Woo hoo

Well hey, I was going to write this post after I finished these socks (Fyberspates ‘Vivacious’ and a pattern called ‘Nutkin’, free on Ravelry

but well, you know me by now. 

And this just happened

‘This’ being the Marled Magic MKAL, a mystery knit along hosted by Westknits.

It’s so much fun, I’ve not been this excited by a project for, ooooh, at least a week. No seriously, it’s fun.

I’d originally decided against it as, from the teasers, it appears to involve large amounts of seed stitch. Meh. 

But I’ve recently been trying to address my weird purl technique; I don’t think anyone purls the same way and it’s just plain weird. I’m a continental knitter, so I hold my yarn in the left hand and I could never get the hang of using it to purl, it just doesn’t work for me so I developed this weird thing that I can’t even describe. 

Then I came across a method a while back, had a go and dismissed it as too much faffing, as it involves more movement than my adapted way. I saw a video by chance on Instagram showing the Method (as it is now known here) and it seemed the best way to manage purl where seed stitch or other patterns where you’re swapping between knit and purl stitches. Here’s the YouTube link if you’re interested, hang on, let me find it…


Anyway, the MKAL, it’s been designed so you can use up odds and ends of sock yarn as well as incorporating texture if you wish. I decided, after seeing some lovely photos by others, including Skein Queen, to use a strand of mohair with a strand of sock yarn which makes it it gorgeously floofy. Although it’s very early days, I’m really pleased with the result.

I have some news other than knitting too. If you are a regular reader then you’ll know I have ME/CFS and the last twelve months have been especially tough.

I’ve been aware of Dr Myhill’s work for a long time, since diagnosis really, but dismissed it, plus following her protocol (paleo or ketogenic diet, lots of supplements, pacing, sleep management) seemed like too much. As someone who’s life has been significantly restricted I didn’t want to restrict it further.

Desperation is a good motivator for change though and I’ve been slowly incorporating her suggestions over the last few weeks. I’m now fully keto, diet-wise, and am taking so many different supplements, most of which I have never heard of before – l carnitine, ubiquinol to name a few. While I am cautiously optimistic, I am overjoyed to have experienced progress. My energy has improved, I don’t take two hours before I can even communicate in the mornings and although I’m still all too capable of forgetting important things, my brain fog has begun to disperse. Like I said, I’m cautious; I’ve experienced improvements before, like when I did the Lightning Process training but I can’t help but feel over the moon about it. Whoot!

I strongly recommend her book about treating ME; she doesn’t promote anything not backed up by research nor anything other than an improvement in symptoms but being able to cook a little and be able to sit comfortably is such joy.

8 thoughts on “Woo hoo

  1. Elaine Ellis

    Thank you for your post Rachel, love the socks – what is the new piece of knitting? Thank you for for sharing your health experience, so glad you’re improving – sounds like a fascinating read and well worth getting.
    Much love xx

    1. weavingheart Post author

      Thanks Elaine, sorry, I failed to mention that the new project is going to be a shawl (because I need more shawls obviously haha) xx

  2. rmwk100

    What a lovely, heartening blog! Any improvement, however small, makes a huge difference, doesn’t it? I’ve never heard of this writer, but will now go to find out more xxxxxxxxx

    1. weavingheart Post author

      She’s definitely worth looking up Ruth, she was a GP originally but started to specialise in working with people with ME and focussed on a holistic approach xx

  3. itwasjudith

    recently a friend of mine had some health issues, nothing major but they were the initial symptoms for a later painful condition, and her doctor suggested her to cut meat (I think dairy too) out. She wasn’t too convinced but gave it a month trial and then assessed whether to continue. She said that her symptoms were mostly gone and she felt much better – so now she doesn’t eat meat and dairy anymore and her health has improved. I’m not sure what the medical rationale behind it is (haven’t done any further research on the topic, although I shall do at some point). As I have issues with some types of food (intolerance to preservatives, additives and similar), I’ve been thinking quite a lot about what I eat and what it may cause as a result. I’ve been having this idea – which I will explore & test further at some point – that perhaps it’s not the meat / dairy / food itself that may be bad (as I’m not allergic) but what’s in it (or not) and how it’s been processed. For example, most livestock is fed weird stuff, hormones and filled with antibiotics. I don’t think any of these are a natural intake for one’s body, so perhaps the “body doesn’t like them”. How good can it be getting an insane amount of hormones into one’s body, due to them being in milk, etc? And how are all these preservatives, additives, taste enhancers faring with one’s organism? I doubt they elicit a good response from the body… My 2 cents, obviously!
    Glad to hear you’re experiencing some progress!!!

    1. weavingheart Post author

      Couldn’t agree with you more. Even food we consider to be u processed usually has had some kind of contact with chemicals, unless we buy organic whole food.
      Before I stopped drinking milk, I couldn’t imagine not having it in my diet, now I make my own almond milk and it’s the most delicious thing ever. Good luck with your journey

      1. itwasjudith

        I try to eat organic as much as I can, but it’s hard to go fully organic (although desirable). Interesting that you make your own almond milk! Is it difficult? Is it from organic produce?
        It is so hard to avoid poisonous chemicals, they seem to be ubiquitous, also because of our economy and how the farming industry has evolved to be, sadly.

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