Wow, what a fortnight it’s been. Between news about health problems, the earthquake in Haiti, and other personal matters, I thought I was just going through a rather depressing couple of weeks and that it was just me, but after talking to a few friends, it seems like many of us have been having a rather hard time of it. Hope that this isn’t true for you, but if it is, I hope you’re doing better now too, and if you’re not, I hope you’ll hang tough, because it does eventually get better. Thank goodness.
I’m excited and truly pleased that we finally have Kristeen Griffin-Grimes’s new square for our KAL for Knit A Square up on the blog! It’s a beautiful square, and I’m looking forward to making a few of these up. I’m going to go get some different colors of aran weight or heavier and make up a lot of these. It’ll look lovely with the squares turned at a right angles to each other in a blanket, I think.
Because various problems kept me from getting the new square up and published for you, we’re going to extend the date of our challenge so we can hopefully see a few of Kristeen’s lovely French Brocade squares from participants! We’re going to go to March 15, and then hold our drawing for the fantastic Knitterly/Crocheterly Prize!
A personal note: I’m getting back to my Christmas knitting again, which was interrupted by a couple of chemo caps for my friends. They’re off in the post and I hope will bring comfort and the reminder that friends are thinking and praying of the recipients.
I’m sad to say that we’ve gotten an update from Kathleen on Kage today.
Kage’s doctor has informed us she has reached the end of useful treatment. The cancer has slowed, but not stopped. It has continued to spread at an unnatural speed through her brain, her lungs and – now – reappeared in her abdomen. It is probably a matter of a few weeks, at most.
Kage has fought very hard, but this is just too aggressive and mean. She’s very, very tired now, and ready for her Long Sleep. She’s not afraid.
We’ve been in a motel the last week or so, in order to complete her therapy.I’ll have her home in her own bedroom by the weekend, though, so end of life care can take place in more comfortable surroundings.
If you have a moment, please, I’d be truly grateful if you’d give a thought or prayer for Kage and Kathleen. I’m wishing for peace, love and well-being to surround and engulf Kage and those who love her at the end of her life.