At the risk of sounding sickeningly Pollyanna-ish, I am a great believer in looking for the up side to situations and life events. When I was diagnosed diabetic earlier this year it was quite a shock; I now have a condition that will be with me for life and requires managing carefully in order to maintain my health.
I am dealing with it though, and it was a great comfort to finally understand why I had been feeling so exhausted and why my hands and feet were freezing so much of the time. This also meant that I now had the perfect excuse to indulge my sock knitting habit and that's exactly what I am doing! Here's most of the pairs I've made for myself this year so far. I had one more but to be honest I made them a bit too big so ended up giving them to Vincent who, since he started wearing them, now understands why I like handknit socks so much.
The orange and brown pairs are from commercial patterns, the other three are ones I designed myself.