Archive for August, 2010

Still making bunnies

August 28, 2010

Sadly, the pocket bunny obsession has not yet passed.  The collection now looks like this:

There are a few missing, the ones I’ve given away or hidden in people’s pockets.  Plus a few in my own pockets, where I make them on the train and put them in a pocket for safe keeping.  It feels quite productive – I can make a bunny on my way to Bristol, another on the way home and a third in my lunchbreak if I don’t go out.  Craziness! 

As well as the pocket bunny world invasion, I’ve been making these:

They are to send to a lovely lady on Ravelry who is making blankets for people who need them, using donated squares.  Channelle lives here in Swindon, so I could probably hand-deliver them, but it seems easier to stick them in the post as I haven’t been driving much.  If I get my act together they’ll go this morning, otherwise some time next week.  It’s been quite good to practice my crochet skills, as I’ve never done very much.  I hope they are up to scratch! 

Next I have promised to make a cross-stitch card for Chloe at work, who is going on maternity leave soon. 

Apart from the craft news, this week has been another rollercoaster.  I was starting to feel better, went knitting in the library, getting my head together.  Then I went to see the consultant on Weds evening and he shook me up again.  At my request, while I was unconscious for my day surgery two weeks ago, he took a cervical smear. I knew I was due for one, and the idea of not being awake for it seemed appealing.  Sadly, when the results came back this week they showed abnormal cells, at a level which needs further investigation.  So I’m going in again for day surgery, to have a biopsy and some other tests done. 

I thought we’d simply be discussing hysterectomy – when, where, how and a load of other questions I had prepared.  While he agrees that that is the only remaining treatment option, he isn’t equipped to discuss it without these further test results, as there’s a good chance they’ll affect the how and probably the ‘how much’ which I hadn’t even given much thought to. 

It’s never simple. 

So, this coming week…Monday is a Bank Holiday so I get a long weekend.  Tuesday I’ll go to Bristol.  Weds I go in for day surgery.  Thursday I try to recover somewhat.  Friday, working at home.  Not at all what I was expecting!


Pocket Bunnies!

August 21, 2010

I have a new obsession…

They have acquired the name Pocket Bunnies, because A can’t seem to resist hiding them in his pockets while I’m making them!  He just pinches one or two of the smallest ones he can see, and tucks them into his cardigan pockets.  Weird! 

I had no idea what I was going to do with all these bunnies, ranging in height from about 2cm to 7cm, but the pocket thing gave me an idea.  I’ve started hiding them in other people’s pockets.  One went to work with A yesterday.  Another went home with my baby bro when he came round to borrow the car last night.  I’ve asked his wife to pass it on to someone else…who knows where it will end up?! 

Sadly, that’s all I’ve been doing.  I’ve hardly left the house for over a week.  However, I’m due back at work on Monday so from then on it’ll be routine as usual 🙂

More Finishes!

August 18, 2010

And an unheard-of third post in a week! 

To tell the truth, I’ve been (not) dealing with the side effects of the Mirena coil, and not coping very well.  The pain was constant, with additional severe cramps whenever I tried to do anything.  Plus the drugs were starting to take effect, giving me all the side effects.  Including depression.  Yep, that’s what I needed.  Right at the point when I couldn’t even apply my usual walking cure. 

Anyway, I went back to the hospital yesterday and the Mirena coil is gone, I had it removed after less than a week.  So not worth it. 

On a (kind of) plus side, I’ve had many more hours than usual for knitting.  I’ve made these, for example:

They are flip-top mittens for Ali’s Christmas present.  I thought they’d be useful for her treks between office and train station.  From my own experience, gloves are essential, but these have the advantage that she can flip the top over when she needs to retrieve her door pass/train ticket.  An early finish, but a good one. 

Also, I have finished these:

Those are my latest travel/hospital socks.  Made using tofutsies yarn, in a 2×2 rib pattern.  They are really soft and comfy. 

There is of course a down side to finishing so much…I now have nothing on the needles at all!  Not even travel/back up socks. 

Hmmmm, what to do next?!

Sunday Extra

August 15, 2010

I know, posts on two days running!  This one is just a quick update to show off this:

I’ve been feeling so rough, with such bad cramps, I haven’t even tried to do anything much.  So, plenty of knitting time.  Or in this case crochet.  The pattern is by Catherine, available in Inside Crochet magazine, issue 9.  It only took me a few hours last night and an hour or so this morning to make it start to finish.  I used Cascade 220 yarn.

The mushroom is a birthday present for my Mum, who loves mushrooms and toadstools.  I’ll probably buy a few handkerchiefs to put in it, but she can use it for whatever she wants. 


Feeling grotty

August 14, 2010

It has been another mad/weird one.  Surprised?  No, me neither. 

As planned, we went to Slimbridge last Sunday evening, for an open-air production of The Importance of Being Earnest.  It was really good, we thoroughly enjoyed it.  We took a picnic, and were lucky with the weather, even the late night drive home was smooth and easy.  A had a genius idea – we roasted a joint of beef during Sunday afternoon, then made the freshest, most delicious roast beef and horseradish sandwiches from it, for our picnic.  Better than anything we could have bought! 

On Saturday we managed to deliver Gethin’s presents:

When I first put the knitted elephant down next to him, Gethin turned his head, his eyes widened and his mouth dropped open.  He just lay there staring until he was picked up by his Dad!  The elephant is now living in his cot, which I think counts as a success. 

On Wednesday I had hoped to go Knitting in the Library, but got sidetracked at the doctor’s surgery, trying to sort out prescriptions.  Knowing I couldn’t work on Thursday or Friday, I couldn’t then afford the time out for knitting as well.  😦

So, Thursday.  I went into the hospital for day surgery, to have the Mirena coil fitted.  It was done under general anaesthetic.  I’d forgotten how bad anaesthetics can make you feel…in the past they’ve always been before keyhole surgery, involving some kind of cyst or endometriosis removal, and I assumed that it was mainly the surgery itself that left me feeling miserable and unwell.  This time, the surgery was much simpler and quicker, although not without its own complications, but I still felt terrible afterwards.  I’ve had the most awful cramps ever since, which is my body trying to reject the Mirena.  I’ve got some drugs which are supposed to control that, but they aren’t 100% effective and have caused an IBS flare-up. 

Overall, I don’t feel so good.

Moving on to something positive though…two finishes:

That’s Isla’s picture, all done.  She was allowed home from hospital last Sunday, which is fantastic news. 

And that’s my step-dad’s birthday present.  He already has two bears, this completes the set.  Although I could drag it out for a few more years by making random extras.    His birthday isn’t until October, so it’s ready in plenty of time. 

Now I just have my travel socks on the go, again.  I don’t have any specific inspiration for a next project…I’ll see what takes my fancy next.

This week will hopefully be an easier one.  Provided these cramps go away, I’ll be back at work on Monday.  Bristol Tuesday and Thursday as usual.  Knitting in the Library on Weds.  Maybe this afternoon we’ll go to see our friends’ band, but they’re playing in a park, so it depends on the weather.

So much going on…lots of craft news

August 7, 2010

Firstly, my friend Caron’s baby arrived.  Isla Elizabeth is safe and well, but has a heart defect and will need surgery at some point in the near future.  Probably several times.  But Yay!  for a safe delivery.  That puts finishing her cross-stitch picture up at the top of my to-do list.

First I had to do this:

That’s a birthday present for my friend’s baby boy…well, I say ‘baby’, but it’s for his 21st birthday!  Steven was the first new baby I ever came into contact with, at the age of 14.  I loved him so much, and spent hours with him and his parents – I was almost the only person trusted to babysit.  I cannot believe that my little boy is 21 this week!  This isn’t my usual style, but that’s because I have made it to match the ones I made for his 1st to 5th birthdays.  The space rocket is because he works for the space research centre.  It should make him laugh. 

The next finish of the week is Holly’s picture:

A third finish is the Elmer cross-stitch, which I made for nephew Gethin a few weeks ago…now a cushion, thanks to Auntie Rosemary:

We just have to deliver all these masterpieces now!

In knitting news, I found a bit of a lull, so I pressed on with the travel socks:

Then I remembered that I’d promised my step-dad the rest of his Teddy Bear’s picnic set for his birthday.  For the last two years he has received small bears, but this year he’s expecting the picnic set itself.  I made a start with a third bear first:

Apart from all the making things, it has been a slightly hectic week.  I can’t exactly pinpoint why right now, but there doesn’t seem to have been any time to spare. 

One thing that is happening is Elvis:

Elvis is our nephew’s rabbit, but he’s staying with us for a week or so while Max is on holiday.  He’s cute and all, but just seems to remind me constantly that my rabbit died.  He is NOT my rabbit.  He is not MY rabbit.  How do I still miss that damn rabbit so very much?!  Lesson learned, we aren’t ready for another rabbit yet. 

So, this week coming should be a fun one.  I’m going in for day surgery on Thursday.  Got Friday off sick to recover from the anaesthetic.  Also to get the next dose of the hormone treatment I’m on.  Tomorrow night we’re going to Slimbridge to see an open air production of The Importance of Being Earnest.  I’m really hoping that it doesn’t rain!  At some point we have to go round to my brother’s house with the Elmer cushion and the knitted elephant.  And catch up with Caron, find out how baby Isla is. 

Hopefully I can even find an hour in the madness to go knitting in the library!