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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly #10

Okay, let’s face it, there has been enough bad and ugly in my life the last week or so. This post is all about Good Things.

Good: As you may recall, before I had that Life Changing Thing happen, I finished the Adamas Shawl. I blocked it one day last week (it’s sort of a blur, last week and I’m honestly not sure which day it was) and managed to snap a photo for you guys.


Good: Writing a blog has enhanced my life in many ways but all the good things blogging has brought to me pale in comparison to the friends I have made. I know so many of you were with me in spirit during my dad’s services last week but I have to tell you about one incredible thing that happened. My dear friend Kathy drove all the way down to Brockton to come to my dad’s wake. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw her walk in the door.

Good: Ripe tomatoes. Need I say more? Nope, I’ll just show you.

Good: Cards and phone calls and emails from friends. A simple “you’re in my thoughts” means more than you could ever know.

Good: A picture of a grandpa with his two grandchildren. Nothing makes Dale happier than spending time with Patrick and Ambrynn.

Good: Wakes and funerals and things show you in many ways who you can count on. Thursday afternoon Blogless Sharon showed up at my house with Grey Goose vodka, wine, and her knitting. We sat on the porch and knit together, sometimes talking, sometimes not. By the end of the night we had been joined by Sharon’s husband Al as well as dear friends Steve and Debbie and Don and Lois. It was a chilly night and we had a fire in the chiminea and I even got to snuggle up in my new shawl. The thing that made me warmest, though, was being surrounded by friends who love me. It was exactly what I needed.

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  1. There is so much good here it’s hard to know just what to say. Adamas is beautiful! Friends are the true fiber that holds us together through thick and thin.

  2. Hugs to you! The shawl is gorgeous. Tomatoes look yummy and Dale and grandkids happily comforting. I’m glad all of this is in your life.

  3. Carol, I’m so glad to know that you have been embraced with love and comfort during the last week.

    Adamas is beautiful — congratulations!

  4. Isn’t it wonderful that you have family, friends, and that stunning shawl to keep you warm when things aren’t so good.

  5. That’s what good friends DO–and I’m so glad they were there for you (in person).

    And, of course, the shawl is beautiful.

  6. It’s so heartwarming when good people take care of other good people. 🙂

    Beautiful, beautiful, stunning shawl. I’m in love with it. The color is striking. Nice work.

  7. Boy, everybody who got here before I did said it all. I can just put an exclamation point to it. And you know what? You reap what you sow. You are a wonderful person, a wonderful friend, and you deserve it back in multiples.

  8. And here’s another virtual hug from slow-to-get-back-into-things me. You can never have too many when you are having “that kind” of a week…or month……

  9. I am SO glad it’s all ‘good’ this week. You deserve some ‘good’. No, make that a LOT of ‘good’!

    Adamas looks like a huge success! I love the color you chose. BTW, any other Mim projects in the queue? (after Moth, I mean…) I really like the lightweight Mtn Peaks pattern, and that new Hidcote shawl is pretty tempting too.

  10. Dar Williams (me again with the Dar Williams) does a great cover of the Kinks’ song Better Things – here’s saluting your Good Things and wishing you Better Things ahead.

  11. Your shawl is gorgeous! And your post was wonderful — we have a memorial service for my MIL this afternoon and I can relate 100% to what you wrote about the importance of friends at times like these. Thanks!

  12. Wow – that really is ALL good. Your shawl is incredible!! And such a beautiful picture with the sun shining through. I am so glad you had so much support (and Vodka) throughout the past week.

  13. Wow, that is such a positive post. Its so good to read, coming from someone who has gone through a not-so-good time. If you need any help, though, don’t be afraid to ask!

  14. I’m very glad you had so many good things to try to balance out the really, really bad thing.


    Your shawl is beautiful :o)

  15. I am touched that even in these circumstances you have only good in this post, no bad, no ugly. You have such a good and strong heart. And the shawl’s not too bad either!

  16. I’m so glad you have wonderful people around you. When all is said & done & we look back on our lives, it’s the memories we created with friends & family that will mean the most!


  17. Ahh. Carole. Adamas is so beautiful. I know it must make Mim so incredibly happy to see. And how wonderful to cuddle up with it on the porch surrounded by friends – you have totally made me want to go out and buy a chiminea.

    The garden bounty. Happy picture of Grandpa with those beautiful children. Despite the craziness of the past week for you – this post just exudes happiness. I love it. Thanks. 🙂

  18. This post made me teary Carole. Life is so much more a stranger journey than I thought it would be personally. I’m glad that you had good friends take you through that evening. That same day in my life was sort of like yours. Thank God for friends.

    On a diff note, LOVE the Adamas Shawl! Must go investigate this pattern now! grin. Love your Moth shawl too. I just bought that pattern. I need to get some KSH though. Or sift through “the stash”!

  19. Such a gorgeous shawl – congrats on all that fiberly beauty 🙂 Perhaps one day I will actually find time to knit a shawl.
    What a great post – it was just the right touch of everything. love the pic of Dale with the grandkids.. that’s just the best!

  20. Your shawl is so lovely, Carole. You’re a wise woman, focusing on the good things in your life. It’s amazing, isn’t it, how wonderful this blog community is?

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