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Can you stop, 2020?!

I know I’ve been ranting here a lot recently, mostly about my health, and I’m afraid this is going to be just another ranty post. One day I’m going to write about knitting, I promise!

And as a distraction from the text of my post, I’m going to show some photos of the shawl I’d knitted in March and couldn’t be bothered to write about ever since. I’ll link to my Ravelry project website for the shawl for details about the pattern and yarn if anyone is interested. It has been sent as a Birthday gift to a friend weeks.

This year… this year is a gift that keeps on giving, except that nobody wants those gifts and I really wish it would just stop for once. But alas, not happening!

While the world is focused on the events in the U.S. and the recent tragedy in Beirut, for people from my small corner of Europe, there are other bad things happening right now, too.

There were presidential elections in July in Poland (another story in itself and yes, I voted but no, my candidate didn’t win), and the previous president decided it was a good idea to secure more support from the very right-wing electorate by calling the LGBT community “not people, but ideology”. Some towns and cities, especially in eastern Poland (the regions supporting the current government), adopted laws pronouncing themselves “LGBT-free zones” and then things only escalated further.

The events of recent days have been at least concerning, though that’s a euphemism. The protests were suppressed and the activists arrested.

There is a protest in front of the Polish embassy in Dublin this week, but even though I’d like to attend, I can’t risk a long commute in public transport (Boyfriend is away with a car) as the COVID cases rise again in Ireland. Not that it’s going to do anything, but I still think it’s important to protest in any way possible.

I am really heartbroken over what’s been happening in my country in recent years, and how the extreme catholic church-influenced thinking is taking over more and more.

As if that wasn’t enough, our neighbour country Belarus, having suffered under the rule of their autocratic leader for years, is going through some rough stuff right now, too. I’m feeling so bad for those people, and for how their hopes have been dashed.

The direction in which our world is going right now is concerning, to say the least. And I’m not very good at dealing with it. I’m actually happy that I have a lot of work right now, focusing mentally on plants, insects and animals is like a safety net that keeps me going.

Plus, I started knitting again, as my headache is finally gone! That’s right, after over a month of relentless daily headaches, the relief is just tremendous. I’m still waiting for the neurologist appointment (no news so far, it’s almost impossible to even have someone pick up the phone at the hospital, and my friend told me recently it took her six months even to get her consultant appointment date set up, so I’m not holding my breath) because you know, something was wrong and if I don’t get it checked who says it won’t come back again? So I can knit, and it feels good. And tomorrow I have a video consultation with a physical therapist tomorrow, so I’m going to ask her for advice on good knitting posture.

But I’d like to thank anyone who took the time to comment on my previous post, and offer advice, or simply just sympathy and encouragement. It really matters a lot and helped a bit just to know that people out there care! Thank you!

Ad I’ll really try to be less ranty next time, I promise 😉

10 thoughts on “Can you stop, 2020?!

  1. Ah, Kat – don’t make promises you’re not sure you can keep ! 🙂
    Ranting and raving is part of blogging mate !
    And listen, that shawl is simply WONDERFUL. I hope you’re as proud of it as you should be: it’s a bloody work of art. Une chef d’oeuvre !
    That the headache has gone is really, really good news: I would jump in the air and click my heels together like Gene Kelly, were I not ancient and fat. [grin]

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    1. Are you sure you want to encourage me? 😉
      And thank you, I’m still scared to jump in case if it shakes my head too much 😉


    1. Thank you, I appreciate that! I hope it stays that way too, it was a nightmare of a month and I really don’t want it to repeat!


  2. Your shawl is so beautiful, Kat! And I’m really happy to hear you can knit again without too much pain!

    The direction the entire world is going, to far-right extremism, makes me so sad. I saw photos of women protesting the Polish president by wearing rainbow colors, and I thought that was beautiful! I am honestly so terrified about the elections in November here in the US…

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    1. I know, I follow the US situation and it’s horrifying. You are right about the far-right direction, and I wish it wasn’t the case… growing up in Poland, with the stories told about the war told by my grandparents, in a country with concentration camps… I’m just feeling hopeless watching and reading the news.
      No wonder all I want to do is knit and just not think too much!


  3. Unfortunately, when things start going bad in the world people (and governments) retreat into conservatism (particularly religious conservatism) and become more dogmatic, traditional, and rigid, which is what’s happening not only in your country but all over the world. We are currently undergoing a tremendous upheaval in society very like the industrial revolution. I’m very much afraid that things will get worse before they get better.

    But the knitting! A lovely shawl in a lovely color. I’m so glad your headache has gone. You are lucky to be able to work at home in times like these.

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    1. I think things will get much better and honestly, not sure about the “getting fine again” part, but let’s be hopeful.

      And thank you, I always appreciate your support!


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