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When my dad was diagnosed with leukemia in August...
Created By: Cecelia Mercer

When my dad was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2006 he was given 1-3 months to live and offered no medical intervention...the doctors said the chemo would kill him. So my two sisters, our foster-sister, and I gathered around our dad and step-mom to begin the journey to the end. Our foster-sister was knitting felted purses to donate to charity auctions while I was crocheting a two-color throw from an old Leisure Arts book. My younger sister wanted to knit but had no needles or yarn ... FS supplied some cotton yarn, circular needle, and a simple dishcloth pattern and we were set to go... our other sister declined to knit (we found out later she was learning how to knit using

During the ensuing months as we came together about once a month to spend time with our dad we each brought our own project...making trips to the local yarn shop for supplies or late-night trips to the local discount store which carries Lion Wool (which felts beautifully). I started knitting a felted bag and they are such a portable project. We soon discovered that the knitting was taking on a life of its own...there when we needed something to keep us from twisting our hands in despair, the sharing of our craft with the health-care workers. And then, eight months later, following Dad's death and the funeral, we found solace in picking up the knitting again...the quiet snick-snicking of bamboo needles helped calm our grief.

The surprising discovery was that the airlines would let me take my circular needles and short straights on the plane--even the metal ones I had to buy at the discount store. Not one time was there a problem. And the 'sisterhood of the needle' could be found in every airport at any hour.

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