This blogger is very sad. On the night of June 13, I lost one of my most favorite people in the world, Kay Ten Kraft.
I got to know Kay through her yarn. When I attended the first Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, my eyes went right to the yarn pictured below and I think I grabbed it almost as quickly.
Kay said she had some colors left at the end of the day and dyed this. She called it "Spring Mist." I wanted to knit a vest out of it and Kay agreed to dye another hank. She left it at Wool 'n Word in West Sand Lake. That hank wasn't close at all. Stephanie said she could tell Kay it wasn't close, but I didn't think it was nice to keep her in the middle. I decided to talk to Kay directly. At about the same time I started going to Heritage Spinners at the Roaster's Whim in West Stephentown. I remember she brought more than one skein that she had dyed, maybe three, and I could chose what I wanted. The colors were a very close match. Then Kay realized that the number of repetitions wasn't the same and she wanted to do it over again. Having learned more about hand-dyed and similar yarn, I thought it was quite likely I'd have to alternate two balls anyway, so I managed to convince her it was fine. And it was. Here's proof:
It's still not finished, but Kay did see it knit.
I was looking through the photos on Kay's Facebook profile. I wonder how many other people remember people by their knitting projects as well. Seeing a photo of her wearing her completed purple sweater brought back happy memories of the group at Fred's. Knitting was only one of the things going on at the time. Our mutual friend Jackie called me to thank me for telling her about Kay. We talked about how yarns and projects we had would always help us to remember her.
I'd like to warn people not to let their ambitions or desires become so important to them that they endanger their lives. I'd much rather that Kay said the hell with it and decided to stay indoors on a rainy night and watch television, instead of going for a walk on a dark, rainy night in hopes of losing a little more weight. Instead she lost her life.
Please help honor Kay's life.
Kay ten Kraft Memorial Food Drive
Fri July 12, 4-7pm
Sat July 13, 9am-noon
Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church
1165 Route 55
LaGrange, NY 12540
The proceeds from this drive will go to Dutchess Outreach to provide items for their Food Pantry and the Lunch Box. Dutchess Outreach strives “to meet the temporary, basic needs of families and individuals when no other resources are readily available to them.” The Food Pantry supplies 3 days worth of nutritious food for those in need. The Lunch Box serves lunches and dinners for thousands of people throughout the year.
This drive will honor the memory of Kay ten Kraft. Kay was an avid knitter and fiber artist. She exhibited and sold her beautiful hand-dyed yarns at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck as well as other Wool Festivals throughout the Northeast. For many years Kay was actively involved at Freedom Plains Church and a dedicated assistant at Hopewell Animal Hospital, as well as a member and past President of the Hudson Valley Artisans Guild. A few years ago, Kay and her husband Nicholas Adams relocated to a farm in Columbia County, to be near family and tend to her sheep, goats and a menagerie of animals.
Contributions we are seeking for this food drive include:
Pantry Items: Juice boxes (100% juice), powdered tea mix, cases of bottled water, baby food, canned meat/tuna, peanut butter.
Personal Care Products: Toilet paper, tooth paste/brushes, bath soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, disposable razors.
Monetary Donations: Monetary donations will be used to serve a lunch and dinner, in Kay’s memory, at the Lunch Box. Checks should be made out to Dutchess Outreach Corporation with Kay ten Kraft in the memo. Checks can be dropped off at the drive or sent to Nancy Townsend, 4 Tower Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533.
Further Information: Contact Nancy Townsend, 845-221-9063.