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After a steroid-fuelled weekend and a day of post-steroid craziness I’m ready for my second blog, very exciting! (Is it just me or does anyone else get weird post-steroid “sensorial hallucinations”? – yesterday it felt like I was being crushed by gigantic rocks!)
When I was first diagnosed, everything turned into a bit of a whirlwind as it all started with emergency surgery and I didn’t have any time to prepare for what was coming. However, two and a half months later, when my consultant announced (to my surprise) that it was now time to prepare for my second round of major surgery I had one BIG advantage: EXPERIENCE.
There and then I knew I was done with day-time TV and it was time to find another way to keep going through the next gruelling few months. That’s when I remembered the LIST!
In the past I had a tendency to write lists of things I “dreamed of doing one day” but never actually got round to. Some were long forgotten childhood dreams, others were things I hadn’t forgotten about, but was too busy with work, family and life in general to do. There seemed to be endless lists hidden away at the back of a box... well now was the time.
Instead of dreaming about THE LIST, I decided it was time to start doing the list.
Two weeks before the surgery I had a peek at it and there waiting for me I found the perfect activity to pass the time in hospital and until I was mobile again......... : KNITTING
As a kid I had tried to learn, but was hopeless at it. It must have stayed as some kind of subconscious unsatisfied urge and had somehow made its way to the list!
So I found someone who could teach me the two basic stitches (purl and knit), I got myself a pair of size 8 needles (in plain speech, it’s a big size) and I started to knit my first scarf.
Knitting turned out to have a number of post surgery advantages:
Now I was never a girly girl or arty in any way so when I started telling friends I wanted to learn how to knit, quite a few looked at me blankly or with pity. A few suggested I might not wish to waste my time this way… How wrong they were! Knitting has been endless fun and even led to a group of girlfriends asking for a regular knitting get-together. This means I get to have my friends visit, chat and laugh with me, bring me biscuits and all the gossip I could wish from the outside world (there is even a washing up ‘fairy’ who usually visits at the same time!) whilst all I have to do is sit and knit and enjoy it....
So here is a picture of the first item I knitted back in 2009.
Are you and I two halves of the same person????
Very similar stories! Think we might need to set up a knitty exercise group in Mac Land!
Enjoying your blogs - keep them coming! XXX
enjoyed the blog, but excuse me if I don't join your knitty exercise group.
Well done on the knitting ! Afraid that I didn't get very far with it and haven't progressed much further than baby's bootees - so I went back to doing something my Mum and Dad used to do ....... rug making ! I bought one of the Readicut rug kits ( pre-printed canvas and all the wools, etc ) it's very de-stressing and can be put down at any time without worrying about finishing the line or dropped stitches. Plus I have a useful rug when it's all finished !
Love, Joycee xxx
As a carer, one of the most amazing things is the way your kind of enthusiasm brings the people around you, and makes this whole horrible road easier to bear for us too. I'm sure your knitting group gets as much out of your company as you get out of theirs !
Your blog is great, keep going !
Thanks for all the surportive comments, I'm still learning how blogging works :)
Knitting and rug making on Mac sounds fun, I wonder if there is a crafts blog already on the site, I will have a look....
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