Saturday, 19 December 2015

Stop. Slow Down

2015 has been one of the busiest years for me. My freelance work has grown and I took on several new clients. I went to conferences and even spoke at one! I even squeezed in a few gigs and some Rugby World Cup Matches. Not to many the many craft projects I took on.  While all that is amazing, I should have been listening to my body and slowing down.

 I’m not well, not in I’m dying kind of way but in an if I don’t stop and look after myself I may collapse sort of way. I haven’t felt right for a while, if I am being honest with myself I haven’t been feeling great for about a year, but I am a strong woman I carry on.

It started with feeling tired, just a little bit. So I tried cutting down on the boxsets and going to bed earlier but that didn’t help, and I got more and more tired. I also started to get pains in my thighs at night and then in my heels and ankles. Recently I have had pain in my shoulder and my right hand which I though was from too much crochet.

My hair started growing in damaged, my fringe looks like it’s been singed and the front my tongue constantly feels like I have scolded it. I then started having problems with my periods, actually I had an issue last year and it sorted itself out so I didn’t worry about it! Then  it happened again so I knew it was time to see the doctor.

My doctor was fantastic and even though she could give me a diagnosis straight away she sent me for a lot of blood tests.  They tested for 16 different things including my thyroids, the menopause, love and kidney function, diabetes and vitamin d.  I honestly expected it be my triode as there is a family history of it but to my shock I have vitamin d deficiency. It was causing some of the tiredness and the aches and pains. My glucose also came back high so I was sent back to be retested and I am also diabetic. That wasn’t a huge shock as I had gestational diabetes with both pregnancies and was left with glucose intolerance after Little Miss was born.

I am extra strength vitamin d tablets to boost my levels for the next three months and then I will probably be on tablets for quite a while. I am waiting for an appointment to see the diabetes nurse, I am hoping that she recommends I start with diet control fist but I have a feeling it will be straight on to meds.

So it’s time for me to stop and slow down, well at least for a while.   The vitamin d can take up to 6 weeks to start taking effect and who knows how long it will take to control my glucose levels. When you have two conditions making you tired it’s really hard to just keep on going.

Looking back I realised I only took two weeks holiday this year, so I am having two weeks off over Christmas. I also plan to take the half term holidays off next year and at least a week off in the summer. I had to make a tough decision in the past month to reduce my workload, it wasn’t an easy one to make but I feel it was best for all parties concerned.

2016 will be getting better, living a little slower and good health. I have some many plans and things I want to achieve but I need to sit down and have a talk to myself and be realistic with what I can take on.

Thankfully we are keeping Christmas simple this year and apart from wrapping and few crafts with the girls I have nothing to do.

Have a brilliant Christmas and an awesome New Year!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

What I Crochet: Ripple Infinity Scarf

I am addicted to yarn and making scarves so when the people over at Cosy Wool asked if I would like some yarn to make a scarf I couldn't turn them down!

I ordered Stylecraft Special Aran in Meadow and Granite, which is really nice yarn and the colours are gorgeous.  I was really impressed in how it was posted. 

They vacuum pack the yarn!! How fantastic is that! It means it can be posted straight through your letterbox, no missed parcels.

I decided I would make a little infinity scarf for my #AutumntimeSurpriseProject partner. I already had a ball of Stylecraft in petrol and as they go lovely together I decided to add in into the scarf.

I crocheted a ripple pattern using Attic 24's neat ripple pattern as it always turns out really well.  I crocheted a starting chain of 31 and used a size 5 hook. I kept going until I felt it was the right size and then weaved in the ends and slip stitched the ends together.

I love it and I really hope my partner does!

There is plenty of yarn left so I may have to make myself one. I do love Stylecraft yarn as I find it nice to work with and it washes up really soft even though its acrylic.

Scarves make such lovely gifts and then don't take a very long time to make. You could make a few by Christmas! 

I am after some yarn for a Sky Blanket project I am starting in January so I will be pursuing Cosy Wool over the next few weeks to add to me stash!