Wednesday, 24 June 2009

I've finished the outside of the Cabled Purse from Last Minute Knitted gifts so now have the easy part of knitting the lining in plain stockinette.
I am really happy with how the Pigeon Roof Romney is knitting up, considering I completely overplyed it, being one of my earlier efforts. Its not next to skin soft though which is why this is a great pattern for it.
I love love love the colours. The depth and tones are gorgeous:

One of the ladies on Ravelry keeps Romney sheep and I had ordered a fleece from her. I've just had a message to say that its ready! Rosie is going to be delighted - she is like a glue sniffer when there is fleece around. Can't keep her snout out of the bad!

The doctor still can't decide whether I've got Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) or fibromyalgia. I'm taking between 700 - 800mg tramadol today to deal with my muscular and joint pains. The tramadol seems to really keep me awake during the day which is fabulous.

I overdid it on Monday and had to stay in bed yesterday as I was so weak I could hardly pick up a cup of tea. I feel so pathetic! The muscle in my right forearm where I did some gardening on sunday morning has gone solid. My neighbour was amazed at how hard it is. weird or what?

Thursday, 18 June 2009

I've finally finished spinning the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sheep to Shoe kit that I received for Mother's Day. Its my first 3 ply and is light worsted/ aran weight. I totally overspun it when plying so after washing and drying it I ran it through the wheel again and its much improved. The roving was lovely - slinky superwash merino. Its just waiting for its second wash and set:

I've managed to do some work on the jacket I started last year and only managed to get one repeat of the cable chart done. I love knitting cables.

Healthwise I'm struggling. I stopped taking slow release tramasol for a day to see how my underlying full body muscle/ joint pain was doing ... and I could hardly get out of bed the next morning for the sheer pain. So I've restarted that one.

Then yesterday I was feeling better than I had been, so took the dog out for 15 minutes and went shopping (which is a big deal because I haven't been out for weeks by myself or for longer than 10 minutes). I wandered round the book shop and supermarket for about an hour and this morning was really suffering with BAD pain everywhere and unbelievable fatigue.
So I've spent most of the day in bed. Its like my migraines have moved from my head to the rest of my body. My arms hurt so much I can't even read a book in bed as its too painful to hold the book up.

So I'm not going to push it again for a while. I need to be able to spin and knit with the energy I've got or I'll go insane!

Friday, 5 June 2009

*spunky club spoiler below*

I’ve just today been to see the GP and she agrees that I’ve either got chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia ….. I think its more likely to be chronic fatigue syndrome as a) I was diagnosed with it about 4 years ago but got over the really bad patch and b) I’ve got rrecurrent sore throat and had a low grade temperature when I was really ill in hospital about 8 weeks ago.

My main problems at the moment are crippling fatigue and bad muscle/ joint aching. I spend about an hour or two out of bed and need to go back for a rest/ sleep for 2 hours.

I was really worried about seeing her about this as you don’t quite know whether Dr’s are going to be supportive or not but she was really really good. Signed me off for 2 months and referred me to a specialist clinic run by a retired GP, who apparently is very nice and interested. And gave me some really good slow release painkillers for my muscle/ joint pains.

Once they kick in I am hoping to get on with spinning again. My arms have just not been up to it this week.

I received this months fibre from Spunky Eclectic. Its Romney wool which I love spinning. I used to have a little pet Romney lamb called Tarzan who I adored. He was very naughty but good fun.

... and this gorgeousness from FreckleFaceFibers may also be living with me after 'accidently' hitching a ride on Mike's credit card. Its merino/ silk and just gorgeously coloured: