suffer and cancer is all around us. Can't seem to get away from it. Hope my prayers help a bit.
Loving your shawls! Can't wait to see you model them!
xoRobin❤

Grateful4Crochet said...

Your shawl is looking amazingly beautiful!!!
Nice work sticking with it!!!
I love the idea of a shawl being a hug you can wrap around yourself, such a beautiful analogy!!
I have been wearing that beautiful scarf you wove that I was lucky enough to win last year, keeping me super warm, as its finally starting to get cold here.
Much love
Rachel

Petunia Pill said...

Hi Friend. You know, without our health, we have nothing. So sorry to hear of your friends and their health perils. I shall send prayers out to each! And you too! 153 squares!?!? Dern, woman...that's a whole lotta dedication...and at 190 degrees F! Ewwwwww! LOL We have hot and humid here too. Did you get any of that rain from Beryl? Take care of you! Hugs, Annette

Rizzi said...

SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR FRIEND MEREDITH.....I WILL PRAY FOR HER.....
YOU ARE SO TALENTED....YOUR VEST IS GORGEOUS....AND ALL YOUR SHAWLS ARE SO LOVELY......YES....THE WEATHER IS GETTING HOTTER AND THAT HUMIDITY IS CREEPING IN SOME DAYS.....TAKE CARE AND HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.....RIZZI

WildflowerWool said...

Thinking good thoughts for your friends :)

Dee said...

Prayers being said for all of your friends facing difficult times. Good luck to your son --- end of the school year is always so busy!

Grayseasailor said...

Meredith, your approach of doing five squares on your vest then making something monstrous has obviously been successful! Bravo!
I too am praying for your friends, and asking God to bless you and yours, too. <3

Susanne said...

Sometimes there seems to be more bad news than good around each corner. Anymore people don't wonder if they might get cancer, they just wonder when it will happen. Not a day goes by that I don't wake up to realizing that my husband is still alive living another day with the big "C". People keep writing all these books about why bad things happen to good people, but it is probably the thing that baffles me the most, why are there prisons filled with healthy murders and hospitals filled with good people who are so sick and dying. This sort of thing will truly test one's faith. I am so sorry that you are going to be saying goodbye to a good friend who is moving away. She will love her shawl. I am also sorry to hear that your other friends are sick, and hope that there is a treatment that can help to cure or prolong their lives. That diagnosis is a hard pill to swallow. It is difficult for everyone including extended family. Some days it is hard to be cheerful. There is a lot of silent suffering all around. I seem to pray all the time anymore. Of course I will add your friends. and I will add you too sweet friend.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

by Teresa said...

Oh dear.. how I wish that we all could live out our life without that awful "c" word. I'm so sorry to hear that your friends are dealing with these tragic things. I will keep you and your friends in my thoughts and send along healing energy. Hugs, T

Susanne said...

And I forgot to say CONGRATS on that vest! You are on the home stretch now with that project as I am on the home stretch with my hex blanket. I haven't counted all the motifs yet, but I will. I just know it overlaps the sides of a full-size bed. That's a lot of crocheting. I don't know about you, but I'm sure ready to do something else, and it will be that t-shirt quilt my daughter has been waiting for me to get at.
Hang in there, almost done....
Susanne :)

Teresa said...

Your shawl is such beautiful colors. I am so sorry to hear of your friends illnesses. It must be so hard to see them suffer! Prayers for them and you as you all go through this.

delia hornbook said...

Im so sorry to hear of your friends illness my heart goes out to her and the family. Life can be very cruel at times. Big hugs to you, dee x

Babajeza said...

Hello Meredith

My thoughts are with you and your friends. A lot have been talking about the lemons of life lately.

A shawl really is like a hug, especially when it comes from a dear friend. There can't be enough hugs sometimes.

I'm waiting for your finished shawl ...

Have a pleasant weekend

Regula

Sentimentally Me said...

Miss Meredith *

first off, love love LOVe your shawl and your loom (ENVIOUS!) and your vest, wonderful that you can see the finish line :)

I'm so very sorry to hear of your friends. Truly painful reminders of how fragile life truly is.

WIsh I could wrap YOU in a big shawl-of-a-hug!

xo P

Claire said...

Meredith,
you are writing so warm and touching, thank you for your posts! Of course I will think of your friends and involve everyone, who is suffering, in my thoughts.
Claire

Eileen said...

Oh Meredith. I am so sorry to hear about your friends. I think you are right, a lot of us are having exceptionally hard times at the moment. As you know I lost my best friend a couple of weeks ago. Now, yesterday I received word that my brother has Cancer throughout his body. I will add your friends to my ever growing prayer list. Take care my friend. (((HUGS))) Eileen

Claudia said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friends, Mer. I remember hearing about the woman with esophageal cancer. I'm sad to hear her battle has reached this point. Damn. Life is not fair in any way.

xo
Claudia

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

What a shame...I hate to hear things like that. You just never know. My prayers are out to your friend. I love the "scarlet and gray" colors! Would this have something to do with our new OSU student?? ~Hugs, Patti

serendipity said...

So sorry to hear about your friends. Life doesn't seem fair at times does it? xx

Shari said...

153???? You have been a very busy lady! Can't wait to it when it's finished!
Shari:)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Meredith, so sorry to hear about your friends. Sending healing hugs and thoughts their way. Congrats on nearing completion on your vest. The shawl for Amy is beautiful and will certainly be appreciated and treasured. Best wishes to your son as he finishes up. Yusef is done. Zack has 2 more days. I have 2 more weeks. Then I can officially say summer has begun (even if the temps already say that). :) Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

kathy b said...

Spare prayers headed their way......
good thing God can take it all even when we sure can't. I have had some dear friends with difficult news and deaths the past two weeks too. At least the weather is cheery, and we know my mom's friend went to meet the Lord and her husband who she loved and missed.

Get your rest, and take good care of you too MERE.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Prayers being sent your way for your dear friends. Bless you also and their loved ones, too.

Your finished vest is awesome. I can't wait to see you model it for us!

Hugs to Max and blessings always to you all. :)