For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

Come On In Or Smile As You Pass

Dear Ann,
Saturday afternoon seems like a fine time to stick my head up and say hi. The thing about not blogging for a long time is that you lose the habit. You stop blogging in your head. What scared me into action, though, was when I noticed that I was becoming able to pass cute, funny and/or touching things (or even all three at the same time) and not take a picture.
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Case in point: can you ba-leeeeeeve that I almost passed the United Church (on Broadway in the 170s) without taking a picture? I love that sign so much. (Come to think of it, “come on in or smile as you pass” would be a nice motto for a knitting blog.) I did smile, every time I passed.
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Another place that I always smile as I pass (except that I rarely pass without coming on in, and my credit card coming on out) is my dear LYS, Knitty City, on West 79th Street at Amsterdam Avenue. I stopped in last Wednesday evening and nearly dissolved into a puddle of tears (which does not really qualify as an event these days) at the sight of two tables of knitters sewing up blankets to be sent to afghans for Afghans in memory of Peter.
As you know, Ann, Peter was a staunch advocate of knitting. He was the wind beneath knitting’s wings. Like it or not, he had an excellent vantage point for observing knitting, up close and personal. So deep was his immersion in knitting, and in the yarn- and fiber-centered lifestyles, that there were only a few nuances about knitting that Peter did not grasp. Such as:
1. What is knitting? How is it done? What tools and materials are involved?
2. In what way, if any, does knitting involve the purchase of yards and yards of printed cotton fabric?
3. Are knitting and quilting the same thing, or different, and if they are different, in what way are they different, and if they are the same, see question number 1.
4. What is crochet, and why am I not allowed to speak of it?
5. What does afghans for Afghans have to do with knitting? Is there a sister organization called checks for Czechs? Can someone clear this up?
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So this is why I cannot help thinking it’s kind of funny, and touching and cute, that so many beautiful handknit blankets are being created and donated in Peter’s name. He would be all for it, without having a very clear idea of what he was all for.
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These are just three of the six Knitty City blankets, and I hear tell of others out there in Ravelry- and blog-land. I’m humbled and moved, more than I can say, by the knitting, and by the caring comments, emails, cards and letters that I’ve received. These acts of kindness really do help. Thank you, everyone.
Love,
Kay

209 Comments

209 Comments

  1. Oh Kay, it is SO GOOD to hear from you!I’m just one of the many who read you guys every time you write, you always bring a smile to my face, a chuckle, or inspire me. I really do start my day checking out what Ann & Kay have to say today. So you have been in my thoughts and prayers. The afgans are beautiful and the thought behind them even more so. I’m sure Peter is pleased. Hope you and your family are doing well, wish there was a way to hug you through the computer,take care, we have missed you, Wendy

  2. Those blankets are beautiful and you are so sweet to blog and share them with us. Noticing the little things and smiling–that’s good.

  3. Welcome back, Kay! I’ve missed your sense of humor. The afgans are just lovely.

  4. {{{{{hugs of welcome-backness and comfort for you}}}}} I’m so glad the knitting is helping.

  5. I was so happy to open up my favorite blog and read your entry this afternoon….welcome back Kay, we all missed you more than you can imagine. But don’t feel obligated to jump right back in now, ok? Just take your time, we’ll wait for ya. The afgans are beeeeeyouteemus.

  6. It sounds like Peter was a real sweetie. I love how you write about him.

  7. I am so happy to hear from you again, Kay. Thank you for rousing yourself to stop by. I have planned my vacation knitting (2 weeks of mountain camping in WY) to be finishing the A4A sweater that has been OTN for months plus knit another much like it, both in tribute for Peter. Thank you.

  8. Kay, thank you for poking your head up and letting us hear a few words from you. Hang in there, sweetie. Big, big, big hugs!!!

  9. Glad to have you back, Kay! We have been thinking about you a lot, and it’s good to read you again!

  10. {{{{{{}}}}}}} Kay.

  11. Welcome back, Kay.
    Love the church sign!
    Just a few nuances. Uh-huh. If I hadn’t already had you in my “Best Knit Reads” folder, that would put you there for sure.
    Welcome back!

  12. I didn’t believe my eyes at first when I saw the entry start with, Dear Ann.
    Oh it is so nice to hear from you, Kay. There has been a lot of “thinking of yous” and sending of hugs. I am feeling extraordinarily privileged to be able to put two blankets together this weekend, with squares that have been pouring in from all over the country these past two weeks. The love that that is out there for you…I hope it reaches you…and brings you comfort.
    The other thing I feel really privileged to witness even more now than ever is the beautiful friendship that exists between you and Ann. Thank you for that.

  13. Dear Kay,
    I’ve been thinking of you often. My heart goes out. Such a loss, such a sudden thing. I am so glad you have Ann and all the other Ravelers out here rooting for you.
    Nancy

  14. Glad you’re back and noticing the world around you again.
    Today, I bought a cone of orange cotton, not only because it was on sale, but because orange was my Dad’s favorite color. What am I going to do with it? I haven’t the faintest idea.

  15. Big love sweetheart. Big love.
    xxx

  16. OOOOHH, Kay. I just don’t have words and if I did and were speaking to you right now, you would hear the lump in my throat.
    In time, all shall be well.

  17. Forgot to say, those blankets are beautiful. Beautifully finished too. I’d bever thought I’d say this, but, nice crochet edging !

  18. Kay,
    It made my day to open Mason Dixon and see you had posted. Your family has daily been in my thoughts. Post when the spirit moves you, and know that we are all sending you love.

  19. Hi Kay,
    I, too, am glad to see you back and to read your funnies. I loved the description of the few nuances of knitting that eluded Peter. Made me laugh out loud first and then read it to my husband. His response was something along the lines of “wha…” You’ve been on my mind a whole lot. Happy to see you back. –Sally

  20. Oh, Kay – welcome back! We’ve been waiting for you.
    (((((((HUG)))))))

  21. Hey Kay–thanks for sharing the beautiful afghan photos and I love your description of Peter’s understanding of knitting. The marquee is great–smile as you pass is indeed a wonderful motto. For knitting or for life. Hugs.

  22. HI KAY! I am so happy to see you. I think of you and your children often. Keep your chin up.

  23. So glad you are back. I love the fact that Peter would love the blankets but wouldn’t know why. The blankets are beautiful.
    Thanks for pulling out the camera and taking that picture of the church.

  24. We love ya kiddo….moving forward through your new life with you – one picture at a time.

  25. So glad to see you back in your happy place. And thanks for the picture. Your writings and pics always bring a smile and I really hope that the notes and comments can encourage you to begin smiling again.
    God bless…..

  26. Yay.

  27. It’s good to let the world pull you back into it, one tiny step at a time.

  28. Thank you Kay, for your post. I think of you and Carrie and Joseph every day.
    Love, Aara

  29. Dear Kay,
    Ditto, all preceding posts, as the lump in my throat has caused me (for once) to be speechless.
    LoveDiane

  30. Good to hear from you again.
    Peace and kindness,
    Meg

  31. so glad to see you back! tears in my eyes as i read about the afghans.
    if you need to catch up on Eastenders, i have the last month of episodes (from J’s accident) and can tape them for you.
    sending lots of good wishes to you and your family.
    Southern Gal on the Hudson River

  32. So sweet to hear from you, Kay. Thanks. You are in my thoughts every day.

  33. It’s so good to hear from you. That said, take your time if you need to be away. Be kind and patient with yourself. My thoughts (and many other people’s!) are with you.

  34. Nice to hear from you. Those blankets are splendid — the green one is super-dooper splendid! I wish I could make those curvy crochet edges, but my understanding is really similar to Peter’s, I think. We’re thinking of you all.

  35. glad to see today’s message from you. you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers.

  36. Kay, I am honored to have contributed a square to one of the afghans. Thank you so much for being you.

  37. So great to have you back. I read the many wonderful obituaries in the NYT, and I can only hope that people are so kind to me when my time comes. Peter clearly touched many people – in both his personal and professional life. I can only imagine how difficult these last weeks have been for you and your family, and I hope the warmth of Spring in New York lifts your spirits (if it ever stops raining) as the time goes by.

  38. take your time we can wait
    thank you -the storms of life do
    always pass quickly
    but sometimes a soft
    passing breeze will
    mean you have company

  39. Kay –
    Lots of hugs and warm thoughts going out to you and the children. Take care of yourself.
    Warmly,
    Laura

  40. Welcome back, Kay, and love & hugs to you and your kiddos. Those blankets are just lovely.

  41. Much love and hugs, Kay! I’ve missed you much, and my heart is with you. I’m glad you can find things you smile about!

  42. I don’t really have much to add to the wonderful sentiments already expressed in these comments except to say “ditto”. Welcome back, Kay. I missed your words and I’m glad to have them back. I think of you often.

  43. So nice to see a post from you. One day at a time…baby steps.
    Love and peace to you and yours.

  44. I am glad to see you again.

  45. Glad to hear from you. Be kind to yourself.

  46. Welcome Back, welcome back, welcome baaaack!
    Now that I have permanently lodged the theme song of Welcome Back, Kotter in your brain, let me say that is the exact song that I SANG when I saw “Dear Ann.”
    I did peer at the blankets to see if my shoddy squares made it to the big city. I see one dark green one…
    I love the look of Knitty City. Next time I am in town…a must visit.
    Take care of yourself.

  47. i know peter is smiling down at your knitting goodness……he and others are wrapped up in this woolly LOVE. perhaps your tears arrive unannounced,… but you are truly healing stitch by stitch.

  48. So nice to read your words Kay. Know that while we love having you here, we understand that sometimes it might be more than you can manage. Take care and feel our cyber-hugs.

  49. You ladies are a class act.

  50. Welcome back Kay! It was so nice to see a post from you. We have missed you.

  51. Hi Kay,
    That is a moving tribute. I am glad you can experience those moments of beauty

  52. Hi Kay,
    That is a moving tribute. I am glad you can experience those moments of beauty

  53. The daffodils are beginning to pop out here in Minneapolis. I’m glad to see that you are popping out a bit, too. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  54. Dear Kay, You are so brave and an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for sharing the world as you see it through the eyes of your camera. Suzzanne

  55. You are back! So glad to hear from you, sending warm thoughts your way.

  56. In CA, I’d always claim that the roses bloom for M-day weekend. It’s usually perfect timing for when the world seems totally green again. This makes it a perfect weekend for restarting things and it’s wonderful to have your voice back on the blog.

  57. It’s so good to see you back. You and your family have been in so many people’s thoughts and prayers.
    The afgans are a beautiful tribute.
    all the best..

  58. Hi Kay,
    I’m glad you’re back, I have been wishing you peace of mind and happy thoughts.

  59. Great pictures of the afghans! and a beautiful tribute.

  60. welcome back and a big pile of love from minnesota!

  61. Welcome back, sweetie. We love you, too!

  62. Welcome back and more hugs to you and your children.

  63. Hi Kay –
    Glad to see you stopping in. Hope things are getting better.

  64. Kay,
    So glad to see you back. Thinking of you.

  65. Such a blessing to hear from you. Thank you for that. As always, your humour and compassion are at the forefront. Continued love to you and your family.

  66. Aw, Honey, I wish that I could just give you the biggest hug whenever the puddle of tears happens. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that you have been able to still find things to smile about.

  67. Hello there, dear Kay! It’s so good to see/hear/read your voice again. I’m keeping you in my heart, right next to that special basket of cashmere and qiviut.

  68. I am so glad that you are feeling up to blogging, we have all missed you. I was thinking about you today and I said a prayer that you and your children could feel the love and comfort that we all are sending out to you. I can’t begin to imagine what you must be going through but just know that you are not alone.

  69. Hi Kay
    Thanks 4 posting. Love the afghans. You and your children R in my prayers.
    MinM

  70. Dear Kay, you are a joy and a delight to this world. Your short treatise on the inscrutable-to -a-spouse worlds of knitting/quilting/not crocheting is evidence of a fine, scholarly mind at work. Or maybe it’s just the booze talkin! Sending love and a (probably inappropriate) welcome back…

  71. Dear Kay, it’s so good to have you back. It was eleven years ago today that my mom died. I know it’s a tough road back, but eventually you’ll find your new normal – whatever that is. Hugs to your family.

  72. Ditto

  73. I’m so pleased to see and read that you are going on. It’s not real easy but so necessary as I’ve experienced. I also believe that the best cathartic is to talk as much about Peter as you want. For a while it startled so many that I wanted to keep talking about my husband after he passed but it was what was natural to me. Since they are so much a part of our lives why would we not want to talk about them. I feel your pain and am so glad that you are getting back with us. Have missed you so much.

  74. I’m so pleased to see and read that you are going on. It’s not real easy but so necessary as I’ve experienced. I also believe that the best cathartic is to talk as much about Peter as you want. For a while it startled so many that I wanted to keep talking about my husband after he passed but it was what was natural to me. Since they are so much a part of our lives why would we not want to talk about them. I feel your pain and am so glad that you are getting back with us. Have missed you so much.

  75. So glad to see a post from you. I bought Folk Shawls today thinking of you. Happy Mother’s Day

  76. So glad to see a post from you. I bought Folk Shawls today thinking of you. Happy Mother’s Day

  77. One of many glad to read your voice again; welcome back. And those afghans are works of wonder and love–beautiful.

  78. Hey, Kay!
    It’s so good to hear from
    you — welcome back! You
    have been in our hearts
    and have been greatly
    missed.

  79. I didn’t expect to laugh out loud at your first post back, Kay. I’m glad to hear that you are smiling amidst the tears. The tribute to Peter is so sweet and funny and the blankets are majorly gorgeous! I have knit 11 pairs of baby/kid socks that will be going to Afghans for Afghans next week. Happy Mothers Day to you both, Ann & Kay!

  80. That is very funny, that Peter would have no clue about the chain of reasoning linking him to blankets to Afghanistan. But we knitters have long held reasoning to be over-rated, eh?
    Love the blankets with legs! And the crochet border!?!? Who is the genius behind that? So very nice.
    Big kisses to you, Kay.

  81. We have missed you. Those blankets are glorious!

  82. lovely to hear from you,and with such a good, funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming post. Glad to see you whenever you can make it.

  83. Welcome back.
    XOXO,
    T

  84. Dear Kay – So glad to hear from you. Love the pictures and the smiles. Hugs to you for the tears. It sounds like Peter was a real treasure. *Hugs* Jennifer

  85. You’ve been in my thoughts and I’m glad that you feel up to noticing the world around you again.

  86. a good mom’s day
    i did mean to put -not
    when i wrote of the storms of life
    they do not always pass quickly
    long walks on the beaches to you

  87. So glad to see you posted. The Peter comments and questions on knitting made me laugh out loud this Mother’s day morning. Thank you
    I have thought of you and the children nearly daily .
    Happy Mother’s Day to you and your moist moisturized mom.
    meredith

  88. So glad to see you posted. The Peter comments and questions on knitting made me laugh out loud this Mother’s day morning. Thank you
    I have thought of you and the children nearly daily .
    Happy Mother’s Day to you and your moist moisturized mom.
    meredith

  89. Dear Kay,
    Welcome back. I have just read your post to my husband – he had the quizzical look he always has when I talk to him about knitting. Hugs to you and your children and Happy Mother’s day.
    M’ellen

  90. So glad to read your gentle humor.

  91. Wonderful to hear from you Kay and to know that the cute, funny and touching things aren’t always passing you by. The blankets are a lovely tribute and I guess that most of our “significant others” would be bemused too – mine is currently working on his laptop having, without complaint, had to squeeze it on to the table amongst the quilting/knitting flotsam and jetsam (quiltsam and knitsam?).
    There is so much more happiness and goodness around than the bad news junkies would have us believe and MDK proves it. Love to both of you and your families on your Mother’s Day.

  92. Hi Kay,
    I am so glad to ‘hear’ from you again, I think many others want to post a comment but do not know what to add to what is already there, so thank you for making our lives fuller. Happy Mother’s Day!
    My sister who does not knit (yet, I am sending her gentle signals) loves your blog too.

  93. Hi Kay,
    I am so glad to ‘hear’ from you again, I think many others want to post a comment but do not know what to add to what is already there, so thank you for making our lives fuller. Happy Mother’s Day!
    My sister who does not knit (yet, I am sending her gentle signals) loves your blog too.

  94. Hi Kay,
    I am so glad to ‘hear’ from you again, I think many others want to post a comment but do not know what to add to what is already there, so thank you for making our lives fuller. Happy Mother’s Day!
    My sister who does not knit (yet, I am sending her gentle signals) loves your blog too.

  95. So good to hear from you, Kay. As you can tell, we all think of you all daily and wish you the absolute best wishes. You both do so much to help us through our days with your insights and humor. Happy Mother’s Day to you both.

  96. Love.

  97. Kay – glad you popped in, and gave us all a reason to smile as we passed through.
    Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day with your two reasons for being a Mom.

  98. An excellent mantra.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you (both).
    Hugs.

  99. I really missed your distinctive voice, Kay, and was very saddened at the loss that caused it to be away. Welcome back. I hope the good work you do helps to sustain you. We love you!

  100. So nice to have you back, Kay.

  101. Dear Kay, Nice to “see” you back. Beautiful blanket pics. You didn’t say but I hope your kids are coming along alright.
    Happy Mother’s Day too!
    Amy

  102. Oh Kay…so good to hear from you…

  103. Welcome back Kay. I hope the recipients of the afghans feel the love that made them. Happy Mothers Day to you both.

  104. Checks for Czechs — that’s hysterical. Makes me smile and tear up at the same time. Happy Mother’s Day, Kay.

  105. :)

  106. Dear Kay,
    So good to “hear” your voice again. The photo of the church was great as were the blankets. Thinking of both you and Ann this Mother’s Day.
    Catherine

  107. Kay, it is so, so good to hear your voice again.

  108. I’m glad you are back to blogging. My husband is equally confused about the relationship between fabric and yarn and knitting and quilting. I just tell him it’s all about the transformation into something beautiful.

  109. We have all been steadfastly behind you, supporting you and with you, waiting for the tiny little speck of light to shine through. Sisters all, welcome back.

  110. Hey there :0) So glad you felt like popping in – it certainly made me smile.
    Keep on taking good care of you and yours.
    Heather xx

  111. So glad to see you back Kay. I’ve missed hearing from North of that Mason-Dixon Line!
    Be well, we continue to pray for you and your kids.

  112. So happy to see you back!

  113. Dear Kay–
    So Happy to read you as you stick your head up. Or out. The afghan is beautiful, and the thoughts are still with you. xo

  114. If those three blankets are any indication, there is some seriously good Peter mojo going out. They are just beautiful and artful.
    Miss you and love you! XO

  115. You continue in our thoughts and prayers. Peace, Pippin

  116. Hi — It’s wonderful to hear your voice, and to see those lovely blankets. I think of you often.

  117. So nice to have you back Kay! My thoughts have been with you. Keep knitting on — and it slowly will get better.

  118. So happy to hear from you and thanks for the fabulous blanket pics!

  119. Oh Kay!
    I love you!
    xoxoxoxoA

  120. Kay,
    You are so brave and kind to share with us. We love you!
    Laura

  121. Peter sounds like he was a typical American male — clueless about his wife’s hobbies but very sweet about it nonetheless. Kay, there is no way I can say what is in my heart, but know that many, many friends whom you will never really know think of you, pray for you and love you. Go with God, friend…

  122. Happy Mother’s Day, Kay! I think of you and your family daily. It is so good to hear from you again.

  123. Kay,
    Hugs to you. I’m glad that you feel like blogging again. Take care of yourself.

  124. Happy Mother’s Day Kay! It is so good to see you back — let’s plan a day for you and me and C.to get together.

  125. Happy Mother’s Day Kay and Ann – you have both been in my thoughts.

  126. There is a great deal to be said in favor of a person who knows what to be a fan of, even when all the details are unclear. Have a love-filled Mother’s Day.

  127. It’s great to hear from you again, Kay. Stick youyr head up whenever you want to. We’ll all be here.

  128. It’s great to hear from you again, Kay. Stick youyr head up whenever you want to. We’ll all be here.

  129. Nice to have you back with us! We’ve all been prayin’ rilly hard for you.
    Was that Cro-Kay I saw around those blankets?

  130. I’m just going to say that your post today has saved the world from a two-parter on the mushrooms growing in our yard right now. You have done the world a great service by sticking your head up.

  131. Hi Kay. I loved reading you here today.

  132. So lovely to have you blogging again, Kay. Ann has been bravely carrying on, and no doubt would continue to carry on indefinitely, and she does a wonderful job, so I am in no way denigrating (is that a word?) her half of the blog, but it is good to have both halves on the blog page again. After all it is Mason and Dixon, right?

  133. So lovely to have you blogging again, Kay. Ann has been bravely carrying on, and no doubt would continue to carry on indefinitely, and she does a wonderful job, so I am in no way denigrating (is that a word?) her half of the blog, but it is good to have both halves on the blog page again. After all it is Mason and Dixon, right?

  134. How wonderful to hear from you, Kay. And you brought with you such a wonderful post full of smiles that made US smile. Thank you! We are still praying for you and family.
    And if anyone is actually handing out ‘checks for Czechs,’ please see my raised hand, cuz I qualify.
    ~ Dar

  135. Oh, it’s good to “see” you, Kay. I’m glad that there are some bright spots for you in this time of darkness.

  136. Wonderful title to the post/sign. Even more wonderful, is to hear your voice and humor. Thanks for the popping, we all really appreciate knowing you have that popping feeling.
    Pop on!

  137. The blog is a happier place to hear your voice back again. Your family stays in our prayers!

  138. I’m glad to see you back here, and to hear a little about Peter. I’ve been thinking a lot about all of you in your family. hugs.

  139. Kay, had I known you were going to come by, I would have stayed at KC long enough to at least give you a big hug instead of just dropping by to drop off a square and buy a skein of Rowan Denim. (You’ve made a convert of me!) You’ve been very much in my thoughts. xxx, L.

  140. Dearest Kay,
    Thank you so much for writing again, and welcome
    back. I am so happy you found the strenght to do it. The blankets are beautiful and I know just to be around your beloved craft will help you through this most awful time. Much Love, Rita

  141. Dearest Kay,
    Thank you so much for writing again, and welcome
    back. I am so happy you found the strenght to do it. The blankets are beautiful and I know just to be around your beloved craft will help you through this most awful time. Much Love, Rita

  142. Dearest Kay,
    Thank you so much for writing again, and welcome
    back. I am so happy you found the strenght to do it. The blankets are beautiful and I know just to be around your beloved craft will help you through this most awful time. Much Love, Rita

  143. Welcome back! We love you!! {hugs}

  144. So glad to see your post! Welcome back and be gentle to yourself. Maybe knit a little cashmere? But no-o-o-o-o crochet.
    xo-Diana

  145. Nice to hear from you, Kay. So good to have you back.

  146. Nice to hear from you, Kay. So good to have you back.

  147. I have been following you for about three weeks. I am a crocheter and not a knitter. Your blog is not only an uplifting one, but to me, a calming one. Love the videos. Glad you are back. We are sisters of the yarn!

  148. I have been following you for about three weeks. I am a crocheter and not a knitter. Your blog is not only an uplifting one, but to me, a calming one. Love the videos. Glad you are back. We are sisters of the yarn!

  149. Brave of you to stick your foot back in the water to blog right now-good show. You and your children have been in my thoughts so much.

  150. Thanks so much for a lovely post. Glad to see you making your way back to the blog; we’ve missed you. Hugs!

  151. Welcome back Kay.

  152. Peter sounds like he was a wonderful person, a great companion for you through life. Every time I read a little about your love for him, and your memories I am reminded to keep the thoughts and images of my husband closer to me throughout the day. He will get an extra large hug from me when he wakes, but until then I just wanted to thank you for your way with words, your kindness and humor and hoping that these help get you and your children through this truly difficult time.

  153. So nice to see you back, Kay! Your family remains in my prayers.

  154. Dear Kay, Though I did not write sooner, you have been in my thoughts and prayers everyday.
    Welcome back. I have missed you.

  155. Dear Kay, Though I did not write sooner, you have been in my thoughts and prayers everyday.
    Welcome back. I have missed you.

  156. Dear Kay, Though I did not write soon, you have been in my thoughts and prayers everyday.
    Welcome back. I have missed you.

  157. So sorry for the repeated comment. Though I mean each one. Note to self: Do not use husband’s Japanese computer.

  158. Lovely to have you back with us. Gorgeous blankets that should mean a lot to the recipients, as well as the makers. Wonderful. Come on in, or blog as you pass. ;^)

  159. So nice to hear your voice.

  160. Sending all my love to you from Japan, Kay!!

  161. How nice to see you posting. You’ve been (and still are) in the thoughts and prayers of many, including me.

  162. Welcome back Kay. It is so nice to hear from you again and see your sense of humor. I’ve been thinking of you and hope that you and your kids are doing as well as can be expected right now. Thanks for sharing your knitting and life with us. Mason-Dixon is the best :o)
    Leah

  163. We’re all so happy to hear from you!
    Many, many hugs,
    Laura

  164. Dear Kay,
    Thank you for inviting us to participate in this wonderful way to remember and celebrate Peter. It feels so warm and fuzzy [in a good way] to be connected with other knitters– to have my squares merged with others’s work– to help people so far away. My hat is also off to those who color matched and coordinated the squares, sewed them together, and crocheted [there is that word] those beautiful borders.
    Please post photos of all the Knitty City completed covers, if possible.

  165. It’s so nice to see an entry from you. I loved your list of nuances about knitting that Peter didn’t understand. It was very touching and funny. Thank goodness you have such a wonderful sense of humor (and cuteness-there isn’t enough appreciation of cuteness in the world). Thanks for sharing the pictures and expending the energy to blog at this time. I’m only one of many of your knitting fans but you and your family are in my prayers.

  166. Hello, Kay, and welcome back. Your post made my Monday morning something really special. Thinking of you,
    Chris

  167. I am smiling warmly after reading your post. You are such a lovely blogger. Thank you so very much.

  168. Kay – thank you for posting, it is terrific to hear from you. Peter’s relationship with knitting had me laughing out loud. I think of you often and hope you had a love-filled Mother’s Day.

  169. Great post- I hope your day today is fabulous!

  170. I am going to go home tonight and hug my blub as hard as I can, in memory of your Peter.

  171. I love the pic of the church, and hope no one minds that I’ve made it my computer wallpaper. A reminder to smile just can’t be bad, can it?
    The edging on the blankets is lovely…I must learn to do that.
    It is so wonderful to “see” you!

  172. What a perfect way to return. You are still your witty self, I LOL’ed!! Bless you.

  173. Kay.
    Honey, I’m so glad you posted. And a perfect post.
    I knew you would keep your witticism, but I worried it would be hard to let it out for a bit. I’m so glad I was worrying for naught.
    Fabulous knits for A of A. And you are staying firmly in my prayers for quite some time to come. Puddles are pretty normal, I guess, so if you dissolve into them, it’s to be expected.
    (((((((Hugs)))))))

  174. What a perfect sign and a perfect sentiment.
    I’m in awe of the beautiful blankets for A for A, I think anyone would be proud to have them made in memory of them.
    I’ve been thinking a lot about you, and have sent you many prayers and thoughts.

  175. i’m not renaming my blog, but i did steal your idea sort of and use the sign as the banner on it. so glad you’re feeling a little on the mend. we miss you out here in the blogosphere.

  176. Dear Kay…welcome back!!! I have thought of you and your family so many times and continue to wish God’s gentleness upon you…it is so good to hear your voice again…!

  177. A beautiful return. Welcome back.

  178. Kay, it’s wonderful to ‘see’ you again. Big, warm hug to you.

  179. welcome back -us lurkers love you too! Think of you and your children often and send loving thoughts.

  180. Sweet Kay! Big air hugs to you, I’m just out here in Seattle adoring you. Remembering the great Ode to Tea contest. Tea does help, but knitting and community are the best. Thank you for providing both for us.

  181. Kay,
    So glad you have found something to ‘smile at as you pass’ during this dark time. You are in our thoughts. Please poke your head up whenever the spirit moves. In the meantime, know that Ann has your back and is doing a bang up job of representing!
    Hugs from upstate

  182. Kay,
    So glad you have found something to ‘smile at as you pass’ during this dark time. You are in our thoughts. Please poke your head up whenever the spirit moves. In the meantime, know that Ann has your back and is doing a bang up job of representing!
    Hugs from upstate

  183. Welcome back, Kay! We missed you. I will think of Peter when I send my next package to Afghans for Afghans. It might be awhile–my son is learning to walk and there’s not much time for knitting these days.

  184. Kay,
    So glad you have found something to ‘smile at as you pass’ during this dark time. You are in our thoughts. Please poke your head up whenever the spirit moves. In the meantime, know that Ann has your back and is doing a bang up job of representing!
    Hugs from upstate

  185. Kay,
    I’m so glad to read your voice again; I missed it. And I’m even more glad to hear that you are taking comfort in our thoughts and prayers for you. I know on my end they are plentiful and I do hope that they help at least a little bit, all things considered.
    Chancy

  186. Welcome home – so glad to “hear” you again.
    Speaking of crochet – which you say you cannot speak of – doesn’t it look lovely as an edging on all of those nice afghans! It really it a great thing to combine both needle crafts!!:)

  187. xxxxooooo, Kay!

  188. Kay, so glad to see you back. I’m also really glad to hear that the afghans help in some small way. Welcome back to your Happy Place, and definitely, come on in. :)

  189. I have sent two pairs of mittens and a hat in Peter’s honor to A4A. Bless your heart.

  190. Welcome home, Kay.

  191. I love the United Church sign. Thank you for sharing this photo and so much of your life and love with the world.
    Love to you, Carrie, Joseph and family from Fredericton, NB, Canada

  192. It’s so good to hear from you! We missed you!

  193. Welcome back! It is good to “hear your voice”. I love the church sign also!

  194. Oh Kay, so glad to “see” you. I’m sorry I’m coming in with this late; I lost a dear friend over the weekend and wasn’t online. Your post is inspiring. So much more to say but others have said it all and said it well, so I’ll just say that I’m glad you’re able to smile and see the sweet things, and you and your children are in my heart.

  195. Hearing from you made my day! :)

  196. Dear Kay, It’s so nice to hear (read) your voice again. Thank you for reminding us to smile as we pass. A beautiful sign to see as we hurry through our days.
    Sending you & the children much love.

  197. If no one’s yet said it (no time to read through all the comments just now), howzabout Poles for Poles? Or Fins for Finns? Ok, I’ll admit that Suede for Swedes may be pushing it a bit, but why not? Good to “see” you again. Keeping you in my prayers.

  198. I suspect Peter wondered, too, why on earth you would want to wander into yarn shops on vacation. Obviously, all yarn shops, everywhere, are alike.
    Can’t imagine the depth of your loss, but know that knitting and your memories will help.

  199. Oh, Kay – it’s so good to have you back. Hugs and love to you.

  200. Wonderful to see you here again. Be well…
    Peace to you.

  201. We’ve missed you, Kay; you and your children have been in my thoughts so often. It’s so fine to see you back. It can’t be easy. Hang in there.

  202. Hi Kay,
    So happy to see a post from you. I have missed your clever humor (not that Ann is chopped liver or anything close!) and was so glad it’s still intact. So sorry for your loss.
    I read your post a few days ago and then today when I scanned through it,in my uncaffeinated state I thought the marquee said “Knitted Church” — must search out a double espresso asap!

  203. Nice post – welcome back – even though we don’t know each other personally, I still think of you with fondness, and I’m sure many other knitters feel the same.

  204. Your post on Peter and knitting left me thinking of this passage. Please forgive my additions.
    Love (and knitting!) is patient; love/knitting is kind. There is nothing love/knitting cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope and endurance. There are things that last forever: faith, hope, knitting and love; but the greatest of these is love.
    May the spirit of this work comfort you and may knitting continue to bring you peace. Knit on in love.

  205. Kay,
    Welcome back! I’ve missed you and continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts.

  206. Kay –
    So nice to see you back on the blog! I am so sorry for your loss.
    Joy

  207. Kay, it’s great to read your post. Clever, witty and touching, as always. I second what all the other posters wrote.

  208. Kay, it’s great to read your post. Clever, witty and touching, as always. I second what all the other posters wrote.

  209. Kay,
    Beautiful post.
    Thinking of you.
    xo,
    Joy