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.

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Veröffentlicht1. August 2021 von Ella in Kategorie "Allgemein

16 COMMENTS :

  1. By Lucy+Bowen on

    Oh my, what a week or so! Your socks look great and you have a diagnosis – so in the end a win? I’m glad you are out and feeling better.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Lucy. Yes, it’s a win in the end, I feel so much better now that the path is laid out, so to say.

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  2. By Nicky on

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better and you know the source of your issue. Cheers to making progress.

    I think we all understand what it means to turn to our fiber arts pursuits during rough times and I’m so glad you have that outlet.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Nicky. You said it so much better than I could.

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  3. By MaureenHD on

    Funny you should mention dieting. I just started Weight Watchers 2 weeks ago. I’m happy to say that following the „blue“ plan has turned out not too hard for me so I am down a few pounds with more to go. Good luck. Eliminating those yummy sweet drinks and salted snacks is somewhat hard but so far so good. I get to keep having a beer with dinner which makes me happy. Your journal looks fun.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Maureen. I’ll have to be very strict with myself, there are certain things I’m not allowed to eat anymore – or rather, things I really shouldn’t eat unless I want to go back to hospital soon-ish. Except for chocolate and Mozzarella, there really isn’t that much I’ll miss.

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  4. By Mary-Anne on

    Oh my goodness. I am glad they got to the root of your tummy trouble and that it is fixable. I am sending your good healthy vibes to take with you on your walks. Yay for starting on Strandwanderer. It was a very enjoyable knit.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Mary-Anne. I fell in love with your Strandwanderer and after a week in hospital, I felt I deserved a treat. I still haven’t started it, though. Thank you for the good vibes, they definitely help.

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  5. By Becki on

    So sorry you had a hospital visit, Ella, but very glad you learned what ailed you and how to feel better. Wonderful that you could get some knitting done while in there. 🙂

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Becki. Turns out I’m not yet back to my usual happy self but I’m working on it, knitting in hand and all.

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  6. By Sandra Licher on

    What a scary situation! I am so glad you were able to find out what was causing it. It is so much easier to deal with once you know what it is. Your socks are lovely and I love your journal! I hope you have a better week ahead!

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Sandra. As for better weeks ahead … nope. Unfortunately not. But I’m still breathing, so all in all, it could be worse.

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  7. By Anne on

    Glad you’re on the mend and out of hospital. It is absolutely NO fun (even if you had some knitting to keep you occupied). Considering how topsy-turvey your week sounded, you got a lot accomplished!

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Anne. I wasn’t allowed to leave the room, not even to fetch a bottle of water, so what else was there to do but knit? LOL.

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  8. By Marsha on

    Now that you know what is wrong with you and how to ‚fix‘ it, you can relax a bit and make things better. I have a feeling if I told my husband to bring up my knitting he would grab the first project bag he saw and bring it to me. Never mind that there would only be yarn and pattern in it without needles to work on it. You were lucky yours brought you something you could actually work on. Knitting and Crocheting is my favorite way to calm my mind and ease all the stress out of my day. Hospital knitting would be the best way to relax during stressful tests and diagnosis.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Marsha. Steve is really a good husband, and of course it didn’t hurt that I had shown him my project bag before and told him where to find it. LOL. It really was relaxing, and working on a complicated pattern that needed all of my attention was a good way to keep me from worrying.

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