I was talking to my sister recently about how last year at this time, when she came up every weekend from NYC while Dad was in hospice, we'd notice the changing colors in the foliage driving on 95. I had seen in the paper that the second Sunday of each month the East Providence Historical Society had an open house at Hunts Mills. This month it happened to fall on what would have been our dad's 94th birthday, and I decided it would be a perfect day to visit despite the clouds and damp.
Hunts Mills is just a stone's throw from my grandparents' house, shown at top, where my dad and his two sisters grew up. We went there almost every Sunday for dinner, often with our cousins. (Doesn't it just look like the perfect grandparents' house?) Sometimes we would walk to Hunts Mills to fish and run around.
This is the John Hunt House (which funnily enough was my other grandfather's name, no relation). Also funny is that I have no recollection of this house being there when I was a kid, though of course it's been around 50 years since I'd been to Hunts Mills, and I wasn't interested in old houses then. I didn't take a proper tour inside the house, but went on the guided hike on the trail through the property.
Though I didn't recollect the John Hunt House, the sight, smell, and sounds of the river were familiar.
Deborah Newton, Rhode Island's own knitwear designer, was guest speaker at the guild this month. Her design is on the cover of the current 35th anniversary issue of Vogue Knitting. Deborah presented at the first guild meeting I ever went to, and I was so impressed that the group hosted this famous designer that I'm still here 25 years later!
I wore a vest to the meeting which was designed by Deborah, that I had made for my dad , the Evergreen Vest. When I wrote my 2012 "knitting year in review" blog post, I noted: My dad's vest may have been my favorite project of the year, a beautiful pattern and yarn, with lots of details to keep the knitting interesting. A knitting friend once remarked that everything you give to your parents eventually comes back to you, and so it does.