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As some of my Ravelry friends know already, my plans for May were somewhat disrupted. Instead of travelling in the outback, I had to go to Sydney, following the discovery of a brain aneurism. Yep, not exactly what one wants to hear after having a CAT scan, but – looking on the bright side – I’m lucky they discovered it now, rather than on an autopsy, as they can be fatal if they burst.

I’ve seen the neurosurgeon in Sydney twice, had a cerebral angiogram and an MRI, and now I’m back home for a short while, waiting to hear when I’ll be going to hospital. The good news is, I’ll be having the less intrusive procedure – inserting a stent and coils through the artery from the groin. The bad news is, that’s because they can’t do the full clipping surgery (which is cure rather than treatment) because the aneurism is the wrong size and shape, making that surgery too dangerous. So, the procedure I’m having will take about 5 hours, under general anaesthetic, but all going well I’ll only be in hospital for a couple of days, and can then fly home and resume normal life – with some daily blood-thinning medication.

My strategy for dealing with all of this – and keeping my blood pressure down! – has, naturally, involved yarn 🙂

I called into Tapestry Craft in Sydney, and added a little to my stash:

20080522KidSetaYarn
Kid Seta yarn

20080522GrignascoBambiYarn
Grignasco Bambi yarn – probably destined to become some more lacy fingerless mitts.

I also knitted to while away some of the time:
20080522GreenConwySock
The first Conwy sock for me is finished, and the second on the way. The yarn is Heirloom Argyle 4ply, and although it doesn’t show well in my quick photo, its a lovely heathered green.

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And I’ve done about 6 pattern repeats of the Swallowtail shawl, using The Knittery’s luscious silk/merino lace yarn.

3 Responses to Yarn therapy

  • Rachael says:

    so sorry to hear about this. hope all goes well and recovery involves A LOT of yarn…..

  • JaM says:

    Glad to know you’re home again. Waiting becomes easier for me when I knit. 🙂 You chose some yummy looking yarns. I’ve been thinking of making another pair of fingerless mitts as the weather cools and my first pair don’t feel that warm, but I love the way they look. Your silk/merino shawl makes me dream beyond my current capabilities. I’m wearing my first pair of handknitted socks. Mmmm. How can something so mundane make me feel so good? I wish you all the best in the upcoming procedure plus a simple recovery.

  • Bron says:

    Thanks, Rachael and JaM for your good wishes. Yes, the recovery will involve LOTS of yarn – more about that tomorrow, after I’ve photographed what arrived today!

    Congrats on your first pair of handknitted socks, JaM! Hand knitted socks are magic 🙂 I love wearing them, and would love to have more time so I could knit pairs for everyone in my family. I’ve knitted several pars for my Dad, because he has a hard time getting socks that fit him, and I recently found out that the pair I knitted for my brother-in-law a couple of years ago gets worn every morning in winter – he has a birthday coming up, so I may send him the pair I’m currently knitting.