My father, “Dr. G”, was an intellectual force. A respected microbiologist, the FDA would call on his expertise as they considered cases of drug safety. He could identify rhododendron species and hybrids at a glance and give you the lineage for the latter from memory. His recall of voices heard once or twice would astound my sisters and I. When we were teenagers he could recognize Sting or Van Morrison’s voices despite his disdain for Rock and Roll. As for his beloved classical music, his knowledge was encyclopedic.
We were told that the stronger the mind the longer an individual can hide the decline in their memory from their family and loved ones. Perhaps that is why this brilliant man seemed to vanish so quickly.
As I’ve shared my father’s story I’ve learned how many other families are dealing with similar situations. Few people are lucky enough not to have been touched by Alzheimer’s or dementia. For some it is a parent for others a spouse, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt or uncle. Dr. G’s Memory Vest is my small way of trying to help.
I have chosen to have the donations go to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. When my father passed away in September, this is one of the charities that my family chose for donations in his memory.
The Fisher Center is the world’s largest research team leading the battle against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They fund over 85 scientists across the United States, with partnerships and collaborations in 17 other countries, all under the direction of Nobel laureate Dr. Paul Greengard at The Rockefeller University in New York City. Of every dollar raised, 94 cents goes directly to research programs.
THIS NEXT BIT IS IMPORTANT!! PLEASE, PLEASE READ ALL OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
How to donate: Go to the Fisher Center Website and make a donation.
How to get your pattern: Send an e-mail to throughtheloops at gmail dot com be sure to put “Dr. G’s” in the subject line and tell me that you made a donation. You don’t have to tell me how much. Donate the amount that you are comfortable with. Once I receive your e-mail I will send the PDF file to you within 24 hours. Please note that there is an option on the donation page to send an e-card. You are welcome to do this, but if you do, be sure to also send an e-mail to the above address. I don’t want to take the chance of not having your correct e-mail when I send out the pattern.
The Specs (On Ravelry)
XS [S, M, L, XL]
Chest: 36[40, 44, 48, 52] inches
Classic Elite Skye Tweed [100% Wool, 110yd/100m per 50g ball]; color: #1221; 7[8,9,10,11] balls
US #6/4mm needles (or size to get gauge)
US #8/5mm needles (or size to get gauge)
21 sts / 28 rows = 4 inches in cable stitch pattern using and larger needles
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Thank you for all of your patience, support and encouragement on this project.
Thanks Karen and Bill for letting us take these photos on your magnificent property. I still want to move in with you guys!