Vanishing Act and Foxes

Hello!!! I’m so sorry for my absence on the blog – in the third week of September I came down with what I thought was a stomach bug and which actually turned out to be a gangrenous appendix complete with abscess and perforation!

After a long hospital stay, where I was pumped full of IV antibiotics, I can thankfully say that I’m now home. I’m still working on my recovery, but I’m beginning to be much better than I was, thank goodness! It’s been rather a scary time!

From being ill it’s probably been over a month in all since I picked up a crochet hook, which is a pretty long time for me, and as I’ve been feeling better I’ve been looking forward to crocheting. It was actually really nice to pick up my yarn and hook – like greeting an old friend!

I wanted to start off with something small and it coincided with my eldest daughter asking me if I would make her a fox hat. So I went looking in my stash and discovered that I’d got some lovely Scheepjes Chunky Monkey anti piling, in a rust colour, that was just the perfect colour for a fox.

If you aren’t familiar with Scheepjes Chunky Monkey anti piling it’s a new aran / worsted weight yarn that compliments the colours in Scheepjes Colour Crafter. Classed as hypoallergenic premium acrylic it’s lovely and thick and squishy! And as it’s anti pilling it’s just perfect for children’s hats which will be in frequent use no doubt this winter.

I let Little G decide which style hat she wanted and she chose the Fox Hat by Sarah Zimmerman which is actually a free hat on Ravelry / or her blog. I just love the little cheek tufts on the side, makes it look very foxy!

© Sarah Zimmerman

After I’d made the one for Little G (with a few modifications for her specific head and comfort) I realised I had enough left to make Little Miss one too so I made a slightly smaller second hat. I do love to see my girls in matching things sometimes (only if they are happy about it of course).

I was really pleased with how they turned out, both girls have been wearing them round the house (pretty much as soon as I made them) – you can’t get a bigger compliment than that can you! The only thing left for me to do is I’m going to make a bow for each hat of their favourite colour as an accessory for ease of knowing who’s hat is who’s in a rush.

It was nice to end up with two finished items, I’m terrible at collecting WIPs, but I’m looking forward now to catching up with a couple of projects that had to be put on the backburner whilst I was poorly.

I hope you have been enjoying good health and a hooky time – what have you been making? I’d love to hear about it.

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx


13 thoughts on “Vanishing Act and Foxes

  1. I hope you are feeling much better! I had an abscess on my left kidney in January that burst and sent me to the hospital for 10 days, so I understand the massive IV push of fluids and antibiotics. I ended up having surgery on my kidney on February 19. No fun! Glad to see you are back at it. Rest and feel better!

    • Crikey! That sounds like you had a tough time of it! IV antibiotics, although obviously helpful, are definitely not fun! I hope you are all on the mend now too! I’m thankful that I’m feeling better now, it feels like it’s been a long time coming! x

  2. Oh, my goodness! I am happy you are feeling better and wish you a speedy recovery. Please take it easy to give yourself time to heal. How scary!

  3. So sorry to hear about your spectacularly awful appendicitis. They’ll have told you this already, but please, please finish ALL of your antibiotics even if you feel ok – otherwise you may end up with a population of bacteria which are all more resistant to the antibiotics. (I used to work in healthcare.) Please pardon me if you already know this and/or have heard it ad nauseam.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    Meanwhile, I’m trying my best to keep calm, and I’m certainly crocheting a lot, here in the U.S. amidst the very peculiar goings-on in the White House. Sigh. Crochet keeps me more or less sane. Thank you so much for your Keep Calm and Crochet blog. Quite simply, one cannot imagine life without crochet, and one doesn’t wish to. (-;

    • Thank you, all antibiotics are now finished thankfully and I’m now just concentrating on getting back to full health. Although they were obviously helping they did make me feel pretty sick so I’m glad that bits over! I totally know what you mean about crochet keeping me calm & getting you through things – I know it will be a big part of my recovery. I definitely don’t want a world without crochet! X

  4. So sorry to hear about your illness,looking forward to seeing you at crochet weekend at end of month,take it slow and steady.

  5. Oh, you had a tough time. Hope you will be better soon 🙂 You made very nice hat. Nice recovery and good health.

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