Thursday, May 28, 2015


“Little C” has been released from hospital, still with a lot of pain. She was even given some morphine to take home with her. I'm sure she'll be more comfortable soon, just for not being in hospital.

And so might my poor husband be, were he fit to be cared for at home. He seemed, in a sense, much better yesterday, absolutely determined to come home TODAY. The entire visit was spent discussing that point. I dread today.


Good old Meadow Yarn came up trump with my needles, as usual, and I suppose one must nod in the direction of the Royal Mail for actually achieving next-day delivery in return for the inordinate cost of a first class stamp. And the wooden needles do indeed grip the yarn better. I have nearly finished the eight-lozenge repeat of Chart B of the Fantoosh. There will be eight more repeats of Chart B to follow, each longer than the last – and the rows have already become slightly uncomfortably long.

The other knitting news is that a Japanese book of patterns involving cables arrived from Loop. They're having a Japanese moment, as you'll know if you're on their mailing list. I can't even tell you what my new book is called, because it's all in Japanese, but the patterns are wonderful and the photography, if possible, even more so.

I had a Japanese Phase some years ago, some will remember, during which I even knit an ear-flap hat (for James' and Cathy's daughter Rachel) from a Japanese pattern. Japanese patterning is very clear and logical, and I've got all the stuff explaining it here in one place. I think I could successfully puzzle out a pattern. And there are some tempting ones in this book.

The latest issue of Amirisu (which is bilingual) has an article about Loop, and an interview with someone from madelinetosh. I may succumb, although it's awfully expensive.


Fattoush wasn't very successful as an all-day meal. It's back to bean salad for today.


  1. good vibes sent for todays visit. Can you get someone medical to talk to your husband about how the visits are draining you? He may not realise that his attitude is upsetting you.

  2. Ellen1:27 PM

    When I worked in health care, we used to refocus the discharge date by talking about goals, and not about dates: you can return home when you can get in and out of bed without assistance, get up from a chair with the help of one person, manage in the bathroom alone, etc. Obviously goals were set with the amount of help available in mind. Using a goal setting framework buts the onus on the patient and not the family. It is often most helpful when it is a health care professional who sets the goals. BUt of course, in the United States, he would be in a continuing care facility by now; we have very short hospital stays here.

  3. =Tamar6:48 PM

    I am concerned about the amount of pain Little C is still having, and wondering about "green stick" fractures, which often go unnoticed, especially in children.

  4. Here's hoping your husband's homecoming is smooth, whenever it is. God be with you, Jean.