Friday, 22 February 2019

Fish curry

Ten days ago, my sister went off to London for the day and family came round to keep me company. And the point of this story is that I made a fish curry for lunch and it is not a success. In fact, it was very bland. I was upset. So today I made butter chicken with all the steps required and found it wearing. I started at 0900 and we ate at 1230 and it was successful !!! So I feel better.

Every day that goes past I do more but I still need to rest for a couple of hours everyday.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Another box ticked

Because the doctors do not see many examples of my disease, they were unsure about recuperation and so driving was declared to be a bad thing. Well that was terminated last week and this week I got round to driving which I have not done since November 2018. But it seemed to me that a lesson might be a good idea and so I booked a two hour slot with and AA instructor for today.

I  went out yesterday in the car (with my sister to scream at me sitting beside me). And that all worked.

Today was an experience. Jumping to the end, he thought there was nothing wrong with my driving. I did not need any more lessons. Just get on with it. But I have to admit that I learnt a lot. And one thing really frightened me. He thought I merged into a motorway far too slowly and I should be going faster. Well I did it twice his way and I agree it is much better but I was scared stiff. After two hours driving round housing estates in Reading, I was very tired. So have spent the evening dozing.

I am beginning to think of new projects. Dorothy has a gorgeous book about abstract quilts and I can see that I could create a draft based on a triple cloth - very much shades of Anni Albers. Also I have a book to be bound for the Bookbinders competition. It is rather an odd choice for such a purpose - it is a reprint of a very old mathematical games book. And my mind is creating and discarding designs at a high rate. I know how it will be physically made but no idea what to put of the cover or on the end parers

Saturday, 16 February 2019

A bit of weaving

My salt level is now normal and life is returning to normal. I got to the bottom of my I tray the other day. And I have done a load of small jobs. Yesterday I wove some inches on the Schacht. A bit slow but correct!

The Sewing Bee started up last Tuesday and I was inspired to think of making a jacket. The trouble is sizing. Do I make a jacket to fit me now or one size up in case I get better bigger. Or can I not do a fitted jacket. I will have to consult Jill Arnold. I have four jacket lengths in my cupboard

Monday, 4 February 2019

A horrific dicovery

I suspected this yesterday but confirmed it today. Because I have been so unwell, I had taken to using a blogger app on ipad - and discovered that by no mean everything has been appearing on the blog website. No idea where they are in the ether!. So in future everything will be put on here on the desktop. So I had not written quite as little as seemed.

I have got interested enough in weaving to think of the next project. I belong to the Weave of the Month Club and the February photo took my  fancy. And then I ran into problems with trying to download the file. It turned out that I had not downloaded any files since November and anyway they had changed the download procedure. But eventually I won and printed everything out. And February was indeed interesting even though it only uses 4 shafts. It is something called Swedish overshot. and then came the discovery that I do not have any suitable yarn. THat was comes of downsizing one's stash. Well even if I ought not to do this, tomorrow I phone Mr WilliamHall - so there. I will also put the draft on Fibreworks. and I have to say that it looks difficult - more than any draft I have done for many years. Nothing like a good challenge. 

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.