Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Jimmy Jacket

As you know I am a big fan of my Fit Bit.  As I have said I have enjoyed the motivation that this little gadget provides with it’s badges and its friends list.  The friends list has become to me like a social network: you can see how your friends are doing and then either send a message, cheer them on or flat out taunt them.  For The Shaker he must always be ahead of Body Pump Wino Nut and for me I am just happy if I am in the top 5 of my friends list as I have added friends who run marathons! But in addition to keeping up with my daily 10,000 steps goal/8 kilometers distance, I have been swimming as well.  I have not quite added bike riding as my “backside” is still recovering from the Burgundy vineyard tour.

But I can add another finished summer project to my ever-growing list of “what’s getting off of my needles.” I finished my Tangled Yoke Cardigan and it’s about 2 sizes too big.  I was so excited when I finished and then instantly bummed when I tried it on.  Here’s another dilemma when it comes to my knitting, once I reach gauge I just seem to go off knitting without a care in the world.  Do I bother to pay attention that I lost 2 dress sizes and maybe this new cardigan won’t fit?

So when I told The Shaker this really good news because honestly I don’t want to be where I was at, I want to be where I am now.  The Shaker looked at it and said, “Cool! You knitted yourself a Jimmy Jacket.” 

The Jimmy Jacket

Jim was a friend and a work colleague to both The Shaker and I and our girls.  He passed away a few weeks right before we moved to The Netherlands 9 years ago.  He was a wonderful, kindhearted man who we think and speak of daily. He taught us a very interesting parenting tool that we could never quite grasp in our household – if you slam your bedroom door as his daughter (the second of 3 children) often did, you lost your door.  He just came in and popped the door right off of the door’s hinges and it was taken away.  This never quite took off in our house as Gin and Vermouth never slammed the door, but … cough, cough I often did and still do. Not something I proud to admit to in a blog post but for Jim I will … He inspired The Shaker to start Hawaiian Shirt Friday after we moved to The Netherlands, which sadly, never took off there, but there’s a glimmer of hope here in Basel. The Shaker inspires his fellow Americans and Europeans colleagues to get out their Hawaiian shirt and wear it on Friday. 

Halloween at Jim and Cathy's
Jim with Gin and Vermouth.
A far better photo of Jim and his wife Cathy
Shortly before we left North Carolina his wife, Cathy, gave The Shaker a Hawaiian shirt (that he still wears) and The Jimmy Jacket.  Jim came to Austria for business and bought himself this beautiful traditional wool Austrian cardigan.  The Shaker wears it all the time and it has become known in our family as “The Jimmy Jacket.” 

So when I realized that my cardigan was 2 sizes too big, and not fitted like it’s suppose to be like on the model in the photo I really appreciated The Shaker comment and compliment: “Hey, look! You have a Jimmy Jacket too!”

My Jimmy Jacket

So even though we had Jim in our life for a brief time, he made a very large impact to our lives and we will always be grateful for his and his family’s friendship to us.

We miss you Jimmy …
The Martini Knitter

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