I’ve recently been battling an immune disorder illness and am working with my physicians on what will be the best treatment for the best quality of life. This takes time, figuring out which drug will be enable me the most mobility, without causing too many side effects.
While this process goes on, and hopefully is nearing completion, I have had to spend a lot of time resting. It’s important not to “over do” anything, though you can be sure when I do “over do” my body let’s me know. This means I have had to learn how to amuse myself while being resting, and often being in a bit of pain.
My daughter lives in the beautiful country of South Africa. She has been wonderful, calling me almost every day to check up on me. She makes me laugh with stories of my grand kitties, and also telling me about her “new” 17 year old Audi convertible. She listens to my complaints, but also came up with a terrific way for me to “just rest” and yet also feel I’m doing something useful.
I knit, and like all knitters I have a lot of leftover yarn. I’m not going to throw out any of the leftovers, especially when I can find small projects to knit. I had been doing a lot of bunnies. In fact, I not only did holiday bunnies, I did Valentine’s Day bunnies for my friends that have been helping get through this tough time. I’ve also done Easter/Spring bunnies. My husband began to get worried about how the bunnies were growing in number, just like bunnies are apt to do.
My daughter had a better suggestion. She mentioned a wonderful maternity hospital near where she lives that helps women without means to have their babies in a safe hospital environment. The Mowbray Maternity Hospital has many patients that are so poor they have nothing for their newborns. Evelyn suggested I start making baby hats with the leftover yarn. She said while newborn size is nice, any size will do, as these babies need everything. Another suggestion was wash cloths, because these families truly have almost nothing, and babies need cleaning. While monetary donations are of course the most important, the hospital is more than glad to receive any hats or wash cloths.
Most homes near Cape Town where my daughter lives, do not have heat. My daughter has a space heater for when it’s needed and a well insulated home. The mothers that go to this hospital more than likely depend on bundling up for surviving cold nights and the cool winters. Hats are needed.
Another interesting thing is that unlike the US, knitting does not have the same popularity in South Africa. My daughter has had people surprised she knits, it’s considered a “grandmother” activity. My daughter is actually having a knitting party for her friends to learn how to knit a simple square, which can be used as a wash cloth. Anyone can knit a square. (Almost anyone!)
My other daughter, that lives close by, has also joined the knitting baby hat bandwagon. She has a knitting loom that makes a perfect size newborn hat.
I have enjoyed using up odds and ends of yarn making baby hats. I’m recycling yarn that other wise might not be used with a project both my daughters are also involved in. I’m feeling perhaps not well physically, but mentally I’m doing much better just by knitting these hats.
I’ve got a box of hats, and some extra yarn for wash clothes, ready to mail off to South Africa. I’m still knitting some bunnies, after all there are still holidays I haven’t covered.
My daughter has also promised to stuff her suitcase with hats on her next visit to the US. My daughter gave me a great gift to help get over my rough patch. I feel I’m doing something productive instead of just wasting time resting resting resting. It may only be a small hat, but it makes me happy to be part of this continuing project with my both my daughters.