At felting group this week we had our AGM and as I still have some dizziness when I move my head and sore back/hips, I didn’t fancy rubbing and rolling that goes on with wet felting, so I took a needle felting kit to start on a Highland Cow. (No I haven’t finished my previous project of my dog but hey ho!). I barely got started so no picture yet.
On Thursday I was debating which jumper to do a swatch for whilst watching old episodes of The Grocery Girls podcast when they mentioned Turtle Dove by Espace Tricot
. Tracy looked really good in her’s and then in the following episode Jodie was wearing her version, so that decided it for me. I’m a bit nervous with my double chin about the neck…but oooh it is a quick and easy knit so far. I started it on Thursday late afternoon and after a few hours I’m making great progress. I had this West Yorkshire Spinners Re:treat Bulky Roving set aside for a pattern I’d seen on the Knitting the Stash podcast last year (when Melissa was a test knitter), but unfortunately the pattern seems unavailable to buy still and no release date, so I’ve crossed that off my list and using the yarn for this instead and so far so good.
My sewing machine is repaired and serviced for the first time. I think I got it before I bought my first house…not 100% sure but think I got it in my early 20s and I’m now 47. Apparently the cogs were pretty stuck solid and the reverse button now pops straight back out woo hoo! I just need to think of something to make now! I’m still tempted by a quilt but must resist, I only just donated a quilting book my mum gave me years ago thinking I’d never sew one…doh! Maybe one day but in the meantime I’ll find something small to make. Open to suggestions readers 😀
On Tuesday evening I went along to my first time at the Ben Wyvis Spinning Group, apparently it was started 38 years ago and many of the original members are still going. I wasn’t feeling up to taking my wheel along and so instead took my blending board and some gorgeous fibre from John Arbon
Harvest Hues (65% organically farmed Falklands Merino/35% Devon Zwartbles) that I want to woollen spin a jumper quantity! This photo is terrible but the fibre is actually a sort of dusty pink look made up of various shades. (Follow link to see real colour of fibre). I have an old picnic basket with no straps that is ideal for storing them. This is only about 1/3rd of the fibre and nothing spun yet.
I have ordered a book that is called “Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom Discover the Full Potential of the Rigid-Heddle Loom” by Syne Mitchell. This is the book our tutor from last weekend’s workshop recommended. It will be interesting to see what is possible, as I can’t see me buying a big 4 shaft loom.
For the last 3 months I’ve been having chest pain at night, like acid indigestion, so 2 months ago we raised the head end of the bed to see if that helped. On Tuesday I woke at 5am with horrendous chest pain and when I sat up my dizziness was really bad and I felt sick and had a cold sweat. So at 8am I rang my Doctor to get an appointment and they said I should ring an ambulance. I said I think it is indigestion and an ear infection but she said I must go to hospital. So I went along to A&E (not in an ambulance) and they hooked me up to various machines, took lots of blood to test and took my temperature and blood pressure etc. 3.5 hours later I left with confirmation there’s no problem with my heart and some tablets to help with gastric acid and a recommendation to make an appointment with my GP to get the results of a test for a stomach infection that can give you chest pains like a heart attack and creates ulcers. So I have an appointment for Wednesday this week and hopefully will get my ear problem sorted too as I’m still dizzy if I move my head too fast or sit up/lay down. I was a bit embarrassed to have gone along, but they said I’d done the right thing, as women often think they have indigestion and sometimes it is a heart attack. I love our National Health Service, great care, friendly staff and they even gave me a sandwich and a cup of tea! The tablets haven’t fixed the pain but are helping reduce it.
For anyone who asked questions on last week’s post (especially about Billy), I did answer them and know readers using Blogger probably didn’t get notifications.
One final note, for anyone who enjoys reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy fiction, please look out for a new book being published by Emma Khoury
, called ‘The Sword and Shield’. Emma is one of the step-sisters of the girls I au paired for in Michigan. This is her first novel and I see that some early hardback editions have been read by her family members and they have all said how gripping it is. I must admit it isn’t a genre I read and haven’t read or watched Harry Potter or Game of Thrones, but if you like this genre then keep a look out in March when it should be available. Once it is I’ll share a link to where you can buy it.
This is a Year of Projects update. If you would like to find out more about the Year of Projects Group
on Ravelry, or you’d like to join in, please follow the link for details. To read what the other members of the YOP Group have been getting up to please click on the latest weekly folder and follow the links to their blog posts. This is a friendly group with a wide mix of skills and crafting interests.