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Our friend Ann

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Our friend Ann

We lost a dear friend at Crazy for Ewe last week.  Sweet Ann Hoover passed away Wednesday morning.  For about as long as I can remember, Ann has been part of the shop.  Looking over years of shop pictures, I tried to remember exactly when I first met Ann, but I could not.  I cannot remember any particular day or event heralding her arrival at the shop.  She didn’t announcer herself. She wouldn’t have.   It wasn’t her way.  Ann was an unassuming woman, comfortable with herself, and happiest simply being present.  A regular at nearly every shop event from big retreats to Friday morning knitting, Ann was always a pleasant addition to the group.

 

Early on, Ann bought sock yarn. She had one sock pattern she liked, and she knit the same sock in the same size for every member of her family, regardless of the size of their feet. When I asked her about it, she said simply, “Socks stretch.” A most unfussy, and, as I would discover over the years, a very Ann-like approach.  Perhaps that is why she was such a fan of the beautiful, but unpredictable, Noro.  She let the colors do what they do, and she managed imperfections as they came, with patience and grace, as she did everything in her life.  

Ann was most recently working on a cozy plum sweater.  I had helped her get the neckline right last month. She was in from time to time, and on her last visit, Ginni helped her.  I was busy at the computer.  I should have stopped what I was doing.  I should have sat down at the table and visited with her. If I’d known it would be the last time I would see her, I most certainly would have.  But that’s the thing.  Life is unpredictable, and we never know when it’s the last time we will see someone we care about.  I still cannot believe Ann is gone. Regret is a powerful teacher, reminding us never to take for granted the availability of a friend or other loved one.

Goodbye, sweet, Ann.   I will miss seeing you in the shop and around the table.  You were always welcome here.

 ~Ellen

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Comments on this post (19)

  • Mar 11, 2020

    I’m so saddened to hear about Ann. Your story is indeed a lovely tribute. I am so grateful to have spent the time with her at the retreats, as well as some of the workshops, over the past several years. What a delightful, positive lady!

    — Sue Davis

  • Mar 10, 2020

    So sorry for you, Ellen, and all of Ann’s special friends at the shop.
    RIP, sweet lady.

    — Janet

  • Mar 10, 2020

    Ellen, so sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Ann. Your tribute is beautiful as are the pictures of Ann and her beautiful knitting. Sending hugs. ❤️❤️

    — Susan

  • Mar 10, 2020

    Ellen, so sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Ann. Your tribute is beautiful as are the pictures of Ann and her beautiful knitting. Sending hugs. ❤️❤️

    — Susan

  • Mar 10, 2020

    We will carry her with us as we remember our delightful experiences with her, and her “Ann-ness.” I am grateful to have known her. Thank you for a beautiful tribute to our friend. We will miss her at the table.

    — Anne Smoot

  • Mar 10, 2020

    What a heartfelt tribute you have written, Ellen. Though I don’t recall having met her, your words made me feel as though I had known her for years. I’m truly sorry for your loss, and for those who did know her. May God’s light shine upon you all now, and bless her eternal soul.

    — Dara Allen

  • Mar 10, 2020

    What a wonderful, fitting tribute to the sweetest lady!!

    — Chris Ross

  • Mar 10, 2020

    What a beautiful tribute to Ann – I wish I would have known her. I’m sorry for your loss.

    — ELIZABETH A BENKOVIC

  • Mar 10, 2020

    The tribute to Ann and pictures of her beautiful creations was perfect.
    I will always treasure the fond memories spent with Ann at knitting retreats and our times at Crazy for Ewe.
    Thank you, Terry

    — Terry Wood

  • Mar 10, 2020

    Ellen, thanks for the beautiful tribute to Ann. I will always remember her kindness to me and her welcoming smile on Friday morning knitting. May she rest In Peace.
    Chris

    — Chris Guy

  • Mar 10, 2020

    Ellen, we all will miss Ann. Such a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady! Thank you.

    — Mary Hansen

  • Mar 10, 2020

    Ellen, you have such a wonderful way with words. While I never had the privilege of being acquainted with Ann, clearly she touched many lifes for the better. That’s what I love about the knitting community and at the shop. Everyone is so accepting & welcoming of one another. It’s a very special and needed space in our modern world.

    May you who will miss your friend Ann take comfort in knowing you are not alone at this sad time.

    — Sandi C

  • Mar 10, 2020

    What a fun, fearless knitter, Ann was! She was kind, patient, and encouraging to us less experienced knitters. She convinced me I could knit socks. She introduced me to double pointed needles, knitting in the round, and then patiently coached me through knitting a pair of socks with self striping yarn, sharing her favorite sock pattern, of course. She opened up a new window on the knitting world for me. To this day, I don’t start a pair of socks without thinking about and being grateful for Ann. Rest In Peace, dear lady. We’ll miss you.

    — Paula Mitchell

  • Mar 10, 2020

    A lovely tribute to a fellow knitter and friend. I remember seeing Ann in the shop and I remember her lovely smile.
    I am sure she will be missed around the table. Rest In Peace Ann.

    — Barbara Simpson

  • Mar 10, 2020

    I’m so sorry your friend (and fellow knitter) is gone.

    — Amy Henderson

  • Mar 10, 2020

    Very sad to hear of Ann’s passing. Thank you for writing about her. I remember her at the store, but most fondly at the retreat last year. She was so very friendly and welcoming.

    — Lori

  • Mar 10, 2020

    Very sad to hear of Ann’s passing. Thank you for writing about her. I remember her at the store, but most fondly at the retreat last year. She was so very friendly and welcoming.

    — Lori

  • Mar 10, 2020

    Such a beautiful tribute to your loyal customer! I love her Noro sweaters and yarn choices! So very sorry you lost a fellow friend and knitter! Sending healing prayers to you all
    Best always!

    — MYRNA SNOW

  • Mar 10, 2020

    You summed her up beautifully – always smiling, gracious and interesting to be around she was indeed a truly loved and loving person who will sorely be missed by so many. She tried several
    times to get me back into knitting, which I did, but eventually stopped again. You have given me the incentive to pick those needles up and try again.

    — Liz govier

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