It’s Been Awhile

I’ve been busy. Very busy. So busy I pretty much stopped writing for six months.

But I never stopped knitting.

Last year was an incredible year. I got married, was in the best shape of my life, had just come back from a vacation in Utah (one of my top three places on earth) with my son and his girlfriend, and had enough finished knitted items to toy seriously with the idea of starting my own little business.

And then at the end of May I went to the ER. And quickly discovered I had cancer. Ovarian cancer.

I won’t go into detail about that year. I wrote extensively about the experience on my other blog, Mind Margins. After surgery and chemo, I was declared cancer-free by December 2013.

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It was an incredible experience. I am so lucky to have caught it early and to have survived. Two friends I made during that time, and the majority of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year (all years, in fact), weren’t so lucky.

Looking back at this past year post-cancer, I suppose I went through a modified version of the stages of grief. During treatment I was nothing but positive. I never, ever thought I wouldn’t survive. Post-chemo, however, was another story. Looking back on what I had gone through, and survived, I initially felt scared. I thought a lot about dying. That turned to anger. Then sadness. Then just plain depression. It didn’t last long, but these past few months I’ve needed a break from all things cancer.

And every time I sat down to write, my fingers wanted to write about having cancer. My brain didn’t.

So I did everything but write–which means I got a lot of knitting done. I started running again. I spent a lot of time just sitting and thinking about what had happened and the things I learned from it. I put things in perspective and reorganized my life.

I grew my hair back.

And I knit. I knit a lot, sometimes for hours and hours. The pieces I’ll be listing soon were all knit during this post-cancer time of my life. It’s a time that’s been filled with family and love, appreciation for life, and learning to remake myself. I hope you enjoy my pieces as much as I enjoyed creating them.

– Angela

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Christmas Knitting

Here are two more photos of the scarves I knit for my son, Nicolas, and my son-in-law, Kevin.

Wool cowl
Nick’s 100% wool cowl with a reversible wavy line / checkered boxes pattern
wool cowl
Kev’s100% wool cowl with a small boxes pattern

Fast and Furious

The holiday season has been a blur, with the kids home, our annual Christmas lights Run from our house, and Christmas dinner with extended family, also in our home. I somehow managed to fit in some knitting, but it wasn’t easy.

After the gray cowl with small squares was purchased, which was the scarf my daughter had her eye on as a Christmas present for her husband, I decided to knit another one for him in the same pattern. Knowing he had an upcoming birthday ski trip to Jackson Hole, I decided to use a thicker, warmer, roving wool for the scarf.

Wool Cowl

Then I decided to knit another one, in a different pattern, for my son, who works outdoors. This time I used a reversible wavy line pattern, which has a checkered box pattern on the other side.

Wavy lines cowl
Wavy lines cowl

They were a hit with both guys. I especially like that the scarves are cowls, meaning they can simply double them up around their necks for maximum warmth.

And the girls like that they can borrow them whenever they want and still look stylish!

We ended the year with a beautiful, fun New Year’s Eve wedding of some friends. It was freezing, and I wanted to wear one of my own warm, hand knit wraps, but none of them matched my dress. I’ll have to make sure I work on something for 2014!

Hopefully your holiday season wasn’t quite as hectic as mine, but if it was, I hope it was as much fun as ours. Here’s wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!