Monday, October 20, 2008

Sinusitis = Tedium ( Lose your voice, lose your mind)















It doesn't happen to me very often, but sometimes my allergies get the better of me and I end up with a sinus infection and loose my voice. To say that I hate this is an understatement. I snot a lot, have to grunt and point at things in response to questions and the codeine in my cough syrup makes me fall asleep over knitting or reading. Still, being home gave me time to work on some things. Since focus is a challenge, I only did a little bit more of Goldregen. The first shots are up to row 109, about half way up the chart. I really enjoy knitting this pattern but I'm going to wait until I feel better and the antibiotics kick in to do more of this. I went on Etsy and bought several sets of Diz and threaders from GVPencheff (curly maple, Corian and Red Oak Diz and threaders of maple, Oak and Corian) I got the Corian set to use with dyed fleece. I spent time processing fleece and using the Diz sets to make rovings off of my mini combs. The CVM lamb fleece is another acquisition from The Fiber Denn as is the blue Cormo below it. The light colored roving is also CVM and the Grey/Brown is Rambouillet. The bobbins show the singles from the Rambouillet that I'm spinning. I also have shots of the 50/50 merino silk lace weight I made from the roving I got from Blue Moon Fiber Arts in the "Iris" colorway. as well as the lace weightPolworth locks I purchased from A Verb For Keeping Warm in the "Butterfly Wings" colorway. Lastly, my final shipment of the Team "B" fiber club from Black Bunny Fibers. It s a Border Leicster and Kid Mohair called Red Maple II. I now have so much fiber that I guess it was fortunate I was too sick to go to "Colors, A Fiber Festival" this weekend. No hyperlinks with this post as I'm just too much of a mess to focus. I hope to have more to show for myself once I get over the crud.

24 comments:

Gertieanne said...

Hi

Are those singles on the bobbin? and if so how do you get it so thin?

It looks perfect.

Laritza said...

Absolutely lovely. All of it! The shawl and the combed top specially the red one. Get well soon.

Jane said...

Dear gertieanne,

Yep. Those are my Rambouillet singles. I'm using fiber prepared with mini-combs so the fibers are as straight as I can get them so that helps a lot. Some people flick card individual locks and spin from those to get nice thin singles.I pre-draft my fiber using a Diz and I use a high-speed whorl with fat core bobbins on the Majacraft Rose. Mostly it's just practice!

Jane said...

Dear laritiza,

Thanks you! I hate being ill but at least I have things to do while stuck at home. I wish Goldregen would end up large enough for a shawl but it's just a big doily I'm afraid LOL! That's what I get for using thread and tiny needles :-) I can't stay away from fiber even with my allergys. I love the color of the last Black Bunny Fiber shipment too. I'm going to have a heck of a time matching up yarn to patterns next year.

aija said...

I hope your sinuses clear soon! Glorious pictures, I just love the nests of combed top.

Opal said...

i'm so sorry to hear you've been under the weather. i hope you feel better soon. everything you do amazes me. :)

LittleBerry said...

Hope you're feeling better soon... but at least every cloud has a silver lining and you're getting to spin....

Have never seen threaders for diz's before but after seeing a diz I can understand why you would need one :o) The fibre looks great and have looked at the Fibre Denn she has lots of amazing stuff but never bought from her so I might be tempted when my mini combs get here....

Love the Rambouillet singles they are gloriously fine :o) I've never yet spun any Rambouillet but it's on my list....

Get well soon...

fleegle said...

Oh, do get better soon! The Goldregen is just stunning--I forgot--what yarn are you using?

The purple/green yarn and the rainbow yarn below it are fabulous. And I can't believe you spun that grey yarn so thin! Amazing!

Soo said...

Sorry to hear you are feeling under the weather. Get well soon.

Goldregen is indeed stunning -- it's the first piece of lace I've seen in a while that I've thought 'hmmmmm, maybe I should make that'.

Carol said...

You do such incredible spinning and laceknitting!

It's been a pleasure to have you.

I hope you feel better soon... those sinus infections can be nasty so take good care of yourself.

Carol said...

Oof! Feel better soon. that is a lovely shawl so far. adn I luv the grey roving.

BadCatDesigns said...

Such lovely handspun! Feel better. A sinus infection just sucks.

Linda said...

Ever consider ear coning for the sinus and allergy situation? I'm a fellow knitter but my business is making ear cones. It really helps and will nip the situation in the bud so it should never make it to the infectious state. Linda Dumes from Sacred Smoke Ear Cones www.sacredsmokeonline.com

missalicefaye said...

I hope you're feeling better! Your combed fleece is so lovely....

Jane said...

Dear aija,

I'm much better now thank goodness! I love all the little balls of fiber. Very fluffy and fun to spin from :-)

Jane said...

Dear Opal,

I'm much better and should be posting again soon :-) In the mean time I entertain myself looking at all your spinning and crafting!

Jane said...

Dear littleberry,

Yeah. I could still spin while sick though my lace knitting suffered. The fiber from the Denn is not cheap but it's pretty nice stuff. Still, I'm buying and cleaning some of my own fleeces and it's not too bad since I don't need tons of fiber to spin enough for lace :-)I love my mini combs soooo much! I never liked using a drum carder or hand cards and the combs get everything nice and straight! The plied Rambouillet is very bouncy due to the crimpy fleece. I washed the skeins to get the full effect before I go to knit with it. I love how it came out. I will be interested to see how you like your combs.

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

It's the Habu indigo dyed silk for Goldregen. I love how it is knitting up too. Once I got that Rambouillet combed, it was easy to spin it thin. No struggle to get the fibers straight and smooth at all.

Jane said...

Dear Soo,

I'm much better and back to knitting a bit since my focus is better :-) I love this pattern and just knew it would be fun to knit. I really like knitting in silk though I guess it wouldn't be considered very serviceable. I hope you are tempted to give it a try. It's really a very nice knit!

Jane said...

Dear Carol,

Thank you! I'm much better and hope to be able to post more pictures for you to look at. I appreciate that you look in on what I'm doing. It's always very encouraging :-)

Jane said...

Dear Carol,

I'm feel much better now thanks! I wish it was big enough for a shawl but it's only doily size LOL! I love the grey roving too and it's making up into a really bouncy and soft 2 ply lace weight yarn. Very cushy.

Jane said...

Dear badcatdesigns,

I'm much much better and having a ball processing fiber with those mini combs of mine. Lots of fun and very relaxing.

Jane said...

Dear linda,

Thank you for that information! It's not something I was familiar with but it's very interesting.

Jane said...

Dear missalicefaye,

No worries as I'm much better now :-) Are you tempted to wash a fleece and prep fiber now? I don't know whats gotten into me. A year ago I would have sworn I'd never be doing this but it's amazing how things change as I age and get really good tools :-)