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Back at Last

The last few weeks have not been too fun. I should be starting a new life in Canada but a week before I was supposed to leave, weird eye problems and headaches led me to go to the opticians and let’s just say it was a crazy week after that. One CT scan, one MRI, one lumbar puncture, nine doctors looking at my retinas, five days spent in and out of hospital, three days with a cannula, and one stonking big emotional mess later they’ve decided I probably have Idiopathic Intercranial Hypertension. It’s a fairly rare condition which means I have way too much cerebro-spinal fluid for no discernible reason.

I’ve re-booked my ticket to Canada for the 18th of December. Until then it’s a waiting game for my neurologist appointment at the end of November. I remain hopeful though; I’ve reacted very well to the medication I’m on (acetazolamide which, while magical, has seriously weird side effects) and as long as it doesn’t screw up my kidneys I should hopefully be all right.

How does this have anything to do with knitting, you ask? Well! I quit my job just before I fell ill so I’ve had plenty of time for it. At the moment I’m in the middle of knitting rainbow legwarmers, baby socks and adult socks. I’d show you pictures but since my attention span seems to have suffered I haven’t got far enough on any of them to bother!

I will, however, show you what I’ve been crocheting. This yarn is from The Sanguine Gryphon. It’s called Mithril in the colourway Flaming June and I love it. It’s soft and smooth, a pleasure to crochet with and absolutely beautifully dyed. I’ve crocheted a small shawl and am in the process of making it into a shrug.

I am not as grumpy as I look, I swear.

I’m very proud of it. It needs work to get it to fit properly and to look as good as it feels but that will come soon enough. I still have about a third of a skein left too; this stuff’s yardage is insane.

Now back to attempting to master this sock pattern that seems intent on defeating me. I’ve restarted it three times now.


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