Back in the Saddle again…..

It seems every few months, I’m able to really buckle down and get a lot of knitting done, I blog, I tweet, I facebook and I love it. Then, life rears it’s ugly head and I have to disappear for a while.

I think this time, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is just part of my natural cycle. As frustrating as it is, I’ve accepted the fact that 2 kids on the spectrum equals a lot of stress in my life which sometimes manifests as illness in me. That’s just the way it is – I’m learning to stop beating myself up about it.

I’m on an upswing right now, after a rather scary bout of Staph, which led to an amputation followed by a month in the hospital with MRSA. Not something I’d ever want to repeat. But I’m stronger every day.

Throughout my confinement – and isn’t that a wonderfully old-fashioned term? – yarn has been a constant. From the days of vapidly staring at pretty yarn through a drug-induced haze in the hospital to the revival in knitting, designing and creating that I’m experiencing now.

Before I tell you about the exciting new things that are happening at ChezBrit, I have to send out a huge thank you to my friends for being there for me, keeping me laughing and keeping me sane. Don’t think I could have done it without you, darlings – much love.

As you can probably imagine, everything I was working on before October was delayed by the four months I was out of action, which sadly includes my book Big Foot Knits (Cooperative Press, 2012) In a way, it’s a good thing, as I’ve been able to re-read it with fresh eyes and add a whole bunch of content. The book is in it’s final stages now, and should be out in May. I can’t wait to share it with you all.

A great incentive to get me up and moving is the opportunity to go to The Great Rhody Yarn Crawl in April. I’ll be teaching a couple of classes along with hosting a get-together at the Healing Coop on Saturday night. Lots of door prizes, good food, drinks and fun to be had there! Bring your knitting and come say hello if you’re in town!

On Friday night, I’ll be teaching my Crocodile Stitch and Beyond class at The Knitting Corner and Beadery and my Big Foot Knits workshop at the Healing Center on Saturday and at Slater Mill on Sunday, which is followed by the yarn crawl market place.

I can’t wait to see Traci, Bernadette, Stitchy and Alasdair! It’s going to be a wonderful weekend!



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