Today I came across this article here
It spoke to me an awful lot as I can sympathise with the author. I used to be that reader who ate books and it was the norm for me to regularly read a book in 24 hours. However a few years ago when my husband’s health took a bit of a turn I lost my reading mojo.
My head space also became not so good. I spent much time deep in thought and worry. If I tried to take my mind off things by reading I found that I couldn’t concentrate. I would spend ages re – reading the same line over and over again, with nothing being absorbed.
It didn’t matter what I tried to read.
Even reading my Bible became difficult. My favourite authors also couldn’t break through this fog that I was going through. Whatever was suggested to read I struggled to finish a book.
Although that was a strange time and it’s going back awhile, my appetite for reading has changed. No longer am I ravenous for a book. A book has to be really gripping to hold my attention, to keep me entertained and enthralled to the end. It’s a rare thing for me to read a book within a couple of days. If I do, you know it must be a good one.
I know that there’s many health benefits associated with reading and it is supposed to be a way of elevating depression. My advice through the dark days is keep trying, and if you can’t , don’t beat yourself up over it. Find something else that will assist in lifting you up. For me knitting became a lifeline.
The other thing I recommend is don’t be afraid to seek out help and speak about how you feel. I know the road is hard and long. There will be good days and bad days. Eventually things will get better – just keep believing this and show yourself some love.
Finally a bit later but here are some pictures:
The last two Shepherds
Donkey who I love and think is rather cute!
Ox who was a bit fiddly to sew up.
The Wise Men’s gifts. I’ve decided not to add anything else to them.
I did try making the star but found the gold tinsel thread hard to knit with and when I tried to make a pom pom with it…….Well it didn’t work and I had tiny bits of gold thread all over the lounge. This amused hubby no end!
Since then as part of my year of making I decided to brighten up an old coat by making some trimmings using the glowworm yarn. I had pink and orange but when I put up the finish pieces up to the coat I realised that the pink looked better.
Here is the finished product:
I was a bit unsure what to make next. I was trying not to cast on another project but focus on the wips. Two of the wips are shawls – a bit complicated to take to Knit Night. The other is a jumper and currently I’m not sure what I’ve done with the needles that I need for the ribbing. Hmm going to have to hunt for those.
The decision has been taken out of my hands. This year is becoming the year of the baby. A friend’s daughter gave birth today to a baby girl. 🙂 Also four of my friends are pregnant. I’ve been asked to make something a little special for one of them. Since the pins will be out I might as well make a few bits for the other babies – and the best bit booties are a good project to take along to Knit Night as they are small and not complicated. Win 🙂