Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Papa Y.

Another death, also not entirely unexpected, but this one is just as difficult. 
When I am in Japan, the Y. family always treats me with such kindness and generosity, and has always treated me like a member of the family.
Papa Y. and I always got along so well, even before I could communicate adequately in Japanese, our gestures and minimal language served us well and helped establish our relationship.
He had such tremendous energy and was an amazing man.

播州電装 取締役会長 米田興一は、かねてから病気療養中でしたが、
5月12日 77歳にて永眠しました。

米田家・播州電装株式会社 合同葬

    葬儀委員長  総務グループ長  仁井 聖史
    喪   主  長男       米田 昭彦

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

1928 - 2011

This is a photo of my beloved father-in-law Frank. He was born in Mola de Bari, Italy, and moved to the United States when he was 8 years old. He built quite a successful life for himself here, and was a wonderful, generous and kind man. A true gentleman. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 12 years ago. It was hellish at times for all of us, I can't even imagine how it must have felt for him. It was incredibly painful to lose him to Alzheimer's, little by little, day by day, and to have him lose the ability to speak and communicate.

My children never had the joy of experiencing their grandfather, who loved them so dearly. They were too young to remember how he would hold them and beam proudly at "these guys". Instead my children had a grandfather who required their love and affection and attention without any real reciprocation. They always did an amazing job of touching him and lavishing him with their love, they made me so proud.

Goodbye Frank, I have missed you, and I have always thought the world of you.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Socks that Rock

Last year I was at a fiber fest, and the Fold had their booth right behind our guild booth. Well, this color "Boobie 2" really caught my eye. Over and over again, and finally, I caved and bought it. I loved the colors, but then I wondered what on earth I had been thinking because those colors are pretty loud and bright. So it sat for a bit, and then it went into my Yarn Harlot inspired "sock club". I was planning some weekend away knitting and lo and behold this was what I grabbed.
In no way are these colors accurate. Pattern is Scylla, by Fiona Lucas.
 Holy cow!
I am in love with this yarn, it knit up super fast and has been heaven to work with - it has a wonderful squish and spring, and the colors are so vibrant.

Closer but not quite yet.

I have already finished one sock and the other is in the works, about 1/4 done.
These socks do rock! Totally awesome yarn.