Sunday, June 08, 2008

DisKnit: there is a time for worry and for knitting

I am going to stay somewhat quiet for a while. April and May were hard -- my 100 year old grandfather, William Lancelot Holland, grew ill for the first major time in his life. I spent more time in hospitals than I had before and learned how to transfer him to a better care situation. But recovery didn't happen and he died on May 9. Next weekend we have the funeral in Mass. and I've been reading his memoirs to think about what to say, but also just thinking. I did learn that acute health care crisis do not inspire me to much knitting. A conference I went to in Montana a week ago was much more useful I turned the heels on two socks knit at once on one circular needle. It did not prove that hard in the quiet light of powerpoint, but was impossible to contemplate admist suction, palliative care, and 1-800 numbers. So here's some incomprehensible images of that accomplishment and one of my grandfather and I in the hospital.
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WLH and LGB, April 2008

Hold us all in your light and needles.

7 comments:

Chelsea said...

My condolences on the loss of your grandfather. He had kind eyes. It's so awesome that you have his memoirs to read.

blogless michelle said...

i'd like to reiterate the comments from chelsea. my only extant grandparent, clarence otto henry s. (yes, two middle names, though he only recently learned that about himself!), will turn a mere 88 this december. since we live so far away from each other nowadays, i'm always fearful that our most recent visit will be our last. sigh. take care, and i'm glad you got to visit montana in the spring/early summer. that was my favorite time of year out there.

Acornbud said...

Sorry for your loss. Lucky he left so many life memories to celebrate.

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry about your grandfather. I need to make it a point to see my soon-to-be 97 year old grandmother more often.

Mokihana said...

What a hard loss for you. He looks like a wonderful grandpa and I'm glad you had such a good relationship with him.

Bibbi said...

Thank you for the nice comment. And sorry for your grandfather; yes, light to celebrate the long life he had!

Chelsea said...

Miss you guys!