Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Out Of Bed....

at last!! My back has decided to behave itself and let me get off it! It's so frustrating, all the goodies I bought at Woolfest have been calling my name and I haven't been able to do a flippin' thing! But at last, things are on the mend, I can knit and spin so I'm a happy bunny!

Becky and I have been to our spinning class today. I love it! Today we were shown how to ply properly. Shame I plied my spinning efforts last night and I don't think I've put enough twist in but I know I learn by my mistakes so I'm not too worried.

Norman plied!

I also got a pressie! Becky and Bev bought me a beautiful nostepinne, as thanks for sharing the caravan. Silly Billies, there was no need to buy gifts. Hard cash would have been enough!! But it is beautiful, so thank you both sooo much. As you both intended, not only will I be able to wind balls of wool, but also it will help me put on my socks!! Don't ask!

My new nostepinne!

Towards the end of my forced bedrest, I was able to knit and I FINALLY got my Regia 4ply socks finished. They are a bit day-glo but I love them! I'm wanting to start the Pomatomas sock pattern next, but haven't decided which yarn to use yet.

I've also started crocheting the Nereus scarf from Natural Dye Studio in their cobweb kid mohair. It's a really simple pattern, which as a novice crochet-er, I'm pleased about and the yarn is so soft. I'm about a third of the way down it so I've still a way to go.

Thank you for all your wonderful comments too. They really kept me going through the grottiness of last week.



18 comments:

ambermoggie said...

so glad you are feeling better:)

Fibrespace said...

how frustrating not being able to play with all your goodies, glad you feeling better, love the socks!!

InkyArtitude said...

Welcome back to the land of the living Kat - you've been missed. So nice to see you today and glad you had a good spinning session. Lurve the Socks! Look forward to seeing you next week.

gonga said...

Norman's looking great!!Feel like I learned loads today, (or re-learned loads)Been practicing my longdraw spinning tonight, and carding,can't believe how much easier it is when It's been done properly!!

Artis-Anne said...

Oh sorry to hear that you have been poorly too !! What a pair we are; we go out to have fun and then knacker ourselves !! Had a laugh at the pressie bit LOL , now how many uses can you get out of a nostepinne ? !!
So glad your spinning class and I love your socks.
I too have Pomatomas on my must do list
I owe you an e-mail, sorry , time seems to be running by since we came home !!

Artis-Anne said...

Duh I meant to say,so glad your spinning class is good and that you are learning properly .

Claire said...

Glad you're feweling better - love the bright socks as well. You've now got me thinking of bizarre uses for a nostepinne! Cookie A's got something with her socks, hasn't she?
Love
Claire x

Craftydramaqueen said...

Glad u r feeling better. Norman is fabulous. What r u going to knit with him? The socks are funky.

Helen said...

Glad that you are feeling better now:)

How cool are those socks! Fab colours :)

Rain said...

Glad to hear you're up and about. Those socks look fab and your spinning is really coming along.

Sarah said...

Poor thing you, glad that you are up and about now and have such natty socks to wear :)

Kath said...

You did say your back was bothering you in WoolFest - sorry to hear you haven't been able to play with all your goodies yet! Great news about your spinning lessons though - I'd love to be able to find a guild near me that isn't on a Saturday so I could go and play and learn some techniques rather than my 'any old way' methods! Love the socks as well - nothing wrong with Lary!

ferg said...

So not only have you got a nostepinne (numerous uses found in the girl guides handbook) but it's named Norman.!!! I dare not make any further comment but I'm glad you are out of bed now.
And GOSH isn't it so much easier to spin beter when you listen to someone else's wisdom. I have dug out my thirty year old notes from my first course and I'm improving already.
Cheers Gillian

Kendra said...

Your yarn looks lovely. I'd never heard of a nostepinne. But it sounds great.

Piglottie said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better. I love your Regia socks - fab colours. I want to knit Potamus :) soon but like you am wondering what yarn will suit. I did a search on flickr and loads of pairs came up, which gave me a good idea of what combos I like - it might help you decide :)

RoxyKnits said...

Glad you're on the mend! How awful not being able to knit.....

Your nostepinne is lovely, I'm really pleased with mine and of course matches my swift too ;)

Re the swift and its slippy bottom (which I've not noticed yet), what about putting a non-stick felt sticky thing under it? That should do the trick I think.

Curly Cable said...

Love your Regia socks, they are fab, nice and cheery, just what you want on these dark rain days! Glad to hear you are feeling better!

Christine said...

Is there a spinning class near Durham? Where? Tell me!

I've been wanting to learn for ages but for some reason haven't been able to find a class. I'm not so good with the internetz :(

Btw, I'm just dropping in because your site came up when I googled 'spinning' and 'Co-Durham', not because I'm a stalker or anything.