Friday, March 25, 2016

I'm coughing so I still must be alive...

So about 2 weeks ago I was introduced to some nasty little virus that has laid me low. First the aches, then the chills, the stuffy head, and the coup de grace...the cough...I have NEVER coughed so long and so hard in my life. If it was physically possible to cough up a lung mine would be sitting next to me in my easy chair. I went to an urgent care clinic which was a depressing visit, as I was told that since it is a virus, antibiotics wouldn't help...and oh that cough may last SIX WEEKS!!!! I am at 2 weeks now...it is a little better but it is still there. Today is the first day I've felt that I could go without the over the counter medication...so far so good...but the cough is still here.

Now the constant coughing hasn't lent itself to extreme productivity  in the crafty realm, but I did get some knitting done...mindless sock knitting...oh how I LOVE you...you've kept me sane. First I finished off my Opal Frankensocks...as I remember there are at least 5 or 6 different skeins of Opal in this pair.


The toes and heels are a yellow ombre Austermann and I just got lucky that the colors repeated in the same fashion on both socks...no adjustments were made by me as I was not capable of that kind of higher level thinking. I think they are nice happy Easter socks which is a tradition from my childhood that I hold near and dear.

My sainted Grandma always gave me socks for Easter...the kind with the frilly lace around the ankle or pretty contrasting colors...very feminine and they made me feel wonderful. Also to add to the gift she would put a silver dollar... a real silver dollar in the toe... I don't know why she did it but I saved them and they are in a safety deposit box. I suppose it was her way of spoiling me and I hope to be able to do the same for my future grandchildren. Do you have any Easter traditions to spoil grandchildren with? I'm stockpiling ideas!

Also I started another pair of the two alternating yarns socks. These are DROPS Fabel 677 and 910... you can see them here.



I don't think I'll ever tire of this vanilla sock knitting variation. You have NO idea what the sock is going to look like and no two socks are going to be the same. These greens and blues with a touch of beige  are lovely together.  I have a ton of this yarn in my stash and can't wait to try out other combinations.

So are you prepped and ready for Easter?  We are doing dinner mid-afternoon at my son and daughter-in-law's home... a mere two blocks from my house. Now the weather is lovely and I could walk but I'm bringing several dishes and don't want to stumble on my way over so I'll drive. Can't wait to make some deviled eggs and have the opportunity to use my Fiestaware egg plate... there aren't enough occasions to use it to suit me...LOL!  I did all my grocery shopping yesterday evening and hopefully I haven't forgotten anything so I won't have to deal with the crowds. I went past the Honeybaked Ham store today and the traffic trying to get in and out of the parking lot made me happy that I had been there yesterday. Oh I'm so smart...every once in a while...LOL!

Well I'm going to enjoy the sunny afternoon, still a bit chilly but temps are going back up tomorrow. Maybe I'll knit a bit or cross stitch or take a little nap...



I'm sure the master can give me tips on how to do it right!

happy stitching and knitting -
carol fun

16 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry to hear you have not been feeling well. I have had that in the past but not this year thank goodness!I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family. We are here in Alabama with our family, having fun and playing with the sweet grand children.

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  2. Sorry you aren't feeling well. Is it warm enough you could sit out in the sunshine and soak up some free Vit. D. That always helps me to feel better,and you are farther south than I in Ia.

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  3. Ugh. I have had bad coughs that linger on and on, and have broken a rib twice from coughing in my life!
    I plan to keep on giving my kids Easter baskets. My mom still gives me(all of us) one!

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  4. So glad you are on the mend. Love the socks

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  5. Carol,
    It seems we are on the same path...recovery-wise. I feel fine but this cough just keeps lingering!!! Luckily, it's just hubby and me this year for Easter so it will be very low key...maybe we'll just go out!
    Happy Easter!

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  6. One friend of mine has been coughing a little longer than you and another just started a week ago. I was commenting to her that my coughs ALWAYS seem to last 3-4 weeks. UGH, so annoying. Hope yours is done SOON!! Happy Easter!

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  7. I'm so sorry about your cough. I had it about a month ago and you are so right - it feels like the insides are being coughed up.
    Are the first pair of socks made from scraps of previous socks? I like them and if that's the way you made them, then I know what to do with my leftovers. thanks

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    1. Hi Sharon.. yes the Frankensocks were made from leftovers from other Opal socks I've knit...and I may have used a bit from a new skein or two that I haven't gotten to yet...I think that using all of one manufacturer looks nice together and makes it easy to put the socks together...thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I love your socks. I hope you are feeling better. happy easter. if you ever want to do an exchange, a pair of socks for a cross stitch piece let me know.

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment Cindy... I'll let you know about an exchange... happy Easter!

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  9. Great socks! I love the rug you have under your table! I've been coughing since November although all my other symptoms went away. Feel better soon! :0)

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  10. I had the cough this year too, but luckily not as long as you. It is no fun I know. Your Frankensocks are fabulous. All those Fabel yarn socks look wonderful together too. I am making room in my drawer for leftover pieces of my socks, but it will be a long time before there is enough for a pair. Hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family.

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  11. Understand completely the illness and lingering cough. I had severe bronchitis in the fall and it took 3 dr visits, high powered meds and added breathing treatments to get me over it. They warned me the cough would hang on the longest and it was spot on. 6 weeks at least. Just takes a while for the lungs to clear out. And I love the scrappy socks you are doing. I do have a question: when you are using multiple leftover yarns, how do you join the ends throughout the socks? I'm knitting a triangle shawl now and have that issue. Just wondering how others do it. Your socks really do ROCK!

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  12. I'm glad you are starting to feel better. I love the socks. I've just started to knit and aim to work up to knitting socks as I love hand knitted ones. It's scarves and shawls at the moment

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  13. I am so behind reading blogs - I hope you are feeling a bit better by now. Frilly socks,white leather shoes, gloves, and a new purse as well as dress for Easter!

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  14. Feeling down and out is a hindrance to getting anything accomplished but when the doctor tells you there's nothing they can do for a nasty cough, it can be depressing. Darning socks may keep your mind off those troubles. A Pharmacist told me once no amount of cough syrup helps so he suggested to drink plenty of water even if it's an age-old remedy.

    Leonardo @ U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group

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