knitting and the life I almost have around it

Monday, September 29, 2008


Whoops! More time has passed than anticipated.
In the past 19 days, Monkey turned 23, i tested negative for coeliac's, i finished another pair of frilly socks, my flutter sleeve cardigan, my handspun scarf, my green diamond socks and school for the term. This is a great relief and I am celebrating by 'acting weird' (according to Monkey) and running about doing all sorts of things.(spring also arrived at chez spidey)
firstly the coeliac's thing. It is highly likely that i have either coeliac's or Non-Coeliac Gluten Intolerance (try saying that three times fast) but as it is so likely... i stopped eating gluten ages ago. Well before i took the blood test. so (i now know but didnt at the time) i would test negative no matter what because the little doovies wouldn't be active. Anyway, we're just making like I do have it because when i eat it by accident I feel wretched for days and I'm not inclined to munch on pasta for a week just to get a piece of paper that says: "you shouldn't eat pasta because it will make you feel like shite".
these are more frilly cuff socks in my own sock yarn, colourway Kelp Forest. I LUB them. so fun! My mods on the pattern were to up the needle size a bit and decrease the stitch number to 64 and they fit really well.
I also finished my flutter sleeve cardi in time to wear on the last day of term. I like it a lot, but it's not much like anything else I own. I've never really understood the whole short-sleeved-cardigan thing, so I think it might take me a little while to get used to wearing it. If I were to make it again I would make horizontal button-holes, as the vertical ones were far too saggy in cotton and i had to reinforce them.

Also, pretty handspun scarf. Single spun from EGMTK merino/silk in Alchemy. Purdy.

Yesterday we went to Floriade. I took my camera but it was damn near impossible to get a pic of flowers without 40,000 other people and... well. we took a little break under a willow tree and took self-photos instead.Check out monkey's owl socks!Hee hee hee hee hee!Self-snap fun (the only one where monkey was not scowling or pretending to eat my face) I also caved in (for the third time) at Belissa and purchased another skein of their hand-dyed cashmere laceweight. It's 25 grams and I got my little forest canopy shawl out of a skein of this a couple of years ago. It gets more expensive every time i buy it - three years ago it was $28, 2 years ago $35 and yesterday $38. but it is such lovely yarn... i guess i forgive them. and it's still a pretty good price for hand-dyed pure cashmere that wears like a dream (it just keeps blooming!)

On saturday evening, Monkey and I went out to dinner and a movie with Monkey sister and her boy. we had dinner at Cream in civic. Now, I have an allergy to chilli. It won't kill me (as far as I know) but I am very sensitive to it, it makes my lips puff up, my entire mouth/nose/face hurt and burn and gives me tummy aches. I was already limited in choice because of the whole damn gluten free thing but they had a risotto that sounded nice. Except: it had chilli in it.
I have dealt with this forever and have no faith in restaurants, so i started looking at the salads (used to be fairly safe to choose a salad, but watch out! every amateur or trendy chef in the world throws chilli in instead of learning anything about flavours, herbs and spices). Everyone at our table got indignant that i should be forced to eat something green (heh heh) and hailed over a waiter.
"Can we order the risotto without chilli?" "Yes, of course you can" "it's not an issue of how hot it is, we have someone with an allergy." "Yes sir, that's fine" "You understand, she can't have any chilli" "yes sir."

So i order the risotto. And before I had even swallowed my first mouthful my reactions kick in.
we hail over a waitress with too much makeup on.
"excuse me, we ordered this risotto without chilli." "Yes sir" "well it has chilli in it" "I did tell the chef" "well it has chilli in it, could you ask?"
waitress with too much makeup on goes and talks to the chef for a while, while i mutter under my breath, mortified about being that person at our table.
ditzy waitress returns.
"chef left the chilli out of the risotto but he used the Master Stock which has chilli in it. But it's not hot" Smiles and drifts off.

So i ate Monkey's caeser salad and he ate a bit of my risotto. When it came to paying, Monkey's very brave sister went and had a go at them and we got the risotto for free... but it really got to me.

I was so embarrassed. nobody ever takes the chilli thing seriously, they make me feel like some pathetic loser who can't cope with a little heat. If i said I had a peanut allergy would anyone have the nerve to suggest "it's not very peanut-t, i doubt you'll even notice". It's not like I'm just some fussy person - it makes me very uncomfortable and if i'm paying for a nice dinner i kinda expect not to have an avoidable allergic reaction while eating it, especially when they are pre-warned.
Anyway, the long and short of it is: i won't be back and they're bloody lucky I'm not anaphylactic.

Anywho, I have things to knit, things to spin and bunnies to wrangle so i shall leave you all to it.

Peace out,
Ms Spider xo

PS. i dont usually rely on other people to talk for me, but i get so embarrassed about the food stuff that monkey just sort of takes over.

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  • At September 29, 2008 11:31 am, Blogger Leonie said…

    My sister was diagnosed as Coeliac about 9 years ago now and was warned prior to taking the test to keep eating gluten otherwise the test wouldn't work...somebody needs their head read for not letting you know. She was certain I would also have a problem but no, I am only intolerant to bakers and brewers yeast, not allergic, symptoms are similar to Coeliacs. I get annoyed at bakeries when I ask if they use a natural starter for their sourdough and they say yes and when I clarify and ask do you use YEAST in the starter they say "oh only a little" I feel like strangling them.....a day sitting on the loo while your insides feel like they are being wound up in barbed wire is not my idea of fun and I refuse to pay for the privilege!! I think it's about time people who are allergic/intolerant are taken seriously in their food requests and people who just don't like stuff should stop lying about being allergic!! (my MIL hates plain egg white but says she is allergic).
    BTW I have been reading your blog for the last couple of months and really like the work you do with your knitting and the stuff you do with the kids!! Great stuff keep it up.

  • At September 29, 2008 5:10 pm, Anonymous 2paw said…

    What a nice tour of your recent life!!! The cardigan looks great. I agree about not being used to a short sleeve cardi too.
    Oh, totally agree about the allergy thing. I MUST not eat grapefruit. Luckily it is not so common and more easily avoided. I am glad you have Monkey et al to look after you in your time of need!!!

  • At September 29, 2008 6:48 pm, Blogger Jejune said…

    So glad to hear how you're going ... yeah, I agree about the short sleeved cardigan thing ... surely you're wearing it to stay warm? But regardless, it looks stunning!

    Totally annoying about the chilli thing :( Maybe you can say something like you're allergic to all capsicums / chillis, and then they'd take you more seriously, rather than just fobbing you off as someone who 'can't take the heat'? Glad you had someone to stand up for you!

  • At October 02, 2008 4:09 pm, Blogger TinkingBell said…

    Bugger them - tell them you go into anaphelatic shcok if you eat it and ask if they have an arrangement with the local hospital - and that the slightest amount is likely to kill you!!!

    And the bloody chef should be making his own stock!

    Lazy B*stard!

  • At October 10, 2008 1:03 pm, Blogger kim tori said…

    As far as eating out goes, I find it's usually so much easier by calling the day beforehand, saying "I'm coeliac" (or whatever you're allergic to or can't eat) and telling them explicitly what you can't eat if they don't understand. Since I've started doing that, it's been so much easier and 'uneventful' when I do get there, and it doesn't draw attention to me with my food allergies/intolerances so much. Some places will then have a list of the things I can order from the menu to make it even easier. The pain is that you have to know where you are going beforehand. But if you do know where you are going, I suggest trying it.

    I really wish I could just go anywhere and order easily, like if the menus were marked with the allergens, but sometimes people don't even know what gluten is...


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