I got knocked on my ass a couple weeks ago with an illness that went through our entire little family: Lila got it, then Guy, then me. Lila had flu-like symptoms over a weekend, but didn’t seem too bad, after a little children’s Advil she perked up. A couple days later, Guy started to feel something coming on, and then a day later Lila woke up with red spots all over her face. Now, Lila is all up-to-date on all her vaccinations, so even though there have been reported cases of measles in Toronto, I thought it was chicken pox (which I had been vaccinated against as a child but still got around the same age Lila is now).
my little broadway baby, after her weekly toddler dance class
I’m going to tell you right now- it wasn’t measles. But that didn’t stop the doctor from sending us to the hospital for tests, since her symptoms so closely mimicked measles, and Guy and I were developing similar symptoms. There had been a confirmed case of measles in someone who had only one vaccination (apparently you need two to be fully immune- I know so much more about measles than I ever wanted to know!) so we had to get top-up shots, they had to run loads of tests, and they had us in an isolation room in the hospital for the entire day.
We were eventually allowed to go home, but told to keep ourselves quarantined- which was fine because at that point no one was feeling very well. We went to bed and stayed there for a week with the worst virus I have ever had the misfortune of coming across. Not to get too gross here, but my throat was so swollen I couldn’t take a deep breath and I was having to chug glasses of water through the pain. I fantasized about being able to drink big gulps of ice cold water. It was bloody awful.
But hey, at least it wasn’t measles, right?
Having been bed ridden, all projects were on hold while I was sick. I’d been working on a couple new designs, one of which I’ll show you today:
If you follow me on any social media channels you’ve seen this cowl (and it’s previous iteration) as part of a Nice & Knit Knitalong I participated in. The pattern will have two sizes: this one is the single skein DK (about 220 yards), and I’m working on a larger one that will take 2 skeins. It’s called Hyperballad, after one of my my favourite Bjork songs.
Next up, this is almost the zebra from Savannah Chaps pattern by Barbara Prime, which I adore- I totally want to knit all the animals (the pattern has directions for a zebra, elephant, rhino, and a tiny mouse creature)! I adore knitting toys, they are so addictive. Now if I could just keep Lila from running off with various zebra limbs, I’d be able to get this all sewn together and photographed. That’s what’s new around the KB household – I hope you are all getting enough sleep, eating well, and staying healthy!