Thursday, 2 March 2017

Well Hello folks , how we all doing ? Cripes it's been 4 days just short of a year since I last blogged !! and blumin heck what a year it has been , a year that I never want a repeat of ,ever again .

I think I should start by filling you in particularly if you don't follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may be wondering what happened and why I disappeared from here ? 
A week or so after I last blogged I started feeling unwell , my usual problem of a cold turning into me fighting off an ear infection and sinus problems . I tried for five or six weeks to fight of the bugs but to no avail . On the first Friday in May I became very ill , that evening I started with a very painful ear ache and I knew what was coming ( well only part of it as it turns out !) , I knew I was building up to a burst ear drum ( which I've suffered from since childhood ). Yep 1.30 am on the Saturday it went and I've never felt pain like it , my husband who was laid awake next to me even heard it pop . So we rang the emergency doc as is our usual routine , to be seen and get antibiotics . She saw me at 10 am that morning confirmed what I already knew and handed me the prescription. But in the short time of me coming out of the docs and getting my med and going home which must have only been about 15 mins I started suffering from the most incredible pains in my head , in fact I felt like my brain was trying to burst through my scull and I could barely stand up right . This should have been ringing alarm bells but I put it down to the ear infection . Yes,  it was down to the ear infection but something far more serious was going on . Me being me wanted to be left alone and sleep , so I took my self off to bed. So thankfully my husband had taken the day off as he didn't feel well either and I was in no fit state to look after our boys . Oh my that was a blessing in disguise !
I went to bed in excruciating pain and after that I don't remember much, a vague memory of violently vomiting everywhere , then the ambulance people getting me off the bed and being stood at the top of our attic stairs and my wonderful friend saying "don't worry I will look after the boys" ( in my head I'm thinking why is Sam here and why is she saying that , then nothing !) , apparently 2 ambulances came and thank god they ignored the advice of the first one as she wanted to wait a few hours and for me  to be seen by an out of hours doctor ( by this point I had been non responsive for a while !! ) . I have no memory of being in an ambulance or of A & E  or my C.T scan , I become conscious of my surrounding in the early hours of  the Sunday morning surrounded by a medical team and my hubby in hospital . It was all very hazy at first and a Nurse repeatedly saying " Tracy do you know where you are ? " to which I replied " Hospital ?" after working it out from the uniforms and equipment around me . 
All I can say is that I  think my brain was trying to protect me from what was happening to my brain and my body , I had no hearing and no sight and  no consciousness but I was in a calm peaceful state of mind and all I remember is the colour white and If they hadn't of been able to save me  I think I would of gone quite peacefully , no matter what everyone else was seeing  me do on the outside .
It turns out I had Bacterial meningitis , the infection from my ear and Sinuses had burst through my mastoid bone (a honeycomb part of the skull ) and gone straight into my brain !! They pumped me with I.V antibiotics through the night and day for 12 days and saved my butt , I had the Bacterial Specialist  come to see me on a few occasions after my lumber punch and after he'd analysed the fluid from my spine ,he came to check on my progress and told me I'd been very lucky indeed as most people he sees with my illness were in comas . 
Cripes !!
 I won't bore you any more with medical stuff you really don't need to know all the ins and outs of my treatment and 13 day stay in hospital . 
Lets just say I feel incredibly luck to have survived this , it was scary , not only me but my husband who realized I was non responsive and got medical help for me but for my two boys too who saw me taken away in an ambulance and then visited me every day in hospital, ( I think it has a lasting affect with my youngest as when I had a bit of  bug the other week and was in bed unwell he felt the need to keep coming to check on me throughout the day to see that I was ok , bless him what a caring little guy  ). I have had months of getting my self well again , especially back to my normal brain function . It did affect me in lots of strange ways , but I suppose that what happens when the brain has had an infection  .
I do now feel back to my normal self ( not that I would wish to be described as normal !!Lol )
It has taken until the end of December /January time for me to feel good but now I feel ready for so much more !!
I thought it would be nice with this catch up post to visually go over my last year , yes I was ill but I got over and it didn't stop me being creative and trying to keep Handmade Over Yonder ticking over either.
So I thought a nice little visual reminisce of my creative year would be a nice place to start .
The first thing I picked up in hospital was my sock knitting , granted it was into the second week but this felt so good , I was able to perform a simple focusssed tasks slowly and the colour was so stimulating especialy when all I had to look at from my bed was  the four white wall of my room .
These were the ones I started in hospital .

My sock knitting journey has continued throughout the last year culminating in me dying my own sock yarn to knit , I've loved using my own hand painted yarns and plan to do some more.

 I've had a go at dying Gradient yarn too , great fun !

 I'm Enjoying turning my own hand dyed yarns into things for me to wear .

I'm also in love with spinning yarn on a spindle 

 My family all chipped in for my birthday and Christmas and bought me a spinning wheel , so I am slowly leaning how to spin my own yarn too ! 

So as well as enjoying all things yarn related I've had to try keep working , I was very slow at first as I was tired and low on energy and my brain couldn't cope with too much information at once , but I never lacked enthusiasm or creative ideas . I even fell asleep sat up in the middle of crocheting and  knitting some pieces on a few occasions ! But I continued to make my signature makes... 

As well as my usual makes there was a little something new , what I'm calling my 'Foxidermy' 3D pictures. Oh I loved developing this idea and I even kept my first one for myself which is quite unusual for me . It is a mixed media pieces which is very textural with sewing , stitch work, knitting and needle felting all rolled into one piece . They are  labor intensive to make but they are a joy to make too !!

So there we have it  a quick look at my creative side of life over the last year but I feel its a good place to start from . There is so much I've missed out which I hope to share with you over the coming weeks and months particularly all my cooking , preserve making and baking as well as other things that I've been doing over the last year , but that's for another time . Right now I just sort of hope I've brought you up to speed and shown you where I'm at present . I have lots of plans for this little blog of mine which I hope to start sharing with you soon .

I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all my family and friends , all you folks that pop by my Facebook page for Handmade over Yonder and my Instagram page and follow what I'm up to and to all my customers ......THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS  SUPPORT , it really has kept me going through some tough times this year and I really appreciate you all being there for me  !!

So for now , ta ta Tracy xx


  1. Welcome back. You were missed but my what a year. Onwards and upwards, nothing stopping you now. Lovely lovely work and glad you are well x

  2. Welcome back & thank you for letting us non Facebook people know what has happened. You have had a horrendous time but thankfully you're back to health now.
    I do love your wool, those colours are absolutely fab! Love the mouse people too, their little shawls are delightful.

    Take care!

  3. So happy to have you back. Thank you for being kind enough to explain what happened to you, in more than a passing sentence. I'm looking forward to hearing about your kitchen goings on. Best wishes to you.

  4. Wow! What a year you've had and how very scary for all around you. I am so pleased that you are better. On a positive side, you have been so busy and creative and all your makes are fabulous. I hope 2017 is a much less stress-filled year for you all.
    Best wishes

  5. Such good news you are better. What a time you and your family have had. May this year be a much better year. Such beautiful projects you have done. Best wishes to you x

  6. So glad there was a happy ending to that scary chapter! Sending you good thoughts & look forward to seeing your creativity on the blog!

  7. Scary time and lovely creations!

  8. It's lovely to see you back, here's to a healthy and creative year! xx

  9. OMGosh, welcom back darling. I'm so sorry you had one hell of a year in 2016. I'm glad it was caught it time and antibiotics helped you. Thank goodness for sock knitting and what lovely sights to see from your lovely face to your wonderful craftiness.

  10. Goodness me what a nightmare, I'm so glad that you are OK, you must have scared the living daylights out of your dear Hb. Creativity is such wonderful therapy isn't it.Your work is so delightful...I am the proud owner of one of your gingerbread men and mouse angels and I love displaying them every Christmas.Take care, hugs xx

  11. Lovely to see you back. Foxidermy looks amazing xxxx

  12. Oh my, what a fright that must have been for you all. So pleased to hear that you're well again and back at it. I love your work and look forward to reading your posts again. X

  13. Lovely to see you back and your work is fabulous as always. I need to get on and get some dyeing done as I really want to try it - look forward to more Patchworks Chickens blogs x love Joy xx

  14. Good to see you back Tracy, gosh what a rollercoaster year you've had. I'm so very glad you have stormed into 2017 fit and healthy. I look forward to seeing all your future posts. :)

  15. So lovely to see you back Tracy (even though we keep in touch on FB) I love reading my "regular" blogs at lunchtime at work and I have missed yours. LOVE that variegated sock with the turquoise cuff - beautiful! You Yorkshire Lasses are made of strong stuff, so pleased you are back to good health and raring to go onwards and upwards xxx

  16. So very pleased you are making a good recovery after going through such a ghastly experience Tracy. All best wishes.x

  17. I'm glad you're back and hope you keep well.

  18. Wow! So glad you are feeling better!! By the looks of your pictures.... you had no problems with creating beautiful work!!

  19. Hi Tracy, I am new to your blog and have to say was blown away by your story, aren't our bodies amazing how they shut down when they need to repair and recover. Your creativeness is still very apparent and shines through in your beautiful pieces.
    So pleased you're feeing better and I look forward to seeing more of your gorgeous makes and beautiful hand spun yarn. ( big fan of Spincity!) X

  20. I wondered what happened but I just thought that your 'making' kept you too busy to blog. I am so glad you are on the mend and what a scary time for you and your family. Your creativity amazes me and as for your knitting...I can't knit that well when I'm healthy much less ill! Your spinning is beautiful and your dyeing and your little creatures are so precious! I wish I had just a speck of your creative talent! So glad you are back and I look forward to seeing all your 'crafting'! Best wishes and prayers for a full recovery!

  21. Hi Tracy, it is so good to read your posts, really I wondered what happened to you because in these times of Facebook and others social nets so many blogs died.
    Happy to know that you are alive and well. Thanks for coming back!
    You and your blog are so inspiring, and thanks to Internet I know you here in Guarulhos Brazil.
    Thanks again!

  22. Hi Tracy.I have followed your blog for a long time but get very little time to comment.My jaw dropped open when I read this story,my word you are a lucky lady,your family must be so relieved.Great to see your wonderful talent is still there.Keep going girl embrace your talent and your passion.Huge Hugs great to see you back.xx

  23. What a year you had, hope you're still keeping well. Love your Foxidermy creations, they're gorgeous.