Sunday, May 30, 2010

The upside of ouch

A couple of weeks ago I had an allergic reaction, I got covered in a rash and then my face blew up. Very dramatic. The specialist thinks it was a reaction to the epoxy resin I had been pouring to make jewelry. Certainly big punishment for deviating from my usual fibre crafts! Anyway, I share this not to complain about but to celebrate the upside. The specialist also gave me a certificate for a week off work. Since I hardly left the house that week I was very productive, and made lots of things.

I finished two pairs of socks, including these, in spindle spun merino. So very soft.

I made a Meret out of spindle spun yarn. I'm amazed that I can make wool go from this:

to this:

to this:

I made a Shalom Cardigan, which I don't have a photo of, because it is currently blocking on the study floor.

And today I cast on some Nutkin socks, which I have been wanting to make for over a year.

I was also lucky enough to have a loan wheel from the Spinners and Weavers Guild, which gave me a chance to really try out wheel spinning. I think I prefer spinning on a spindle, but that's a discussion for another time.

And I set up this blog.

I go back to work tomorrow, so life will return to something resembling normal, and my finished items will slow down a little.