Jim’s Love Sweater 6 and Alberta Arts

We’re off again shortly heading to Astoria, OR and ever north moving closer to home in Alaska. It’s been a great few  days with Andy, Jennifer, AbbyTabby and Daisy the dog.

They live in the Alberta Arts district of Portland and right around the corner of  their early 1900’s house is a street filled with small shops, all kinds of food and murals. I so love seeing the young women entrepeneurs and their success ful little shops!

Resale items are always interesting and Portland is no different, Why, I think looking at an halibut tail and a uh um hat rack? How about your ATM. Boring? This one lights up at night.

Jim did a little home improvement with Andy’s help. I like to keep him entertained so Jen and I can go play.


Today we walked to the waffle shop and then I went on to the knit shop, Close Knit for some desperate help to finish the back of Jim’s sweater.

I figured Monday morning would be light but I was wrong, the little door bell tinkled constantly. I waited while she helped two older “Pussy Hat” supporters, gathered some yarn to continue on with my blanket whichis 6 inches long but Jennifer’s is almost done. Inspiration comes in many ways.


Finally my turn and she quickly ripped out (gasp) the offending two rows and then showed me how to shape the armholes to finish the back. She loved the story of the sweater and invited me to attend the Wednesday night knitting group, but alas it’s time to go.

I walked back to the house taking little shots of the Alberta Arts District, so lively, so supportive of all people. Even the pest control for the attic squirrel “Nature First Pest Control only hires vet, retired police and fire fighters.

Jim’s Love Sweater 6 and Alberta Arts



Jim’s sweater made great gains in Sheridan WY as we spent several days with Alaska expats Greg and Debbie. We are still working on the back of the sweater, but several inches of beautiful soft sweater emerged during the laughter filled visit. Debbie is an expert knitter and was happy to correct my many knitting mishaps as well as whipping out several rows herself. My knitting confidence grew as she showed me some techniques in her best gentle teacher  way. Sometimes we both knitted and talked—something that didn’t work well always for me. So sometimes I knitted and sometimes we talked!!

The first part of the trip included other guests that the Marinos take in stride. “Rocket shoes” Debbie left me in the dust quickly fixing fabulous meals for 7 visitors including ANMC oncologist Matt and his 14 year old son Jack, who shot his first deer, as well as their long time friend, retired teacher and pilot 80 year old John. I never seem to have time to visit Matt in Anchorage so I was delighted to see him for a few days. Matt, Jack, Greg and Jim, while out hunting, became involved in a rather bizarre incident involving a deer, a competitive game warden and a gun-waving rancher. But that’s another story.

Soon there were four of us plus Maggie “the chocolatey lab”.

In addition to giving Jim’s cancer check up a green light,img_2082

Greg took him flying on a stunning day, landing in Coalstrip, MT where a fridge held 50 cent sodas and the offer of a retired police car to drive around for guest pilots.img_2126

Dr. Marino was responsible for Jim getting cancer care before he died. when I  had texted  him a picture of his blood results t in WY.  His local doctor was dithering. He urged us to quickly head to Anchorage.  After 2  days in Anchorage, it was 51/2 long months in Seattle. So there is a very special relationship between Jim and Greg

The next day Grimg_2145eg and Jim went hunting, with Jim shooting his first white tail deer while Greg shot a mule deer. As is the Alaska custom, they both thanked their deer for “giving itself” to them.

It was beautiful weather and wonderful company. We stayed an extra few days to help Greg and Debbie celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a great dinner img_2168and wonderful conversation. Sheridan friends Mark and Tibby came along with expat Alaskans, Chris and Dave. The best part was that Tibby was so moved by the story of Jim’s sweater, she knitted a few rows as we talked. Chris doesn’t knit but did bring her favorite mitts that needed a little knitting repair work.

The love and warmth in Jim’s sweater increases along with the inches. I can feel it.  It’s getting softer and warmer every day.

Count: 2 yarn shops, (British Columbia, Portland Oregon)  7 knitters.