pass me the salt and maybe I’ll knit something

Monday, February 27, 2006

Who would have thought something as simple as salt could work a health miracle? 2.5 weeks ago when my neurologist told me not to do any cardio vascular exercise, drink at least two litres of water a day and to eat as much salt as I could get down I was a) amused and b) skeptical. It’s not like I was able to do any exercise anyway and I was drinking plenty so really she was saying “Add salt”. Retrospectively the woman is a genius. The effect of the salt was almost instant, though you can imagine the lecture I got from the pharmacist when I went in to buy salt tablets. I feel like a different person. I still have bad days but my bad days now are like my very best days before and on the good days I can do as much as any pregnant woman might expect to get done in a day. The dishes are done, the house is clean and I am actually doing the book keeping I get paid for. Oh, and I am even knitting. Still nothing like I used to, as I am pretty wiped out come evening, but look:

The Stonington Shetland Shawl

It might even turn into a shawl soon enough for more baby objects to be completed before the birth! I doubt I will return to my regular knitting and blogging habits any time soon, but hopefully I will post a bit more than not at all between now and July. Thank you all so much for your kindness when I threw my hands in the air and declared that all blogging would cease, it’s very nice to be wrong.

In other news we had our 19 week ultrasound today and baby is happy and healthy. It’s happiness all around at the moment.

an official hiatus

Friday, February 10, 2006

I can’t tell you how sad I am do to this but it has become apparent that it is time to take an official break from my knitting blog because there won’t be much (any) knitting to talk about. I feel like I have my own personal army of medical specialists (an immunologist, cardiologist, neurologist, obstetrician and a wonderful, wonderful midwife) and the current opinion seems to be that not only am I unlikely to feel better this pregnancy, I will get worse. Baby is doing wonderfully so far and what is wrong with me is not dangerous and will likely self resolve come July (or sometime relatively soon after) but in the meantime I am debilitatingly exhausted and will be very lucky to finish the one baby project I have started - the Stonington Shetland Shawl. I would rather use what little energy I have to knit than to try to take pictures of my snail’s pace progress and post about it.

Knitting and knitting bloggers got me through the year and a half leading up to this pregnancy. I never even imagined that pregnancy would stop me knitting and make me too tired to miss it. But I will miss all of you. Thankyou so much for your interest in my knitting and all the kindness and support you have shown me.

I would like to say that I will be reading all of your blogs in the meantime, but I am not even managing to do that - there are hundreds and hundreds of unread posts in my bloglines…. All I can say is that I will post about any FOs I do manage to complete and hopefully one day I will get back on top of all the blogs I am subscribed to.

Happy Knitting everyone!

contented cow syndrome

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

One of my dear friends kindly pointed out to me today that my problem is “contented cow syndrome” and she’s right. I am weirdly contented to sit and do nothing at all for hours at a time, and I do mean nothing, watching paint dry or grass grow would probably be considered entertainment at the moment. I think this is the main problem with my knitting.

I do have a knitting question for you though. Am I the only person in the world not in love with Koigu? I am loving the colours of the Koigu I am using for my Jaywalkers, but it feels kind of like string after the lovely soft yarns I have used for the last two pairs of socks. Will it get better with washing? Is that the secret of the great Koigu passion? I really didn’t expect to enjoy knitting with Pattons Patonelle more than Koigu.