Saturday, August 01, 2009

I Still Have a Blog?

Shameful. That's the only word I can use to describe the length of time it's been since I posted on my blog. When I started this blog I never would've thought that at one point it would become such an effort to write a post on a regular basis. And here we are. In fact I can't even say without doubt that I will start blogging weekly or even monthly. That's a lot of pressure you know? Actually it shouldn't be, but for me, little things like that have become sources of stress. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a month or so ago. Since December, the Doctors weren't able to figure out what was wrong with me. They sent me to Physical Therapy (made it worse), put me on far too many pain pills (now I'm lazy and depressed), tried shots in my neck (did absolutely nothing), had me pay hundreds of dollars for MRIs, Catscans & X-Rays (all showed zippo). All the while my symptoms were swiftly becoming much worse. I saw an increase in pain from one week to the next. My energy level was falling faster than my Sister drives a car (that's really fast). It's been beyond frustrating and eventually led to a lot of depression. Every single thing in my life that I once found joy from became a chore to me. Knitting didn't hold one ounce of entertainment. Not to mention the fact that picking up the needles and knitting more than 3 rows wreaked havoc on my neck and arms. Finally getting the diagnosis and starting a treatment plan last month was such a relief. Unfortunately I'm not nearly as pain-free as I'd like to be. I still can't sleep and I still have to pop pain pillers all day. In fact typing this blog post is sending waves of pain across my back. However, the most exciting part is that I've found a little bit of my joy. I am more relaxed around my family. I don't nag them or yell at every little thing. I have started picking up my knitting again. Not just a little bit...a LOT. It's amazing and it brings me such happiness. I now finally have some finished objects to show you. Although it's probably been such a long time since I've posted, that my few readers will have vanished. Even if that's true, I'm still proud to be posting and showing off my finished knits. There's actually even more to show you but I just haven't got around to having a photo shoot. Enjoy.

Yarn: I lost the ballband so I can't remember, I think it was something by Plymouth? No, that's not right, I'm not sure what the hell it was.
Made For: Probably Me...the ultimate selfish knitter

Yarn: Cascade 109 or 128, don't remember which one. Either way it's lovely yarn.
Made For: Sissy
I don't know if these can really count as a finished object since I only finished the 1st one. The 2nd one is almost done, I just have to knit the thumb. Not sure how I feel about knitting with bulky yarn on size 8 needles. My hands were wrecked!

Yarn: Naturally Caron Country
Made For: Who else, Me
I like this yarn. A bit splitty but a lovely sheen and great yardage for the price.

Pattern: The ever popular Fetching
Made For: Me
Yarn: Naturally Caron, Spa
Yarn is a tad splitty but I really like it. This one has even better yardage than the Country and is a little softer.

Pattern: Toast
Made For: Me
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino
Fun, easy, fast. 3 of my favourite words when it comes to knitting.
Pattern: Give a Hoot
Made For: Me
Yarn: I think it was by Plymouth. Garrr I need to start keeping my ballbands or writing it down. My Mum gave me a really lovely knitting journal. I really should start using it. It's sitting right there on the shelf in front of me as I type this.
I made these ages ago but I don't think I ever showed them off. Poor little owls are still missing eyes. I can't find buttons small enough. My Mum had a great idea to sew eyes on with embroidery floss. I like it Mum, I really like it.


Shannon said...

I'm glad to see you back! I'm sorry to hear you have been so unwell. You must be really happy to finally have a diagnosis. Now you can deal with it and move on with your life! That's a wonderful thing! Great knits! I need to get my butt in gear and start producing!

Maryse said...

It's good to hear from you although you are going through tough times. Take care of yourself.

On the knitting side, it all looks so pretty... I really like your Bella mitten which is on my queue for this winter I hope, and the color of your Fetching is really nice - this is also a pattern that I am eyeing for quite a while too!

Take care and no pressure on updating your blog. It should not be a source of stress and you should do it only when you want to!

del said...

So sorry to hear about your health issues. But I hope you're able to feel better and that the knitting helps. That reminds me of another knitter whose blog I read; she suffers from a painful condition and says the knitting helps her so much.

Everything looks really lovely! Don't worry about not updating--blogging should definitely not be a chore. I should know as I haven't updated in months, lol.

You still have readers out here :-)

ponyknit said...

Hey there, I'm glad to hear from you, but sorry to hear that you have not been well. I hope things are improving now that you know what you are dealing with.

In terms of knits, lovely! I've had a textured shawl on my to-do list for a while now. I've always liked the pattern Toast as well. Beautiful!

Phoe said...

Great projects. Nice to see you back as well. I'm very sorry to hear that fibro has become a part of your life. Have you read the book Fibromyalgia: The First Year by Claudia Craig Marick? It was really helpful for me (and incidentally, my mother) the first year. Take care.