15 weeks of bed rest in projects

In September 2017, 21 weeks pregnant with twins, I went into my doctor’s office for a check up and left with orders not to get out of bed.  My cervix had begun thinning and the doctor was concerned that I would not make it to viability (24 weeks).  I went home that day terrified. 

If you’ve ever been into the shop, you’ve probably heard Laura say “it’s therapy.” We had all experienced this after Katrina and here I was again in a scary situation that I had very little control over. My husband went out and got me a basket to keep on the bed during the day filled will my projects and my mom came over every weekday to sit with me.

Together, my mom and I dove into projects and trash TV. We pretty quickly tired of daytime TV and discovered knitting podcasts on YouTube. We particularly loved The Grocery Girls. These two Canadian sisters are so fun that they made me laugh on the days that I was feeling the worst. During one of the first episodes of their podcast we watched, they were talking about going to Knit City, an annual knitting market in Edmonton, Canada, and they said something like “you don’t have to have someone to come with you. Come alone. We will be your friends.” From that moment on, mom and I started referring to them as “our friends”. She would come over when they posted a new episode and say “shall we watch our friends”. There were some days that we would watch old episodes all day long and my husband would come home at the end of the day and say “These two AGAIN?!?!” Along with my knitting and needlepoint, the Grocery Girls and a handful of other knitting YouTube “stars” helped me through some of the hardest and scariest weeks of my life and in the end I gave birth to two healthy babies at 35 weeks and 5 days.

Those 15 weeks were the most prolific stitching days of my life. I certainly have not finished anywhere near the number of projects in the last 17 months since the twins were born! My mother, on the other hand, finished only a handful of projects, as she was busy refilling my water, serving me lunch, folding my family’s laundry, and cooking our dinners.

Most of the projects from my bed rest days. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take pictures of the projects that I gave away as gifts!

Most of the projects from my bed rest days. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take pictures of the projects that I gave away as gifts!

Here is this list of projects that kept my hands and my mind busy whilst on bed rest…some of the knitting projects even have links to my project page or the pattern I used on Ravelry!