I really don’t want to turn this blog into my health-related ranting space. I promise that’s not my hidden agenda 😉 But these days are dominated by health and illness issues for me and my life is largely organised around them so it’s difficult to avoid this topic… However, to prove that I’m still all about yarn, above is the sneak peak of my current WIP 😉 And this post is going to end more on a more cheerful note than it starts!
Well, after visiting my GP, having my bloodwork done and getting some meds she prescribed my two months long chest infection/ cold/ whatever that really was seems to be gone. But as the week started, even though there was no more runny or blocked nose or fever, I started to struggle breathing. A lot. I have asthma so this is nothing new for me, and I thought that increasing my reliever inhaler would do the job – but it didn’t. By Wednesday I felt so bad and wasn’t able to take a good breath despite the meds, that I had to schedule an emergency visit with my GP again. As it turned out, my asthma had flared so badly due to the ongoing infection, that my blood oxygen saturation has been below the normal level – a condition called hypoxemia. That’s never a good thing, and in asthma it takes either a severe flare, or a long lasting one to get to that point – I guess it’s another lesson for me not to wait for weeks before going to see the physician next time… So except of a new inhaler, I received also a high dose of oral steroid, since it kicks in faster and has stronger effects than steroid in the inhaler.
The results were almost immediate: I breathe easier, I cough much less and and I’m also feeling as if I drank 5 times my daily caffeine limit. I can’t sleep, I can’t stay in one place too long, and I’m totally restless! It’s not too bad really as I’m only going to take this medicine for a short time, so I can deal with feeling this way for a couple of days. And in the 3 days so far I’ve been super active!
First of all, I’ve knitted a large portion of an alpaca jumper, based on the pattern Buttonside Sweater designed by Jennifer Dassau. I started knitting it a bit earlier, while waiting for the yarn for Christmas gifts to be delivered. I love the construction of this jumper so much, it’s knitted without seaming, starting from the shoulders, and it’s shaped entirely with German short rows. Buttons are on the sides – they will be sewn to the jumper (3 on each side) in the places where the blue yarn is attached at the moment:
Because I chose natural coloured Drops Puna yarn (which is light DK, 100% alpaca – and absolutely soft and squishy), and I love the shade and rustic texture of the fabric created with it, I decided that the jumper needs equally natural buttons. I ordered cherry tree wooden buttons on Etsy and now can’t wait for them to arrive here all the way from Lithuania!
In the meantime, the yarn for my nephew’s gift set arrived. It’s Malabrigo Rios in various purple shades – colours which I normally avoid. I’m not a big fan of purple, and while I appreciate how great it can look on others, it’s not for me – it makes my skin look sickly yellow. But my nephew likes purple and violet, and it’s supposed to make him happy, so it was an obvious colour choice. And I have to say, this yarn is gorgeous and it’s probably the first time that I actually thought I might like something in this shade myself! I just hope that the more pink-ish sections won’t make my nephew decide it’s too girly… as he’s at the difficult age when peers approval means everything and he refuses anything “too girly” or “too childish” 😉
When I’m not knitting or working, I go for daily walks. Seriously, I couldn’t do it in weeks, and now that I can just breathe easily again, it’s such joy! The air is cool and crisp and has this amazing winter fragrance that I love. Walking in the park, I suddenly appreciate what a gift it is to breathe and feel alive. And when I go back home, my cats are always waiting for me.
Stella is cuddly and loving, and Ciri is a little mischievous rascal who drowns her mice toys in the water bowl every night 😉
Since the post ends on a surprisingly positive note, I want to show you something else. Not knitting-related, not something I usually (if ever) write about, but it’s another thing that’s been making me absolutely happy this week.
I’d ordered it last week and ever since it arrived I’ve been experimenting with it and I can’t have enough. It’s so gorgeous, the colours (yes, even the purplish ones!), the pigmentation, the texture – pure happiness!
I guess my little steroid-enhanced joys are all about the senses 🙂 Hope you’ve also found many reasons to be happy this week and I’d love to read about them in the comments!