Blatantly not knitted

Whilst Susie was knitting away happily, I was working on this blankie for baby foorah who should be making an appearance in a month or so. I decided on a granny style blankie so that when the baby grows bigger, I can add some more colours on and hey presto a bigger blankie. Don’t worry foorahs, I made it from yarn that can be machine washed so it shouldn’t shrink!

Next up is the baby kimono – I’m psyching myself up. It is going to be yellow. Yellow is not a colour I normally like to knit with but I’m telling myself I can do it.

This is my last week of classes for my MA this year. I can’t believe how quickly it has gone by and now I’ve just got another mega essay to write before I’m free for research for my dissertation in the summer. I was saying to someone today how I found this term’s work a bit more of a struggle to get enthused about but it may have had something to do with some of the books we had to read being really hard to get hold of and consequently any essay I’ve got to write will involve a couple or three days at the Senate House library in London. Hopefully the trip to London will focus my mind and I can get all the research I need to do done in that time frame as there is not a lot of material on the authors I’ve been studying. Of course it could have something to do with the fact I’ve had a sore throat and ears for most of the last 12 weeks!


My knitting mojo is back so I’m definitely on the mend. Gloves are rather fiddly so I won’t be making another pair for quite some time or I’ll be waiting til I’ve made myself some tiny needles. The second glove was a bit more holey than the first for some reason but thankfully it doesn’t show too much that I’ve had to sew those up and there is an odd wobbly bit here and there. I’m rather pleased with how they turned out.

My eye has been bothering me quite a bit over the weekend but not as much today – hooray! So I just need to heal up properly and I can go near pao again. I don’t want to jeopardize the super progress he has made in the last few weeks so I’ve got to keep away from him for a bit longer.

I met up with Mrs B for breakfast yesterday and she had to drop some things off to a charity shop. My eye caught these balls of yarn in the window as they are somewhat Project Spectrumesque. Not at all bad for the princely sum of two pounds.

The leper returns

I woke up this morning to find that my conjunctivitis has returned. I I have been feeling a bit under the weather all week to the extent I had a day off work yesterday because I’d been falling asleep as soon as I could when I got home from work. I saw the doctor again today and I still have an ear and throat infection – gah! Even pao commented that I’ve not been well because I’ve not knitted all week.

So I’m going to distract you with kitty cuteness instead…

I wish I could sleep as peacefully as Ophelia does.

A new knitter

I met up for breakfast with my friend Susie yesterday and we were talking about what we do in the evenings and weekends after work and she mentioned that she was a little bored as she had had a couple of extra days off before the Easter holiday and didn’t know what to do with herself for most of the rest of the weekend.

We both had a few things to do in town so we went into C&H Fabrics and looked at the craft things and saw that almost all the cross stitch kits they had in there were a bit twee so we went and looked at some yarn instead. I came away with another three skeins of Regia Softy and some solid ordinary Regia and told Susie that she could probably make a scarf in an afternoon if she wanted to try out knitting.

Susie very kindly gave me a lift home with our dinner ingredients and she had a look at my two baskets of yarn which I’ve got out at the moment for inspiration. I saw there was a look of longing so as she was about to leave I handed her a ball of yarn and went to get her some big needles.

I cast on for her and showed her the knit stitch and she was happily knitting away. Before long pao put down two cups of tea and we were listening to the first Harry Potter book.

Doesn’t she look happy?

Several cups of tea and a dinner of coq au vin later, Susie had lots of scarf. She picked up the bind off very quickly and I helped her sew in the ends.

Ta da! Well done, Susie! Hasn’t she done well? Her knitting is remarkably neat and she hasn’t gotten into the really tight tension that first knitters sometimes get into. Hooray!!!

Good News on Good Friday

pao saw the consultant yesterday and George is on the mend!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!

He’s got to have another week taking it easy but building up his activity but he’s on the mend!!!!!

I received a fab prize from Jeanne for taking part in her preemie hat drive. She sent some wonderful St Claire’s throat pastilles which are very welcome indeed as my throat was still sore and some very beautiful Koigu yarn along with lots of other goodies. There were five mice but as I was opening the package, Perdita grabbed one and ran off and started playing with it.Thank you so much, Jeanne!

I had a wonderful day spending time thinking about the meaning of Good Friday. I attended a all-denominations service in town and then went to an open air service in the middle of town. I have a lot to be thankful for this weekend.

Handy Crafty

My first attempt at a glove. This was a kit from Violet Green which pao insisted I order when I was at home ill. The colour is called Morgan Le Fay which I love. Now I just have to knit the other one.

My conjunctivitus seems to be clearing up – just got to make sure I keep well away from pao. We now have lots of antibacterial gel and handwash close by and I’m trying to stay in my exile zone upstairs as much as possible. I’m still pretty tired and still have a sore throat – I’m not completely sure if my ears are better or not but I’m finding it incredibly hard to hear properly at the moment. Anyhow, I’m off to bed now – not as early as I’d intended due to the realization that Easter is just a few days ago and we needed food. Thank goodness for internet shopping.

I am a confirmed leper

I’ve not been around a lot lately due to extreme exhaustion and being at an amazing prayer school for part of the last couple of days. When I wasn’t there, I was at home in bed fast asleep but it was a really wonderful experience and I’m glad I went to some of it.

Just as we were starting to think that I was over the cold bit, pao started asking me last night about my extremely red left eye. It had been weeping a bit in the night so was a bit yucky in the morning but I thought it was just down to overtiredness. As it started to hurt and ache a bit today, I went off to see the pharmacist in town who said that I have conjunctivitus which is bad bad news for pao and George as it is very very contagious. So I have handed pao a bottle of antibacterial hand cleansing gel and am retreating upstairs where I will remain until I’m germ free.

We’re trying to count our blessings as we had some stormy weather and the only damage we found so far was this:

Perdita says: It wasn’t me!

Easing back into the deep end

I’m not completely well again but I have been back to work hence my silence most of this week. I’m just too darned tired to do much by the time I get home. Last night, I fell into bed and was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I’m pretty exhausted so I saw the doctor again and she confirmed that I still have an ear and throat infection so I’m now back on antibiotic ear drops to deal with that since my course of oral antibiotics runs out tomorrow. She was pretty keen for me to stay off work but I insisted that I just take a couple of days holiday on Thursday and Friday and take it from there instead (particularly since getting those was a bit of battle – but I stood my ground and made sure my case was stated). I realise now that I am hugely different from the person I was two years ago when I would have just accepted the decision and been too afraid to say anything.

We were talking about fear today and how it can cripple people. I am still afraid but for different reasons. I’m afraid of what is happening to pao and how it is beyond my control whether George sticks round for the long run or not. That’s not going to go away and I have counted my blessings every good day that pao has had over the last two years.

I am getting better at asking for help and sticking up for myself nowadays and I’m glad. I have had a pretty stressful time lately with a different situation but rather than retreating into a dark hole, I took action and the situation was dealt with.

It’s not all doom and gloom round here though. On Friday, I heard that the expression of interest which I had written for some grant money for a project I’d thought up had been accepted through to application stage. So on Wednesday next week I’m off to Birmingham for a really long day out. I’ve never written a grant application before but I’m going to hear all about what I have to do when I get there. I’ve already booked my train ticket – I am so excited.

We’d both been talking about how Friday 7th March was our 10th date anniversary. Guess what happened – we both forgot because I was just too ill then. We had talked about going to Broadstairs to walk along the beach like we did on our first date but neither of us could have really done that on Friday. It just means that we’ll have to reschedule it for another time.

Deja noooooo

I visited my doctor today because waking up in pain isn’t my idea of fun particularly when two lots of painkillers don’t seem to have any effect. We were chatting about pao’s current problems with George and how I didn’t want him to catch what I’ve got when he suddenly said “Yes, I suppose it would be difficult if the cornea pinged off if he started having a sneezing fit…”.

I kid you not.

Anyway, I came home with some very large antibiotics and am continuing to sequester myself in another part of the house as much as possible.

Anyway, the cats have all been around doing their cat thing. Looking cute, etc.

Still in quarantine

Not much of a change round here chez pao – pao is still in the dark listening to the radio and sleeping on the sofa and I’m still exiled to another part of the house to make sure that my germs don’t get to him because I’ve been sneezing a lot.

This is pretty hard because I’m feeling rotten and all I want is a hug. I was slightly off my guard and had a hug earlier but really it should be verboten since sneezing is bad for eye pressure etc and I don’t want my worst nightmare of George the cornea pinging off mid sneeze forever more coming true. pao has been pretty good about sitting in the dark and has been wrapping his glasses lense with a tissue so he can’t use George.

I’m on double the painkillers now as my ears and throat are so sore. I am hoping to go back to work in the morning but I’ll see how I feel at 6am and take it from there.

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments – I haven’t been spending a lot of time online over the last few days so I’ve got some catching up to do. I really appreciate all the warm thoughts that everyone has been sending – you’re all wonderful and pao really appreciates your kind words about George.