Wednesday, 24 December 2008

i ve got a cracking migraine and have just necked half a bottle of cooking sherry. want to kill my mother already and shes only been here for 2 days. I knew there was a reason I'd moved 12,000 miles - unfortunately its now standing in my kitchen. (and you can still stop laughing Lynette)

Saturday, 20 December 2008

I've only had one bad migraine since Tuesday so have managed to get some yarn washed and dried and start to think about what I'm going to do with it.

This one is going to be a present for Mum at Xmas:

And I've wound the first Late Bloom (Ewe give me the Knits) into a ball and are going to make this cowl from it. It appeared on Ravelry just the same minute I was looking at the patterns page. I cast on for it last night but had wrong circular needle so will try to cast on again for it tonight.

Luke had a fabulous birthday last Friday. I always keep him off school on his birthday so we can have a special day together. Luckily Mike was not working either so we took him to the cinema to see Inkheart (which was great) and went out for lunch.

He LOVES his new drum set and X-box (he wondered why we'd sold his Wii a few weeks before).

Mum arrives from NZ on Monday ... for a month!!! I don't know if we'll survive it but can only hope (stop laughing Lynette or I'll send her round yours when she gets home)

and the best news! Mike has bought me a Feijoa tree!! I adore feijoas and it really kills me not being able to scoff bin bags full. It going to be repotted and sent to MIL's greenhouse for the winter. MMM!

I'm pondering whether to get a weaving loom to use some of my handspun as I'm such a slow knitter. I might get this one here just to have a play and try to get it out of my system lol!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

I've mostly slept for the past week. Not out of bed until 3pm, up with Luke until about 6pm and then back to bed for the night.
Its taken me until today to realise that I'm having daily migraines (which ususally cause bad, bad fatigue) WITHOUT THE PAIN! how weird and wonderful is that? I woke up today feeling knackered and took a triptan (I'm allowed 6 a month to abort migraines) and the tiredness abated. So its fabulous that the severe headaches are having a break but just need to get rid of the fatigue now. Its a really nice severe drowsiness tho' - I just doze and lay in bed listening to the telly. I'll be getting bedsores if I aren't careful.

Taking advantage of my increased alertness today I managed to get some spinning done. I'm spinning this from Spindlefrog as finely as I can on the middle ratio on my Rose. I'm loving the colours.
I also got round to setting the ply in 4 skeins I spun earlier in the month/ year as have just been too tired to think about it.

I managed to stay awake long enough to snag this beauty from Pigeonroof Studios tho. Been waiting a LONG time for a roving to be available. Its Romney wool - I had two pet romney lambs when I was in school so this made me smile.

and Mike and I almost died laughing when we saw this lovely item last night. Our current catchphrase is 'it must be true, its all round ASDA's', since one of the neighbours said this on camera when the poor child was finally found ...

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

I'm not a superstitious person but are not sure I should share this news, the best news (DON'T tell the migraine fairy)...................... I haven't had a migraine for 6 days!! fingers crossed the operation helped and its not just a blip.

I've been spinning like a demon while I can. I've spun 12 oz in the last 3 days for Xmas presents so no photos until after Xmas.

I finished some yarn for me which I LOVE.
Its 4 oz Late Bloom merino from Ewe Give me the Knits plyed with 4 oz pink/ orangey Merino/ Silk blend from World of Wool. Its only 188yds pre-wash which is a bit disappointing but I have another identical lot of both fibres to spin more.

We've put the Xmas tree up much to Lukes excitement. Sparky has taken up residence under it.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

I have managed to spin a whole 40z of a lovely merino/ silk mix of blended pinks/ yellows I bought from World of Wool. It was really nice to spin - lovely and slippy!
I'm going to ply it with the 4oz of Late Bloom Merino I also finished this week (photos to follow). This one took me a month to spin.

I've had a good sort through my stash tonight as I want to spin some Xmas present yarn and I needed to choose what roving to spin and what to ply them with. So I had to make another purchase from World of Wool for plying complementary merino.

I've finished one of the fingerless gloves for my niece. She is pleased with it but I need to get up the enthusiasm to make the other one. or chop one of her hands off. whatever comes easiest.

I actually haven't got a headache today. It feels really strange after the 4 day wonder I've just had. God it was bad. I couldn't put my head on the pillow the pain was so bad.
But heres a photo of what keeps me going ...

Luke's been mentioning learning to play the drums over the past few months. So we took him to a music shop last week and he lit up when the man played the drums for him. So we arranged for him to have a lesson on Saturday (which I missed because I was in 'bucks yapping to a friend and lost track of time) and he loved it. So guess who is getting drums for his birthday on the 12th. Luckily a friend had a full adult set in the loft that her son no longer uses. Can't wait to see his face when he comes down and spots them. And they have got silencer pads on them too in case of migraine!