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Saturday, 29 January 2011

Message From My Sickbed

I have the flu.

I spent last night shivering in pyjamas (which I never normally wear), under a blanket, duvet and Isis the Fluffy Puppy.

I managed to sit up long enough to drink a cup of tea, then had to go back to sleep as I had a chronic migraine.

I didn't really manage to sit up until dinner time this evening, but I did manage to finish the first bobbin on Sherry The Cherry.

This is fibre from Sarah, it's 63% SW Merino/20% Silk/14% Nylon/3% Sterling Silver! How fab! Now I just need to find something to ply it with to do it justice!

I'm supposed to be going to spinning guild tomorrow, but I have a temperature, am coughing and generally feel bleurgh - so I doubt I'll go. Quite bummed really, guild is only once a month and something always seems to get in the bloody way of it!

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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Sherry The Cherry

This big box arrived today.

I opened it up and saw a glint of gorgeousness.

Pulled this out.

Loaded it up.

Then delved back into box and pulled out this!

Meet Sherry The Cherry Matchless! Isn't she gorgeous? She's a limited edition wheel - one of 150 in the world! She's marked as limited edition and she was created on 14th August 2009, the fourth wheel of the day created.

I am in lurve!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Placing beads in knitting

I've made quite a few shawls with beads in and I've tried various methods on how to add the beads. I used a crochet hook when I made Moroccan Days/Arabian Nights and it took AGES!

Then I read a blog post on using a needle and thread instead. It was very fiddly and difficult at first until I got going and got used to doing it, then I found it a lot faster!

My friend, Megan, asked me if I could make a tutorial to show her how it's done and here it is.

Please excuse the quality of the video, but an iPhone 4 is the best video camera we've got LOL

Thursday, 6 January 2011

A Hairy Experiment

I decided I wanted a change and flirted with the idea of perming my hair, but then I remembered how much it pissed me off when I had it done as a teenager.

So I borrowed a curling tong iron thingy from my friend Natalie and had a play this morning and managed this:

Loved it loads and promptly ordered a curling iron.

I had to pop out (I took a brolly as it was raining). I was gone a couple of hours max, when I got home - it looked like this:

It's dropped a bit & looks a bit frizzed. Now, I use a frizz prevention shampoo & conditioner and I spray with Tresemme heat defense spray before using a hot iron appliance on it.

How can I help it stay looking like photo 1? Should I use mousse when it's wet or hairspray when it's dry or both? I don't know much about hairstyling (I live in a ponytail LOL)

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

How my new year started!

Happy 2011!

Did you have a good holiday? Did you get lots of goodies and eat lots of cake?

Did you see the new year in? I was going to be all boring and stay at home as I had had a bad insomnia attack the night before, but Kaz, Ashley & Cara came and bullied me so I went up to their mum's house with them.

So, I finished the shawl I was working on, it's not as big as I would like but I ran out of yarn and as it was a dye mistake; it'll have to do!

This year I am participating in the A-Z sock challenge....wait, I've mentioned that, right? Hang on, there's a link I expect *scurries off* - *scurries back* yep, this is the link!

So, I have started Athena, it's going quite well. I turned the heels on both socks today and I'm just decreasing down the gusset to the toe now. I should be finished in another day or two.

The snakes are growing well and are now on two pinkies a week. This evening I was holding Daffyd and he crawled up under the lapel of my dressing gown. He was having a good old wriggle so I pulled him out to discover he was shedding.

I'm surprised he didn't bite me! I held him while he finished shedding and we measured the skin - he's almost 22" long! That's huge and I guess I better go shopping for a new, bigger vivarium!