Thursday, 30 October 2008

I've finished my hand spun socks. They are lovely, thick and warm. They fit really well into my Crocs (which have closed toes to keep the English rain out):

I'm going to make my niece some fingerless gloves. She had a good root round in my spinning box and decided she like this handspun yarn best. Good choice! (I love it too). Its not the best spun yarn tho'. one of my first efforts and is like barbed wire in places ...

I got this loveliness from Spindlefrog. Its SO not the colours I usually go for at all but its beautifully dyed as usual. I keep getting it out to make sure I still like it, which I do!
Its also Falkland fibre which I've not tried yet. I'm going to get some greyish pink or pale turquoise to ply it with I think. I can see socks in its future:

been feeling better today, no headache at least. thank god for hard (prescribed) drugs.
I rang the Dr today to see if she could give me a sick note without seeing me in person - she agreed she had seen quite enough of me lately and also disclosed that she'd had a cracking migraine for days. So I ended up advising her about painkillers and triptans lol! apparently one of the other Doctors and a nurse have been having bad migraines this week. Wonder whether its related to the cold weather system that has moved in this week?

I am obsessed with wearing my Serge Luten's Ambre Sultan perfume at the moment. I am a real SL fan. Its lovely on a cold day. I've got bell jar full that Mike bought me for my birthday. Its described as
'Essentially a classic amber scent enriched with powdery notes of vanilla, then coriander, oregano and myrtle lend sophistication. The base notes angelica root, sandalwood and patchouli leaves. The fragrance of the Moroccan souk'. I can cope with it when I am feeling ill.

When I have a cracking migraine I can only cope with SL's Louve 'the notes include almond, rose petals, fruity notes, jasmine petals, amber, musk and vanilla powder' This would be the only perfume I wore if it had more staying power - an hour on and its gone.

When I'm feeling really good and non-migrainey I wear SL's Tubereuse Criminelle. I adore the opening petrol note (I know I'm weird) and the tubereuse note is just gorgeous. I loved it so much from the sample I bought myself a bell jar for my birthday as couldn't wait for more of it! But you certainly have to love it and you know you're wearing it! ' Notes: tuberose, orange blossom, hyacinth, jasmine, musk, vanilla, styrax, nutmeg, clove'

Luke has been very busy making a big army base with papier mache. His cousin was over today and they sprayed lots of camoflague colours onto it. Mum's fibre supply came in very handy for making trees and bushes to hide the soldiers in.

Still spinning the fibre in previous post. Didn't spin anything today. I've been engrossed in the Intertwined book. It got some fabulous ideas in it. I'm thinking that perhaps I now want a drum carder to make lovely mixed fibre batts and stuff.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

My friend in NZ received the Ribbon Lace Scarf I sent her for her birthday and says that she is pleased with it! I'm glad she likes it as it took me ages to make as I'm such a slow knitter. Here's a photo of it finished (its not as yellow in real life, more green):

Still got the migraine I've had since Sat. night. Had to call the Dr today to get some really strong painkillers. Luckily my MIL could come over and look after Luke and his cousin until Mike got home from work. I couldn't even put my head on the pillow it was just so unbearably sore and it took rather a huge dose of drugs to take the edge off it ...

Monday, 27 October 2008

Sunday: got a cracking migraine today. Mike took Luke to a pirate day at our local museum where he met a Jack Sparrow look a like and had a great time. I curled up in bed for some cat therapy for most of the day.

I ordered a book last night about spinning cool and whacky yarns. It called Intertwined and I'm looking forward to getting it. It will give me lots to think about when migraining if nothing else.

Luke was very excited the the new season of Futurama has started. He is on half term this coming week so I got Mike to buy some pre-made icing today so we can make a Futurama cake together.

My lovely Aunty and Uncle rang me last night from New Zealand. My Aunty is very concerned about my heart operation and I was telling her how terrified I am about it and would rather it was somewhere else in my body like a toe or elbow. She replied ' its not good when they're poking round in the main engine room' lol lol! is that supposed to make me feel better? i almost wet myself laughing, bless her.

But this is it for migraine 'cures'. Over the years, especially the past 18 months, I've tried lots of nasty drugs, homeopathy, herbal medicine, acupuncture, chiropracty, hypnotherapy (I don't think he's recovered yet!), meditation, food allergy testing, diet restrictions, hormonal therapy, alcohol (purely medicinal of course).
No more I say. I'll just learn to live with them if this op don't work. The only other treatment I'm trying is 6 weeks in the sun (cou cou L'hotel Richard!)

Saturday, 25 October 2008

way hey! I'm awake again! I've started spinning up some lovely merino from Ewe Give Me The Knits . Its quite roughly spun as my co-ordination is not as good as it could be but the colours are cheering me up no end. Its really beautifully dyed. I'm not sure whether to ply it on itself (I have two braids of 4oz each) or get some/ dye some plain solid to match ...

I also managed to turn the heel on my second sock after struggling to knit a stitch all week which was rewarding

I bought some Sirdar Denim Aran Sport to swatch with a view to using it to make The Great American Aran Afghan . I was going to spin superwash merino or BFL to make it but thought it may tip me over the edge and stop me actually enjoying just knitting it. I don't like all of the squares so have gathered some others off the interweb to mix in with the ones I like.

Luke is not impressed that Sparks has decided to help him out with his computer games.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

still struggling with new drug. stayed in bed and slept all day until Luke got home from school. Going to reduce dose until I wake up again ...

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

absolutely punch drunk on new drug. Did not get out of bed until midday. in fact, did not even wake up until midday. just as well mike got up and took Luke to school or he would have had an unexpected day off.
had nasty migraine yesterday so no spinning/ knitting/ anything at all to report ...

Sunday, 19 October 2008

I've managed to finish one of my socks, despite having to frog the top 5 times as my hands wouldn't work in sync with my brain. Doh! I really really wish I didn't have such enormous feet as it takes forever to knit the bloody things.

I managed to ply my free range BFL with the pale blue BFL I dyed to match it. My hands can work to ply but not to spin which is frustrating. It took forever to ply as its come out as fingering weight, I think. Its not the colour I thought it would be but I really love it. Its got quite an overall green cast and its going to make some yummy socks or a scarf. Its about 343 yds prior to washing which is a bit weird as I'd have thought I could have got a lot more yardage for 8oz of roving spun as fingering weight. But I quite possibly counted how much I've got completely wrongly due to my current brain spasms.

Heres a photo of the chocolate alpaca fleece I acquired last week. Its about 2kg and is from an alpaca called Aubergine:

feeling very speshel on my new anti convulsants - can't pick anything up without dropping it, have spilt every cup of tea I've had in the last week and keep lurching over when I walk. And I'm coming out in welts this morning. I'm trying to convince myself that they are flea bites and have sent Mike out for new flea collars for the herd. Sparky is such a flea taxi he should be in the circus. But I actually think they might be due to the new drug as I've had a massive flea blitz in the past few weeks due to finding some on Sparky. What a bloody stupid name for a cat. Never let a kid name a cat, I tell you. I think he would be great called Boris.
And I keep replacing words in sentences with the wrong ones. ie Coate Water for Cat food. wtf?
Again, Mike says 'whats new?'. Bastard.

Ajahn Chah said:

"Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect any praise or reward. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end."

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

done nothing today but knit and spin. another perfect day then. turned the heel on my sock and was going well ... until I realised it was too tight round the instep because apparently the depth of my instep is bigger that distance round ball of foot by 1". So I had to frog all I'd done today and add 6 stitches grr. just as well I'm enjoying knitting them.

Is this colour too green? you know who I'm talking to so answers on a postcard ...

Monday, 13 October 2008

we had a bit of an Alpaca chase today. Mike mentioned that he'd passed a field of alpacas while out on his motorbike a few weeks ago (why this important news was not passed to me on the day I'll never know).

Mike was working from home, Luke and his cousin were off due to a teacher training day and I can't drive at the moment due to new anti convulsants ... so Mike had to take us all out to look at the alpacas.

We then went to see a friend whose birthday it was and one of her other friends mentioned an alpaca 'shop' just down the road. So off we went to try and find this farm. And find it we did.

I am now the pround owner of 2kg of chocolate brown alpaca fleece - half a bin bag full. Its really clean with no vegetable matter in it at all so I'm thinking I can just spin it without washing it (I rinsed a small bit and nothing came out of it at all). So I've officially got enough fibre to last me for the next 10 years ... hopefully I can borrow the Guild carder next month and make some alpaca batts. The farm was great - alpacas, sheep, goats, chooks, a well hard turkey, geese and lots of dogs. The kids loved it.

I've started my stripy handspun socks and done about 5" so far. They are really thick and warm.

have you ever heard the saying 'as useless as a chocolate fire guard' .... ?

I rang the hospital this afternoon to get a date for my operation - its going to be on Nov. 14th unless they get a cancellation earlier. It seems a long time to wait

Sunday, 12 October 2008

I had a really lovely day at the local spinning guild yesterday. The sun was out so we sat spinning outside - it was really hot and lovely. I finished spinning the lovely batts I received from Helen in the spinner's swap. I've never spun batts before and they were lovely to spin. I've bought some really fine gold thread and some gold beads to knit with it, hopefully into a scarf ...

I've started to spin some handdyed pale blue BFL to ply with the free range colour I spun earlier and its going well ...

and these are going to be my new stripy 'migraine' socks to wear in bed when my head is killing me and my feet are like blocks of ice ...

had a BAD migraine from Wednesday to Saturday morning. Its 'cause I couldn't tolerate the higher dose of gabapentin (> 2700 gives me awful muscle pains and swelling) so saw GP and I'm going to stay on gabapentin at tolerable dose (2100 - 24oo mg) as it helps with the migraine pain and I've started another anti convulsant called lamitrogine which apparently can really help with the aura and stopping actually getting the migraines ..... so here we go again. Feeling a bit spacey today and hungry but hopefully that will wear off ...

Monday, 6 October 2008

I've finally finished spinning the Free Range BFL I got from Dragon Fibers on It seems to have taken forever. Now I have to spin the BFL I dyed pale blue to ply with it. I'm hoping I'll get a lot of yardage out of this and that the pale blue I dyed does not overwhelm this bobbin too much.

I also managed to get a few more rows of my cabled jacket knitted today. I adore the colour and are really happy with how its knitting up. I adore knitting cables.

I'm finally getting over the flu - like virus I've had. Man I was ill over the weekend. Didn't know where to put myself. And because I've lowered the dose of Gabapentin the swelling in my legs has gone down and I am actually awake!

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Don't read this if you don't want to hear me moaning yet again.

I'm feeling really really unwell so have dropped the dose of gabapentin again. Woke up with really swollen legs and ankles and getting breathless really easily which is a known side effect of this drug. Feel really shite. Have spent every day this week in bed as so tired except for Friday when went to see Cardiologist specialist nurse about my operation - did all the pre-op stuff and she is going to try and get me in in next couple of weeks. Au secours! and I came back from that appt. and went straight to bed again.
Sick of being sick and sick of moaning about being sick lol.

Its our wedding 11th anniversary today, 14 years since we first went out. And Mike's best man came over from Holland and they've gone out on their motorbikes (the 'girlfriends') for the day. Really glad Mike is having a good day out. He must get fed up with me being sick all the time.
Luke not feeling 100% so we've had a day of watching films and eating popcorn. And trying to make 3D cardboard Star Wars figures. Yes, me with my befuddled brain trying to follow instructions. Needless to say R2D2 has no legs yet at this point in time.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

I dyed some BFL earlier in the week - the blue one is to be spun and plyed with the bird's egg coloured roving I am spinning at present ... which is taking forever because I'm managing to spin it a lot more finely.
The amber one is to be spun and will be sock stripes with the lovely Chica roving I spun earlier and the yellow one is to be plyed with the roving in the previous post - it may be a bit pale tho.

I've decided that I'm going to make myself some fingerless gloves with the lovely alpaca yarn that Helen gave me in the spinner's swap - I'm hoping to use the sequinny (is that a word?) one around the cuffs for a bit of winter bling.

Sparky has taken up residence in the washing basket.

Rosie is not sure whether this is allowed.

And I've been feeling really unwell for past two days. I thought I'd just got Mike's bug he had last week but it turns out I have a raging dental abscess so am on antibiotics - funny thing is I'm not in much pain thanks to the nerve pain killing side effects of the anti-convulsants. So they are good for something then. The dentist is worried I may get endocarditis due to heart defect so hoping it doesn't happen. Like really hoping it doesn't happen.