I tried singing yesterday, I couldn’t sing a line from a song, there is literally no air in my lungs.
Pleurisy is often caused by a previous illness, and it is more common in those with generally poor health. So, basically, if you get a cold and don’t get over it, this can be what you get next. Mine is probably caused by a virus, I guess, as the antibiotics have not made a discernible difference.
If you are the kind of person who goes to work when you are still poorly, if you get this pleurisy thing you are even less the kind of person who is likely to rest as much as you should. I emptied the dishwasher this morning and had to go back to bed and sleep for a couple of hours.
But I do feel like I am improving in small steps, even if I am a long way from going back to the gym. It is slow, and I am not patient.
Today I put all my premature baby patterns together in a folder, with the favourite ones from all my cutting out from my magazine hoard. It is an exciting folder, very inspiring.
I am going to rest up, I will try!
I felt a bit better this morning but I’ve overdone it and am sitting down, fighting to stay awake. All I did was strip the bed!
Let’s talk about my naughty addiction to Noro. Last year, I bought two skeins of Kochoran and then 9 skeins of Rowan Cocoon to make a stripy cardi, but used the Kochoran up on a hat and cowl. I have tried to use the Cocoon this weekend as it is thick and posh but it is the most boring stuff to knit with, it is like turning down Darcy to marry Mr Collins.
You might remember my giant charity wool binge in October at Loop, where I triumphantly carted off several armfuls of yarn, including a dozen balls of Noro. This wool has been calling on me in my knitting corner, so I cast on last night. What bliss!
I am making a top down raglan cardigan, it is simple and perfect!
Thinking about how much more I enjoy knitting with Noro, more than any other yarn, I was wondering if, rather than motivating myself with marbles in a jar, I might be more induced to do things if a Noro yarn were the prize? Well, I’d better get well first methinks. All I can do today is type this then slope off to bed again.
Also we have started decorating our tree, and Amber has been doing the decorations, thankfully our cat is fast asleep!
My addition to the room decor is a new knitting snowman, my daughter is not impressed, she says he is skiing and not knitting. I asked if he is knitting, there where are his skis then? Huh? Lol.
One of Jon’s friends wrote a hilarious Facebook post (which turned into a brilliant comedy conversation regarding how one should address as Tiger in a boat as “Sir”etc,) about the film of The Life of Pi.
During the course of my confinement to quarters due to pleurisy (which is not funny) I thought in a very bored moment that I should watch said film, although I had zero interest in the subject and would certainly not bother with the book. But when you’re ill, and enjoying repeats of “Lovejoy” you realise you are very bored indeed and such films do arouse curious interest, viz, what happens other than the obvious when a Tiger and a boy are in a boat with nothing to eat. And it is a free download.
So I sat in my chair, and pressed the buttons to download the film and started watching it. I had my knitting in hand and was only watching with half an eye, when I realised after about an hour there were no Tigers or boats and the boy in the film I was watching played Kurt in Glee, and I was patently not watching a film set in India.
Ok, so when I stopped the film I could see I’d made a mistake – it was “Struck by Lightning!”. Durr! Thank god I hadn’t pressed the wrong button on something at work! So I paid attention and downloaded the correct film, and sure enough there were scenes of India and a zoo, a boy and a Tiger.
Then I got to the bit with the boy and the boat, after everyone had died horribly, but there was no Tiger, just the boy, a zebra, an orang utan and a hyena then the animals started dying and eating each other and the boy was so fricken useless I just got annoyed and switched it off.
You can’t beat Lovejoy.
Anyhow, I thought I’d show you the huge ladder from the bit of knitting I did yesterday which I’ve just had to fix:
Another day of tired breathless inertia, I have tried knitting a bit, but am not interested, I thought I’d sew my pink cardi tonight but actually cut the lace with my scissors by accident, then failed to even put the sleeve in place properly, so that was abandoned.
I then turned to my new embroidery kit and started, but have made too many stitches across for the centre part, then put that away again, I’ll worry about unpicking and fixing things tomorrow.
My lovely blanket which has been on hold for two years under my bed as it ruffles and won’t lie flat as I made too many edge stitches, well, I’m calling it quits on that as it is too pretty to undo. I can make more squares for a bigger one!
Also, my Noro cowl, well, I’ve run out of wool, and I don’t know what to do with that either (I even sewed the last two squares on back to front!):
I still haven’t written any cards for Christmas and everywhere is untidy. I hope I get my mojo back soon!!!
Here are some more patterns on Ravelry based on “The Hunger Games”.
You do have to register with Ravelry to access the patterns, and some patterns are paid for ones.
One of the best songs by REM is “Trying to breathe”, the guitar, the gentle singing of the lyrics, the harmonies, oh how I love that song.
Today, as I am suffering with an infection in my chest and the lining if my lungs, it is taking a new meaning. I slept all day.
This evening, we’ve had dinner, Jon was home late after a stop off at the barbers, and I’ve sat here with my crochet.
Last year at Christmas, Jon bought me the yatn and pattern for a fabulous crochet scarf, and the design is gorgeous. Amber also bouht me some Kureyon by Noro in my favourite colourway, and I started another crochet scarf, but I got distracted, and the pieces I made languished in the cupboard under the stairs.
When I sorted the knitting corner, I gathered all the unfinished things and the yarn I wanted to use most, and I’ve been steadily working through everything. It has been a great success.
Here you can see my scarf in progress:
At the crochet class in Saturday, Jane explained how crochet works in such a way as my brain clicked and I think I finally got it. Sitting here this evening, what I was doing made sense for the first time, and I have made great strides. I finally get it!
Here are some pictures from Saturday’s class, it was amazing!
Today I have been sent home by my GP to rest, as my germs have gone to my chest, and I have pleurisy, lucky me! I’ve been too tired to write this week, but I wanted to capture some ideas as I’ve had a good sleep since I came home this afternoon.
On Friday I caught up with my dear friend Michelle, we went to Libertys. I bought some presents for my Aunties, and some yarn for some replacement mittens. Christmas is getting all too close and there is too much to do.
On Saturday I went on a jaunt to Loop in Angel, I went to a class run by Jane Crowfoot, who is famous for her amazing surprise crochet blanket club projects. I’ve been to one of her classes before, and my crochet was transformed from barely able to crochet a chain to feeling confident enough to attempt Japanese crochet flowers and so on and that was a few years ago. I needed a brush up, so when I saw this class advertised I knew it would be perfect for me! As I expected, it was wonderful. I learned more in the first hour than I have done in ages. When I’m better I’ll share my notes and pictures with you.
What I have been doing whilst feeling awful is to think forward to next year, I love making resolutions! It is very cheering. I have done well with my resolutions this year.
- Walk round London. I bought a pocket map from Paperchase. I am going to pad the streets and write up my travels here
- I want to use my Wii more. I bought it and couldn’t use it as my old front room furniture was too big. Now I can actually move about in here!
- Read old sci fi. I used to stay overnight in a friend’s brother’s room who was away at Uni as a teenager, he had a wall of classic sci fi which I used to borrow and enjoy. I will start with the Foundation books
- Do weights every day
- Get in the garden and do garden jobs every weekend
- Listen to the top 10 singles music chart every week
- Go to a gallery or museum every month. Starting with the Museum of London
- Try out a new recipe every week, starting with a risotto at the weekend
Here is another free Hunger Games pattern Katniss Cowl, it’s by Lion Brand, and it looks quite like the one in the film.
Hoping your having a good weekend so far!
I am in a very jolly mood today, I went back to work, things there are great fun, I got loads of stuff done and we had Knitting Club. You know I love Knitting Club and the manager at Costa loves us back, he gave us free cake, a nice ginger muffin, it was so yummy!
We sat knitting and laughing and chatting about the funny events in the world. I am making some socks for my lovely Auntie, Russ and Helen were crocheting squares, and we were all looking at our giant collection of preemie hats. We had 26 in the end, which is not bad as we were riding on the back of our huge poppy charity binge. Louise is taking the hats to the premature babies ward at the Royal London hospital on Friday, when she takes her Nipper for his one year check up.
This morning, as I stood at the furthest bus stop, sweating and cursing myself for going back to work, a woman appeared with her three offspring in tow. The smallest one had a whistle, and was trying to play “Jingle Bells” over and over and over and over, using one screeching note. I glared repeatedly at the child and the mother to no avail, apparently no one cares anymore about how their children’s behaviour is appallingly irritating to strangers.
When I got home tonight and told Jon, he suggested I should have taken the whistle and stamped on it. I love him! Wouldn’t it be liberating to just do that!
My place of work is undergoing a lot of change. Some folk think not for the better, I am keen to see what transpires. It is very satisfying to feel happy in myself, and not in fear of change. I know that whatever happens I will be ok.
It’s two years yesterday since I lost my Grandad, and I do miss him still, however I’m ok, my grief no longer provides a cloud across my life. If I wake up in the night, it’s not guilt and regret, it’s just, “wow this bed is soft, I like it here”.
I have a very jolly day in front of me tomorrow, and then it’s the weekend! My pink cardigan is nearly finished. It is such thick aran weight yarn it knits up really quickly.
See, even my cat is relaxed, my germs are clearing, everything is fine. I hope things are good with you all too.
Yesterday Jon and I watched the old Star Trek film “Wrath of Khan” which is referenced in the new Star Trek film, “Into Darkness”.
Loving the new films and having watched both several times I was amazed at how much effort had gone into seamlessly splicing the new and the old. Chris Pine must have watched these old films a lot to pick up Shatner’s characterisations so perfectly! Nice job to all the cast, the same amount if effort went into all their roles too.
During one scene, Kirk had to use a retinal scan and it accessed “tapes” lol!
Today, I have not achieved much, I have Jon’s cold, and I’ve sat about or laid in bed all day. I have started the sleeve of my pink lace cardigan from Vogue Knitting, this was cruelly abandoned in favour of poppies and preemie hats over the last couple of months. It is thick wool and should knit up fairly quickly.
You can’t beat a bit of sci fi or fantasy tv can you? Tonight we are watching the film Star Trek “Search for Spock”, another gem from the early 1980′s. I will knit for a bit and head off to bed.
Here you can see the sleeve on my cardigan, it’s a beautiful pattern!