Friday, June 17, 2011


Is all one can do, really. Annoying appointment with the consultant on Wednesday in which I learnt nothing new, and received no further treatment or prognosis, so of course being me, I promptly had a couple of roughish days. Resulting in the DSM bravely doing th AH class all on his own - and dyeing, to boot! What a gem the man is - all that and rice pudding, too.....

Still, my unexpected day at home has done me the power of good, I have had a nice rest, phoned the mater, had another nice rest, sorted out some possible knitting, as the shawl I started the other day was refusing to go right, taken some photographs and begun final preparations for tomorrow's departure to Cumbria. And here I am blogging.

First up:

This is a little bracelet/wristwrap pattern from Yarn Forward (or whatever it calls itself nowadays.) Badly spindle spun yarn, but it was just a try-out. And just spot what happened as I went to photograph it! The ceramic button either was, or just broke. I maybe need to re-think what buttons to use for these.

This will be the next. I have a lovely handmade button a friend gave me that matches perfectly (stitched, so not breakable!) It can go as a holiday project. Nice fibre, I think from a SOAR workshop, but can't remember for certain.


the finished spindle spun cormo with spindle spun silk edging shawletee. Not huge, not perfect, but very cute. The light today is appalling, and there is some drizzle, so this was about the best I could do photograph-wise. I am still debating whether or not to dye it, but am leaning towards not. I don't have a white one - but then again.......magenta would be nice (brazilwood+ammonia.)

And this

HBHmP 2011/1

is the DSM with his young fanclub at the Hebden Handmade Parade/Worldwide Knit in Public Day. They were great kids, asked really sensible questions, but then, this is HB!!

So, off to Cockermouth and Woolfest tomorrow. The weather forecast is not all that great (well, there's a surprise!) but we have loads to do whether rain or shine, up to and including having a jolly good rest (interspersed with some exercise).

Look, if you are combining beautiful scenery with a familiar and much loved location, lots of fibre, music and books of one sort or another, shopping, and visiting old friends ...... what's not to like!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Oh, man.......

I keep trying to get a blog post done. Obviously, I fail. Can I blame it on this wonderful November weather? (Told you May was summer, eh?)

Basically, there has just been too much socialising going on. Well, the odd blip-day of not feeling so good, but that's better than it was - unfortunately, I had one of me funny turns on Friday when I was supposed to be going on a knitter's narrow boat outing. They had a great time without me, but did nearly drown on the way back; the heavens opened, not a capsize!

Saturday, I was better, the weather was better-ish, and it was the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade as well as World Wide Knit In Public Day. So four knitters and two non-knitting spouses had a lovely time outside one of the local pubs. I did take photos, but the DSM uploaded them in to the wrong file, so I have to wrangle them in to Photoshop before I can post any of them - cropping, etc, yer know.

Before all that, various visitors, and then yesterday Bear Knitters. And along with all of this, there is work to be done! We leave for Cumbria on Saturday for two weeks of relaxation, kind of, and Woolfest in the middle. Not that I am complaining about that. I love Woolfest, and might have to miss it next year (for something better, but too soon to say as yet.) We have to sort out all the stuff we need, and get it ready by Thursday as it is AH on Friday. So there is that to prepare - a dyeing day - as well.

Quite a bit to do still for SS, but I can get on with that in Cockermouth As It Is Going To Rain. I have cast on a simple shawlette with the pretty bluey-green spindle spun yarn - so nice and soft!! - thre times already, but I think I am nearly on top of the first section now. It doesn't matter if it is a work in progress, but it would be nice to get it done and have another FO. It is possible. I shall only take socks apart form that - and spindles, of course.

And this is a holiday??

This week, I have another hospital appointment, which shouldn't be too much of a hassle; and a regular dentist appointment, which may or may not be.

Oh - and I have finished spinning and am in the middle of plying the silk that will make the crochet border for the cormo shawl; and have the green silk to ply for the little bag - although that could also be a work in progress.

By golly, no wonder I feel a bit steam-rollered sometimes! But it is all good fun for the kiddies, I suppose.........

When we get back from Cumbria, we have a half day workshop in our own back yard, in other words, up at Gibson Mill; Knit Nation - that will be fun as well as hard work; the AH Retreat (non-working for us) weekend; and then Summer School. Blog posts might continue to be a bit thin on the ground, but I will do my best.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Infrequent blogging

I've been taken to task!

Mostly, reasons as aforementioned. Also, we have had a visitor all week - all very nice and companionable, as she is a fibre person, too. So much chat and spinning and knitting, but nothing remarkable to report.

Plus, I suddenly blew up a horrendous tooth abscess, of which you do not want to know the details and have just this mroning had the dreaded extraction.

So now I feel even more like a zzzzzzzzombie........

As a temporary somethingorother, I give you a link to a new tv ad in the UK. When I first saw it, I could not believe my eyes, and laughed loudly enough to terrify the horses.