Personal Update

Sadly it may be a while before we return to blogging. Chris is one of those people who are always fit and healthy, he’s barely seen a doctor or been to hospital in his life. In fact I’m considered the one with poor health.

All that changed at the beginning of March. First the optician diagnosed Chris with possible Glaucoma, an appointment was made for him to go to hospital. At the same time, he’d been having problems with water retention, to the extent that huge water blisters developed on his legs. The doctor came out to see him, the district nurses came out to dress his legs, and Chris was told he needed to go to hospital for tests. Chris refused to go, it’s not that he was being stubborn, he was just bloody terrified, this was something he just could not deal with.

But eventually he gave in and was admitted to hospital, and after a few tests, he was moved to the Cardiac short stay ward with heart failure. At the time he weighed in at just over 17 stones. Within 3 days of treatment, he dropped 3 stones. He was in hospital for 2 weeks, he’s been home for a few weeks now and his weight is down to just over 13 stones.

Overall though, his health is improving, though heart failure can only be managed, not fixed.

Then yesterday everything took a turn for the worse. We went to the hospital for his Glaucoma tests, only to be told that the sight in Chris’ left eye is permanently damaged, and his right one is just hanging on. There is a lot more complication and detail involved, but essentially, at some point in the future, Chris will lose his sight completely.

There is one further issue, for those who don’t know, I have agoraphobia, yet despite this, I’ve been with Chris all the way through. I visited the hospital every day, it wasn’t easy, but for Chris’ sake I had to deal with the anxiety as best as I could.

We decided to post this not to garner sympathy, but to share with you what has been an exceedingly traumatic time, and thank you all for your understanding.


Repurposing a Bean Bag. . .

Well that was the plan when Chris dug this old bean bag out of the loft, I thought we could turn it into two laptrays with the beans from the bag.

Smoky had other ideas. Methinks he’s claimed it as his own.

So if you’re reading this post expecting some useful upcycling, sorry, I’m not brave enough to argue with the cat!

Cotton Wool Balls

  1. Into a Magic Circle, 1ch, 6sc, sl st in 1st sc to join.
  2. 2sc in each sc, around. (12 sts)
  3. 1sc, inc in each sc, around. (18 sts)
  4. Sc around.
  5. Sc around.
  6. Sc around.
  7. Sc around.
  8. 1sc, dec, around. (12 sts)
  9. Stuff ball with pure wool.
  10. sc2tog, around. (6 sts)
  11. Break yarn, thread through remaining sts, pull tight, fasten securely

Repeat 200 times.

That was the main part of a project me and Chris were working on, the idea being to make our own pillows as neither of us wanted to be poisoned by formaldehyde from the polyester pillows we had been sleeping on. (note: we do not vouch for the validity of the article, just something else to consider in the sick polluted world in which we live.)

We could have bought feather pillows, but as we had the ability to make our own, we did.

And failed.

It just did not turn out as comfortable as we wished and so the pillowcases that Chris knitted so exquisitely in Jumbo Cotton White,  from Yarn Paradise were frogged, and no, that is NOT an affiliate link, but clicking it may well force you to purchase unknown quantities of yarn 😉

As for the 200 Cotton Wool Balls…

I’m sure that one day, when I’ve recovered, I’ll think of something to do with them!


Here we go Looby Lou…

When I was a kid I wasn’t really interested in dolls, especially Tiny Tears who leaked everywhere, I was quite relieved when my cousin pulled its head off. However, my next doll was something special, she was called Looby Lou, I think that was the type of doll it was, I wasn’t big on naming dolls! This is similar to the one I had.

I’ve lately been overwhelmed by waves of nostalgia and thought it would be nice to find another Looby Lou doll, mine disappeared a long time ago. Then I had a John Zaffis moment and realised it may not be the best thing to buy someone elses childhood doll, who knows what memories might be attached.

So the only sensible option was to make my own, not too hard, but there is an awful lot of sewing involved, and as I still haven’t mastered my sewing machine, that left me with crocheting a doll, or knitting one. Crocheting one would be easier for all the shaping that’s involved, but I wasn’t happy with the look, so I had to step up to the plate and knit myself a new Looby Lou, sometimes I have the stupidest ideas.

I can’t precisely remember when I started knitting because I did a lot of ‘scrap’ pieces to work out the feet and hands. But I do know I purchased a very large amount of Rico Cotton Aran at the beginning of September 2017. And I haven’t stopped knitting since, and re-knitting, and frogging, and re-writing, and reordering colours, and completely re-knitting the doll 3 times before I was happy.

Louby Lou measures approximately 28″ in height, and within my limited knitting knowledge, I do not feel I could have knitted her any better.

The body is knitted in Aran, but using 3.00mm needles to give it firmness, I also used ‘non-carded’ filling which isn’t as fluffy and gives better shape definition. Her hair is a mixture of mohair and fine alpaca, very fine in fact, but interestingly, after giving it a good comb through, it feels and smells like my original dolls hair.

That was probably the biggest project I will every work on…but now I have a happy 🙂