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Knitting Interrupted

I haven’t been writing or knitting much in the past few weeks. A most random and alarming incident of illness has waylaid me yet again, this time it is pertussis or whooping cough.

After 7 days of quarantine and 12 days in bed I received a most kindly invitation to join friends for lunch. My friend, in a medical field, advised a bit of fresh air and sunshine would do me good and she was right.

The highlight of the day, besides dear friends, sunshine and a tiny tot of champagne with an ocean view, was her belated birthday gift to me – a knitting book – Knit Your Own Cat.

It is such a funny book with patterns for a variety of cat breeds in either a standing, sitting or lying pose. We had a good giggle over it and the day cheered me up immensely.

I’m trying to read it as I’m back tucked up in bed with 27 pillows. I must sleep and rest sitting up now, when I can rest. There’s no treatment for pertussis other than palliative care. Antibiotics killed the bacteria off and stopped the contagion but drugs don’t stop the damage the bacteria causes the lungs. I have quite a few more weeks ahead before I reach the convalescent phase.

Knitting isn’t even possible now because I’m too exhausted but I have this fun book to read and my Kauni cardigan on the bed next to me. The bright colors cheer me up and just hugging the yarn makes me feel a bit better.

Here’s to better days….

A note, pertussis is very contagious and I got it after heavy exposure despite being vaccinated last year. The vaccine only lasts 3-10 years and only offers 80% protection. Many foolish parents don’t believe in vaccinating at all and sone celebrities like Jenhy McCarthy are helping to spread this stupidity. However other celebrities such as Sarah Michelle Geller (Buffy!) are trying to combat this ignorance. She is working with The March Of Dimes on an awareness and vaccination campaign for families to protect their children against pertussis, The Breathing Room .

Pertussis can be deadly to infants and small children and just knowing how wretched I have been faring helps me understand why little ones can’t survive it.

Here is another informative site about pertussis: CDC’s site on pertussis

Please consider getting another vaccination for yourself and your family and circle of friends. Here in the US pertussis is devastating towns in Texas and California and air travel helps expose many people than ever.

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San Francisco Giants’ Stitch and Pitch Night and Camino Bubbles

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I've missed my Willie

Every year our San Francisco Giants host a night for knitters and crocheters called Stitch and Pitch. Stitch and Pitch is a national initiative where local knitters can support their local team and get swag and recognition on the jumbotron. Some teams go all out and make the icons for the bases into balls of yarn and other neat tricks. Here in SF we are just happy to be mentioned and get to sit together in the chilly night air, huddled for warmth, knitting things we wish were finished in time for the game that night.

This year was no exception. Despite it being the official first day of summer although it was warm at lunchtime by nightfall the airs were quite frigid and we were grateful for our lap blankets, warm coats and fuzzy knitting things, and my hat from a previous year.

The teeshirt they gave us this was extra special, it has a sleeve patch that says 2012 World Series Champions! I think it’s really sweet that the Giants make up shirts for their knitting fans.

We didn’t have a special section this year but rather were scattered throughout the stadium, over 500 knitters were there this year.

My view, waaaay up there

Nice view, right? We really cracked up the people sitting behind us though, they just couldn’t believe we actually knit at the game. Yes, we do, and my Camino Bubbles shawl was wonderful to work on, being so warm and fluffy.

Of course we really enjoy the food at the ballpark too, it’s one of the highlights. Where else can we enjoy a “California Cheese Steak Sandwich” which is chicken, mushrooms, onions and peppers and “cheeze sauce”.

So wrong - so fucking right

After a thorough handwashing, I worked on my shawl until it got too cold and then just huddled my hands inside of it.

Camino bubbles 1/2 way through

I am about halfway through at this point. Although the Ivy Trail colorway looked great wound inside the ball, I am not very much in love with the colors as they appear in the shawl. I am committed to it though and I am sure I will find the finished object more versatile colorwise than it appears to me now.

Camino Bubbles update

Sadly we lost the game that night but it was fun to be out there wearing our Stitch and Pitch orange and black.  Can’t wait for my next game!

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