Sunday, January 8, 2017

Yopping Update #28



I don't have much to report - one finished object - my Runic hat which has come in very handy this week what with the cold snap we are in.


My Scottish Hap is coming along, I need ABSOLUTE peace and quiet to work on it, putting in life-lines every eight rows or so. Counting the stitches after every row. But I figure if I can keep up with about 8 rows a day I'll be finished by the end of the month.




My 2nd peace cowl is my peaceful knitting and I am loving how it looks. I already have a recipient in mind to gift this one to.





I finished one turkish bed sock and I am 1/2 way through the 2nd. This is a fun knit, simple, and yet I have learned a new construction. The pattern and wool was a gift from a student I had for four years and we have maintained a good friendship since over the past five years.



This week I also had lunch with another student I had for six years. It was so great to catch up with her, reminisce about our years together and delight in her progress at art school She is very talented and I am proud to say I knew her when. I have one of her drawings beside my bed.

Stay tuned. We will be hearing more from her in the years to come.

Swimming was a bit kiboshed this week because I have an ear infection. Really? On top of my sore back, now I have an ear infection?

Good news - I don't have osteoporosis.

Bad news - So why do I have three compression fractures and such a sore back?

Good News - I am being sent to a back specialist for further investigation.

Bad News - I have to do weight bearing exercise and swimming doesn't count.

Good News - I like to walk.

Bad News - It is fricking cold outside!!

So today I will wrap up on the couch with blankets to keep warm, a heating pad on my sore back, ear drops for my ear infection and knit ALL DAY.

Have a great week Dear Readers.

It can only be up-hill from here!

18 comments:

  1. Sorry about your back issues. Ouchie. I hope you're not in too much pain or discomfort. How cool to KIT w/a former student. I used to have a few now and then visit me when I was still in the classroom. I admire your diligence with the hap WIP and I love the looks of your peace cowl.

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    1. Getting lots of knitting done despite the back - but I am missing getting out for walks - it does seem warmer today, so maybe today is the day.

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  2. Does downward dog count? Is it even possible with your dodgy back? Eight rows a day for a month sounds like torture to me. Isn't it stressful? I can see why you have something straight forward on the go as well.
    Ear infection and back ache is a hideous combo. Stay cosy.
    And always remember that dancing counts as weight bearing exercise... get you loved one to waltz you around ....xxxx

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    1. Downward dog feels so good for my back. And yes, dancing - I need to dance more for sure.

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  3. It IS flicking cold, isn't it?! I tried to convince myself that outdoor stuff was possible today but that icy wind chased me back inside as soon as I finished my errands!

    Comfy looking bed sock! A nice "treat yourself" project for your gifted yarn :)

    Sorry to hear about your back issues... my husband has a handful of compression fractures as well. He's finding that Glucosamine Sulfate helps a bit with the stiffness and soreness. I hope you find some relief soon!

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    1. I will check out the Glucosamine. I used it years ago for knee issues and it really helped.

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  4. So glad to read the good news outweighed the bad. Any day spent knitting counts in the "good" column as far as I'm concerned. Hope you're feel all better soon, though! Feeling lousy really takes a toll.

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    1. It really does - it takes me a couple of hours to get moving in the morning - and that it is easier.

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  5. Love the bed sock...they are really needed in this cold weather and I love knitting the house slippers I'm working on....easy, quick and enjoyable. It's nice to have projects like that to work on when you have bigger more complicated projects on the go. Such as your beautiful hap. The Runic hat turned out lovely and your artist friend is definitely talented! I had to put my peace cowl down for a bit so I can satisfy my CAL commitment but that shouldn't take too long so I can pick it back up again. You're on your 2nd one already? Amazing! So sorry to hear about your ear infection and sore back! Not fun but I notice as I age that these things come with the territory (although I am much older than you). I do stretching exercises in the morning to stay limber and flexible and that has helped. Stay warm and knit up a storm as long as you have to rest....yes, the good and bad but hopefully the good will outweigh the other! Heal fast!

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    1. Yes, with age there seems to be challenges for sure. I don't believe you are that much older than me, if at all. I love your ravatar name - Dr. Seuss, right??

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  6. Ouch I hope the ear and back improve soon. And the weather warms up!

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    1. Today is warmer and sunny - so I'd better get outside while the getting is good.

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  7. Bummer about the ear, back, less swimming. Your needles have been very busy though. Walking is the best exercise for all around health, yet, is overlooked way too often.

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    1. Today is a walking day - no rain, and warmer until tomorrow when the freeze returns.

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  8. I still do not know how you accomplish so many projects, especially as you always have more than one on the go at any one time!
    I am sorry that your back is playing up, and to have an ear infection on top must be horrendous.
    I love the fact that you are looking on the positive side and thinking about all the knitting you will be able to get done! :-)

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    1. not horrendous, but annoying for sure. I get lots of knitting done because I spend hours a day at it. It is a kind of meditation for me, and I don't feel guilty watching/listening to TV when I am knitting too.

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  9. Oh gosh, I hope this week is better on the health front. On the plus side you have some brilliant projects going on - love the look of your hap.

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    1. well, so far I have gone to a yin yoga class and swam twice - so I think things are improving for sure.

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