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Apple Jack Creek
Just Keep Knitting: a journey of healing through
forgiveness, faith, and fibre
I wouldn't blame you for looking at that title and thinking to yourself, "hey, one of these things is
not like the others!"
Each chapter of the book tells part of my story: the death of my infant daughter, the challenges
my husband and I faced as we wrestled with the personality changes wrought by the unseen
brain tumor , his diagnosis, illness and death, and then the unbelievable chaos that followed his
The book includes my reflections on the ways in which I have found forgiveness both for myself
and for others, on the faith that has seen me through the journey, and, yes, on the fibre that has
helped with my healing.
Knitting is a very grounding and comforting craft, as the many people who pick up their needles
in times of stress will attest. I have designed projects to accompany each part of the story:
projects that are easy to customize, so they can serve as an inspiration to your own healing
work. Even if you don't knit, I hope that the projects in the book will inspire you to use your own
creative outlet to help work your way out of the difficult places in life.
small farm, big dreams
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What are people saying about Just Keep Knitting?
Read a book review written by a knitter and freelance writer, Skipper (aka Marilyn) on her fascinating blog: she lives full time aboard a boat, near Salt Spring
Island in B.C. What a life, eh?
You can also hear Lonna talk about the book during a radio interview done for a UK radio station.
And there's an excerpt from the Faith section of Chapter 2: Change in the blog post titled Prayers from a Healing Heart, and you can download the first 20%
of the book as a free sample: just click here.
How did this book come to be, anyway?
If you follow the blog, you may have read Listen, posted in March of 2011. That was the beginning of my writing journey: I discovered that by telling the story
of what had happened in my life, not just in my journal but posted out in the wide world where other people could read it, I felt better.
A lot better.
Not long afterwards, the outline for an entire book appeared in my head more or less out of the blue: all the chapters, the content, the shape of the tale. I
know an important message when I hear one ...so, I started writing.
I've been dealing with delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since the early months of 2011. The anxiety, sleeplessness, and ongoing chest pains are the
legacy of the chaos that took over my life when my first husband's brain tumour took hold and turned him into a stranger with a familiar face. During and after
his illness I had so much on my plate that I just kept on pushing through life: oh, I acknowledged that things were difficult and I did what I could to deal with
the pain and loss and grief, but there wasn't a lot of room in my life for that kind of work. I had a child to raise, bills to pay, a life to rebuild. The old troubles
were tucked away in the hopes that time would heal the wounds without any further input from me.
Well, time alone didn't do it, in the past several months I have done a lot of work facing the old hurts and finding my way along the difficult road to
forgiveness and healing. This book is the result of that work.
It is my hope that the story of my past, combined with the reflections on forgiveness, faith and fibre (knitting is indeed a healing art) will shine a light of hope
so that perhaps, someday, there might be just enough light for someone else to find a way out of the dark.
Blessings and peace,