Monday, 5 December 2016

It's been a long time


Well, it's been along time since I posted last.  In the interim, many things have happened.  I've moved house and also we have lost Moppet dog, so huge changes all round really.

We are finally settling by the sea side and whilst we knew it would have an impact on my health, we none of us anticipated quite what an enormous one it would be. As long as I stay within 100 metres of the shore I can breath really easily (for me!).  I still have bad patches, but they are bad patches not call an ambulance episodes, so as far as we are concerned they are a walk in the park!  Colds still land me on my backside, but it's on my backside, not in bed. Fingers, and everything else crossed that this will continue. In the meanwhile, I'm just content that I appear to be heading in the right direction for the first time in years. 

Fibre had been put on the hold whilst we moved and I am beginning the slow and tortuous task of trying to get my spinning and knitting organised. I haven't even started on my weaving yet! But it is slowly coming together.  



Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Forward progress

For once, I appear to be moving forward.

Well, I've managed to complete a couple of things and others are being worked on, so I've decided to count that.

IMAG0401 First and most importantly, my nephew's sweater has finally gone to it's owner.  This took far longer than it should have for several reasons.  Firstly, and most importantly, I couldn't get the catch of the cable pattern.  For those who knit cables regularly, I'm sure you would agree, after a repeat or two usually, you don't need the whole row by row thing.  It's predictable, you can see where they are going and it's easy to get them there.  Not with this. I need the graph to the end, and it was frogged at least 4 times.  (And those are the 2 inch at a time jobs, a couple of rows weren't even noteworthy).
Secondly, and as importantly I feel, the colour.  It wasn't until I was halfway through knitting this that I realized, I really disliked the colour palette.  It made me wonder whether this had anything to do with my lack of enthusiasm to finish it?  I've come to the conclusion that it did and that is something I shall have to bear in mind in the future. Stuff moves along a lot faster if you like what you are looking at!  Bit of a Mantra for life I suspect.

My batts are beginning to move forward as well, only another 15 or so to go and then they will be popped away in the queue for spinning.  

Spinning is also moving forward, lots of Natural Shetland/BFL is being spun as is baby camel and silk in golds and yellows.  Both for weaving projects.  My weaving is sort of staying still.  But that is because it takes a bit too much energy and until I manage to drop the steroids a bit more, that's still pretty thin on the ground.

And the steroids won't be dropped for a while, the Oil seed rape is in full flower together with pollution levels raising their ugly heads, and we all know what happened last year....

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Still here!

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to get to Wonderwool Wales. There was no way I could have done it in one day, So Darling Hubby was kind enough to drive and we spent the evening with the fabulous Freyalyn and Mark.  A splendid evening and excellent breakfast then a gentle wander home.  Fantastic countryside, with amazing vistas.

It was lovely to meet up with old friends and make some new.  Seeing all the fabulous colours and textures has really given me the inspiration I needed to start, very slowly to put one step in front of the other once more.
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Whilst I haven't managed much spinning until this last week or so as treadling left me knackered, I have managed to do some sewing.  My fabulous Pfaff is treadle less so it really is the case of turning it on and feeding the fabric through.

I finally finished the last layer of what was to be my Christmas outfit.  It's another Tina Givens pattern, this time the Lotus Jacket in very fine woolen lawn. I' still in two minds as to whether to pop it in the dye pot, but for now, it will be a cream layer over a navy which in turn is over a cream muslin petticoat.  Really fun to wear.
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I have however begun to plan way ahead and am carding some batts with my birthday fibre (thank you Freyalyn.)


I am also going to attempt to update this blog more than once a month..... 

Saturday, 5 March 2016

And I missed February Completely!



Well it has been a busy 2 months whilst at the same time doing very little.  

I have been finally diagnosed as having Cushings Syndrome (the is in addition to the Brittle Asthma, COPD, Bronchiectasis and Oesophagitus) and the third one of the ever growing list that comes with a "oh PS, this might kill you" tag.  The bottom line is I shall be on oral steroids of one level or another permanently.  The trick is to get them down to a level that they mimic my bodies own levels....  This would be fairly easy, if I didn't keep having bouts of Brittle Asthma that lead to the dose being suddenly increased 4 fold. And then I'm left to drop it back down over the course of the next 6 - 12 months or so, whilst avoiding another ambulance/bout of asthma that hikes it back up.  I haven't succeeded particularly well this year so far... On the other hand, it does explain the stroke like episodes I keep having, and the lesions on brain scan last December.

So, I am still busy doing very little. Some knitting is going on. But I keep misinterpreting the patterns and having to rip it back... same goes for the sewing.  As for spinning? It is progressing very slowly, hampered by being unable to go out into the cold/being too tired (and therefore reach my favourite wheel!) and being stuck with my Suzy. (A good wheel, please don't get me wrong, but not the one I want to spin on at the moment.)

And whilst all this is going on, the house is back on the market, hopefully to be sold before the Oilseed Rape pollen season starts again round here so that we can move to the seaside and I can avoid another ambulance. 

As I said, busy doing nothing.  As for the lack of positivity?  I blame it on the Steroids!