Reality Bites

Hello fellow knitters and friends,

This is a difficult post to write and I thought long and hard before deciding to go ahead. On the one hand, I try and keep this an interesting, light blog, however, on the other hand, as a person, my knitting is an intrinsic part of my life, and it only seems fair that anything that impacts said knitting be shared and discussed.

The last few months have indeed been challenging, in many different ways. Soul sapping, exhausting, surprising and finally devastating. I haven’t always dealt with each thing very well and sadly, they’ve had a cumulative effect of just totally overwhelming me. I haven’t knitted in 2 months, and hopefully, this blog post acts as a catalyst to get me going again.

Firstly, those of you who know me, know that I’ve been plagued by ill-health for a number of years. I’ve finally been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and boy, does it explain a lot. I’m learning to live with it now, and recognize the signs that I need to slow down or can speed up.

What I hoped would be a very productive summer soon changed when Thing2 ended up not going to day camp for the five weeks we’d expected. Free days fizzled into a dizzying spate of the  needs and demands that go along with a 13 year old child with autism, and my ability to string rational thoughts together took a nose dive off the summer cliffs.

Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore my children above all else (yes, even Woolmeise) but, autism plus teenage hormones does not a productive summer make. School starts tomorrow, and after a refresher course of social skills with his autism specialist, we are looking forward to a positive start to the year for him and a little productive time for me.

On a very serious note, I’d like to thank everyone for your good thoughts and wishes for my dear friends who were involved in the tragedy in Copley a few weeks ago. We are all very much still in shock and deeply grieved, but the kind thoughts and love from so many people both in and outside our community has been such a help and comfort. Continue to send good thoughts as they travel the long road to recovery and acceptance.

Ok – so that has been my summer. A roller coaster of events that I know will only make me a stronger person and, hopefully help me appreciate all that I have each and every day.

As part of my new philosophy, I’m determined to get back into blogging and sharing my love of yarn on a weekly basis. Look out for me on Wednesdays and let me know what you’re thinking.


  1. CeltChick

    Welcome back. Take a deep breath, let it out slow, repeat as necessary. I don’t know you well, but I hope you’ll find you can cope with the changes living brings. From my own experiernces, I’ve found prayer very steadying — no magic bullet, but calming and helpful to collecting one’s resolve. This is only a suggestion; perhaps you’d prefer a few minutes of meditation instead. Anyway, I hope the future will be less stressful for you.

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