I made a grocery bag for putting loose veg or fruit in when I go shopping, you can weigh and self scan in store at the veg counter so I won’t be paying for the weight of the bag and won’t need a plastic bag.
I had an idea to clear all my Knitting WIPs before starting something new, which meant trying to finish Void. So I knit 6 rows of Void and was getting a very sore arm and depressed over the slow progress on it, so I threw my idea out the window and cast on a pair of socks…well actually one sock, I’ve decided to not do these 2 at a time but just do them on my Addi sockwonder needle.
After this pair of socks I’m going to try a toe up pair and put a question out on Ravelry in the Sock Knitters group, for some recommendations for something similar to Hermione’s Everyday Socks but toe up and someone said “https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanilla-sock-with-gusset–choice-of-heel”, so I’ve added to my queue.
This week I cleared some items off my queue and did a bit of rearranging of the order into types of projects. I’ll be doing some swatch knitting for a new jumper or cardigan this week, but haven’t decided which pattern I’ll do first.
I also tried to learn brioche this week so I could make a start on a scarf version of Cabriolet by Caroline Bloom, but even using some scrap yarn to practice with I’ve not got it at all. It makes no sense to me and I’m wondering whether trying a one colour brioche pattern will help me or make no difference, or perhaps a project in a chunkier yarn than 4 ply/fingering weight. This pattern starts with icord edge and you pick up stitches from that and knit it brioche…so confusing. I watched numerous YouTube clips but maybe need a fresh look this week and try again. This is a beautiful scarf and I have 2 beautiful yarns to make it, so fingers crossed it will somehow sink in.
Last Sunday was the spin to weave workshop which I enjoyed and learned quite a few new things. She helped us get a true worsted spin, where the fibres are lined up and no air in the fibres, which gives a stronger yarn better for weaving with. She also showed us how to spin a silk hankie and I have some of those so may give that a go. She had an 8 shaft table loom and was saying you can pick up a 4 shaft table loom for about £150, but when I looked they are all around £400-500, so I won’t be getting one of those. Also where would it go!! She had some beautiful woven items, some so fine you couldn’t see the weave and she wore a Mulberry Silk scarf she’d spun and woven that was gorgeous. I’ve not touched my wee loom in many months. I need to rip out the cheap yarn that is threaded that I don’t like.
I have a very sore lower back (although think the issue is the muscle going round my hips), and I feel a bit dizzy and nauseous. I did some aerobic exercise on Thursday and obviously over did it and then sat for a couple of hours on Saturday in a very uncomfortable car seat hasn’t helped. It is many years since I’ve had such a sore back and Ibuprofen didn’t make any difference, nor my Shiatsu massage chair. Isn’t pain funny, it’s like your mind forgets how painful things were in the past and so this seems worst.
My sewing machine has gone in for a service/repair at last. The place that does the servicing is a quilt making supply shop, so of course I started to wonder about quilt making!!!! I must resist looking too closely around the shop when I go to pick it up.
On Tuesday evening I’ve been invited to a local spinning group meeting that I’m going to go along to. The Highland Guild has members across the Highlands and the Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides, but this group is for more locally based spinners. Hopefully my back will be fine by then. If it is still sore I’ll take my supported spindle with me instead of my wheel.
I reached out to a shop about my lampshades, but haven’t heard anything back yet. They already sell some lampshades but different to mine, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I got my final payment from the Fuzzy Thistle shop for my sales there before they closed and December was my best month for sales.
In case anyone has wondered how Billy is doing after his liver transplant, well things seem to be 3 steps forward and 2 back and he’s actually had a 2nd liver transplant and been in and out of hospital with complications and went back into hospital on Wednesday and he has an infection and further complications. What a stressful time for him, his wife, family and friends. Makes me realise a bit of back pain is nothing in comparison.
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