Posted March 2, 2014on:
Since about last Sunday I’ve been feeling increasingly dizzy. Last week it all came to a head, so to speak. I had to walk across town to a meeting and I crossed a bridge over the river. It felt like the whole bridge was moving under my feet. I must have looked drunk, I was clinging to the rails for dear life! Driving home that day was frankly dangerous. Every time I turned a corner the whole world swung round.
I decided a visit to the Dr. was in order. I thought I was having a reaction to my increased anxiety meds. Nope. Turns out I have vertigo, most likely caused by an inner ear infection. I have no ear pain though, but my god, the feeling is so unnerving. I can hardly walk. I’ve been off work since, but I’m still very bad, so I think I’ll have to go back tomorrow to get another cert for next week.
In happier news, this has meant that knitting productivity has increased somewhat, as I’m under orders to stay indoors & am effectively stuck in a chair.
First up, we have hubby’s belated Christmas present that became his birthday present. It was his sort of birthday yesterday (leap year baby) and I got these done at about half 11 yesterday morning! Phew, talk about cutting it close!
Pattern: Decorative Ribbing Socks by Charlene Schurch from More Sensational Knitted Socks
Needles: 2.5mm dpns
Yarn: Cascade Sateen, about 1.2 skeins.
These socks were boring as all hell to knit, which probably explains why they took so long. Effectively k1p1 rib that goes on for EVER in mens sock sizes. Still, hubby loves them so that’s the main thing.
So that’s another pair of socks to add to my Sensational Sock Project and an item to cross off my earlier list.
I then turned my attention to Alice’s birthday present. My little baby will be 13 this month. Jesus. A teenager! Help us all.
I had already decided to crochet her an owl, and here it is! Just finished this morning:
Pattern: Bright Owls from Woman’s Weekly Knitting and Crochet Special, March 2014
Yarn: Various scraps of acrylic DK
Now I know I’m not the best at crochet, but I’m really pleased with it and I hope she likes it too. I think it’s really cute. Item No. 2 crossed off the list!
Next is the vest for my Dad’s birthday on March 10. This one will be a very close call, if I make it at all. Here’s my progress so far:
Yeah, not a whole heap going on there. This is the back, which is knit plain, thank goodness, as it should increase the speed. I wish I’d converted this to be knit in the round, but time is against me. The pattern I’m using is from another edition of Woman’s Weekly (I swear I don’t buy this magazine all the time, these have accumulated from buying them to read to Mam in hospital). It was originally published in the Bergere De France magazine Tricot Irlandais. It’s called Debardeur which for some reason in my head becomes Gerard Depardieu, so that’s what I’m going to call this one. I’m using some chocolate brown acrylic as that’s what my Dad chose. Who am I to argue, although I’ll have had my fill of acrylic by the time this is done. That’s 3 projects in a row out of the stuff! Ouch!
In other news, Mam was moved to a nursing home last Friday. While I’m happy that she is in a place that’s better able to look after her, I’m still sad that it’s come to this. Poor Mam. Even worse, as I’m confined to the house I haven’t seen her for ages now and I’d love to get her settled in properly. Hopefully in the next few days I’ll be able to go.
So, I’m not hanging around here chatting, I’ve got a vest to knit!