I am glad to see the new year in, the hope that it brings. Fresh starts. Possibilities. After 5 months of ups and downs. Physical, mental and spiritual challenges. Having to negotiate strange waters and shifting sands. Altered mind states. Not unpleasant but on occasion unsettling. A time of transition. Only having to take a benzodiazipine twice in August so as to get to sleep.
Helped on my journey by family, and friends who are mental health professionals but who went through the madness with me. Digitally, by Email and social networks, in the main. It was a great help. Risky for all of us. A rollercoaster. Exciting and unnerving. Not boring. Which is the main thing. I really don't like being bored.
Here's tae recovery and healing! It can happen much more quickly and effectively without having to engage with psychiatric services. That has been my experience this time around. I made this cushion during the transition, knitting the various pattern stitches and buying a remnant in Glasgow to sew on the back and sides. A positive reminder to me of the journey and coming through safely:
Nautical Adventure, setting sail on a journey of stitch discovery, from left to right: narrow basketweave, diagonal stripes, double moss stitch, wide basketweave, chevron stitch, triangle stitch.