See what was waiting for me today when I came home:

And inside:

With the cutest 'thankyou' card:

It's a skein of sockyarn from The Sweetshop, enough for a pair of socks for MEEEE!! The colourway is SweetGeorgia's 'willow' – a luscious mixture of wonderful greens, with occasional browns scattered throughout. The colours are wonderfully subtle and complex, and though I haven't unwould it or balled it up yet, I get the feeling that the colour changes will be subtle enough to take some texture or lace. Yummmmmmmm!!

I'm thinking about these socks by Amelia. They seem to fit the green and leafy bill quite well.

And I'm knitting again. Not so much, or so fast, but I am knitting. Yayyy me!


I went to the doctor about the pain in my arms/hands yesterday. I've been prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs that I've never heard of (because I can't take Ibuprofen regularly – it upsets my stomach) and have hopefully been referred to my existing osteopath – which means I can claim her fees back. I'm happy to pay for the treatment, but I don't see why I should if the insurance will cover it.

And I even knitted yesterday! A couple of hours after taking the first tablet, I knit about an inch on the second sock of Dad's first Christmas pair (which is now at the decreasing gusset stitches stage). I had no pain or fatigue, and I've had no subsequent problems. I'm taking it very easy, but boy was it good to knit for a while!

Knitting painful. Poo.

Well, the hands still hurt. The ostepath says that there were several issues at work – firstly, that I'd seized up in the neck and shoulders; secondly that the lunate joint in one wrist had become stuck, and, horror of horrors, RSI in both forearms. I gave knitting a complete break until Saturday, when I managed all of 4 stockinette rows on a sleeve before realising that it was causing fatigue and pain.

I am unbelievably annoyed by this. I have so much I want to knit, so many presents in progress. Wish me luck and hope I recover soon.


Now, sulking is not like me. But today, I am stompy, grumpy, pouty and definitely sulky. My hands and arms hurt, and have done for 2 weeks. I've put the knitting away, very grudgingly. But the hurting is not stopping – it seems to be getting worse. And knitting makes it worse still (I know this because I attempted a whole 4 rows on a sleeve on Saturday. I put the knitting away again.)

I'm still knackered from being ill. This *sucks*. I'm definitely improving, but today I have had a major case of brain-fog, despite sleeping for 11 hours last night, and 12 the night before. I haven't been to the gym in months, and having painful wrists doesn't encourage me to cycle to work, either. Or lift weights.

And the house-buying has just *stalled*. Two and a half weeks ago, our buyer needed (understandably) to re-arrange his mortgage. I don't blame him; it sounds like he had a very good reason for doing so, but I wish he'd decided to do it more than two days before we were planning to exchange. He still hasn't had the new formal offer through. And he doesn't seem to be able to talk to anyone at the building society (who shall remain nameless, as I wish to avoid litigation) who can tell him what the status of his application actually is. I have a horrible, heavy dread in my stomach that they've lost it. But nevertheless, it seems they have enough record of it to have charged him for it (you have to pay to apply for buy-to-let mortgages), and to render his previous agreement null and void. So we are exactly where we were two and a half weeks ago, with increasing paranoia that the house we want to buy is going to be put back on the market.

So yeah, sulky. I don't like writing posts like this, but I thought I'd better at least write a post about why I'm not posting. It will, I am sure, improve.

Takin’ a break…

There have been no updates here for a while, firstly because I've been mad busy, and secondly because I have started having vicious pains in my neck, shoulders, arms, wrists and hands. It's probably too much PSP playing, or starting to cycle again, or possibly (but don't even dare think about it!) too much knitting.

Anyway, to avoid aggravating things any further, I've locked all my knitting in a cupboard for the week. I'm going to go and see an osteopath tomorrow, who will hopefully tell me it's just trapped nerves.

One day, I will write some real news

However, until then, here's another meme, snagged from Ms Raitte. Google "[your name] needs" and list the best.

Alison needs…

1) Alison needs older men for her art
2) Alison needs to stay away from stress
3) Alison's needs can be easily met in "our 1/2 day Kindergarten program".
4) Uncle Alison needs YOU
5) Alison needs a friend right now

Otters need:

1) Otters need plenty of space
2) Sea Otters Need to Do It Again
3) Otters need a friend to help them cope
4) Otters need to be enjoyed not managed
5) Sea otters need to eat 20 to 25 percent of their body weight each day. That’s a lot of abalone!


Definitely otterly…

Your Hair Should Be Orange

Expressive, deep, and one of a kind.
You pull off "weird" well – hardly anyone notices.


Your Inner Child Is Sad

You're a very sensitive soul.
You haven't grown that thick skin that most adults have.
Easily hurt, you tend to retreat to your comfort zone.
You don't let many people in – unless you've trusted them for a long time.


QBASIC screenshot
You are 'programming in QBASIC'. This programming
language (of which the acronym stands for
'Quick Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic
Instruction Code'), which is so primitive that
it cannot easily be used for any purpose
involving the Internet nor even sound, was
current more than a decade ago.

You are independent, in a good way. When something
which you need cannot be found, you make it
yourself. In writing and in talking with
people, you value clarity and precision; your
friends may not realize how important that is.
When necessary, you are prepared to be a
mediator in conflicts between your friends.
You are very rational, and you think of things
in terms of logic and common sense.
Unfortunately, your emotionally unstable
friends may be put off by your devotion to
logic; they may even accuse you of pedantry and
insensitivity. Your problem is that
programming in QBASIC has been obsolete for a
long time.

What obsolete skill are you?
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