Sunday, 22 February 2015

One step at a time.


I am beginning to feel better.  It's a very slow road as none of us, (myself, DH, or DS) had realised how far I had slipped.  But with extra medication, lots and lots of rest (very bored now) I seem to have turned a corner and can now manage half an hour of something before having to put my feet back up.

This is progress people, honestly!

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Before it is far too late to wish you all a fabulous New Year....


I am stuck in the house.  No going off to my workshop and not a lot of energy to do any of the things that I want to whilst stuck here.  Humph!  Totally fed up with my ability to catch virus after virus after infection, this is not the best winter I have had in while, but it is seeming to be one of the longest.  I will own up to being fed up with sinus infections and lungs like cardboard, and various other items that turned up just before Christmas that are to be frank, unpleasant and therefore not worth rehearsing here. In short, I am tired of this particular winter and have had better.  I am about three months behind on everything in my life and that includes the making of my own clothes. (Like that is ending well!).
As a consequence, I haven't blogged, as I firmly believe if you cant say something constructive or positive, leave it out.  In this case that includes December and January.  I shall be back once I can bring myself to be positive, but in the meanwhile, I shall continue to count it a triumph if I manage coffee out and not catch bronchitis in the process.
Normal service will return when I can find an alternative to Lemsip that won't interfere with the 16* different medications I already take daily.

Once again, Happy New Year.

* this is not an exaggeration, this is an accurate count as of this morning. I will also point out, this are ALL PRESCRIBED by qualified medical practitioners, and don't even begin to include those that I am given in emergencies.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

That went well!

I have had a pretty nasty November.  Most of it has been my fault in a way, as I ignored the warning signs that were flagging up left and right (really easy to see when you look back, not so easy when you are pushing past them or looking forward.)  I ignored the cold I went down with.  In my defence, it only seemed a little one and it didn't seem to slow me down that much. WRONG!  I ended up with a rather unpleasant ambulance ride and several hours in A & E to prove it.  On the plus side, once I was finally popped in cubical rather than being parked in a corridor, I noticed that they had decorated since last time I visited, so that was nice. 
IMAG1116So. I have promised myself (and more importantly DH!) that I will slow down and plod!  So that is what I am doing, and trying to enjoy it.  Suffice to say, I'm not enjoying it, as I prefer to ignore that fact my lungs are totally unreliable as much as possible.  Oh well.
As a result of this, there has been lots of dozing over knitting and spindling by the fire and very little I have finisheds! All in all, most frustrating.  Especially as I know it will now be like this for the rest of the winter. Bah!
I have however, managed to finish the 100gms of rainbows (thank you Limegreenjelly) that I began oh so long ago, and that is being plyed with some Merino and silk I dyed in different shades of charcoal.  I have also spun some of the Romney/Shetland, so progress is being made.  The same is true of the BFL/Shetland fleeces. But for me, not enough, NOT ENOUGH I say!  Oh well, repeat after me, I WILL PLOD SLOWLY! Humph!
I'm stopping now, as I've just worked out I'm approximately 3 months behind the goals I wanted to meet this year. Staggering off snorting.... (I would laugh, but it still makes me choke).

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

It's no good, I will have to come clean

IMAG1039I, am an intermittent blogger!  There.  I said it.  I try to keep up to date, no really, I do.  It's just that I'm pants at it. Wow! I feel better for that!
I shall however, try to keep up with what has been happening here at Yarnspider.  Some of it is mildly interesting, so here we are. 

IMAG1040Firstly, this is George, and I love him. He sort of fell out of Ebay-land a few weeks ago. When he arrived, we discovered that he was in a bit of a state. Whilst the wheel itself was sound, the flyer and the 'bobbin' (yes singular!) were too far gone to save. The same went for the leather bearings.  After careful consideration and discussion with several spinning friends (thank you Anita and Carol!) It was decided it would be easier to replace them in entirety.  So I measured up and purchased an Ashford Double drive High speed Flyer and 4 bobbins (from P & M Wool Craft). With his new Kit George spins beautifully.  Although, I really do prefer my big Scandinavian wheel, George sits in the corner and is available when I want him, what more could a girl ask?

IMAG1029In other things, all the purple Camel/Silk has been woven.  It is purple, honest!  Actually, it's all different shades of lavenders and purples and looks lovely.  Should be warm too which is part of the aim with this length of cloth! The Alpaca yumminess is all ready to be wound and to become the next metre and a half or so and then the rest will be fairly plain, using up some oatmeal lambs wool and silk I found in the stash! The warp is camel, so once finished I should have sufficient for not one but 2 No 64 tops from Merchant and Mills.  I wanted something with pockets to drop over my dresses and skirts for the coming winter.

IMAG1037I have been spinning, the rainbows are coming along nicely and whilst stash diving for something completely different I came across some reeled silk.  And I had 2 bobbins of alpaca sitting patiently, waiting to be plyed.... I suspect they may well end up on the loom as a weft sometime in the next 6 months!  I stumbled over some duck egg blue cashmere which would really work with it!
IMAG1036Romney Fleece - Jen & Andy 2 The wheels are being cleared as I am hoping to start some serious spinning for friends of ours in November.  In the meanwhile, I shall leave you with a little treat.

On other matters, the Margaret Beaufort Sweater is coming on a treat, as are some kilt hose (only a couple of weeks late for their prospective owner at this rate!).  My dress is cut out and coming together rather nicely.  I am taking pictures as I go so it should even get an entry of it's own!