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The Hat from the Yarn from the Journey

I recently finished another knitted hat with the kind of story behind it like the one I shared in my 11/11/19 post The Ball of Yarn (which eventually became a hat).

This hat is for my sister Rianna, who helped me more than I can ever put into words or thank her for during the most difficult time of my life in December 2018, after my husband suddenly died.

As I shared in the 12/23/18 post Stories from the Road, Part I, after my husband died I flew to the Eastern Coast of the U.S. (on a plane ticket my brother Raoul brought me) and my sister drove me across 4 Eastern states to see family and to attend a celebration of life for my husband with his family in Upstate New York. (My husband and I are originally from the East Coast of the U.S., both growing up in New York)

I was in a shocked daze but hanging out with my sister was a beautiful and bonding distraction. She drove me over 800 miles round-trip and on our way back from Upstate New York we stopped in a quaint town called Tarrytown, New York.


I knew at the time I needed to leave Central Oregon where I lived the past 14 years with my husband and start a new life somewhere, when I was ready, but moving to Colorado was not a fully formed idea yet. I was considering moving to New York to be closer to my siblings.

So we stopped in Tarrytown and wandered around for several hours as a break from being on the road.

While in Tarrytown we discovered the Flying Fingers Yarn Shop, and while browsing my sister brought a skein of yarn over to me and said: “Would you knit me a hat with this?”.

A little over 14 months later, I’ve finished the hat for my sister with the yarn she selected on the road trip:

2020-02-21_12-27-11_0362020-02-21_12-32-13_8482020-02-21_12-32-52_956I love variegated yarn and I think the pattern created by the variegations in the yarn is yummy!

My sister has curly hair (lots of it), so I made the hat a little bit wider and longer than I normally do. Here are some photos of me modeling the hat for my sister when I texted her images of the finished hat (I wanted to show her I added in extra length to the hat).

2020-02-21_12-29-42_8522020-02-21_12-25-08_665A handmade knitted hat is not enough to thank my sister for how much she was there for me during the most difficult time in my life but it is a little token of my appreciation.

When I write posts like this, though I try not to my make blog too “grief-y” these days, it reminds me how much love I have in my life from family and friends.


“Snow Anxiety”

I’ve been struggling with anxiety this winter, especially when we have heavy snows in the Denver metropolitan area where I now live.

F7LeNnXLikely this is related to the worse winter of my life in early 2019 (after the worse Christmas season in my life when my husband died 12 days before Christmas).

There were constant major snowstorms in Central Oregon in January and February 2019 and I was constantly shoving feet of snow just to get out of my driveway.

Previously, my awesome husband always handled snow shoveling (occasionally I would help and we would “team shovel”) and suddenly after his death, I now had to constantly do it on my own (while sobbing uncontrollably in my grief).

This continued until I finally admitted to close friends my struggles and my wonderful friend Jason once he found out what I was doing, brought his snowblower over and told me no matter what, I was not to shovel snow anymore! He drove across town daily if needed to my house to take care of the snow removal (we had an endless dump of snow daily for a while in Central Oregon in winter 2019)!

I think when heavy snow hit the Denver area in January and February 2020 it brought back those awful grief memories and it manifested itself in “Snow Anxiety”.

No worries, I am working with my healthcare provider on this anxiety issue. Living at 5280+ feet above sea level, in the Rocky Mountains, there is going to be snow. So unless I am planning to move somewhere tropical I need to resolve my “Snow Anxiety” issue.

One thing that is helping with my anxiety is knitting and quilting projects!

This morning over breakfast I was reading an article in a crafting magazine discussing the mental health benefits of handwork and came across the most wonderful quote from Anne Lamott that I will close this post with:

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. – Anne Lamott


22 thoughts on “The Hat from the Yarn from the Journey”

  1. Love your quote about stopping to “unplug”. Thank you for the reminder that we just need to do that on a regular basis and focus on our own version of who we are. Love the hat, the yarn and that pattern.

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  2. It’s a lovely hat Tierney. It sounds like it is going to a lovely lady too. I’m glad that you have such a sister in your life. ❤

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  3. I love the hat and can feel the love that you put into it just looking at the pictures! I admire people who knit since it’s a mysterious process to me. You are blessed to have such a sister as this, and I know you are very aware of it. I lost my only sister the same year as my husband and I love reading close sister stories.
    I’ve probably only experienced about a dozen snows in my life and can’t imagine having to deal with it on a regular basis. Thank heavens for dear friends who come to your aid and help you!

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    1. I’m so sorry you lost your sister the same you should lost your husband what a rough time. The simple nothing I do is not that mysterious 😀 Thanks so much for your comments!


  4. Beautiful hat. Hang in there with the snow. I would say you could always move my way and not worry about snow but every once and awhile Texas surprises you lol.


  5. It’s always strange (aggravating?) how the mind misbehaves in ways you never expected. Who would have thought snow would affect you in that way, right? But it’s completely understandable when you put it in context and I’m glad you’re working on a way through it.

    That said, gorgeous hat!!!! I love the colors.

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  6. I am sorry for your heartache. How blessed to have such a supportive sister. I know how situations can trigger memories and anxiety. Give yourself time to heal and go easy on yourself.

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  7. What a nice tribute to your sister. I can only imagine the love that went into that project, and now she’ll think of you every time she wears it. You’re lucky to have a sister. I missed out, although I have a wonderful brother. Thanks for making me smile.

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