Posts tagged ‘bed rest’
So, I’ve now been given an official “take it easy” from the doctor, and I don’t have to be on complete bed rest, at least for now. Which has been a wonderful relief.
It was fun to have a few days where I didn’t have to do anything but knit. While I don’t feel like I’ve been overwhelmingly productive, the amount of FOs and new WIPs have been adding up.
The first thing I did when put on bed rest was cast on this little cutie…
As I’ve mentioned before, my goal is to knit 2 boy and 2 girl sweaters, hats and booties, so that I have a perfect little outfit to bring them home from the hospital in, no matter how they surprise us. For some reason the boy ideas have been flowing and I haven’t been able to come up with cute girl ideas, but finally this one came together. It’s a simple raglan construction with a slip stitch pattern knit up in Knit Picks Felici self striping yarn. Unfortunately this colorway is discontinued.
I also finally finished the last step on this little sleep sack for my niece… sewing on the snaps and buttons.
I’m thrilled with the finished product… it’s a bit longer than I was hoping, but I think it’ll fit her for a good long while.
It’s so fun seeing new projects start and old ones get finished and to their owners. 🙂
So it feels like I get a week of knitting and then there’s a week or two whirlwind of other baby prep, then I get a week of knitting, and the cycle continues. While I haven’t been knitting a ton these last two weeks, I’ve been doing all sorts of other crafty baby prep. Curtains were made, little burp cloths were appliqued, and custom vinyl decals for the nursery have been designed.
But as of yesterday, knitting will be getting more attention, and when I say more attention, I mean A LOT of attention. Yesterday I was put on complete bedrest. I’m not in preterm labor or anything yet, but they were very concerned that I would be if I didn’t seriously take it easy. I must say, this was one of the moments when I was glad I was a knitter. Well, I was glad for a lot of things, but being a knitter was one of the top three. I didn’t say to myself in a panic… “what am I going to do on the couch all day?” Instead, I knew exactly what I was going to do with all that couch time. I finally could knit all the things I had been dying to dive into without feeling guilty about the rest of the house. Well, I still do feel guilty about the house, but it’s out of my control now.
I’m so thankful for good friends. My dear friend called me this morning as soon as she heard. She gave me some great perspective on how I should be using this time. I’m so glad I have people who are going to help me be really productive with this time and do things I couldn’t do if I was rushing around still getting ready for these babies, and won’t let me languish for the next two months in a pile of depressed misery.
So here are some of the things I’d like to do with my next couple months of time…
- Refresh my walk with the Lord – I now have absolutely no excuse to not spend a good chunk of time in the Word, spend extended time praying for my children, and read good books every day. Even if I do that for 2 hours every single day, that still leaves hours and hours of time for knitting, novels, and TV.
- Think through life. Tackle what it’s going to take to get little pockets of my home organized. Even if I can’t do it, that doesn’t mean I can’t figure out the best system for it that I can implement when I’m on my feet again.
- Stay on top of the paperwork.
- Read some classics – librivox.org may just keep me sane, while keeping my mind intellectually challenged and engaged.
- Knit, Knit, Knit, Design, Design, Design, Publish, Publish, Publish – Need I say more?
- Blog, Podcast, Tweet – All things I love doing, but never seem to have enough time to enjoy. I guess I do now! 🙂
Any of my readers ever been on bed rest? Any other suggestions about what I should do with my time?