August 1 2021

Knitting Through The Rough Times

Hello lovelies, here I am, back home after a difficult week. I missed last week’s YoP update because Steve had to take me to hospital on Friday with stomach cramps and pains and a general feeling of „meh“. I was released this Thursday, and without wanting to go into detail, I finally have a diagnosis and know now what it is that has been bothering me for almost three years. Nothing a little dieting can’t fix, or at least amend. It was the not knowing that was the really hard part. Now that I’m back home, I’m determined to change my diet, go for walks more often, and generally do what I can to improve my condition.

This is what I did to keep me sane. (I don’t have to explain that one, do I?) I packed my knitting along with my nighties, undies and towels, and spent almost all of Sunday knitting and finishing that sock. This is what was supposed to become my pair of Mojos but I didn’t like the pattern with this yarn, so I frogged it and decided on plain vanillas. Sock 2 was started on Monday, with good intentions galore, but Monday around lunch time the nurse handed me the bag that Steve had left for me in the morning (he wasn’t allowed in because of Covid restrictions, and also because I was thought to be contagious – presumed tummy bug – so he left the bag at the information desk), and in it were – among more undies – my laptop and my Alpine Knit Scarf, so I spent most of Monday watching the Saturday morning part of our annual convention, and afterwards listening to an audio book while adding a few rows to Alpine Knit Scarf.

Now this is what I would have shown you had I not been taken to hospital. I’ve played around some more with my October journal layout and decided to add some more magazine cuttings and a few butterflies. I’m not totally in love with it but it’s a completely different layout from the other ones so far, and it was so much fun to try something new. As you can see, I did not add any shapes or outlines to the daily photo page (and here’s another pro tip: don’t use cheap glue sticks, they won’t stick – see the messy parts where the paper doesn’t stick to the page below? I’ll have to cut them open with a knife and then either glue the paper back on or rip parts of it out *sigh*). So to keep track of how many photos I’ve taken during the month, I will add … no, I won’t tell you yet, you’ll have to wait for October.

I’m starting August on a much more positive note than all the months before. I bought the „Strandwanderer“ pattern today and can’t wait to cast on. I’ve promised myself to finish the second sock first, though. And maybe add a few more rows to Alpine Knit Scarf.