What could I be up to now? And why can’t I stick to my list!?!
Yesterday I accompanied my Father-in-law to see a client of his. He is a
carpenter that does small scale kitchen/bath renovations, for the most part.
He had done some work for an 80 year old woman up in one of the hill
towns a few months back and got to talking to her as he did the work.
4 years ago she lost the sight in one eye and almost 75% in the other. She
struggles everyday with her deteriorating eyesight and lonliness. She
never married and has no children so she keeps track of the WHOLE
family. She is a treasury of stories about the town her parents were raised
in, the home she now lives in – once her great-grandfather’s – and the
adventures of her family. She used to be a champion knitter doing
amazing cable and rib sweaters and blankets but when she lost her sight
she lost her will, for a bit anyway. So, my Father-in-law asked if I could
spend some time with her, reaquainting her with needle and yarn. He
had seen me working on different pieces over the last few years and
figured that if I could knit without looking at what I was doing that
she probably could too! Well she was very nervous at first, afraid that
she wouldn’t be able to pick it back up and afraid to hope that she could.
Let me tell ya, ladies and gents, she dove right back in! She started right
in with the long tail cast on, did two and then stopped to ask me if she
had done it right. As I told her that she was doing fine she cast on three
more stitches and then said that she was afraid she was going to mess up.
She didn’t realize that she had just cast on 3 more stitches!! She was SO
excited to know that her hands still remembered what her eyes could no
longer see. She managed 3 rows of stockinette before we had to head
home for dinner but I have no doubt that she has a few inches by now ;)
I’m glad he asked me to meet her, I’m glad I agreed. She’s a wonderful