Still Not Knitting

It’s been three weeks since my mother broke her hip and things had just started to settle down so that I felt able to knit again. I’m about half way done with a lace scarf. But the fates have other plans. Monday my 89-year-old father was taking his daily 20-mile bike ride when a woman passed him on the right and caused him to lose his balance and fall. He’s now in the hospital indefinitely with 7 broken ribs and a punctured lung. Obviously, I’m having trouble knitting again. Between visiting my dad in the hospital and my mom in the rehab nursing home, I wonder if I should change careers and become a health-care provider

7 thoughts on “Still Not Knitting”

  1. Oh Ann. I’m so sorry about what has happened to both of your parents. I’m sending you warm thoughts and virtual hugs. Hang in there!

  2. Ann, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad – I know your parents appreciate your visits and your support; I’m a slow knitter, but I promise to knit twice as much, twice as fast until you have time again. You’re in my thoughts!

  3. Oh Ann, I’m so sorry. Wow…it’s hard enough when one parent is in need of care, but for both of them to be recovering…you have my prayers and they do to.


  4. Ann, Having been through taking care of my parents through cancer of one and Alzheimer’s of the other and both now being deceased, I knitted dish cloths during the rough times. It was so easy to pop a Sugar & Cream in purse with a small pair of circulars (so I wouldn’t lose a needle) and off I’d go. When they were sleeping, I’d do a few rows. It was easy to pick up and put down. Needless to say, I have quite a variety and number of dish cloths. But, that’s OK. Can use a clean one every day!

    I’m sorry for the pain and emotional upset you are all going through. Don’t know if you will be able to knit or not, but wanted to let you know how I got through it all in hopes it would help you.

    Sending hugs!

  5. Let me add my warm wishes to you that you will take good care of yourself as you care for your parents. Been there, still doing that, have the WIPs to show for it: multiple projects in a carry bag to take to the car when I have to make the 2-hour drive to ailing parents several times a week. Crocheting and knitting on the half-hour ferry ride has been my salvation, although my idea of sitting at my mother’s hospital bedside, quietly crocheting, turned out to be unrealistic, alas. Still, it has helped just to HAVE the yarn projects with me: talismans of calm. I hope you keep some friendly skeins of yarn with you and pat them once in a while, and let them remind you of the good wishes coming your way from your readers. Thanks for your blog and books. They’ve been part of my “good medicine”! — Teresa

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