Knitting, My Week in Pictures

Week 13.40 – Pete and Dave visit Edinburgh

Week 40 (30 Sep to 6 Oct) saw lots of excitement, good and bad.

Firstly, MissKatja started Nursery proper this week. Her first full 5 hour days. She’s not sure yet, and tends to swing between the excitement of all those toys and other kids to play with and the terror at being left behind.

A traumatic morning = a cuddly afternoon #silverlining
2031001 – A traumatic morning = a cuddly afternoon #silverlining

Tuesday was particularly hard on her, she thought it was the end of the world when Papa left for work in the morning and then I took her to her last “settling” session, a three hour one at the nursery. I felt so guilty leaving her there with her little heart breaking. The upshot was an afternoon filled with cuddles which was nice.

Red door #polwarth
2031003 – Red door #polwarth

Two balls down and more than half way #carnaby
20131003 – Two balls down and more than half way #carnaby

With the girl in nursery I’ve more time, which is great for the web project I’m working on, and also great for the knitting projects. I’m now over half-way through my Carnaby, which I’m hoping to wear soon. Still hating the yarn and still not a fan of knitting box stitch, no matter how much I love the effect. I’ve also figured out that the skirt is going to be much longer than expected – really should have done a swatch!

No way poorly MissKatja is letting go of the necessities - dummy, blankie and dolly!
20131005 – No way poorly MissKatja is letting go of the necessities – dummy, blankie and dolly!

Unfortunately the excitement of nursery got too much for the girl and she succumbed to a nasty cold. Cue fevers and sleepless nights and so I kept her home on Friday. She spent most of the day just lying on my chest. Such a change – you really can tell when she’s sick the poor love. On Friday night she decided she wanted the doll that Jenny had given her for her birthday. She cuddled it for a while and then sat it in front of her, put it’s hand to it’s mouth and made the doll blow kisses. The cutest thing ever! Blowing kisses is the latest big thing here!

Pete and Dave at the Caley last night
20131006 – Pete and Dave at the Caley Sample Room

We met up with Pete and Dave who are on holiday from Melbourne. Was great to see the guys and we popped down to our local for a thoroughly pleasant dinner. It’s so lovely to get out, you don’t really realise how seldom you do so until you get a chance!

MissKatja at the Caley is more interested in Mum's phone than the selection of beers
20131006 – MissKatja at the Caley is more interested in Pete’s phone than the selection of beers

And MissKatja was feeling a lot more herself which is lovely to see. After such a rough time for her it’s so nice to finish the week with the sound of her giggles.


A trip to the ER

It’s certainly been an eventful week for me!

It started with a slight scratch in my throat last Thursday, right before I flew to Edinburgh for the weekend. I had a good rest on Friday and spent a lovely day with Christian so I figured that it probably wouldn’t be too bad, but alas by Saturday my nose was running. Grr… especially annoying since we were seeing Anton and Gavin whom we hadn’t seen in far too long. The cold, however, seemed to be reasonable and so we had a great time catching up and it was so brilliant to see the guys. I figured that was the worst of it but how wrong was I! By Sunday afternoon the migraine had set in.

Monday I worked from home, I was exhausted, my shoulders ached, I was feverish and my head was still sore – I treated the migraine yet again. (It’s not totally uncommon to treat for three days of migraine for me) I could barely keep my eyes open and was sound asleep by about 9:30 that night.

Tuesday I had to get up at 5:30 to get my flight back to Dublin. Not sure how I made it, my head felt heavy, I felt weak and soooo tired. I slept for most of the flight, and most of the bus trip to the office. Once in the office I started to feel positively ill and feverish again, and the migraine was back. After lunch I went home – no idea how I got there, it’s not a long walk but every step was so painful. Definitely a bad attack.

Wednesday I couldn’t go to work, I stayed in bed with fever and sore head and drinking water like we were about to enter a drought. I staggered downstairs to the pharmacy at one point for rehydration salts – the pharmacy was teaming with people looking for cold remedies, this is not a nice one! By late afternoon the migraine had stopped responding to drugs – not a good sign, it had also crossed hemispheres and I was still feeling ill. I realised I hadn’t eaten more than a few mouthfuls since lunch on Sunday. Not a good sign, so it was off to the doctor.

Doctor gave me some drugs to knock me out and a referral to the ER in case when I woke it was still bad, I figured this would be it – I’d wake up and all would be right with the world. So I went home happy in the knowledge that I would soon sleep well. I did. But I also woke up with the migraine still bad and still there. And so at midnight I found myself checking in to the ER and trying to answer the questions from the triage nurse.

I spent the next 8 hours in ER. It was a quiet night so I was able to get some sleep on the horrible wooden seats in the waiting room before they called me in. Took nearly two hours, mainly because of an ambulance arrival and then the Guards brought in two people who had clearly been in some kind of altercation. I was in a lot of pain, but I know enough to know that the triage nurse would have bumped me down the list into the long wait category. Finally it was my turn. I was given at least 4 rounds of various drugs and had my blood tested. They tested my for viral meningitis (I always thought one of the symptoms was a rash but apparently not) and most likely various other possible causes. The conclusion was that I was suffering from a dehydration induced migraine (after a previous migraine from other causes), a standard rhinovirus (cold) plus a rotavirus (stomach flu) that had knocked out my gastrointestinal system so that the normal migraine drugs weren’t being effectively absorbed, I’d have to look at upping my doses for a while and so they sent me home.

I spent Thursday mainly in bed, missed the This is Knit Yarniversary party (I was looking forward to that). The headache came back again Thursday night so I hit it hard and slept like a log apart from the strange incident at 3am where someone started shouting hysterically at “Michael”. Today I’m resting as well. Still no appetite, it’s been 5 days since I had a proper meal now. But the good news is that I feel like I’m on the mend. Have even started a new knitting project 🙂


Thistle Do

I stayed at home again today, this cold has I hope hit the worst patch and my face, shoulders and back are aching. Between naps I managed to complete the designers page on Knots – you can now select an individual designer and see all the patterns we’ve got links to that are theirs. It’s pretty cool if I do say so myself.

The other thing I did was create a thistle bookmark using some soft grey-green and rich purple pearl thread from my stash. I’m quite pleased with the results. The pattern isn’t mine, it’s by Jean Napier-Faeih.

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By George, I Think She Got It!

As the wonderful Rex Harrison said (not sang) in My Fair Lady, “I knew that she would do it, and indeed she did!”

Yes, as you can see from the pic here my Innocent Knitting Nancy has proved successful and I now have two little smoothie hats to show for it. Truth be told I am rather chuffed with myself. This is also the first things I’ve knitted since I was a child and definitely the first projects I’ve ever finished in knitting – yay me!

In other news, Siobhan came over to keep me company this afternoon which was lovely. I’m about 50% through the bracelet I’m making Mum for her birthday (yes I know, late) and I feel as sick as a dog. Even opted out of knitting meet up tonight, am going to go to bed – soon, I promise. Ireland doesn’t have the range of cold and flue medications that you can get over the counter in Australia, so my standard approach is to take an antihistamine, nurofen plus and drink copious amounts of water. Even so, I expect to be out of action tomorrow too – my face feels numb, my shoulders and back are aching and my nose is running like a tap. I’ve been hit quite hard!

I hope that I’m the only one and that you’re all feeling well – good night!


Air trails

I’ve woken up today to what has become an unusual site – trails from aircraft across the skies of Dublin. The last week has been quite chaotic with the eruption of a volcano in Iceland that has sent volcanic ash into the European flying zones.

BTW today’s picture is not by me – too much glare to get a good shot myself.

It’s been interesting to watch the complete lack of leadership from governments who seemed to just be hanging around waiting for it all to clear, last time this volcano went off it did so for ages. It’s the first natural disaster to hit the EU for years and yet no sign of the EU president anywhere – which leads one to ask what is he for and where is he, oh and what is his name again?

Meanwhile, country level governments seem to have been doing as little as possible to help people get home, which has just opened the doors for the corporations to start putting on pressure. So today regardless of the ash cloud the planes are flying again.

It’s going to take another week to sort out the mess at least – and I wonder if anyone is going to suddenly come up with funding for volcanic ash testing in planes????

Ryanair seem to have been the only airline acting with any kind of leadership and sensibility. They can fly today but have decided not to fly Ireland/UK so that they can move planes to where they’re really needed. Sure, that’s put us out and now means that Thursday will be an epic adventure day for Christian as he trains and boats over to Dublin, but to be honest I’m quite happy that he won’t be flying while the ash is still such an unknown quantity.

Meanwhile, on the ground, Ning in their wisdom has decided to start charging people to access their networks – which means that eTatters will soon not be available. Totally sucks, so desperately trying to get the info off of there.

Last night I caught up with a good friend whom I haven’t seen for ages, no excuse really and hopefully that’ll get rectified soon. Had a great chat about so much – love it when you have those times when you really get to know more about someone you care about.

OK, so I’ll sign out now – back to bed for me. This cold has come back with a vengeance and I’m feeling totally shattered.

a) a feeling of total crapness from this stupid persistent cold which has now turned into a really nasty sore throat


Doesn’t feel like Christmas

I’ve almost got all of my Christmas shopping done now. I went out again today and braved the cold and the crowds – and boy what crowds! It’s like the whole of Ireland was jammed into Henry St and Grafton St today.

I’m trying to work out why it’s so busy here. There’s less people in this city than there is in Melbourne – but I s’pose that Melbourne has a lot more shopping area so the crowds aren’t as thick.

At one point I was walking down Henry St and a massive wall of people surrounded me – Marks and Spenser was evacuated, some sort of fire alarm. I ended up in the Jervis thingy shopping centre purely because the crowd wouldn’t let me go anywhere else. Now I understand people who don’t like crowds.

Had a win with the Christmas shopping. I was looking for something to get my dad. He’s an impossible to buy for person. Generally I end up getting gift vouchers – but that’s not an option since I can’t get to an Australian shop! I had an idea for what would be the perfect present and against all the odds, today I found it. It’s a book on a the history of war bows. Pity I didn’t specify in my wishing how heavy it was. Might be awkward getting that home.

Anyway, I’ve got yet another dreadful cold. Not sure what is causing all of this. I seem to get over one and then a week later have another. I assume it’s the heating that I’m just not used to. Will have to try and up my water intake to compensate.

Anyway, only 4.5 days until I’m on the plane – only 21 days until I see Gary again.