I’ve been delayed in posting Part II of the mittens for a number of reasons. One, sadly, was I’m knitting some chemo hats. One of my knitting students who became a friend, Irene, was diagnosed this week with a dreadfully thorough recurrence of breast cancer. Irene is a mom of three young children. She is a lovely, laughing, wonderful spirit. An example — during one class, she brought me a gift, this book:
It’s the story of woman who knits mittens and leaves them on a tree by the school bus stop for children who have no mittens. She said she bought it for me because she knew that’s the kind of old lady I was going to be. I had not remembered I even had that book until I started thinking about Irene. Now look, I’m writing up a mitten pattern and asking you all to make some mittens to donate. Irene must be right.
Today, however, I’m asking you to donate to Irene — send her thoughts, prayers, positive energy, healing vibrations, whatever you can spare. Those kids are too little to lose their mother.