Friday, May 13, 2016

Yesterday we had our walk – perhaps two miles, along the Water of Lieth to Inverlieth Park, back through Stockbridge. I would have said about two miles, my friend thinks less. It was a good stretch, for me.

I think you may be right, Chloe and others, that what I want is a wrist pedometer. If there were some measure for this new weakness – lung capacity? oxygen saturation? – it would be nice to monitor that, but I doubt if it can be done. Sleep patterns and heart rates seem to me fairly useless. I’ll keep working on it.

I came home tired, as I would have felt after eight or ten miles only a few years ago. So tired that I didn’t knit at all. There was the Neap Tide shawl, ready to be picked up and progressed with. But I had promised sterner things for myself and was paralysed into total inactivity.

I spent some more time with Jared’s Wool People 10. There are some thoroughly good things there, although nothing that quite makes me want to fling down the needles and order the yarn and start on it right away.

Much more exciting is the news from Kate Davies that it’s All Systems Go for the hap book. I had somehow got the idea that it wouldn’t be out until the second half of the year, but it’s going to the printers next week and to US in early June. Once it's at the printers, pre-ordering will start, and she’s going to suspend other activities in her shop from then – someone has already commented with the problem that sprang to my mind: what if I want to cast on a hap right away with some Buachaille yarn – but I can’t order the yarn until I’ve seen the haps?

Patience, is the only possible answer.


  1. There are finger monitors for oxygen saturation. I checked Amazon (US) and they're around $20. Two miles is good!

  2. There are finger monitors for oxygen saturation. I checked Amazon (US) and they're around $20. Two miles is good!

  3. Anonymous8:34 PM

    I had the same thoughts about the Buachaille/Hap book ordering situation. I tell myself that many other projects await my attention . . .
    -- stashdragon

  4. =Tamar10:59 PM

    I thought you had only gone half a mile before, in two steps with a rest between. Even if you'd gone a mile before, two miles is an impressive increase in distance.

  5. Anonymous12:33 AM

    What you need is a pulse oximeter. They can be purchased online for about£7 and upwards.

    A few things to remember:- they use the fingernail as a 'window' so can't 'see' through nail polish. The reading is affected if your fingers are very cold, or if anything affects the circulation to them. They are reading that particular finger - the circulation there may not be representative. They can also be used on a toe.

    Usually they are simple to use and the information they give is
    Helen (anon)

  6. Anonymous12:46 PM

    How are you feeling today, Jean? Like Tamar, I thought you were starting with a much more modest base, but your prodigious Scottish walking capacity puts most of us to shame. Please take it easy, a day or two of rest. I hope we/I did not encourage you to do too much. Chloe

  7. I've been reading Kate's blog (your mentions) and I want the hap book, too.
    Way to go, walking and enjoying being outdoors. It fuels the soul even more than the body.

  8. It will be fun to see the various forms of hap in the book. I do have an entire bin of shetland that might be put to use at last.