Today is Pearl Harbor Day & it always reminds me of my dad. Dad always got weird on Pearl Harbor Day. He wasn't there, but he had many friends & family members who were. Dad's WWII experience was in Europe. He hit the beaches of Normandy on Day 2. After surviving that, but made his way across the land & survived The Bulge as well. At the Bulge, he picked up a bit of German shrapnel which he carried in his leg until his death many, many years later. Dad was always respectful of D-Day and celebrated in his own way, but on Pearl Harbor Day....
Every year, on Pearl Harbor Day, I'd wake up & come down stairs to find my big, strong, strapping, full of life father sitting in the rocking chair, lost in thought & frequently with a tear running down his face. He'd remain in that spot all day. As a small child, it was a bit scary. A quiet, silent, lost looking father was not normal. And by the time I was 7 or 8 years old, I knew that it was not a day for loud noises, lots of laughter or for having friends over to play. It was a day to be respectful.
And so, Pearl Harbor Day has become the day that I'm reminded of my dad, even more than I do on his death day. So, on this day, I take a moment of silence to honor both my father and all those men & women who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.
And now, because it's been months since I've posted here (yes, I'm hanging my head in deep shame) let's talk knitting. A friend asked me to knit a shawl for her. The pattern was for a cape, but I lengthened it and now it's a collared shawl.
The yarn is Chrystal Palace Mochi Plus in the Blueberry Pancake colorway. If I'm ever lost on a deserted island, I'm taking a big pile of Mochi with me. I don't care what weight, it's all heavenly, but as long as I have some Mochi, I can survive. I absolutely LOVE this yarn! I may not take Blueberry Pancake though. Not sure that would be a good thing considering the entire time I was knitting this shawl, I was craving blueberry pancakes.
The lace border detail looks like this:
That's all I'm going to talk about for now. I'm hoping that by not telling you what I'm currently working on, I won't wait another two months to tell you about it.
While you wait for that next post, I hope you'll check out my Facebook page. I'm counting down the days until Christmas with gift ideas for your favorite crafter.
See you soon, I hope.