If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Ann

If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Ann

Ann. Not a sleeper

If these hands could talk, they’d not waste a minute speaking, but would quietly seek out the next adventure. These are the hands of Ann, and they have lived more lives than she has fingers. With knitting as the calm, common thread, Ann has loved, lost and pulled herself up by her bootstraps to carry on; a survivor, a force and one of our favorite knitters.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Ann attended Stanford University and married her college sweetheart in her senior year. A geography major, Ann also dabbled in music, economics and political science finding a new sense of adventure with each and every college course, and each course of her life. After college, the young couple found their wanderlust, living in Connecticut, Portland and even in a trailer “because we thought that would be fun” then finally settling in Northern California.

Ann and her 2nd husband were avid outdoorsmen hunting antelope, skeet and trap shooting, and nearly making it to Alaska to hunt polar bears. To say Ann has had an active life would simply be a great understatement. Parasailing in Mexico, jet boating in New Zealand, mastering the rapids in Canada, diving in the Great Barrier Reef and horseback riding everywhere from Puerto Rico to London. “Every place I went I looked for something fun to do. I’m not a sleeper.” We can’t imagine there was much time left for the luxury of shut-eye, especially after raising four children!

After Ann’s children were grown, she volunteered in the ER at Marin General for 20 years while embracing the idea that she would finally have free time to read. “I can read. I can actually sit down and read!” She soaked it all up devouring book after book until ironically, poor eyesight and macular degeneration took this joy away as quickly as it had arrived. But once again, with a positive spin, Ann found the upside; “ I just had a reading machine delivered and I’m so excited.” Just another adventure.

Although she claims she’s not a sleeper, Ann has proclaimed herself “not a morning person.” She gets up to knit with the group and with Sarah because “she’s so encouraging.” Funny, that’s the exact adjective we would use to describe you.

Ann Huntington is 82 years old and a 16-year member of toastmasters, an organization devoted to the art of public speaking. Ann just received the Lifetime Achievement award. Maybe if these hands could talk, they’d teach others to speak up as well.

7 Comments

  1. Saw you on SHARK
    I AM A QUILTER AND SO IMPRESSED BY THE HAND
    WORK AND THE PURLETTES
    BEING PRODUCTIVE at THEIR age. The handbags are beautiful. It would be a onetime buy for me
    Considering the $. I think you are n will continue to be successful. Again no one appreciates handmade and the hours involved than I the gand quilter. You go girl. I will pass the word….

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  2. I am interested in doing something like this.
    How do I get started!
    I am almost 78 and love to knit and have been doing
    so for many years.
    I would appreciate any information you can send me.
    Thank you .
    Sincerely

    Marian OCallaghan

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  3. Bless your heart for doing this ministry and blessing so many senior citizens. I would love to be involved in this. Would you please send me ANY information I would need to get started.

    Blessings,
    Betty

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  4. Bless your heart for doing this ministry and blessing so many senior citizens. I would love to get women in my church involved. Would you please send me ANY information I would need to get started.

    Blessings,
    Betty

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  5. Bless your heart for this ministry and blessing so many senior citizens. I would love to get the gals at my church involved. Please send me any information I would need to get started.

    Blessings,
    Betty

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  6. Just finished watching you on the Shark Tank.We raise alpacas and have also employed seniors to knit hats that I then felt into beautiful warm, fashionable hats. I sell them mostly at art/craft shows. I would love any tips on marketing and production.

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  7. I am so inspired by your ambition and embracing journey with all these special women… Plus one gentleman! I work in a assisted living facility, and I would love to bring this traditional craft back into their daily lives. Please send me any information to get this program started. Thank you for all your time and the inspiration that you have given these people!

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