Hello, everybody. This is Kate, posting from ward 31 thanks to the wonders of the iphone. Thanks so much for all of your good wishes I have been very moved to read everyone’s comments and am certain that your collective positive vibes are helping me stay on top of things. The bizarre and still unbelievable news is that I have had a stroke. I apparently have a small hole in my heart (about which I knew nothing) – a clot went the wrong way through it and ended up in my brain. It has left me paralysed on my left side, and feeling generally weird and exhausted, but the good news is that some movement has already returned to the left hand, and I’m working hard at the physio, as you can imagine. I’m told that picturing yourself in movement really helps with the rehab; so I am spending much of my days dreaming of the hills, and replaying many of the wonderful walks Tom
and I have taken together. Ward life is inevitably grim, but the neurologists and nurses are fantastic and are doing all they can to make my uncomfortable body as comfortable as possible. Hopefully I’ll have some good news for you before too long. Till then, thanks again for the healing thoughts. Like I said, I’m sure I’m feeling their benefit
with much love to all of you
Kate

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  1. Dear Kate, Hope your improving, you have inspired me with your blog so hope this message finds you in good spirits. Best wishes to you and Tom, your in my prayers daily.
    Ruth

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  2. As a purchaser of your fantastic patterns, one of which I am currently knitting (owl sweater) may I send my best wishes for a full recovery. What an awful shock for you and your loved ones and I send a hug to them, too, as they help you along the road to recovery. I know two people who have recovered from strokes and you would never know.The road wasn’t always easy for them, but you have the benefit of medical advances plus the best medicine of all…a huge circle of love surrounding you including those you have inspired and delighted with your fabulous designs. God bless you. x

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  3. wishing you a speedy recovery and sending you knitterly and sisterly vibes from a fellow academic. you *will* recover, and all of those little steps you take will soon knit themselves together to make you new again.

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  4. Dear Kate, I’ve been checking in each day for an update, thinking about you and a little worried. I pray that things are improving and you are just too busy to blog while you’re recovering. My very best wishes to you. I’m a good hugger…consider yourself hugged and do feel better. Cheryl

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  5. Wishing you a good and positive recovery Kate. I know everyone says they know someone etc. in the same situation. Well I do indeed have the dearest friend who had a massive stroke and with sheer determination and a lot of physical therapy, coupled with love from all her friends she did do very well indeed. Now 18 years later apart from a slight drag in her leg when tired she is and always will be just perfect in our eyes. So Kate I wish you so much love and go to it with all your might and will.
    Best wishes Sally

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  6. I keep hoping for a new update on your health that will say you are progressing rapidly and will soon be back to the life of activity you love.

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  7. de-lurking to say thinking about you and wishing you a triumphant, northern-grit-fuelled recovery, our lass! I love your blog, hope to read your clever words again soon. with big hugs Ali x

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  8. I dont commet often, but I follow your blog and work. Imagine your walks and trips in the nature seems like a great idea- the best wishes for you. imagine knitting and creating new patterns must be next step. best vibes.’Beate

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  9. Sending you positive thoughts for a quick and complete recovery, and virtual hugs…just cause you deserve ’em.

    Seriously, if anyone is going to make it through this challenge, it’s you, Kate. It’s clear to all of us out here in Internet-land that you are a person of rare courage, tenacity and grace. All of those qualities are still yours — no matter what your body is doing at the moment — and there is no doubt in my mind that you will emerge from this difficult time with as much spirit and passion as you have always had.

    In other words, hang in there. This too shall pass.

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  10. Oh dear, what a nasty surprise! I hope you’re already on the mend. Best wishes from Arizona for your recovery and strength for you and Tom as well.

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  11. Kate, My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    I have faith in your strength to recover fully from this terrible experience, hopefully it will happen quickly and you will be back to the joy of knitting and designing soon. As I knit my ‘get off my cloud’ I will be willing your hands to move with every stitch I make.
    Stay strong, we are all rooting for you :)

    Bex

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  12. Sorry that last comment from me prob went straight to spam – here it is again –

    3w – peaceandloveandnoticingthedetails dot blogspot dot com

    Have a go starting at july 2005 – wee gems all.

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  13. Thinking of you every day Kate and hoping that your recovery is going well. Missing your inspirational words and beautiful photos. Much love to you and Tom.

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  14. Dear Kate, I really hope the best for you. Every time I do some knitting I think of you and wish you all the best for your recovery. It’s still good you have Tom at your side. Keep it up!

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  15. Oh My HEAVENS!!! I am so sorry to read of your condition. Your post sounds as though you are keeping your spirit up and you are determined – good for you! I will keep you in my prayers – for a full recovery. Take very special care and know that I (and everyone else, I’m sure) are cheering you on.
    Sincerely,
    Jennifer in KS (US)

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  16. May you fully recover as quickly as possible. I am so thankful to hear the stroke was not any worse than it was. All the best to you and Tom. Take care of yourself, the knitting world loves you!

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  17. I think about you when I knit as well, and am finishing a poncho made with vintage mohair found in a thrift store. Not quite enough for an itchy sweater, but so lovely to touch. We all know you’re working very hard to heal. Knitting [and sewing] in Canada, Lois

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  18. I just heard the news from Devoney (via H.Guest), and my heart didn’t quite start beating right until I came over here and saw you are up and iPhone-ing! Thinking of you and all your kindness to me when I was at York, now that I am in Alabama (!!) I do hope you get better soon!

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  19. I will be thinking of you more than I already do, and be moved to check in everyday to hear about your progress. You are *such* a lovely woman, and you’ll always be, even through impossible and difficult times as this, with whatever happens. You’re amazing Kate ! Love, Jen from California

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  20. Although I’m a reader of your blog I’de never wrote to you before. I was shocked to hear what happened to you and I’m wishing for you to get well as soon as possible.

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  21. HELLO KATE – time for another hello and wondering how things are progressing— am sure you are working hard with your physio— its our job to help keep your spirits up

    – was just in a TORONTO , ONTARIO yarn store ‘LETTUCE KNIT ‘ , and saw your ‘owl sweater ‘ — you are everywhere in your designs — something to make you proud

    –hope TOM is keeping well with the stress — always hard when someone you love is not well

    fight the fight —with all your might —- warm wishes —pat j

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  22. Kate I was so saddened to hear of your illness, but I am overjoyed that you are starting to get movement back in your left side.

    We never had that cup of tea, but when you are out of hospital and ready to have visitors, we can do it in Edinburgh. I will happily travel up.

    Get well doon.

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  23. Hope you are doing well. We’d all love to hear an update on how you are progressing. Wishing you patience and strength in your recovery. C-

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  24. Sending [[[BIG HUGS]]] your way! I’m knitting and thinking of you – best wishes to you and Tom. Be an Amazon!
    Kim in Newfoundland

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  25. We are definitely all pulling for you!
    I am sending Positive Engery thoughts to you.
    I know you are working hard, just know we are right there with you – in your heart.
    Strong Hugs,
    Gerry in Jefferson City

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  26. I am so sorry to hear about your stroke. You have all my good wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. I so enjoy your blog – your zest for life and nature shines through. I hope you are out and about again soon.

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  27. Dear Kate, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’ve very much enjoyed and admired your writing on this blog over the last couple of years. I’m pulling for your visualizing and hard work to produce a complete recovery as quickly as possible. Many get-well wishes to you!

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  28. Kate & Tom – more love and wishes for lots and lots of strength, for the both of you. I love to look at your pictures of hiking in Scotland and I’m hoping those memories are inspiring you too.

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  29. I’m sending lots of positive vibes and love and light your way, Kate, and seeing you fully recovered. I love looking at the pictures you show us of your beautiful walks with Tom. I always liked to see what you were wearing. Hugs, Jules

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  30. Hey Kate and Tom,
    Still thinking about you guys and hoping you both still have your chins up and are eating and sleeping and taking care of each other. You’ll get through this.
    peace,
    Virginia

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  31. Kate,
    Just catching up with teh posts and very sorry to hear your shocking news – sending you lots of healing thoughts of knitting, walking, allotment-digging and mead-drinking.

    All the best
    Hx

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  32. I’ve never posted, but have always thoroughly enjoyed your wonderful and interesting posts. The strength of spirit that you show in your posts will help you now. Here’s a toast to your continuing active mind and hopefully soon-to-be body!

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  33. Kate & Tom,
    All those sad cliches about remaining positive, being strong and being grateful for the kindness of others may be true, but getting angry,tired, frustrated and weepy are too. Don’t be hard on yourself when the clouds come over, it’s part of your recovery.
    Stitching a stitch for you both xxx

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  34. Heal quickly and completely, Kate. Your writing motivates so many of us, use our collective strength to keep at it. Hope that you are feeling more comfortable soon.

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  35. Thanks Tom for the note and thanks Kate for the update from Ward 31 – we were worried. We’re sending you all possible positive thoughts and good karma for a strong recovery from here in snowy Minnesota.

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  36. was just thinking of you hillwalking Kate, it’s a beautiful day here in Speyside and I hope you’ll soon be out in the fresh air walking again, keep on visualising – you’ll get there

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  37. o gosh! all the very best wishes for a speedy recovery! Getting better from something so unexpected can be rather rocky but I am sure you will be up and about and walking familiar paths soon! Your descriptions of walking have been such an unexpected piece of beauty of the past year; I hope you can draw on that same love of the familiar and the details of the known as you gradually regain both movement and places. Your descriptions of knitting and repeated movements has be one of the most inspiring things I have ever read. It helped me to understand myself. I hope in the coming days, in the difficult hours, you may remember you are amazingly talented and have inspired huge affection in so many. I am sure you will be rock hopping and scampering across mountainsides as soon as may be. If I could bottle warm fuzzy optimistic determination I would post it.

    xxx e

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  38. Kate, oh my goodness. I am rewriting my words again and again. I can’t express my shock… We’re strangers but for your beautiful blog, I feel like I know you so well and feel devistated that this has happened to you.

    I wish you all the strength you need to pull you and Tom through this. I can honestly say that it is amazing how powerful possitive thinking is. I am so sorry. You must be very frightened. Take care my wonderful, dear, cyber friend. Thinking of you xxx

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  39. I’m glad to see that you are well enough to post, you had us all worried there for a while…
    Here’s hoping for a speedy and full recovery.
    All the best to you both

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  40. Still thinking about you and wishing you well. I have so enjoyed your blog and miss your generous sharing of your life. Trust everything is going well and looking forward to hearing from you again!

    Susan

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  41. Oh my goodness! I’ve been away from the computer a lot lately, so I missed Tom’s post. I’m shocked to hear this, Kate! I wish you a very very speedy recovery and hope you can get back to your own home and bed as soon as possible.

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  42. It is hard to think of anything that has not already been said, so I just rest with saying that here’s another devoted reader who wish you an easy recovery. Keep up the spirit!
    Big love and positive vibes from Sweden.

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  43. Kate, I was shocked to read that someone as young and fit as you had a stroke. I hope that each day you are progressing and will soon be back to good health. Best Wishes

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  44. By the way, I hope they are letting you listen to The Archers in there. Helen is about to go round the bend I think and I’m very excited about it! And Pip is more annoying than ever.

    Actually, don’t listen, Pip might give you a second stroke.

    best wishes

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  45. Just delurking…to say that I am sending thoughts of speedy recovery your way. I always enjoy popping in to read your blog – the photos, the knitting – wonderful! Hugs to you, your family and friends :)

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  46. My positive thoughts are winging their way to you every day! I know how hard physio can be and I know that with your strong spirit you are sticking with it! Visualisation is a wonderful thing – the body really responds, so keep up the good work.

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  47. If it helps, I’m sure that we’re ALL picturing you in full motion – knitting, studying, tromping about wherever you like. I hope that your recovery is fast and furious!

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  48. Much love to you, Kate, and remain steadfastly positive. I am picturing you now, strong again, and off to dig up the mead. (Did I get that right? Hope so.) Thoughts from around the world will be cheering you on as you recover.

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  49. Kate,

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of your horrible ordeal, but (if I may say) greatly relieved to hear that you are already on the mend. As the father of a child with a cardiac condition, I am heartened to hear that you’ve received such wonderful care. Jessie and Addie join me in sending the warmest of wishes across the pond to you and Tom. We’re thinking of you (not in hospital, but roaming across those beautiful hills and glens you love).

    –Jared

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  50. big hug from a silent fan of your blog.
    it’s moving to see how many people you’ve reached through your blog, but really not surprising. you have tremendous energy and talent. don’t give up this next project of recovering your health.
    all the best for tou and your family.
    **
    ines

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  51. I’ve never commented before but just wanted to add my good wishes to all the rest. I can already see from your post that you’re facing up to this challenge with the same humour and strength of character that shine on every page of your blog. You’ll manage it, slow but sure, just like the trickier parts of your beloved walks.

    Every best wish to you. And thank god for the NHS!

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  52. Dear Kate,

    I’ve followed your blog for a while, with great admiration and respect for your many talents.

    It is indeed a shock to read about your current situation*, and I write this to let you know, that many a warm thoughts are send your way.

    Jeanette, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    *and i know each case is different, but still can’t help telling you about a friend of mine who was in a similar situation to you: stroke, one side paralysed. She couldn’t swallow (let alone walk) initially, and today she’s fine. Crossing my fingers that your great physics (all that walking up & down hills!) will help towards a speedy recovery.

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  53. What shocking, terrible news! I wish you strength and speed in your recovery. It’s been amazing to read so many comments about what an inspiration you are to so many people (and I count myself among them) in so many ways. Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of love and support.

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  54. Dear Kate, I am SO sorry that this has happened to you. Speaking as a 30+ year veteran R.N. (ICU Neuro/Trauma, level 1 hospital), you can regain / rewire for at least the next 3 years, even after, but the gain is much slower. And your youth is greatly to your advantage. Undoubtably you are going to experience depression, but STICK WITH IT, you will regain. Americans always think they know the most, are the greatest. Hah! not in Medicine. I once read an article (there are lots of great practical research out of the UK) from the UK where stroke patient’s functional arm was tied to their body. In some patients remarkable function was achieved in the paralyzed limb. I don’t know much about Physical Terrorists / Therapists, but I recently overheard a discussion re: use of an electic nerve stimulator that fired in one’s shoe to trigger lifting a foot to skirt the issue of foot drop. I imagine that there are tons of advances unfamiliar to me.
    I wish you the BEST, and am sending LOVE to you. Obviously, looking at the volume of mail, you are a much loved individual. I hope that you are not spending your precious energy responding to mail—no one expects that. Put your energies into healing. 3 minutes here, 5 minutes in the night between stirrings—it all adds up and is helpful.
    The best to you, and Tom, on your journey.
    Susan

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  55. I am thinking of you and praying that you make advances daily with rehab. I imagine your positiveness will go along way towards helping you recover.

    Best wishes
    Lisbeth

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  56. Oh, my goodness. Love, love, love, love love to you. I’ve been devouring backlogs of your posts recently & not had the guts to drop you a note telling you how much joy it’s given me & how inspired I’ve felt. Such big onward & upward thoughts I’m sending your way. You’ll shine. xxxxxx

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  57. Hello dear Kate,
    Love and best wishes to you….thanks for letting us all know about what has happened, and I join the ranks of those sending you healing thoughts.

    You can do this!

    Cnyttan

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  58. Kate.

    I have been reading your blog for a few months, and have admired your work even before I discovered the blog. I’m so sorry to read that you have been taken ill. From my cold part of Norway I send you warm thoughts and the best of wishes for a speedy recovery .
    Irene

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  59. Dear Kate,

    So happy that you are well and conscious enough to post and to “work at physio” after such a rude shock as a stroke. I am sure you will continue to heal and recover quickly. I have been thinking of you and sending good energy your way ever since I read this post last week, and look forward to the point when we are all reading again about knitting and sewing and hill walks.

    Very best wishes from across the Atlantic–

    Beth

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  60. Kate

    I was very shocked when I read the news just now. I hope that you make a speedy recovery and I wish you all the best. Just keep daydreaming of those beautiful rolling hills, they will be a reality soon. Get better soon :)

    Anna in Toronto, Cananda

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  61. Kate

    I was shocked to come here this morning to read this news. You are so talented, smart, charming and interesting and I only know this through reading your blog. So, in real life one can only imagine how truly amazing you are. I think your attitude sounds strong. That with your strength and determination should pull you through.-

    All the best

    Nancy

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  62. Oh Kate, this is very shocking news. But as always your strength and positivity comes shining through – you are a huge inspiration! I am very glad to hear that there are already signs of improvement and I wish you all the very best in your speedy and complete recovery.
    (I wonder if it is helpful to picture others in movement, for the idea of ‘movement’ itself? And by ‘others’ I mean Jesus, leaping from limb to limb in his favourite tree :)
    With love and healing best wishes,
    Suzanne

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  63. Dear Kate, so sorry to hear about your severe illness. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. We all hope that you’ll be able to knit, walk and write soon. Stay strong!

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  64. Dear Kate –

    It is impossible to add anything significant to all the lovely notes that have already been appended here, except to note you have one more devoted reader of your thoughtful design criticism and manufacturing histories who awaits your swift recovery.

    Best to both you and Tom from San Francisco…

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  65. Dear Kate
    You give me so much joy with your blog. I thank you.
    I know and believe that you will get better. You and
    Tom are in my prayers.
    My good and best wishes.

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  66. what a dreadful thing to happen, I hope and pray they were able to give you the anti-clotting medication quickly enough so that you will recover with no problems at all. Know that all good wishes are coming to you from Georgia, USA! Keep up all the good work, my thoughts are with you. Elizabeth

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  67. As you spend time dreaming of the hills and replaying many of the wonderful walks with Tom, I will be at work calling forward the light for the highest good for both of you.

    peace and love,

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  68. We are having oddly springlike weather for a Montana February- I’ll have a walk down by the river in your stead this weekend. Continued good wishes….

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  69. oh man! my thoughts and prayers are with you! good luck with the recovery. Keep up the good attitude – I know from my own experience with chronic pain stuffs that outlook makes a big difference.

    -from LA/Seattle

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  70. Dear Kate,

    You will be in my thoughts. I would like to share a little story with you about my Grandfather’s stroke. This was many years ago (before I was born!) but my Grandmother told me this story when I visited her recently and we were talking about her and my knitting past and present.

    My Grandfather was a hard-working fellow who owned his own deli in Cleveland, Ohio. He had a stroke which left him bedridden in hospital, with very limited mobility. I’m sure you understand the shock involved going from am active entrepreneur (who would not even allow the delivery men to select his corned beefs nor the commercial chocolate syrup for his chocolate phosphates) to being stuck in a hospital bed unable to do anything for himself. He soon began to slide into depression and began refusing to do his physical therapy exercises.

    My Grandmother was, at the time, knitting away on a sweater for her brother as she kept my Grandfather company. She was very worried that he wasn’t doing his therapy but couldn’t think of how to help him. She decided that the only thing to do to get him to be active was to ask him to help her with something. She explained to him that she needed his help as she had made a mistake in her knitting. She had to have his help to frog the whole sweater body and sleeve that she had started and wind them back into skeins so that she could fix her mistake.

    My Grandfather patiently helped her frog her almost entirely completed sweater and was able to see that he could still use his hands. From there he started working on his physical therapy again.

    My Grandmother was never able to re-knit and finish the sweater for her brother. She couldn’t bear to knit the whole thing again after ripping out a nearly completed perfectly good sweater!

    Much hope for a speedy recovery,
    Alli

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  71. Dear Kate,
    Thank you so much for keeping us posted on your health. I wish I could do more than send positive energy your way (can someone post an address so we can send you postcards ?) and congratulate you on your fortitude. I received my Rowan issue this morning and recognized your fine qualities in your article before seeing your name, and wanted to thank you for that, and all your lovely patterns and your beautiful and interesting blog. Keep it up !
    Severine from Paris

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  72. Kate – I’ve long admired your patterns and your blog (especially your gorgeous photos, the descriptions of your walks and, of course, your knitted objects) – thank you for sharing your world with your readers. Hope you will soon be well enough to return to doing the things you love best! Best to you and Tom.

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  73. Dear Kate,

    I am so glad to hear that you are already on the mend. This weekend I cast on my version of your Neepheid (with carrots), and have spent the weekend knitting away and musing on how I can worry about someone I don’t even know. Best wishes for continued improvement and all kinds of comfort and happiness.

    AllieBoBallie

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  74. Dear Kate,

    I have recently found your wonderful designs on Ravelry and have been so inspired by your unique blog. Your fab sense of style and love of the outdoors struck a chord with me, so much so that I am teaching myself to knit!
    Just wanted to drop you a line to say keep strong and positive, the great outdoors is waiting for your wool clad return.
    Love and best wishes.x

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  75. Dear Kate, Having been away from computers over the weekend, I was hoping there might be some news on your prognosis… So as shocking as your news is from one so young and vital, the silver lining is that you are able (in all senses of the word) to share the news yourself. I, as all the others here, am so appreciative of that! All best wishes to you and Tom as you face this newest challenge together; I hope you can get back to the ‘mundane’ challenges of hill walks, veggie growing, and of course knitting very, very soon! Fondly–m.

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  76. only just found your blog, through poshyarns. so sorry to hear about you being stuck in the hospital but sure all these positive thoughts have to help you get out quick!!! glad to have found you – how wonderful to have all those fantastic comments!! all the very best – anne

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  77. I too was shocked to discover that you had literally been struck down. I add my positive thoughts to the collective encouragement and share the confidence of everyone else that you will soon be on the road to a full recovery.

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  78. Thank you so much for keeping us updated.
    Positive thoughts drifting your way as it is. :)
    keep dreaming of hill walks and sun and putting your feet down and hearing birds as you look at the sky.

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  79. ps. I believe in the power of mental thought and went to a workshop run by this guy http://www.drdavidhamilton.com/ . Amazing stories of miraculous self-healings including a Scottish man who was crushed in his car when a double decker bus fell on it. He was in traction for months and told it would be years before he’d walk properly again. With news like that he had nothing to lose and spent his time visualising his healing and moving – he ran a marathon a year later and won the wager he’d made with his surgeon! (who good to his word paid £1000 to the man’s chosen charity)

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  80. Kate,

    Sending you strong healing vibes from NYC. After reading the wonderful posts received so far – I am struck by the positive impact you have had on so many readers. It feels unfair and unjust that someone who inspires and educates so many should have this challenge thrown on them.

    But, what is also amazing (and again, inspiring) is that fact that within days of such a catastrophic event you are communicating and positively affecting us yet again.

    Best wishes to you and Tom and do let me/us know what we can do to help you. We’d like to return the favor.

    Lisa

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  81. cripes Kate, blogging from your hospital bed, that’s impressive! I’m pleased to hear you’re making a good recovery from what must have been a shocking experience. I thought my weekend was bad landing up in casualty with a gall stone the night before my birthday but at least I got to go home. I wish you well and can highly recommend build up drinks for getting your strength back if the thought of hospital food is making you wobble!
    cheerio, Nic
    (ps. i happened across your blog from the Dorset Cereals website while doing a nosy search for other bloggers interested in allotment gardening)

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  82. Hi Kate wishing you a speedy recovery and hope that you can take some comfort
    in knowing you ‘knitting family’ is with you all the way.

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  83. Dear Kate – over 300 comments and growing! It’s hard to wrap my mind around so many people caring and wishing you well–you are so loved! I’ve never met you and yet your situation brings me so much emotion. I read dozens of blogs every day, but yours is one of the few that I get excited about when a new post pops up in my reader. I love your spirit and creativity. My sincerest prayers are with you and Tom for strength and a speedy recovery.

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  84. Kate, I too will picture you moving and send my prayers and positive healing thoughts to you. Best wishes from San Francisco for speedy recovery.

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  85. wishing you much strength and a speedy recovery! We’ll keep the needles a-clacking on your behalf – so you can concentrate on the (other) important stuff. :)

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  86. de France je pense à vous avec affection vous êtes dans mes pensées et espère avoir de vos nouvelles positives bravo pour votre envie de surmonter cette épreuve
    Marine

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  87. As the wise E.Zimmerman said “Knit on through adversity”! Since you can’t knit just yet we will have to take up the slack for you! Wishing you a quick recovery and hoping the hospital food isn’t tooo bad.

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  88. phew- i’m glad you are ok, although i’m sure it’s frustrating still being in hospital. take good care of yourself and keep up the good work. i hope you can get home soon! we are thinking of you!

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  89. Wishing you a speedy recovery – it’s funny, while I infrequently post here (although I read your blog), I am quite shocked and personally affected by your medical emergency. I hope that this emergency actually worked to save you from a bigger problem down the road.

    Take care.

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  90. As a friend of mine said to me about my own health scare, “I refuse to surround this with any negative energy.” I see you knitting, walking, gardening, and doing all wonderful things, quickly restored to full, radiant health.

    Hang in there, and know that people are rooting for you all over the world.

    M from NYC

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  91. What a shock the news must have been, but I’m sure that with your positive, can do attitude you will through this.

    You are such an inspiration! You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  92. Kate, so wonderful to hear from you directly despite the shocking news. You are young, vibrant and healthy and I know you will make a wonderful recovery. I was taking a long walk with my husband and daughter yesterday along a frozen river and looking at it with your eyes, thinking of all the beautiful pictures you would take. It was also very, very cold and I was wishing I had some of your knitwear too! Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. You’re in my thoughts.

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  93. I’ve discovered your blog not a long ago. Intrigued by style, creativity, talent, culture and passion. I hope that you can recover very very soon and get back to your many interests. A big hug from Rome.

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  94. I’m sure you’re hearing lots of inspirational stories, but I wanted to pass along another. I had a costume design professor in college who had a stroke when he was still quite young. Lost all movement on his right side. He failed the clock-face drawing test, which you can imagine is devestating for someone who’s life involves designing costumes! But he re-taught himself how to draw, and he’s amazingly good at it!

    He told this story to convince us that he can teach ANYONE to draw, but I’m re-telling it because I’m sure you can re-gain movement too!

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  95. sending you lots of love & positive thoughts from over here on the west coast – please let me know if there’s anything i can do in addition to that! let me know if you’re up for visitors, and take care of yourself – i know that you’ll want to tackle the physio & recovery with the determination with which you tackle everything else, but give yourself time as well :) xoxo

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  96. Blimey! What a shock! Wishing you and Tom all the very best, and I bet you’ll be knitting and hiking again before you know it – you’ve certainly got what it takes!

    Take care and keep working at it, things will sort themselves out.

    Love

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  97. Oh my goodness, Kate and Tom. Please get better Kate. Do all you can. Breath deeply, stay focused and positive. Many positive thoughts come both your ways. Much love and care.

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  98. I was moved to tears by this post, Kate, but perhaps that was partly relief that you’re able to communicate after such a shocking event.
    Your brilliant blog shows that you have great determination alongside your creativity,curiosity and sense of humour – you’re probably a lot like some of the women you write and lecture about! That you’re young and generally fit and strong will help you hugely now, and I’m personally convinced of the power of visualization and collective well-wishing to assist recovery. The number of responses to the last two posts indicate a lot of well-deserved support. Update us when you’re able and until then, blessings to you and yours (and bless the i-phone!)

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  99. Kate, what a shock for you.Your great determination, work ethic,research skills and self-belief will be important assets more than ever now.How great that you’ve already got some movement back, and were able to operate your i-phone. All the very best with your recovery.

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  100. Dear Kate,

    I’ve never commented on your blog before despite following it for some time now. I came across it very randomly, google image search for something or other I recall, but soon began to recognise and realise you were, as I am, in the north of the UK… then Scotland.. then dear Edinburgh. If I crane my head out my living room window I’ve got a lovely view of Mead Mountain.

    When I came across your blog I hadn’t really made anything for years, since my mid teens probably. (I’m now in my late twenties, and should at this very moment be writing my PhD thesis). I’d let my creativity idle. I’d occasionally get an urge to make something and get frustrated because I didn’t know what to do, or how to start, or what I wanted to make.

    Your blog set something off. I got inspired. My PhD work involves making electrical recordings from single neurons that I grow in a dish. The type of experiments I was doing at the time gave me five minute intervals while the cells were doing their thing to read your entire back catalogue. Then to start exploring the whole crafty blogosphere, with your blog as a launch pad.

    Now, I make stuff again. I’ve been sewing and quilting, crocheting and even knitting. I find it incredibly satisfying. Compared to lab work, effort is remarkably closely linked to reward!

    I just wanted you to know how much your blog means to me.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery,
    Aoife

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  101. Dear Kate and Tom, I’m sending you lots of positive thoughts and many, many good wishes your way. Good luck with the physio. I’m sure you will have a speedy and full recovery. There are a lot of people who are all keeping you in their thoughts and willing you onward and well again. Best, Nic x

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  102. I have enjoyed your blogs posts so much – they are so informative and your joie de vivre shines through.All my best wishes for you and Tom

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  103. I only “know” you from the internet, reading your inspiring posts for about a year now. You made me start to knit again after a pause of more than 10 years! You even made me take a trip to go walking in Scotland with my husband last summer – by showing us all these beautiful pictures of your walks. This is why I feel like a friend is in hospital now. As a clinical psychologist I know that if you keep it up you will have a good chance to recover. I wish you all the best – as well as Tom. There are a lot of people out there thinking of you!

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  104. Gosh, how completely shocking to have a stroke, and not just to be ill but to have something one would normally associate with older people. My husband was very ill last year with swine flu. He was one of the extraordinary people with ‘no underlying health problems’ that was completely incapacitated. He spent 4 weeks unconscious in intensive care, but is now recuperating very well. I don’t say this for sympathy, rather to underline my faith in the tremendous NHS and to say just how shocking it is to experience this sort of illness. I hope you and Tom are bearing up (whatever that means) and you are on the road to recovery. When my husband got home, I set him to baking bread for his physio. Much more productive than hand weights, and hopefully something interesting for you to envisage. Best of wishes, Kate.

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  105. Such shocking news, I wish you a speedy recovery and I hope you achieve full mobility. Don’t forget to picture yourself knitting to help with the hand movements. Best wishes.

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  106. Hi Kate,

    I was really shocked when I came home from work this afternoon and my sister told me that you had had a stroke. We are both thinking of you (& Tom) & wishing you a speedy recovery!

    Always love reading your blog.
    x

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  107. From the moment I found your blog, I have looked up to you: as another knitting academic, as someone who seems to find balance in an academic lifestyle, and as someone with such tremendous spirit. I’ve never been fit, but your photographs and posts of your outdoor adventures have inspired me to get in better shape. Your knitting creations have pushed me to be a better knitter. Obviously the knitting world is rooting for your recovery. But if you’re reading these messages, know that you’ve inspired me to make my first comment on your wall because you’ve *inspired me* for these many months since I first found your blog. I thank you for everything that you’ve shared. Recovering from a stroke is bound to be extremely hard work, but I hope it’s clear how many warm thoughts you’re getting from complete strangers, and that we’ll all be thinking of you and wishing you the best.

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  108. Have been thinking of you all week and sending healing thoughts your way… you will be up walking before you know it… stay positive and good things will come. Thank you for all you do, the knitting world will await your return and in the meantime hope and pray for a full recovery. Best of luck to you!

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  109. I, too, will visualize you out on the hills walking in your woolens, breathing in the brisk air and admiring the views. I so admire your spirited response to this stroke; I know it must be very scary. All good wishes for your full recovery from a faithful reader in California.

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  110. I am so sorry to hear about the stroke but the determination and focus illustrated regularly in your lovely blog entries leaves me no doubt that you will accomplish all that is possible and more in your endeavour to regain mobility. Sending healing thoughts your way! Karen from Canada

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  111. Wow! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had so much trouble. I’m sending you my very best warm & fuzzy wishes for a quick & complete recovery! You CAN do this. And we’re all pulling for you!
    Ria

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  112. Dear Kate, What a horrible shock! We are all thinking of you. My friend Adrienne Kane had a similar experience and wrote a book about it called _Cooking and Screaming_. It’s candid, frank, and full of her own and others’ recipes as she cooked her way well again. Hang in there!
    Shana

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  113. Dear, dear Kate–

    I’m leaving my first comment ever on a blog (just goes to show you how out of it I am!). We were shocked to read about your hospitalization and your stroke. Meeting you this past year was such a truly amazing experience and we now count ourselves not only your admirers but also your friends. As your friends, we’re wishing you the very best and sending along all our love. Your spirit and energy are so admirable and we cannot but imagine that they will serve you well as you embark on the exhausting regimen of physical therapy that will lead to your recovery. You and Tom are in our thoughts, always.

    fondly,
    Tina and Sean

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  114. Sending warm thoughts to you from a Canadian winter. For some reason the other day I was thinking about your allotment garden while I was on the bus – I hope spring (both literal and metaphorical) will arrive for you soon.

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  115. dear Kate – Thanks to your beautiful journaling via photo and word, I am also able to envision you (and Tom) hiking the beautiful lands which surround you and which you visit. So, along with my well-wishes I will be visualizing you on excursion, so strong and well!

    best – Annri

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  116. Thank goodness this stroke hasn’t affected your ability to understand language and make yourself understandable! Healing thoughts are on the wind to you. May walks among the mountains and drinking mead again be in your nearer future!

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  117. I do hope you are able to make a full and complete recovery. Don’t get discouraged. Positive vibes are being sent from all over the world.
    Janet in Seattle/Dublin

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  118. Wow, what a thing to happen! I’ve been truly worried about you since I read your partner’s last entry and hoping you were going to be ok. I’ve loved your designs for quite a while and your thoughtful and intelligent writing.
    Sending you lots of get well thoughts and best wishes for a speedy recovery from Ireland.

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  119. I’m so sorry to hear that, but glad to hear you sound so positive. I hope all the get well vibes are really helping you – it would be nice to think we can do even a tiny thing to help. Wishing you a very very speedy recovery!

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  120. I am so sorry to hear about this (but conversely very glad that the prognosis sounds good). We don’t know each other, but reading your words (and seeing your photographs) has always been a lovely respite from my daily grind.

    Wishing peace and good health to you and yours, and much hope for a full and speedy recovery.

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  121. Please get better soon! I was saddened to read of your recent difficulties with Owls and I was planning to download it. It seems a fitting task now, while you work on your recovery.

    Thinking of you and aw ra very, very best!

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  122. I believe your dreams of walking the hills will really help you do that again SOON. don’t forget to add some knitting to your dreams! and enjoying a dark pint or a cup of strong tea!

    best best wishes

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  123. So sorry to hear that you are in the hospital and healing from having had a stroke. To help you to keep visualizing your movement, I send you my walk today.
    Down the muddy driveway, full of melting snow with dog and daughter, who is wearing her favorite dalmatian rain boots. We turn north on our country road and look down to see wild turkey tracks in the snow. The deer are long gone, as the kid in the boots is talking happily for entire two miles. She hands the dog a stick and he carries it all the way home to chew up into little pieces.

    Get well soon!

    Melissa

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  124. Wishing you wellness. I’m sure it will take a bit of work and patience but like a great walk the struggle to the top will take you to a beautiful view again. Hoping for a strong and steady recovery xxxxxxx

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  125. A stroke! It sounds so…improbable. It’s so good to see that you’re already able to write a little post – I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who kept on thinking of you. (A bit daft when you don’t know somebody, really, but I’ve enjoyed reading your blog so much.) I send you strong thoughts for your recovery – I hope that before long, you will be admiring a flock (a clutch? a hoard?) of Manus alongside the parliament of Owls.

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  126. WOW Kate! Life certainly throws curveballs doesn’t it?! Your owls sweater has just been to Guernsey for the weekend-that combined with my Icebreaker thermals and my newly acquired lambs fleece kept the chill off me whilst watching my sister surfing-yes in this weather!! Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t be so smiley all the time, you’re human and allowed to be peed off. You’ll get where you’re meant to be and in the meantime we’re all rooting for you and would do anything if there were anything that we could do to help. big hugs Sarah

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  127. So glad you’re still with us. The comments show how many lives you’ve affected – hope you’re feeling the benefit of all those good thoughts coming back at you now.

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  128. it’s really nice hearing from you. I hope to read often about the miles you walk in every commute, and the fabulous walks on the hills. :)

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  129. Kate,

    Being young, strong and determined is going to be on your side in the recovery. I’m sending you healing energy and believeing in a speedy and complete recovery for you!

    Love to you and Tom,

    Trista (a reader and fan of your patterns and writing)

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  130. Kate, you are one strong woman. Keep up the great work, our positive thoughts and prayers will always be with you.

    Here’s to a speedy recovery, endless refreshing hikes with Tom, and new projects :)

    Stay strong,
    Amal (Tito)
    Dubai

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  131. Oh goodness :-( and I thought I was having problems over here. Perspective. Ouch. :-) It sounds like you’re already starting on the road to recovery, I am so glad for you. It is, I suppose, good to know about the hole in your heart but what a bugger of a way to find out! It is probably only a tiny comfort, but my Dad got through about four strokes, critically high BP and diabetes and he’s still here and better than ever…and you’re a heck of a lot younger and fitter than he is! The hills will be waiting for you when you’re ready to come back, and I don’t think it will be long. Try not to smack the physio and remember knitting is excellent therapy!

    Helen in Ayrshire xxx

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  132. I was very shocked to read of your sudden illness. You are young, determined and positive and these are advantages. Very,very best wishes for a rapid recovery.

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  133. Oh my gosh! I am glad to see that you are feeling well enough to be posting! Sending you both positive thoughts and well wishes from New Hampshire!

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  134. oh Kate, honey, I’m so sorry to hear this. I know that there can be some amazing recoveries from strokes and I know you have the determination to be one of them. I will be thinking of you and if there’s anything Paul or I can do (he’s currently in the UK for the time being) let us know.

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  135. Sending you bucket loads of positive, healing energy, along with all your many, many blog followers who are all rooting for you.
    I’m hoping that Tom, good egg that we’ve all learnt he is, has brought your favourite tea in for you. It can cheer up the grimmest of places and bring a little bit of home to you.

    ” If you are cold ,tea will warm you.
    If you are too heated it will cool you.
    If you are depressed it will cheer you.
    If you are excited it will calm you.”
    Gladstone

    Keep up that fighting spirit.
    x x x

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  136. Whew! It’s incredibly bizarre to have a stroke at such a young age. I’m a huge believer in meditative visualization, which I learned in a yoga class. It really works and I can feel through your words it’s helping already. It’s a great sign when you start getting feeling back so soon!

    Those in the house of ttwcreative will be sending good vibes your way. We look forward to hearing from you again when you feel better!

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  137. I am so relieved to see you are on the mend, and will add my dreams of walking in your beautiful hills to the waves of positive thoughts. May you be home from the ward as speedily as possible.

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  138. You win the award for Blogger of the Century– blogging from an iPhone in the hospital, indeed.
    Best of luck with therapy– you’ll be out on your hills again in no time.
    Wishing you and Tom lots of love and healing energy.

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  139. Dear and beautiful Kate,

    Ever since Tom’s post, I had been checking your blog, as I imagine everyone else has, for news on your health.

    Tears came to my eyes when I read about the stroke: sad tears because it is hard to imagine you going through this, but happy tears too… as I see that you are well enough to continue to work hard and inspire, and to say the right words even in hard times. And also because I think it is wonderful that with the help of physio and an admiringly positive attitude, you are already been able to regain control of your own body.

    Be sure you will be back to do all the things dearest to you and Tom… just keep thinking of the beautiful hills, the walks, the allotment, and all the gorgeous things you have created and made, things that always amaze and inspire us.

    We will all be right here, in this beautiful corner of your world, waiting for more news on your treatment and progress, and sending you love, strength, and a lot of light.

    Maria from Toronto

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  140. I do hope you get well soon. I have been a silent reader of your blog for a long time, it is always greatly inspiring. So now seems a good time to break my skulking ways and send you my best wishes.

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  141. How totally bloody awful. I spent a long stretch with the NHS a while back – ticking the menu boxes asking for kosher or halah food livened up mealtimes as did food parcels from visitors. Hope those physios work you hard!
    x claire
    ps my maud has been keeping me deliciously warm this winter – thanks for the instructions.

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  142. It’s a great relief to see that the positivity which makes your blog so inspiring to read hasn’t deserted you, even at such a time. I join everyone else in wishing that this is the beginning of a speedy recovery and return to full-steam,

    with very best wishes to you both.

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  143. The stroke is shocking news, but it’s good to hear you’re feeling better and your sense of humour is fine. God bless you, good luck with the rehabilitation!

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  144. Holy smoke Batman ! Pleased to hear that recovery is under way – That you are such a talented determined woman will see you back to speed in time ! All the best to you.

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  145. Serious illness is such a difficult thing that I often describe it as being claustrophobic in one’s own body. That only partly depicts the strength of mind it takes to work toward overcoming such an illness as it is such a slow and plodding path back to health. It’s wonderful hear that things are getting better and the best of luck to you on a full recovery.

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  146. oh no! that’s awful. here’s to the positive thoughts continuing & you re-gaining movement in your left side very soon. all the best to you & yours.

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  147. Good grief! What a horrible, frightening thing to happen. Still, like everyone else, I have high hopes for your full recovery and if positive vibes DO have any effect, you’ll be better in no time, what with all the good will circulating the interweb for you! My very best wishes to you and to Tom, (who must have been pretty frightened too).

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  148. Oh, Kate, I’ve been thinking of you often since I read Tom’s post. What a totally discombobulating thing to happen! I’m awed by your fortitude – and very sorry that you need it! Best wishes for a recovery so swift you’ll go down in medical history. You’ll be in my thoughts.

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  149. How absolutely terrifying this must have been for you and Tom, and frustrating now being in hospital. But I’m glad there are signs of good progress and I am sure they will continue – hopefully before long the knitting needles will be clicking again and you’ll be out on the hills that you love so much. Be strong.

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  150. I hardly know what to write (to quote Jane Bennett). I was so shocked to read your post this morning – it really is hard to believe. I am thinking so much of you and Tom and really wishing for your recovery soon. I’m sure you’re getting the very best of care and advice and I’m relieved that you’re already seeing some progress – any little advance must only encourage you more.

    With so much love and good wishes from Liz xxx

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  151. I have been away from your blog and was shocked to see this post. It appears you are working towards your recovery and know that I will be sending positive energy your way. I have found much inspiration in the pages of your blog and only hope that you can draw some inspiration from us, knowing that we are thinking of you. Be well.

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  152. It is so good to have an update on everything from you. It is great to know that you have good doctors and physios helping you to recover. I am sending healing and good thoughts your way. Get stronger soon.

    PS I heard your interview on BBC Radio Scotland. It was a good piece on knitting and nice to hear your voice.

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  153. Oh Jeez…..sending lots of vibratory blessings from Chicago…to you AND Tom. Healing is process and I am sure you understand the path….it is alot like knitting and weaving. Some days will go faster than others, some days it will just not make sense and feel frustrating, but every day brings another challenge met. I am sure the docs and nurses LOVE you and the energy you bring to the healing.

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  154. Oh Jeez…..sending lots of vibratory blessings from Chicago…to you AND Tom. Healing is process and I am sure you understand the path….it is alot like knitting and weaving. Some days will go faster than others, some days it will just not make sense and feel frustrating, but every day brings another challenge met. I am sure the docs and nurses LOVE you and the energy you bring to the healing.

    Joanie in Chicago…knitting a scarf and thinking of you with a prayer in each stitch.

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  155. Dear Kate,
    It is good to read your update, though I am sorry you are experiencing such a challenging stretch. Rapid return of movement and sensation to your affected side is a very good sign, as I am sure your occupational and physical therapists have told you. Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery, as well as time for you and those close to you to rest and regenerate.
    With friendship and support,
    Gaea in Seattle

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  156. I am so, so sorry to hear you’re ill. I can think of little to say other than it’s just really, really awful. I’m sending so many good thoughts, and wishes for fast and thorough recovery, from a warm and rainy Seattle evening.

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  157. Visualizing those hikes with Tom – good medicine there. And because you have inspired many of us to take those same hikes, you can add all of us right there with you as we walk across the ridges, down thru the glens and along the rivers and streams. My best to you and Tom.

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  158. Well, you get well and recover quickly! Best thoughts and wishes and positive healing vibes to one of my favorite bloggers.

    I was so happy to see your post.

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  159. dear kate,
    i am so sorry to read what has happend to you and i am touched by your wonderful positiv energy dealing with it.
    sending you lots and lots of healing thoughts and hugs.

    p.s.: we had this gorgeous rainbow today, i posted a picture for you on my website – i think this one was meant for you : )

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  160. Well holy cr*p! I’m sending all the California sunshine and good vibes I’ve got to you. I hope you’re feeling better every day. Take care.

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  161. Dearest Kate,
    I will certainly keep you in mind with healing, positive thoughts. What an ordeal you are going through! I know your strong, energetic spirit will see you through this.

    With hugs from across the sea…

    Nicole

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  162. Kate – your blog is a place of inspiration for me from the other side of the world. I wanted to add my voice to the comments of others, and I hope you have a very speedy and full recovery.

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  163. I’ve been lurking here for a long time, enjoying all your writing and general attitude toward life. The post from Tom had me stop cold in my tracks. It sounds odd to say, but such is the crafty community world wide. Praying for you and your recovery.

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  164. I know you will defy the odds. I checked with my better half (a retired eye surgeon) and he was encouraging that being young will greatly help your return of function. Besides, you simply have no choice. We need you for inspiration!!!

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  165. DEAR KATE — have been so worried and waiting for a posting , and trying to think of any other blogger that I might get news from
    —–lots of warm and therapeutic hugs coming your way from cold and blustery ont , canada

    – I was a nurse , though in psychiatry for 34 years and know these weird and flucky things do happen– hey but why you ?
    – I do believe in the power of the mind , and that it can do wonderful things — you are a good strong determined person—hey who else would be doing blog postings in a situation like this

    — now is the time to watch climbing and dancing films and imagine yourself participating

    — wish I was there to help out

    bestest of wishes —pat

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  166. Sending more vibes from Australia. What a truly terrifying experience, but lovely to see that your incredible fortitude and resolve have not been dented in the slightest. Stay strong, Kate – there are an awful lot of knitters rooting for you. Best wishes to you both.

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  167. Former lurker and former Edinburgh resident wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery. I’ll climb a mini-Australian hill on your behalf and pretend it’s a munro.

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  168. The vibes are still heading your way, dear. As a “young” heart attack survivor (age 43), I can vouch for the wonders of the medical process…stay strong and keep that attitude positive. I’m so happy to hear your movement is returning!
    ((((hugs)))))

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  169. Hi Kate, I’ve never commented on your blog before–I’m a lurker–but I’m a fan of your wonderfully intelligent commentary, your accounts of your walks, and of course your stunning knitting. I’m so sad to hear this news, and I can barely imagine how frustrating it must be for someone so productive and full of verve to be lying in a hospital bed. But I’ve no doubt that that same energy will propel you back to good health soon. Wishing you the very speediest of recoveries.

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  170. Hi Kate – wishing you all the best. I hope that all is right soon and you’ll be traveling down those beautiful mountains of your again. Take care!

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  171. Glad to hear that you are on the mend. Not good that you had a stroke. My husband had a right side stroke 6 years ago that damaged his left side. His was caused by his appalling lifestyle .With physio and determination he is fine and you can only tell if he gets really tired , his mouth droops a bit .
    Get well , loads of good thoughts :)

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  172. Blessings and best wishes to you for a complete and speedy recovery. Yes, thoughts of again walking the beautiful hills and dales will bring you wellness. Sooner than you might now think, you will be there again. Believe!

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  173. An inspirational post as usual. Of all the blogs I read, this is always the most thought-provoking-although this time not in such a good way :(

    Good job they allow iphones on wards these days. My dad was in hospital last year for several weeks and he said the worst thing about it, was not the fact he nearly died, but the fact it was so boring. He even complained about having his own room as he found the ward more interesting!

    I’m guessing knitting might be difficult at the moment, but I think physio is like knitting-repetitive at times, but the end is truly worth it. So I wish you good luck and I’m sure you’ll be knitting up them hills in no time.

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  174. Holy Cow! You have written so vividly of all your physical endeavors, I hope that having described that for all of us to enjoy, will mean that it will be easier to replay it to yourself. From your short message, I can tell that you have the spirit and the support to make it through of this– I am sending my prayers your way too.

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  175. Sending healing thoughts your way, and picturing you up and out of bed and well on the mend walking out of the hospital and on out to the mountains..

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  176. ((hugs))

    You’ve blessed me so much with your wonderful and interesting blog posts, along with giving me so much enjoyment of the beautiful walks you’ve been on. I sincerely hope your recovery goes swiftly and you’re back in the hills again!

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  177. Dear Kate,
    Thank you for letting us know how you are, and I wish you a speedy journey back to lots of what you inspire us all with- walks, history, and of course, knitting and other creative and crafty endeavors. I have so enjoyed your blog and adventures, and wish you many more very soon!

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  178. Hello Kate
    Life certainly throws things at us sometimes! Those mountains and hills are waiting for you and Tom to get out there and gasp at the fantastic view from the top.

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  179. Oh Kate,
    What a scary experience for you and Tom! I find myself feeling almost a little bit angry that such a thing can happen to someone like yourself who is still young and quite obviously takes care of herself with lovely knitting, writing, researching and lecturing for her mental health, a loving partner and a worldwide network of friends for her emotional health, and an active life for her physical health. The human body is so very strange and I’m not sure we will ever really understand it completely.
    I hope your recovery continues to be quick and know that I will be thinking about you in your physio and sending you all the good knitterly vibes I can from Canada.

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  180. Well, I just about fell off my chair. And now I feel so guilty for being the procrastinator that I am…when you posted about the handknit sweater, I so wanted to comment and tell you how absolutely brilliant you are, how gorgeous the dress, and what an inspiration you are (beer, too!) and how much intellectual stimulation I get from your very informative posts (every word is read!) and I am wishing you and Tom strength and patience and love and every hope for a quick recovery.

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  181. I read your blog religiously and enjoy your walking, and history posts just as deeply as your knitting ones. I have never commented before but so wanted to send you get well wishes. Such a shocking thing to read to be happening to an obviously fit and healthy young woman. I hope your well on your way to a speedy recovery, by the sounds of it your being very brave and tenacious I am sure you will get yourself on the road to health very soon.
    much love and healing thoughts to you and Tom xxxxx

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  182. Oh my.

    Please continue to work hard at getting well. I recently received my Rowan 47 and thoroughly enjoyed your scholarship on *Knitting Outdoors.* (That is you, isn’t it?)

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  183. I think if anyone can amaze the doctors with the speed of recovery from a stroke, it will be you. Thank you for taking some time to post and let us know how you are, sending lots of positive thoughts and good vibes for your recovery.

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  184. I’ve just finished my owls jumper this week. It seems you’ve brought happiness to so many people through knitting. I hope that all the good karma you’ve built up through sharing your experiences comes back to you on the road to better health. I am thinking of you.

    All the best
    xxx

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  185. Merci d’avoir pris le temps de donner de vos nouvelles! Je vous envoie mes meilleurs voeux depuis la Bretagne. Bon courage!
    Catherine

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  186. The qualities that will speed your recovery shine out of your blog. You are determined, fit, spirited, hardworking, persistent and smart. Use those qualities to drive your recovery. Use your academic sklls of research and evidence-based reasoning to take an active part in your treatment. Thinking of you and Tom.

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  187. Dear Kate —
    I am a faithful reader of your blog & I love your patterns. But this is the first time I have left a comment.
    I know you will make a full recovery. You have the right kind of determination and it seems like Tom will be able to give you the necessary support.
    I have been thinking of you a lot and will continue to send positive vibes.
    I agree with the earlier post that suggested reading “A stroke of insight” -(When you are able) It will be helpful for you and those close to you.
    Also “The Brain that Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge is a very comprehensive and easily understood book on brain plasticity that has much relevence to stroke recovery. These are not “new age self help” books but are written by scientists – experts in neurology.
    Again, I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery.

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  188. I’m loving that you are already back here – with such strength and joy for life – after this terrible thing happened to you.

    Here’s to all the mountains and to your power to climb them inside and outside, in the past and in the future.

    Massive love, F xxx

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  189. Kate –

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! What a great thing that you have all your recent lovely hikes to think about for help with the rehab, as well as lovely thoughts to reflect on. And, I’m sure you are glad of the iphone for diversion. I have been a “lurker” but love to read your posts, and much admire your work!

    Best wishes!

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  190. You inspire me in so many ways, and again, now. I wish you all the best in your recovery; I know it will be speedy. Thank you for letting us know how you are. I’m hoping to see you out and about again soon.

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  191. Hi Kate, you seem like an amazing woman and your blog is certainly inspirational. Thinking of you and sending you positive thoughts from the other side of the world for a speedy and full recovery.

    xx Kirsten in New Zealand

    (p.s. when you’re better you should pop down here for a visit, we have some stunning walks that you’d love, plus lots of sheep and knitters of course!)

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  192. I love your designs and read your blog regularly. Best of luck to you. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with you during this hard time. I look forward to seeing pictures of your walks in the mountainy countryside again soon!

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  193. Of all the scenarios I was running through my mind, a stroke was not one of them! So good to hear your ‘voice’ again – keep up the good work with the healing, it sounds a very promising beginning. Sending you mending thoughts, and wishing you many happy outdoor walks, both imagined and future real-life ones.

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  194. Yes, do remember we are all pulling for you. And every single day you will be progressing, even though you may not feel as though your efforts are bearing measurable fruit. The road is long, but then you are used to walking! Bon courage, I (and so many others) will keep coming by.

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  195. I really look forward to reading about the full recovery I’m confident you will make soon. I’m sure that being in such good physical shape (as you must be with all the walking that you’ve been doing) will help tremendously to speed your recovery. Plus the positive attitude will be worth everything!

    Hugs.

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  196. Dear Kate
    The best wishes for a speedy recovery! Stay strong and get better and remember the hills and mountains… they will be yours again soon!

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  197. Wishing you a speedy recovery, there is a wealth to a positive attitude for recovery. And what better than to think about walking in the hills of Scotland to help you recover.

    sending you my best

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  198. Kate, Thank you for taking the time to post; it’s very nice to hear your voice again. I am confident that you will fully recover from this, just look at all the healing energy, thoughts, love and prayers that are coming your way! Keep your spirits high, we’re all looking forward to reading about your progress.

    With love,
    Phebe in North Carolina

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  199. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I’m sure that all the exercise walking in the hills will have made you strong and make for a good recovery. Thank you for your update.

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  200. A stroke?? Kate! What an amazing star you are, posting on your blog and determinedly getting on with life. By the way I have a very poorly daughter who was recently in hospital and guess what she emailed me – a link to the Owls pattern with ‘I want one of these’ on it. Well, I didn’t need to be asked twice and I’m motoring along with some scrummy Cocoon. I’m calling it her ‘get well sweater’. And sending you loads of get well wishes too.

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  201. The very best wishes to you for a full and fast recovery as much as a full and fast return to your creativity – we here in the Alps will keep waiting for many many new design by “needled”!
    All the best,
    Eva

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  202. Kate, goodness me, how life can twist and turn! In my mind you will always be walking – walking and knitting and seeing the world around you like so many others fail to. Good luck with everything healing well and quickly.

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  203. Oh my goodness, what a terrible surprise. I’m taking a class right now about neural plasticity, so strokes have been very much on my mind. The brain is such a remarkable thing in its ability to recover. I’m so glad to see you’re doing well enough to post here, and I wish you the best of luck in your recovery.

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  204. hiked four miles yesterday through the bosque along the rio grande with 50 fifth graders. we saw five porcupines sleeping in the tops of the cottonwoods. they eat the inner bark of the trees. they sleep in the winter sun far out of the reach of the coyotes. they dream of you, kate. dancing.
    xxx

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  205. I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately and I’m glad that you’re still around, relatively okay, and posting of all things.

    I just washed the Owls sweater. It’s such a genius pattern and the sweater means a lot to me since its from one knitter who made it herself to another who hand knit it. (It always gets complements which are also nice!)

    I love seeing what you make and reading your posts. I’m glad that you’re still around to do it.

    I apologize for my stumbling, awkward get well wishes, but regardless, I’m wishing you the best, a speedy and full recovery.

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  206. Kate! I’m so glad to see you have posted, and even happier that you are feeling improvement already. We’re buried in snow here in Washington DC and I’m going to go wade out for a walk soon, I’ll do a couple extra blocks for you. I’m sending all good thoughts and the most positive energy possible. You’re such a strong person, so creative and wonderful. We’re all here, with and for you.

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  207. Dear Kate:
    Thank God for your iPhone so that we all can hear staight from you. It was a great comfort – even admidst the news you had to give us – to hear your voice. It was encouraging to hear that you have some movement already in your left hand – that is very very good news. And your visualizations – that has to have an impact. It is strange to feel such compassion for someone I have never met, but sharing your life through your blog has made me feel I do know you, albeit in limited ways. And as one of your faithful readers, please know I care, and will continue to lift you up in my prayers each night for strength, for healing, for peace.
    Teresa

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  208. Very best wishes to you Kate. You are immediately right – physio (and the rest of your rehab) is ‘work’, but with the best possible purpose. I’m sure there are many like me whom you don’t know but who respect and admire your work and your words and are thinking of you at this time.

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  209. Dear Kate, It was wonderful to read your message when I checked the blog. David has updated us about your condition so it was a real surprise when I logged on.
    We’ve been thinking of you every day and will continue to do so. Sending lots of healing thoughts to you and best wishes to Tom.

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  210. I just popped in for my weekly visit to Needled and was shocked to read the last 2 posts. I am so sorry to hear your news, but pleased to see that you seem to be on the road to recovery. I am thinking positive thoughts for both you and Tom at this difficult time.

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  211. Hi Kate –

    I am so happy to see your posting today. I’m so sorry to hear you are in the hospital. I am sending you healing, positive vibes and wish you a speedy recovery. My thoughts are with you, Tom and your family.

    I look forward to more needled postings!!!

    xj

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  212. Oh dear. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. Keep up with the physio – it really will help you. Best wishes for your recovery and hugs to both you and Tom.

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  213. Wow, shocked to hear the news. With your positive outlook I’m sure you’ll be just fine in the long run. I’ll throw a little extra exercise in today in honor of you :)

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  214. Oh My Goodness Kate, I’m so Sorry to hear that you are in hospital in this condition. Sending you good vibes for a healthy recovery and return of more movement.

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  215. Hello Kate, I have been sorry to hear you were at the hospital and just cannot believe what I just read. Anyway, I am sending lots of “knitting positive thoughts” to you, hoping you will fast recover and have all your moving abilities back.
    Take care!

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  216. I’m so sorry to read that you’ve had a stroke but have great confidence in your ability to recover. I have been wearing my Neep Heid as a way to keep you in my very positive thoughts.

    Due to a friend’s Christmas Day stroke-like event, I’ve been reading *My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey*. It’s a fascinating story with lots of hope and information. Jill Bolte Taylor also gives a great list of “40 Things I Needed Most” in her recovery. I recommend it to those in your caring circle and to you when you’re up to it.

    Peace,
    Catherine

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  217. I spent one night at the Royal a few months ago and was in awe of the staff there. Wishing you a speedy recovery and my only advice if you’ll let me give you some is to be kind to yourself, give your body time xxx

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  218. Honey I am so sorry to hear that, but so glad to hear that you’re still here with us! I have a good feeling that you will get better, soon.
    Good luck!

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  219. Oh dear Kate! You are giving us such bad news, but, in a sense, not “too” bad: when I read your post I thought “well, the worst is over!” as you are now already recovering, even though it will probably take some time and a lot of physical and moral strength.
    My best wishes, I am knitting the ‘Damson’ shawl these days and thinking about you all the time.

    Love, love, love to you and Tom from Italy. Coraggio!!!

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  220. Dear Kate,
    It is odd: the very real attachments we form online. You have been very much in my thoughts since I read of your illness, and I have worried about you as much as if we were acquainted in 3-D. I add my voice to the chorus cheering you on through the ordeal of physio, my heart to those wishing you a very speedy recovery, and my thoughts to the collective visualization of your return to hiking the hills you so love.

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  221. Dear Kate,
    …..it feels slightly strange to write to someone I have never met. I have been reading your blog for the last two years, this is the first time I have left a comment. I have been so inspired by your writing, knitting and the energy you put into living your life. A stroke ……. bloody hell.
    I wish you a full and speedy recovery.

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  222. Oh my. That all sounds very scary. I have always been impressed with how active you are in your blog, and I’m sure that will serve you well now. I’ll be sending good thoughts your way and I wish you a speedy recovery.

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  223. Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this news. It must have been absolutely terrifying for you (and Tom too I’m sure). I can only imagine how frightening it is to have your body change like that, especially for someone so active and strong. Keep working hard on getting better! I hope the worst of it is over and it’s all up from here. I’d already queued o w l s but now i think i will bump it up to the top of my queue, and send good, healthy, happy thoughts your way as I knit!

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  224. I will add to the collective energy, as I believe in the power of such things, and picture you walking in your hills and wishing the movement to return to your left side. Be well, Kate!

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  225. Kate

    I used to nurse stroke patients. Attitude and determination are a major influence in recovery. You are blessed with both. Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery.

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  226. Best wishes to you for your recovery and to Tom for looking after you. Physio is absolutely the most important thing for recovery – I’m sending my best psychic repair vibes to your neurons!! (not very scientific of me, but it can’t hurt).

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  227. I’ve just been reading some of your latest walks and am picturing you out there again soon. I’m so glad you have a store of positive images to play through your mind. Good luck. Val

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  228. I know this may sound strange, but my first thought was that you are the perfect person to get a stroke. If there is anyone who can get through the trauma of having a stroke and fully recover, it’s you. You appear to me to be one of the most mentally and physically strong people I can think of! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  229. Positive thoughts will continue to be sent your way. I hope it isn’t too grim. Is there an address to which cards can be sent to brighten the ward? It’s good to hear you are working at your physio and how nice to think that happy daydreams can be a constructive use of your time. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

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  230. I’m sure the mental strength you must have from all that mountain walking will help your strength with this mountain! Best wishes & love .

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  231. I’m sure that the bravery you show in telling us your news will drive you through the next few weeks and onwards. I wish you a speedy recovery.

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  232. Kate, best wishes to you as you recover–I can’t even imagine what a shift in your relationship to the world this entails, but I am confident that you’ll negotiate it with panache. Will be sending positive thoughts your way…

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  233. My stomach dropped when I read your update. It is good to hear that you are making the best of a really hard time. Sending over lots of love, healing thoughts and prayers for a quick and complete recovery.

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  234. A positive and generous mind with the combination of a fit and healthy body is a big step in the right direction. It’s a good thing that you posses both.
    I am looking forward to wonderful news of your full recovery.

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  235. Oh no! As someone who is normally very active outdoors and with your hands, I can only imagine how frustrated and scary this is. My thoughts are with you for a speedy and full recovery, if possible. Healing vibes coming your way from Boston!

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  236. Oh my goodness, Kate. Sending you all the positive thoughts and positive energy I can possibly muster. Keep that forward, sunny outlook. You will get through this, and you will get better. Please send word if there is anything at all that we can do.

    Perhaps an address to send you notes?

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  237. Wow, this is such a shock. I was so saddened to hear one of my favourite bloggers had been taken ill, but I’m so glad you seem to be doing okay. As others have said, I think it will be a great advantage to you that you have been a fit and healthy hiking type, and I send best wishes for your speedy recovery. Take it easy, us dedicated readers will be fine without your intelligent and incredibly interesting posts, though I look forward to having you back on your feet. I hate feeling helpless in situations like this, so it’s wonderful to hear you’re drawing strength from our well wishes.
    All the best,
    Emma

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  238. Oh Kate…. It’s a pleasure to hear your ‘voice’ again on the blog, even with such unexpectedly unhappy news. I’m very glad to hear that you’re getting good care. Please know that we’re thinking of you and wishing you and Tom all the very best.

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  239. Dear Kate,
    i’m so so sorry this terrible thing has happened to you and It must be a very scary time for both you and Tom. You sound like you are being incredibly brave and determined. Big hug and lots of positive thoughts from me coming your way. Lots of love Lara xxxx

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  240. Kate, I can’t imagine what you must be going through! A stroke is one of those random, unavoidable, unpredictable things that everyone is afraid of in the back of their mind. What a shock.

    I’ve seen how frustrating it can be for someone who’s active and creative to lose movement and dexterity to some random affliction like a stroke or a tumor. But I’ve also seen them make astounding recoveries, beyond even the expectations of their doctors. I don’t know you at all, but if what I read on your blog is any indication, you’ve got what it takes to get through that physio and get back to all the things you love.

    It’s such a relief to see you posting, and a relief to know you’ve got someone like Tom right now. And, for what it’s worth, you’ve got a *lot* of random strangers rooting for you! :-)

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  241. Dear Kate
    What a completely awful thing to happen. I have been thinking of you often (isn’t this virtual world a funny place). I so love this blog and I so admire your talent and enthusiasm. How wonderful of you to post such a positive piece at such a tough time. Of course you will be working as hard as possible to get better. Be a pushy patient and insist on the very best treatment.
    Very very best wishes for the road to recovery
    Lucie

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  242. Hi Kate,
    I’m glad to hear you’re okay though I’m so sad to hear it’s something so serious with lasting effects. I really wish you the best of luck with physio. I’m glad to hear you’re already seeing some progress. I’m imagining you bounding up a hill so you can take a spot of tea and knit at it’s peak. I hope that helps.
    Lots of love,
    a stranger named Leah

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  243. Here’s to a speedy recovery. It is very strange when one’s body suddenly stops doing what you want it to do – the connection between the brain and the body is odd at the best of times and then when something like this happens .. well, suffices to say that I am thinking of you tonight and am sending good vibes across the Central Belt. Glad to hear that you are already working with a physio.

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  244. I’m so sorry to hear that such a terrible thing has happened to you, and glad at the same time to hear that you’re able to participate in physio already, and keeping such a positive attitude. My thoughts are with you, don’t let the NHS food get you down! (At least every sister makes reasonable tea, it must be a job requirement ;)

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  245. I’m praying for your speedy recovery…as I was just posting a picture of me wearing my finished project – your WWWO #1. I just love it! Thank you so much! And know that I’m looking forward to your sweater pattern (though I can’t remember at the moment what you call it.) The green one that has lots of I-cord! and the gathers around the top.

    Visualization is very effective. Keep working at it.

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  246. Kate, you’re living one of my worst ‘real’ nightmares, because strokes run in my family. BUT with rehab and determination, amazing things are possible: I’ve seen them in my own family. I am wishing you well and firmly thinking of you striding across the hills with Tom, secure, happy and confident.

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  247. Ti mando gli auguri più cari affinchè tu possa tornare in forma al più presto!
    Metticela tutta! Sei nei miei pensieri, un abbraccio
    anna

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  248. I found you through your tweet on Twitter and followed the link. I’m a knitter with only about a year under my belt. I enjoy it immensely. When reading your blog I found you had a stroke. Sorry to hear this. I’m sending you healing thoughts. May your recovery be quick. You take care now.

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  249. Well, Kate, I truly believe this community you’ve helped to build can knit a stronger heart for you. Thoughts are on the needles, dear girl, for the many walks and patterns and posts ahead.

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  250. I was worried too – I rarely comment, but always look forward to your blog posts and ravelry updates. I’m so glad to hear you’re making progress already. I can only imagine how hard this is for you; keep patient with yourself and trust that you’ll be good as new in no time.
    Much love and many healing thoughts.

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  251. Kate, thank you so much to take the time to give us some news, it sounds like a good one that you should be able to type on a phone yourself so soon after something as hard as a stroke ! It’s generous of you to think about your readers in those circumstances, and you sound so brave… I send you all possible good wishes from Paris for you rehab.

    I hope you’ll be fit again, sooner rather than later, to take care of your garden and to walk the moor and the hills again with Tom. In some brand homemade new wool outfits, of course. Surely there must be hidden bottles waiting for you.

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  252. Dear Kate,

    I have now finished bawling, pulled myself together and focussed. Sending lots of love and healing/positive thoughts your way and might even be contemplating another cunning plan.

    Lots of love and hugs,

    Viv xoxo

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  253. Dear Kate – Once again I’d like to send you my best wishes for a good recovery. This sounds like a terrible cliche but I really do mean it. I know what stroke wards are like – not the most cheerful of places. But the physio can (and does!) work miracles – I’ve seen it happen. And the body wants to heal, of course….

    So many people are thinking of you, and wishing you well. That’s a good phrase actually, when I stop and think about it. So I’ll say it again – wishing you well.

    Fiona

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  254. Thank you for the update. I’ve been watching for it. You are in my thoughts, my dear. Does it help extra if I “picture” you running about? Let’s say it does and I’ll be picturing you enjoying the fresh air and moving about doubly hard here so perhaps the rehab will go ever better.

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  255. Hey Kate,

    I was worried! Now much less so! I am an occupational therapist in the US and have worked with stroke clients for 25 years; please email me if you have questions…in the US you would be going home already…be sure you get top flight therapists who have EXPERIENCE in neurology if at all possible. I trust you’re in Edinborough where some great therapists can be found. In the US it’s the occupational therapists who do “upper extremity rehab” more than the physio’s or physical therapists… Stay out of bed…you’ll be tired. There are alot of young people who go thru this terrible experience,many of whom get all the way better. Chin up and work hard. How is your sensation…can you feel your arm? Does your shoulder move? Please email me if you would like to chat more…

    Wendy

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  256. Oh, the frustrating inconvenience of it all! I’m aghast at what happened to you, and have to admit, grinning a bit through a choked-up throat at your post today. You can’t keep a Scot down.

    Behind my house there’s a California live oak that rises over the roof. It’s home to a bunch of rowdy squirrels. Since I read your post on significant trees that mark your walks, I’ve grown extra affectionate toward that tree. Sending that affection your way now, with wishes for a strong, rapid recovery. And here’s hoping there’s truth in “great tests can be great gifts.”

    Rooting for you,

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  257. kate, i’ve not wanted to write thinking i would just clog up the comments. i so enjoy your blog and was saddened when i heard you were in hospital. i am so encouraged that you are mending, you are brave for writing so honestly and so soon. picturing yourself well and hiking your favorite mountain is good medicine, indeed. my thoughts are with you.

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  258. A stroke sounds as serious as it is surprising. But I am thinking of you along with your many other readers/friends. Get well soon dear Kate! I am sending you the very best wishes for a complete recovery.

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  259. What a surprise for you both – very scary I am sure! But you are made of tough stuff and will mend quickly. Thanks for letting us know and can we do anything for you?

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  260. How frightening for you. I am so relieved to hear that you are already regaining some movement – that must surely be a good sign. So sweet of you to post on your progress – all your regular visitors have been in a state of high anxiety about you. But now you must concentrate on getting better. I shall miss your regular musings though and I feel that now is the perfect moment so say how much I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, being inspired by your knitting (Cloud still my daughter’s favourite item of clothing), and occasionally commenting. Fingers firmly crossed for your full and speedy recovery. Much love Charlotte

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  261. Am so impressed that you could update us, and we are thrilled that you’ve come through! Best best wishes for your continued rehab and return to your beloved hills and walks. The “thought” of you thinking about you striding about is lovely, and what a gift for you to have! And when you are able to knit again, even for a few minutes, that will be even more fabulous!

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  262. Sending good & positive wibes from here – that your left hand starts working is a very good sign – keep on the fire burning .

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  263. so good to “hear” your voice. will be thinking of you and sending good vibes as you work your way through a speedy recovery. you certainly have some wonderful walks to dream over as you go through therapy.

    take care,

    john in philadelphia

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  264. My daughter just found me tearing up in front of the computer, so I explained “stroke” to her (she’s 4) and she said she was sad too but she knew you’d get better soon so you could make more cool sweaters like o w l s. I have MS so I’ve been stuck in the hospital without being able to move normally, just as you are now, and I know it is very hard to stay positive, but keep imagining your walks and your knitting and working in your allotment and before you know it you’ll be doing all those things.

    My thoughts are with you!

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  265. OH. The air left my body. I will hold and send good thoughts, thoughts of return to movement and hiking and knitting and all the things you enjoy doing. And patience for the process, too. My best friend had a stroke at age 41 and patience was the most important thing she needed. So wishes for strength and patience, and that you’re surrounded by love and support.

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  266. I’m so sorry that this scary thing has come to you so suddenly, but deeply, deeply impressed by your positive attitude and strength of character – I have absolutely no doubt that in a year’s time you’ll be walking up mountains as if nothing had ever happened.

    With very best wishes for swift healing,

    Hanna

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  267. Keep up with the physio and you’ll be back on mead mountain in no time :-) We’re all praying for you, and knitting healing owls sweaters.

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  268. Hello!

    Well, what a shock to read of your stroke! Goodness! Though no doubt waaay more of a shock to you. So definately sending positive thoughts to you from waay across the Atlantic.

    I only discovered your blog and patterns a couple of weeks ago, and very much enjoyed your work. In fact, you inspired me to make the Vogue dress! So thank you very much for that–it’s sitting upstairs waiting for me to finish it. Hopefully that can happen this weekend.

    Glad to hear you are recovering; may it come along speedily so you can get back to your hills and wool.

    Hang in there!
    Laura

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  269. I had just discovered your wonderfully written blog and your excellent designs. I will be holding good thoughts for a complete recovery!

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  270. I was a little shocked this morning when I read the latest post and wanted to write and didn’t know what to say. so I took the dog out for her morning walk first. and I must say how much and how many people you have rooting for you because when I walked out the door there were 6 comments from well wishers and I came back in an hour later and there were 56.
    here’s to a speedy recovery.
    I will be thinking of you and sending out good vibes. take care.

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  271. Oh my gosh! I am so sorry this has happened to you! And so happy that there is already progress in regaining function. Your positive attitude is amazing and wonderful. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

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  272. Hang in there girl…from Maryland, I’m also envisioning you walking and knitting digging in the dirt…hoping it helps. You and Tom are and will remain, in my thoughts.

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  273. I so appreciate your taking the time to let us know how you’re doing, with all you’re dealing with. I’ve been taking you with me on my walks and skis, and will continue to do so. You are such a lovely, generous person Kate. Your positive attitude is so very important. Keep your spirits up girl. Big hugs.

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  274. Ohmygoodness! Many continued well-wishes and prayers sent your way from Baltimore, now particularly focused on movement and comfort restored! Your high spirits and determination are encouraging to all of us – hopefully these many comments can encourage you a bit, too. All the best!!

    Kelli from Maryland

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  275. What a shock that must have been (understatement of the year there). Wishing you a speedy and full recovery, your positive attitude does you such credit and will surely aid your recovery. Hugs xx

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  276. I felt so much strength coming from your post–iPhones are indeed a wonderful thing–and hope that your recovery is speedy. What a tough thing to go through! I will think of you each day and send you positive thoughts and support.

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  277. Many healing wishes to you! I have no doubt you’ll come back better and stronger than before. Please concentrate on recovering and worry about nothing else.

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  278. Don’t really have anything to say that hasn’t already been said, just wanted to add my best wishes and hope your recovery is speedy.
    Hugs and kisses to you both from Dorset. xx

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  279. Keep the good thoughts of all the wonderful walking tours you have shared with us – there will be others to share in the future. I am so happy to see your post, and know that you have some movement in your left hand. Great blessings to you and Tom –

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  280. Oh blimey, what a horrible thing to happen! All the best for a quick recovery – hope you’re out of hospital very soon. I know the staff do the best they can but hospitals are inevitably grim!

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  281. I was so pleased to see your post-strangely pleased given that I have never met you. Something like your event happened to my husband last year – a bad turn, investigations, hole in the heart discovered. In his case, high blood-pressure seemed to be at the bottom of it.
    Lots of rest and the right sort of exercise will be needed.

    Best Wishes,
    Shandy

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  282. Kate, what a scary, shocking experience! I hope that you have a speedy recovery and know that we’re all rooting for you. I’m always amazed at your determination and strength when I see your photos of your hill walks, and I know those same qualities will help you get back out there asap.

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  283. I suppose if we all start picturing mobility for you it will add to your efforts…
    your survival of the event shows great strength and wishing you a continuation of the same…

    Annie

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  284. so glad to hear you are diagnosed and on your way on the path to recovery. as a new reader, i have loved dipping into the older posts. seeing your determination thru out the past know that it will help you in this new challenge.

    we are all here rooting for you… and here across the pond a small voice in the hudson valley sends prayers and lots of energy to help you.

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  285. Thank you so much for posting and update, I have been checking every day since I saw Tom’s post and am very relieved to hear from you. Sending a big hug to both of you. xxx

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  286. Whenever I think of you, I see you walking, knitting, learning and laughing- I hope that helps with your visualization of a full recovery. Thank you for letting us know how things are going for you and now- rest and hard work.

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  287. I just finished “Owls” and am completely delighted with the result. Such a smart, quick, cheerful pattern from a woman who’s just the same. I got a bit teared up reading this but I really do feel that you will get over and beyond this, and with your typical grace. I’ll keep sending these thoughts your way. xo

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  288. I woke this morning to my email alert of your post….I’m so so sorry for your stress. But there are a few slivers of silver linings, knowledge of the condition and therapy to fix it, and the awareness that there are people around the world rooting for you! This thing called ‘knitting’ is wonderful. I feel like I know you through your blog and the beautiful designs that brain of yours creates. I’m confident there will be many more to come. Hear our collective voices screaming “go, go, go!” when you get tired of therapy. Keep our well wishes and prayers close to your heart; we are out here and we’re keeping you in our thoughts.
    Tyna

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  289. iPhone to iPhone!
    I’m so sorry to hear that you had a stroke, but at the same time I’m happy that you’re training at the physio already! It really is the key to recovery. My Dad survived five strokes, and thanks to his determination he’s still up and running. With your positive attitude and strong will I know you will do so again soon!!! I’m sending you lots and lots of speedy recovery vibes! Hugs

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  290. Oh my goodness, poor you. I hope you continue to mend, does knitting count as physiotherapy?

    It’s amazing how many people have a hole in the heart without knowing about it. Take care!

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  291. I used to nurse younger people who had had strokes. You WILL recover – with the energy that you put into your ordinary life, you’ll make sure that you get yourself better. It takes hard work and bloody determination – things you have in buckets. Get to it girl!

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  292. Kate, I’m so sorry to hear this shocking news. I hope you can hold on to all the good images and memories in your head, and that they help with your progress.

    I was in rehab for a different kind of neurological illness, and the physios had me knitting, as it’s supposed to help re-wire the synapses in your brain (or something) and has therapeutic effects on your coordination. It’s something to do with the repetition and rhythm of the movement and signals between brain and body, if that makes sense… So maybe when you get enough functioning back in your hand and arm, your lovely knitting will help the rehab process.

    Thinking of you and sending love,
    Amy

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  293. Hi Kate – gosh! You really have a great attitude, and that will get you further than you may ever realize. Always moving forward is so important, regardless. Your spirit will keep you going, in face of the challenges. Thanks for sharing with us what has happened – all us strangers care – and share our concern for you, written, unwritten.

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  294. Oh Kate, how very scary. I’m glad you’re getting good care and will continue to hold you in my thoughts. Sending you healing and rest.

    – Melissa G

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  295. Oh gosh, gasp, shock and horror. I wish you well in your recovery, I am sure that you will pull through spectacularly!!!! I shall keep you in my prayers and will walk extra fast when out with the dogs, sending you Big Physical Vibes!! ALL LOVE!

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  296. Oh dear!
    I continue to wish you well. You really are such an inspiration in all ways. So much so that my next vacation is going to be the walking trip in Scotland I have always dreamed of doing.
    I send all lovingkindness to you, and to Tom and Jesus as well.
    With very best wishes,
    Chesley xxxx

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  297. I am so glad you are still with us and are sounding so strong. A big shock to the sytem but you will come through this – stronger than ever.

    God bless you both

    Much love
    Lizzi

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  298. A stroke???

    So glad it sounds like there’s steps toward wellness already.

    Sending more good vibes your way for a speedy recovery.

    x x

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  299. Hi Kate – it’s good to hear from you. I’ve so enjoyed reading your posts about knitting, sewing, Scotland and walking (to be very general about your topics!). I’m glad you are already recovering and certainly wish you well. Lots of love, Paula x x x

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  300. Another adventure for you and Tom. Not one you’d pick of course, but that love will get you through. With Dan’s cancer last year we spent much time in the hospital, and now it is almost like a dream. It will be like that for you before too long as well. In the meantime, ask for the special menu. Sending many good thoughts your way. You inspire so many people in so many ways I am sure in this too you will make great strides. peace,
    virginia

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  301. Sending you healing, movement-abled and strength-building thoughts. It doesn’t seem fair that life should be so full of unexpected bumps and shocks, but it is. So, keep thinking and visualizing yourself back out and about, breathing fresh air and eating real food (not to mention celebratory homebrew). You’ll be back out there in no time, to enjoy all the time between the bumps.

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  302. how totally shocking, but i’m so glad to hear that you are staying positive and working hard and already regaining some motion. i know you will recover, and recover soon. so i’m sending good, helpful, strengthening thoughts your way from massachusetts!

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  303. Hi Kate,
    What a terrible shock for you, but now you know about the hole in your heart, you are on the road to recovery. It’s always a shock when someone so fit and healthy is struck down suddenly. You have that good old Northern Grit coursing through your veins so I know you’ll keep fighting back to health. Stay strong and positive. Join me in a marathon next year?
    Love and best wishes,
    Susie
    x

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  304. Wow, poor you! But, glad to hear that you are staying positive, as I’m sure that will help you. You and Tom are in my thoughts and, yes, send your knitting to me to sew up! Lots and Lots of Love, Karen x

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  305. Dear Kate, I have only just started subscribing to your blog after discovering your wonderful knitting patterns (esp. manu!) through Ravelry. I have absolutely loved your photos and your stories of life up in the hills. I am also a doctor (the medical type) and am very sorry to hear about the stroke. If you are already recovering any function it is a good sign and your very positive personality will make such a difference so keep at the physio!!
    Very best wishes, Pippa

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  306. I taught myself how to double knit last night and thought of you and sent you energy the entire time. You are young and determined and will recover. Be strong! Lois from Hamilton, ON

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  307. My goodness. I’m so sorry to hear this, but also incredibly pleased that it sounds like the prognosis is good. My thoughts are with you and Tom, and all best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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  308. What a strange and nasty surprise. The same thing happened to a very popular young football player ( American football) and he recovered and was able to win the Super Bowl the next season. I’m so glad you are still here, and I as a doctor have a lot of faith in the potential of young healthy bodies to recover from terrible things. Your grand walks are sure to have given your body strength. Hang in there!!

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  309. How incredibly shocking to think of you having a stroke, but how good to “hear” from you through the magic of technology. It is good news that you are beginning to gain back some movement. Physio is tough but as you say visualizing your body in action is one way to work through the exercises. I’m sure the fact that you are already a fit person will help the process. Keeping you and Tom in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong.

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  310. It sounds like you’re doing your best to have a positive attitude, and that will serve you beautifully well during your recovery.

    We’ll all be here helping you visualize a speedy and full recovery from this!

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  311. Your positive nature and joy in life shines through in this post. You have ought happiness to so many, I really hope you continue to recover, and look forward to hearing that you’re up and about soon.

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  312. Philly to Edinboro – East Coast covered in snow and now I find myself crying into my coffee.

    I am so sorry to hear you are going through this and yet I think some of my tear are of joy – I am so happy you are still here with us. Your posts have been a constant inspiration for me, and I know that with all of the work ahead of you, should you choose to continue to share your thoughts, they will continue to inspire.

    You and Tom have been constantly in my thoughts for these last few days and will continue to be. All of my love to you. Please do let me know where a care package from Philadelphia might find you.

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  313. You’ll be getting much more positive vibes from us, you can be sure of that! And you know you can do it! As long as you don’t let it break your spirit, your body will follow. Stay strong. Lots of love, Ivana

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  314. Dear Kate,

    Continue working hard knowing that we’re all rooting for you. Hopefully you’ll hear the collective “Come on Kate!” when you start to feel tired during physio. Huge hugs from the Highlands.

    Love
    Helen

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  315. Hi Kate,
    How good, you are already recovering! A stroke is a very nasty thing to get, as I suppose it always comes with no or very little warning. So good to hear news from you. Karen.

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  316. “Working hard at the physio”… how utterly and wonderfully typical of you.
    I went swimming last night and did an extra ten lengths on your behalf.

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