Knit more warmth
Tuesday February 15th 2011, 11:41 pm
Filed under: Family,Knit,LYS

The first thing.  Benjamin Levisay and Molly Vagle of XRX came into Purlescence this afternoon; good conversation was shared with a little chocolate torte on the side and a good time was had by all. (Thank you Laura for sitting next to me, laughing off my deafness when I needed that and repeating a few misses for me.)

The second thing. National Public Radio in Massachusetts did a segment today on knitting.

India called in. India and Ellen have been the main reasons the Warm Hats Not Hot Heads campaign actually got off the ground, and it was good to hear her voice as she did a great job of saying what it’s all about and why and encouraging others to join us.

As I type, we’re at 130 hats. That’s a whole lot of people who put down whatever project they were working on to go knit towards a cause that they too felt was important. I think one more and we’ll be at 25% of Congress.  Go knitters go!

The third thing (and why I’m glad I’ve already finished my representatives’ hats). My cousin Jim’s 14-year-old daughter Abby fell while skiing yesterday. Hit a tree. I’ve never heard the highly-unwelcome term “burst fracture” before, but it was two of her vertebrae. (To Amy: T12  L1.) The doctors were, to quote her father, very pessimistic last night.

This morning she felt tingling in her toes and said she needed to go.

And I, both powerless and…not quite entirely, while marveling at the almost too good to hope for that that is so far, knowing that so many others have wished for such moments and never had them and knowing there’s a long way to go, wonder what her favorite colors are. (Just got the answer: purple!)

That, and continuing prayer, I can do.

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Strength to Abby! Hoping that she’ll be dancing on those tingling toes again soon!

And way to go for the WHNHH campaign!

Comment by tinebeest 02.16.11 @ 1:01 am

Hey Alison. *hugs*. T12 & L1 are right where the spine goes from curving inward to curving outward between the low & mid back. There’s a heck of a lot of nerves that are below that point. I’m glad to hear she’s got sensation in various lower parts — that’s a very positive sign! Hopefully she’ll heal up quickly as only 14 year olds do. <3

Comment by Amy 02.16.11 @ 4:10 am

Hugs to you and prayers for Abby. Tingling toes is a good sign.May she continue to progress.

Comment by pat Flores 02.16.11 @ 5:31 am

Let’s continue to encourage the healing that only young people seem to have! Those seem to be good signs. Prayers all around.

Comment by afton 02.16.11 @ 6:06 am

I wish the best for Abby.

I wanted to comment that sleeping is a major part of Parker’s job right now!

Comment by LauraN 02.16.11 @ 7:49 am

My dear Skibum hit a tree, at speed and altitude, some years ago and came away from the experience with a ripped up knee and broken ribs. Abby is in my prayers, and I hope her healing is as rapid as possible. We all know that nerves take their own good time.

Comment by Patricia Day 02.16.11 @ 7:59 am

Prayers to your cousin’s daughter… that’s so very serious, and how wonderful for the tingling!

Go hats go!

Comment by Channon 02.16.11 @ 8:32 am

wow — running into a tree sounds like a very bad thing — we’ll add Abby to our prayers

(and are you knitting her a hat or something else?)

Comment by Bev 02.16.11 @ 9:24 am

Hit a tree! OUCH!! Add my prayers for the young lady.

No wonder Parker is so cute! He has a lovely mother.

Comment by Don Meyer 02.16.11 @ 9:40 am

So sorry to hear about your cousin’s daughter. I hope she recovers well!

Comment by India 02.16.11 @ 12:49 pm

OMG. I’m so praying for Abby, and will hold her in my mind in a purple (healing) light!
Thank you, too, for visiting my blog and commenting, and thank you for being a part of the creation of Warm Hats Not Hot Heads, and oh, by the way, thank you for your book! I didn’t make the connection till I stopped here and clicked on “My Books” and went – OH WOW! That is so cool.
Off to light candles and lift Abby into purple light in my mind…

Comment by Knitnana 02.16.11 @ 6:10 pm

Oh. May there be more good news as tomorrow comes and healing proceeds. It’s funny how something so small as tingling toes can be so very important and the thing one clings to in hope.

Comment by twinsetellen 02.16.11 @ 8:49 pm

All of our prayers are with Abby and her family. She will need her strength to get through upcoming surgery. And all of us need to be grateful to the (altho not mentioned) excellent ski patrol who got her off that mountain and to care with proper stabilitization. It is not just the injury, but early care and proper transportation makes all the difference in the world.

Comment by Holly 02.16.11 @ 9:41 pm

She is in my heart, as well.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 02.17.11 @ 3:39 pm

Ohmigosh. The NPR show from Massachusetts? I listen to On Point many evenings, and I’m in the town where Alison grew up.

I loved hearing what India said, and I loved the smile in host Tom Ashbrook’s voice as he replied.

Then I got to the point in the audio where a flock of sheep was being described. It’s the first time I’ve visited On Point’s web site, and I was surprised to see a video of the flock. I wonder how many videos I’ve missed in the past; I certainly hope not to miss any in future. I loved seeing the sheep and their own path they’d made through the snow.

I’m very sorry about Abby, and I certainly hope she does well. It’s just that I’m in a bit of tooth pain tonight. I needed something cheering, and the NPR segment certainly cheered me. Once I feel relatively pain free again, I’m sure I’ll be free to feel more sympathy for an injured skier.

Comment by robinm 02.17.11 @ 10:12 pm

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