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People with Fibromyalgia advised to practice social distancing
The latest UK government advice is for everyone to practice social distancing to reduce risk.
Please follow this advice-
Avoid contact with anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). Symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
Try not to use public transport unless you really have to and, if you can, always avoid rush hour
Work from home where possible. Your employer should support you to do this.
Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces like pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
Avoid gatherings with friends and family.
Keep in touch using remote technology like phone, internet, and social media.
Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
Keep washing your hands
In line with general public health advice, if you have Fibromyalgia you should make sure you wash your hands frequently.
Where possible, avoid being within two metres of people who are coughing and sneezing.
if you would like yo make hearts for hospitals, here is a pattern for you to follow:
First of all I'm going to give you the basic pattern in writing, and then for those of you who like to see some pix, there's the photo tutorial below.
Start with a magic ring.
Round 1: Chain 2, 15 tr into ring, sl st into top of first tr.
Round 2: Chain 2, 1 tr into same stitch, 4 dtr into next stitch, 2 tr into next stitch, 1 htr into each of next four stitches.
Now for the bottom point of the heart:
1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 tr into next stitch.
Going up the other side:
1 htr into each of next 4 stitches, 2 tr into next stitch, 4 dtr into next stitch, 1 tr into next stitch, chain 2, sl st into same stitch.
I work that last slip stitch from the back of the heart to improve the finishing. You can see how I do this below.
Fasten off, pull magic ring closed, weave in ends.
Step by step - in pictures!
OK - let's take a look at how it comes together!
1. Make a magic ring.
2. Chain 2.
3. 15 dc (UK tr) into ring.
I've marked the top of the first dc (UK tr) with a stitch marker, because this is the stitch I will work my slip stitch into to join the circle at the end of this row.
4. Here are the 15 stitches.
As you work, check that all your stitches are neat and tidy.
5. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the first dc (UK tr)
You can tighten the magic ring a little at this point, but I'm going to wait for the end of the next row before I pull it fully shut.
6. Chain 2, 1 dc (UK tr) into same stitch.
7. 4 trc (UK dtr) into next stitch.
8. 2 dc (UK tr) into next stitch.
9. 1 hdc (UK htr) into each of next four stitches.
10. Now we work the bottom point.
Into the next stitch:
US: 1 dc, 1 trc, 1 dc
UK: 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 tr
11. Now up the other side we go!
1 hdc (UK htr) into each of next four stitches.
12. 2 dc (UK tr) into next stitch.
13. 4 trc (UK dtr) into next stitch.
14. 1 dc (UK tr) into next stitch.
15. Chain 2, sl st into same stitch.
Now, this pic shows the slip stitch worked from front to back. See how the stitch ends up at the front?
Let's neaten things up...
Here's another way to do that last slip stitch:
First, work your 2 chain, then turn your heart so the back/wrong side is facing you:
Second, insert your hook into that last stitch from the wrong side to the right:
Third, pull the yarn through to the back, and through the loop on your hook, just like a normal slip stitch. A little more fiddly, but...
...you end up with a much neater finish at the front!