Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Location: Northern Detroit Metro area, Michigan, United States

Friday, September 14, 2007


Some days I wonder if I'll ever feel normal again, but I know that eventually it will happen. That I won't wake up in the middle of the night thinking I heard Mom call me. I am catching up on my sleep after not sleeping much at all the last three days of her life. Thank goodness for good friends on the net and at the Sr. Center along with knitting, yarn, and the most wonderful husband in the world. The comments left to my last post along with the messages I received via email and phone calls have helped so much. We're starting to get some of the legal stuff taken care of - fortunately Mom & Dad had a living trust (as do we) so the hassles are minimal.

I've been knitting along on the hat & scarf sets for the homeless Veterans' shelter in Detroit using 3 to 4 strands of the machine knitting weight yarns that were donated to the Sr. Center. I'm also working on the last two of the fun fur hats combining the cream fun fur with Maritime Rainbow Dreams for the crowns.

I started de-junking the family room today - we don't use the room too often (I go down to watch tv & crochet on the rag-tag afghans during the season) and it has become a place to stash everything that we don't have room for elsewhere. I'm finding that several of the wool sweaters I bought a couple years ago to recycle the wool have developed moth holes so out they'll go. Fortunately, I don't have more than $1 tied up in any one of them so it's no great loss. Mothballs are on the list for this weekend's shopping trip along with more plastic totes that can be sealed for the sweaters and yarn that don't show signs of damage. It's something that I hadn't even thought about until I read the section on caring for wool in the latest KnitPicks catalog. I'm keeping my newly purchased Palette skeins sealed in plastic and I'll probably move my two wool shawls over to the cedar chest at Mom's house. I knew that there was a reason that I like acrylic yarns!! {g}

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Blogger Diana said...

Normal will come!!!
I need to look into better wool storage myself! I haven't had problems yet even with afghans my grandmother crocheted. But as accumulate yarn I wonder!

5:16 PM  
Blogger shopgirl said...

condolances to you. "let time go lightly". And focus on what sounds like an AMAZING stash!

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Sylvie said...

I lost my Mom 16 years ago on Sept. 3, that's after losing my Dad on July 3 of the same year!

Things DO go back to normal, but you do have to go through that first year of missed birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, then it doesn't seem to hurt as much.

Yarn storage is always a problem, I seem to have some stashed all over!

12:43 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

We've talked about this NEVER get over it. But you do get to a point where life evens out.
I HATE mothballs. Can't abide the odor, so I use ziplocks. And lavender and cedar. It's worth it.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

My thoughts are with you. Take time for yourself and heal as much as you can. *hug* :)

9:54 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I've been away from blog land for awhile, so I'm sorry for this late comment.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your Mom.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Blessings and hugs to you and your family during this time.
My Dad's been in the hospital more than he's been home lately...I'm trying not to think about it, but then feel very guilty when I miss a phone call. Being 3,000 miles away..makes it worse.
Hugs and hugs to you...

11:47 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

I think of you often.... it has been 12 years since my mom died and 10 since my dad passed, but I still find it hard to believe some days. I love your Ravelry profile photo... you look to be in hiding!

10:38 PM  

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