Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? ~ Ginny


Oh my, what a day. I spent most of it at the hospital, waiting in the eye clinic. You might recall that last year I had surgery on both my eyes, after suddenly finding I had two detached retinas. Late yesterday I noticed I was having difficulty focusing on objects and faces a meter or two in front of me, which was a new and slightly alarming development given my history. I was told after my surgery to treat any changes in my eyes as  an urgent matter. I called an optometrist this morning, informed him I was almost 35 weeks pregnant, had had two detached retinas and two Scleral buckles and could I make an appointment for an eye check today? He advised me to go straight to the hospital. 

So I sat, and waited, and read my book until the eye drops I was given made that impossible. And I'm pleased to report that a build up of pigment in my eyes may be to blame, but there are no tears, holes or fluid behind the retina. Pregnancy could also be to blame. I was sent on my merry way with a specialist appointment in two months, pupils the size of saucers and a sense of relief.

Meanwhile, I completely enjoyed Elizabeth Taylor's, In The Summer Season (the novelist, not the actress), and am now engrossed in The Help by Kathryn Stockett. My plans for this evening involve putting my feet up, taking up my knitting and eating a slice (or two) or apple pie - while feeling grateful for my vision.

And you, what have you been reading or knitting?


Joining in with Ginny.


  1. Oh I am so sorry. On Monday night I finished a queen sized blanket that has been on my hook for 2 1/2 years. I have started making some African flower hexies to use up some of the enormous stash.

  2. Gosh, I can't believe that was a year ago that you had surgery! I'm so glad it isn't anything serious this time. I've started knitting a few little Mother's Day things, which I will hopefully reveal next yarn along and I've finished The Rosie Project and looking for something new to read.......Your blanket is looking beautiful. Hope you get to enjoy lots of knitting time this week. Mel x

  3. Oh Christina! What a scare :( As uncomfortable as it may have been at least you did get some time to sit and read. Sometimes just sitting still can be a luxury. I'm loving the colours of your blanket.

    Sophie xo

  4. thank goodness all is well with your eyes, quite the scare! Glad that you were seen swiftly and know that all is well. Great knitting on your needles :)

  5. What a day! And what a relief. I'm glad you were able to get some answers on the spot rather than having to wait for test results etc.
    Your blanket is lovely. Unfortunately, I can't knit or crochet so I just immerse myself in everyone else's projects. I've just been over on Sophie's Hello Crafty blog and saw that she has just finished a beautiful mustard beanie.
    Happy yarning Christina. Melinda xx

  6. I'm glad you're feeling better now. I don't want to be an alarmist, but given my own history of severe preeclampsia, it's very important to keep an eye on changes in vision when you're pregnant. If your blood pressure and urine are normal, it's probably not related to that, though. I'm glad you were able to get some answers and I hope it stays away.

  7. I have been reading blogs! And I've been crocheting a granny square blanket. I have one more square to go, then stitch that last row together, then add some border and tadaaah! I am SO glad your eyes are ok. My gosh that would have been scary.

    Cindy Bee

  8. On two of the three occasions I have been pregnant my eyes did something odd. Not being able to focus properly on near objects, but also not being able to read motorway signs etc. In fact that was how I worked out I was expecting second time round. My optician told me it can last up to 6 months after the baby is born, though I didn't thankfully experience this. He told me this while refusing to test my eyes till the 6 months was up. I'm all fine now!

  9. sooo glad to hear your are okay!! xx

  10. Goodness. I am so glad you're all okay. Praying for you xx

    P.s. i am currently trying to finish a scarf that I started 2 years ago...shameful I know.

  11. Right now I am reading the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It's so good! I can't wait to finish it.

  12. oh my - what a scare! Glad you are ok. I love Elizabeth Taylor's novels and read 'A View of the Harbour' earlier this year. I've just finished 'The Watch tower' by Elisabeth Harrower , and 'The Rose Grower' by Michelle de Kretser. Not making anything - de-cluttering!


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