The last few weeks here have not been good. Miss M continues to make progress and that is good. At the oncology clinic a couple of days ago the doctor pointed out to my son that many children have had three hospitalisations in the same time as she has had one. Admittedly that was a very long stay, but they are pleased with her progress. She still has oral chemo to take every day and she is susceptible to the winter coughs and cold and she tires easily. But she is generally OK.
Family matters have been terrible. There is a lot I cannot possibly talk about on here, but terrible hardly begins to scratch the surface of what I really think. There have been lies, tantrums, more lies, downright maliciousness and malevolence. I cannot believe that a matter which pretty well everyone would view with repugnance has been raised, seemingly lightly, and tremendous distress and family upset has been caused. All lies. How anyone could seem to treat the topic lightly I do not know.
I have been knitting and finished a few things, although not all have been photographed as it slipped past my mind which was not in a good place.I found myself using the knitting to take my mind off other things. Knit fifteen, pattern, knit fifteen, pattern, and so on. It was very repetitive which was definitely needed by my brain which was darting everywhere at once, or so it seemed.
I made a Cairn hat by Ysolda Teague for a family member who moved to upper Blue Mountains just before the biggest dump of snow there in years. It looks complicated but isn't, one colour being dealt with a at a time. I have made a couple of these before, but not for a few years. The person who received this is still working, although contemplating retirement soon. She leaves home before 6:00 am to walk to the station for the train to Granville where she changes. She returns home after 7:00 pm. Not a schedule I would want to keep for long, especially in winter which has been very cold.
This one was for her husband, but I did not like the flare at the base. I used good wool, had tension and needles right. I ripped it all out. It is hard to tell but the top part is made of Quince yarn, Owl, I think. Dark khaki. The cream is the 8 ply Shetland which Bendigo sold a few months ago. It is pleasant to knit with and is undyed.
In one way it was annoying to rip it out. In another way, the very knitting of it was a help to me, so I am just putting it down to experience. It all helped me in dealing with nastiness and more.
I made a hat from the ebook Head to Toe which I bought last year. This was for a friend of my son, lovely person. I can't find a photo of that although I am sure I took one. She had a birthday so I made a cowl for her from double thickness of Bendigo sock year in variegated blues. This had an easy repetitive pattern which took little thought, freeing my mind to think about other things. It is cosy, made from two strands of yarn but is soft against the skin.
She loved it and had no idea the knitting she had been admiring was actually for her. It was somewhat of a surprise to open the package.
She works in long day care child care and is outside a lot of time in what has been a very cold weather. I also made her some fingerless gloves in her colours, blues, green and a dash of purple. I made the wrist part longer so there were no gaps between gloves and sleeves. This is a poor photo but the feather and fan pattern can be seen, again something which did not need great deal of concentration for me.
My son has had a lot of support from a group of guys who seem to have his back covered for him. This is needed as we often cannot see what is coming next. We can see the direction it comes from, but not necessarily see the blow till it arrives. I made a Milkweed Shawl For the wife of one of these fellows. They have fed him once a week for months, and supported him in many ways. I have made the pattern several times before and I enjoy it. Enough pattern to stop boredom, not enough complex knitting so my brain made mistakes. Apparently she loved it. Does not do craft herself and so had a great surprise. I felt I was in some way returning the support they had shown my son.This is being blocked and I have not yet reached the bottom centre of the shawl, so it looks out of shape. It is finished now.
Finally, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mara-3, Mara, by Madeline Tosh for myself. Lots of repetitive knitting of garter stitch which is very soothing. I am almost down to the ribbing on the edge. I am not really anticipating this with pleasure as the stitch count doubles for the 2x2 ribbing. I'll get there.
I said the new normal in my title. Knitting seems to be back to normal. I am not sure about other things. We have been shaken severely over the last few weeks. I do not want this to be the new normal but recognise it well could be. Anything to disrupt son's life, anything to be just plain nasty seems to be what is around now,