On a very cold and slightly damp Saturday in November my husband and I, along with the children, took a group of Explorer Scouts (14 - 16 year olds) canoeing on a local lake. I was tired that evening and went to bed early with what felt like the beginnings of a headache, I rarely get them and can usually put them down to tiredness and/or dehydration both of which were a possibility. I woke the next day with a worsening headache and a gripey stomach both of which came and went during the day, I drank plenty of water, ate a little and went to bed early again. The next morning they had, thankfully, both gone but something far worse had taken their place my hands were incredibly itchy, a condition which had not bothered me for over a year had come back, Urticaria. Every now again over the last year I have woken and felt that I have eaten something that I shouldn't have, my hands will have a slight itchiness, but drinking plenty of water has seen it off, this felt different like the full blown flare ups I have had in the past. I made sure I drank plenty during the day and ate as usual, then next day it was worse and within two days it was waking me in the night.
Urticaria, for me, is caused by an 'overdose' of histamine either in the food I eat or the food I eat stresses my body causing it to produce more histamine. During the day as I eat an imaginary cup slowly fills with histamine once it is full it starts to overflow, the overflow is what causes my itchiness. Fluid leaks from tiny blood vessels just under the skin, the fluid forms tiny weals, the histamine also causes the blood vessels to dilate. It is worse at night and in the morning as the bodies coping mechanisms relax when you sleep. It wakes you in the night as histamine in the body regulates your sleep, too much of it will wake you. So I was trying to work out what had caused my overdosing to start.
I thought back over the previous few days, what I had eaten, how I felt, I remembered the headache and stomach ache. The only food I could implicate was sugar. I had eaten more than I usually would on that cold and damp Saturday whilst out canoeing. I had had some yogurt coated ginger and a piece of flapjack not a lot really, but more than I would normally eat and the sugar in the flapjack was golden syrup which I don't usually use to make flapjack (usually use a fruit syrup). A little bit of research on urticaria revealed that sugar can be a trigger, so it is most likely that is what it was, although I didn't eat that much it was a lot more than I usually would and to my body an overdose, so it went into over drive. This was a bad flare up, compounded by the fact that I had run out of one of the remedies I use and struggle to get hold of more. Lesson learned don't run out!
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
I thought I was going to be sharing exactly the same picture as last week but I have made progress especially on the knitting. I am on the second of this green pair which I am hoping will be off the needles by the end of the week, then I will have three left to make one pair and a half. These are all the biggest sizes so no surprise they have been left till last, at a week a slipper I will just get them finished in time......I hope. I shared pictures of the finished baby knits.
I did eventually find a solution to my sole quandary. I had hoped to be able to buy a second hand wool jumper, felt it and use that for the sole. The jumper I bought felted a little but not enough to be able to cut it up, my eldest is now enjoying wearing it so it has not gone to waste! My other thought was some sock stop which I had seen in my local craft store a few weeks ago. As is always the case when you go back to buy something, because you needed to think about it, it had sold out. In the end I visited a haberdashers near to my mums whilst I was done visiting and bought some felt, enough to make soles for all eight pairs I will make, I hope it is durable enough. I needed something quickly otherwise I would have had to drive back home with two pairs of slippers, sort out the sole and then post them back.
I finished the wonderful book by Ben Law it had chapters on how he started off living in his wood and the observations he made over time, the surrounding lands and how they have been used and managed, his learning about the different types of trees, their uses, how to manage them and the skills needed and building his first house in the woods which was featured in the programme Grand Designs. His connection with nature and his descriptions of the interesting skills we have lost make this a wonderful book to read.
I am now reading something completely different. A book I was given as a present a few years ago, The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse. I have read a couple of books by this author and really enjoyed them, they sparked an interest in reading more about that period in history. I am already about half way through the book and am really enjoying it, it is a compelling story hard to put down....
Joining in with Tami and Ginny head on over to see what other bloggers have been making and reading.
Monday, 2 December 2013
...happiness visiting family, how much my youngest loves her new shoes, getting my ironing done, walks, finishing off some of the Christmas present making - did I mention that before!
...sadness at the lack of manners which I noticed when driving long distance on our roads a hand gesture of thanks costs nothing but a little thought
...creating applesauce muffins, slipper soles, baby knits, birthday cards
...reading nothing this week hope to have more time now :)
...learning about filtration, solutions, evaporation, condensing, parachutes, conservation of number
...thinking about this wonderful organisation and the work they do
...hoping to get started on making Christmas cards this week
...looking forward to a quieter, slower week.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Joining in with Taryn for her heartfelt Sunday tradition.
A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
This week I have been grateful for...
...a wonderful science afternoon at our home ed group
...a relaxing afternoon with friends swimming and visiting the library
...a warm fire
...meals cooked for me
...time to finish off Christmas present making
...time to get my ironing done
...the kindness of strangers
...a weekend with my extended family
Friday, 29 November 2013
I am feeling slightly odd at the moment, a deflated feeling which has everything to do with the manic two weeks I have just had. Just over three weeks ago I realised that I didn't have very much time to make and finish off some Christmas presents that I was going to hand deliver to save on postage. At that point one of the projects was only a thought in my mind I had no pattern or yarn lined up, admittedly it was a baby cardigan I needed to make which are usually quick, but I am not the worlds fastest knitter. So, in what has felt like record time, I have chosen, cast on, off and finished a delightful little cardigan. The other little cardigan which I cast off ages ago and needed finishing, it had stalled due to the 36 ends that needed weaving in, has been finished off and wrapped up also ready for delivery. Ravelry notes are here and here. They were both lovely knits to make up, well perhaps with the exception of all the ends that needed weaving in on the garter stripes cardigan, but if you are looking for baby knits for boys these are both good patterns and you don't have to knit the garter cardigan in stripes.
My house has been largely ignored so consequently is resembling a pig sty and I still have a few Christmas knits to make, slippers, only slippers. It seemed like a good idea at the time, back in July, but now I am fed up with them I have made so many that once I know how many stitches to cast on I can knit them without looking at the pattern. I have a few other projects I would love to cast on especially as they would give me some variety but for now I am holding off and will do so for as long as my sanity allows. Got to knit the slippers, got to knit the slippers, got to knit the slippers, I don't think it will be long before I cave in.......
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
It feels like I have been in a knitting frenzy these past few weeks. I had to finish off certain projects by the end of this week to deliver them ready for Christmas. I have managed to finish most of them they are waiting, wrapped up, for when we travel south to family tomorrow. When you spend time and energy creating something it can feel strange wrapping it up to give to someone else can't it? Maybe it is just me but it feels like you giving a little bit of yourself a way, which I suppose it is! I will share pictures later in the week. The slippers are still waiting for a sole, I was going to sew on leather but I have abandoned those plans I have two more ideas which I am going to investigate today when I pop into our local town I will let you know how I get on....
...meanwhile I am still knitting slippers...
I am loving the wool for this pair, beautiful greens, it was really hard to get a good picture this morning in the November gloom, it goes rather well with my reading matter this week don't you think? I have this one and it's pair to knit, along with one more pair and an a half and that is all my Christmas knitting left to do! Hopefully I won't be knitting on the way to our new year gathering with friends like last year.
I am still reading Woodsman by Ben Law, rather slowly at the moment with all the knitty distractions.
Joining in with Tami and Ginny for sharing of all things yarny.
Monday, 25 November 2013
...this week of...
...happiness a day out with the children, our warm fire, quiet mornings, full days, our rhythm gently beating
...sadness that my Urticaria is still bad
...creating baby knits, slippers, a farm, dens, thick homemade yogurt, applesauce muffins
...reading my Vegetarian Society magazine
...learning about dinosaurs, the geological time scale, farming, money, some French
...thinking about whether I can out tomorrow as I have so much to do before going away at the end of the week
...hoping the remedy I desperately needs arrives this week
...looking forward to spending a few days with my parents