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!


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.
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.
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!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Wading through custard is a great start to the New Year!

With my lungs being the way they are and the meds I'm on, life for me is like running on custard.  With the new meds I was put on and the steroids I am still on, I was whizzing about (well from where I'm looking it felt like whizzing.  If asked, I suspect Darling Son would say more like a tortoise on tranquilizers).  I was achieving stuff for the first time in months.  Ok, so close to 18 months. And then I caught my Dear Husbands cold. and suddenly I'm not longer running over custard, I stopped to look at something and suddenly I'm wading through it!  Bugger.  

Sunday marked the first paramedic visit of the year, and very nearly the first hospital visit, (thank you Dean (Wingnut) and Sarah, you were brilliant). I am now stuck in the warm, on even more steroids and bored stiff.

I had managed to clear both my wheels before Christmas, and make my party outfit.  My workshop is all swept and ready for the next tasks.  Cloth is cut and waiting at my sewing station, and fabulous Shetland/BFL is carded and ready next to my wheel.  And there they will have to stay until at least next Monday.  I'm still wading through custard and it's just too much.  The same can be said for my loom which is warped and ready to weave!  

Knitting and or spinning on the house wheel is ok in very short bursts, but not in bursts long enough to satisfy. However, it will just have to suffice until I can manage more!

So Happy New Year to all, and may the best of your past be the worst of your future.  I shall be the grumpy one in the corner, with my grey sulky cloud hovering overhead.....