I was super excited by this year’s Ravelympics/Knitting Olympics challenge. The Plain and Simple Pullover has been in my queue for a long time, but I was daunted by the idea of a fingering weight sweater, even one that has a fairly straightforward construction and short sleeves. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to challenge myself.
But life, as it seems, had other plans. Close friends were stunned by news that cancer has returned, and suddenly their lives revolve around schedules and experimental treatments.
These aren’t the friends we’ve known the longest, and aren’t the family we were born with. But their story has really struck a chord with me. Perhaps it’s the wife’s upbeat nature, refusing to become consumed with her husband’s scary prognosis. Maybe it’s the fact that their children are the same age as our children. Maybe it’s watching the couple together–how much they love each other and appreciate one another, recognizing the blessings they’ve had together in spite of this terrible news.
Whatever the reason, I’m putting my knitting projects on hold for a greater purpose–hats they’ve requested to take with them to New York. How can I refuse?
It isn’t my Knitting Olympics project, but I’m not sad to put that to the side for this. There’s more to life than that simple, self-imposed challenge. There are real challenges out there, those I can’t even begin to comprehend. Those that no one should have on their plate. Ones that, though I pray, I can’t get a grip on.
I wish there was more I could do. But in the meantime, I’ll knit.