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I’ve been wanting to learn how to knit socks for years. I’ve always had trouble with the heel and I’ve tried following many a pattern off and on but was never able to figure it out.
I admit I’m not one that learns easily from a book when it comes to knitting or crocheting. I’m much better if someone shows me and then the lightbulb goes off.
Since having three rounds of chemo it’s difficult for me to understand things, so trying to learn again how to do the dreaded heel in socks is even more exasperating.
However in the last couple of months I’ve been wanting to push myself a little in strengthening the ole noggin.
Granted reading books and news is an on going daily routine even if I forget half of what I read or get a bit confused by it all.
(I’ve also been pushing myself with books that once would have been fine for me to read but now requires heavy concentration
and keeping my dictionary app at the ready but I’ll save that story for another post).
However I thought in the spirit of trying to exercise my brain
(and in the hopes of getting it to what once was) I decide to try my hand yet again at knitting socks.
I was able to find a very easy step by step pattern online that also included pictures. I’m happy to say that I’ve finished my first pair of socks!
I’m very happy with myself and I understand this may seem like a trivial thing (certainly not like reading Ulysses) yet for me,
it was a small step in overcoming a long held intimidation of sock knitting and a small step in hopefully trying to get my brain working better.
My hope is that the more I push myself, even slightly, it will grow stronger.
Wow.. I can’t believe its been so long since I’ve had a post. I think I needed a much needed break, without even realizing it.
A quick update on things.. my stem cell transplant is going well. In fact my doc’s say I should be the poster girl for how well these transplants go. Having said that, there still are many tests and milestones to go before I am in the clear. I do still have a lot of fatigue and having days of not feeling well at all. Its also starting to get difficult to not be able to do things I am used to do. Having said all that.. I did have a birthday last week and really feel very grateful for this birthday and for the people who are in my life. They have been by my side through everything and I can’t imagine how it would have been had they not. The biggest thank you and person I am grateful for is my generous stem cell donor. I am a very lucky lady to be here today.. also thanks for everyone who has followed my over the years and for anyone knew who is following along.
Since I’m so far behind I thought rather then make this blog huge with pics I will post images from the last few weeks though out this week. I may speak about them, I may not. I may post cell phone images or DSLR images. I know that I will give myself some slack about how I think I should be posting so I can just allow myself to post.
The following images were taken at Pemaquid Point on the coast here in Maine. I was feeling very well that day so decided to take a drive. It was beautiful here on the coast. The breeze and salty air were balms for my body. I feel tired when I got back home but very much better for it.