Monday, November 30, 2009

Totally tired

And sooooooooo bored with being ill and having to rest.
Am not really ill, just very very sleepy and struggling to concentrate and string to words together.

Tiny puppy and Billy stupid cat share my sleepy bored world.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Strangely calm

I sent my newsletter to my mailing list and it it I said
"I am taking a break from dyeing, will start again when I feel better, hopefully will not be too long, but might not be until the new year."

I have just checked how much stock I have and
I ONLY HAVE 2 SKEINS OF SOCK YARN ON THE SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lace is disappearing fast, if it carries on like this will be woolless by the end of the week
And yet I feel strangely calm.
I haven't been so short of wool for years.
I wasn't expecting it to disappear, how wrong was I?
If you want some NDS yarn RUN to the site or it will all be gone.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

De-clutter 25% sale

As you know I'm not well and laying on my sofa throne I'm a bit bored, so am looking around me wondering what I can do next.
Bear with me, this does make sense in my head, even though I might be slightly delirious...

My house isn't an untidy house, there is just the 2 of us and both of us like tidy as we both lead really chaotic lives, its nice to have a bit of clutter free space at the end of the day.
So have decided to de-clutter the site a bit.

I am not dyeing at the moment, (its not that easy to do on the sofa) but am planning a mega update when I feel better.
So to help with the de-clutter I have decided to run a 25% sale.
Just add "shingles" into the discount code box at checkout and you will recieve 25% discount on everything on the site.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What I did on saturday night

Watch a company director teach an ex-Marine how to knit

Subtitled "Homer and Timmy don't go to the pub and shout a lot"

Lost Mojo

Feel like I have been in a mojo-less bubble for so long that I am actually lying to myself and everyone else by claiming to be a designer.
Designer's design thinks that other people want to make, I can't even design something I want to make.
Have a huge pile of WIP's, which in my head equates to a huge pile of wasted yarn and its such beautiful yarn it seems like a sin and I hate seeing it all piled in bags accusing me of being decadent.
But I have a faint tingle of the "what if's?", maybe its the stirring of my long lost mojo, maybe it will come back.
Maybe being forced to be bored on my sofa as I'm too ill to do anything else will help it come back.
Maybe having shingles is just what my designer self needs.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Moan, moan, moan, moan..........

Resting is going to drive me out of my mind.
I am not ill enough to feel ill and not ill enough to stop feeling bored.
But too ill to do anything physical, like walking around and too ill to concentrate for more than 10 mins.
Feel wobbly and frustrated.

Have been laying on my sofa taking photos of things in front of me, would put them on laptop and play, but camera lead is at the farm and too pathetic to walk down and go and get it.
So instead of which am laying here moaning about how bored and frustrated I am.
But hey - at least the pain killers are keeping the pain at bay - so thats a good thing, and the sun is shining and Homer has gone for a long walk with tiny puppy and his big brother who he hasn't seen for 6 months as he has been in Costa Rica. So thats good.

Could play my PS3 game, but its only 11.40 and playing at this time of day seems wrong and lazy and more in character for the likes of Geinome and Moonpie than me

Have been looking at my old wool photos on Flickr and have lots of colour ideas for the last Unicorn.
Not sure what they will turn out like as its not superwash and so the colours won't be as defined.
And also not sure when I will have the energy to dye them.
Another but hey - at least I have dyed sock club!
And grateful that I'm not really ill and that I will get better in a few days or weeks - fingers crossed its only a few days or will need to be locked in a padded cell.

Moan, moan, moan, moan

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sleep & Dress

Over the last week I have been in pain and ill, but now I have many different pills to make me better.
And they are working.
Instead of feeling ill and in pain I am feeling sleepy, have slept about 18 hours out of the last 24.
And suspect I have much more sleeping ahead of me, as am struggling to stay awake.
The nasty plague nose is looking lots better and beginning to heal, the pain is still there but the extra strong pain killers are working and so I am feeling much more positive and happy.
I even dyed sock club yesterday - :-)

Do you remember my lack of ball gown hysteria, or was that just on twitter?
Anyway I can't remember if I told you that I had won my ball gown on ebay?
Well I did!
And here it is.........

Friday, November 20, 2009

Shingles & update

I have shingles and now I know whats wrong I can let go and be ill, which will lead to me being well again.
Have felt rubbish for a week, started new anti viral pills yesterday and feel awful this morning.
Dr said it would happen, but it doesn't help when you need to dye sock club, will dye it and go home, luckily Homer said he will wash it tomorrow - THANK YOU HOMER - what would I do without you.
And so this weeks update is pathetically small and if I carry on feeling like this there probably won't be one next week.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

My poor face

Being a bad blogger, feeling awful.
Have a really nasty face infection, look like the elephant man.
Not sleeping because it hurts too much.
In hiding, feeling sorry for myself.
First round of antibiotics didn't work, back to the Drs today, hopefully will get some new ones that work and then all I will have to put up with is the elephant man face.

Worried that it won't heal in time for charity ball - :-((

Monday, November 16, 2009

The difference a camera makes

I have 2 camera's, an old and a new one.
The old one is basically a point and click.
The new one Feppy bought for me with my money and told me it was fab, but never told me how to use it.
Then borrowed it and let the battery run out, so it has been sitting in the lounge for ages, because I was too lazy to do anything about it.
Well I have done something now, made the effort to read the manual and started re-photographing the wool again!!

These 2 photos illustrate why it pays to read manuals and stop being lazy.
Now I have to retake the photos I took last week and finish changing all the photos on the site!

Old Camera

New camera with correct colours

Friday, November 13, 2009

Today's update 13/11/09


Mini Skeins

And lots of lovely sale bargains

I have to confess I have stolen a couple of skeins of the Rainbow Merino/nylon aran (below) and am already half way through some extra warm wellie socks. Thinking about dyeing some sweet pea and kingfisher variations, as I need several different coloured pairs of socks

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I do this, I do that & books

WARNING - you may find this post quite long and very boring!

I didn't want to get out of bed this morning, which is odd because I am reading the wrong book.

I devour books and can't live without them.
I read to send myself to sleep and I read to wake myself up, I can't imagine how people get through life without reading.

I often come across book lists on peoples blogs, you know the ones where you tick what you have read and put a cross for those you want to read (or something like that).
I normally find I have read about 2/3rds of them and the ones I haven't read I don't want to read.

I am very picky about what I read, it must be written before 1960 and it used to be that the older it is the better - Anglo Saxon chronicles, Snorri Sturluson, The History of the Franks (one of my favourites) etc etc
I think the reason is mythology which I have always loved, its difficult to comprehend what life was really like at the time these books were written and so has become mythology in my head.

But now my brain is too tired to concentrate and I stuggle to understand.
In fact the busier and bigger the business becomes the less my brain can cope.
I find this sad, but as I become less intellectual I find myself reading things I would have been too snotty to read several years ago.
Have worked my way through all the classic English novelists from Austen to Trollope and some of the French and Russian classics.
And am now in a early 20th century phase.

I need to read the whole of an author's work before I move onto the next, at the moment it is
E F Benson and he wrote over 100 books I have 6 and another 3 on the way, so I'm happy because I'm running out of authors and hate trying to find a new one.

So why am I reading the wrong book?
Because the 3 I have just read are half of a series, the 3 I am waiting for are the other half of the series and I can't possibly start a new story mid series so am reading his commentry on late victorian life.
Obvious isn't it!!!

Oh and forgot to mention that even though he is a modern author I am a huge Terry Prachett fan - astute social commentry in disguise as very creative comedy.
And also Tolkien - a man totally obsessed, his published books are a fraction of what he wrote, his son published 12 books of his notes and un-published work - I have read them all several times - :-))

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Oh and Feppy

If you are a really good girl Father Christmas may bring you some.

OMG - domain names & Matthew

I am mid way through transfering to the website shop.
I don't need the old site I only keep it for its domain name and it seems really stupid to be paying so much money for something I could alter if I had the guts.

I am doing it now, have about 20 screens open, one of them to poor Matthew who probably didn't realise how shit his day was going to be when he woke up or he would of stayed in bed.
He's been patiently answering my mails for the last 2 or 3 hours, most of them really stupid questions.
Is probably sitting there with his eyes rolling and muttering "OH for f... sake! not her again!!"

I think I have done everything I need to do on the list, in fact several steps ahead of where I need to be - have a feeling that somewhere along the process I have made a huge mistake.

Am feeling hysterical and panicky - but heh at least I am not Matthew - :-)))))

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Homer is a superstar

But don't tell him I said so, or he will start getting all puffed up pants.
Yesterday his job nightmare was resolved, he will NOT be made redundant, his company has been saved. And the extra bonus is he has had a big promotion, just about as far as he can go without starting his own company.
I am so relieved as it means that NDS can stay at Moors farm and we can stay in Suffolk.
If he had lost his job it would have meant putting house and business together and moving to who knows where.
Life would have been really stressful, but exciting at the same time.
About 15% of me is a bit sad, because he could have made a huge difference to NDS, but the other 85% is over the moon.
Not only this, but he also made a genius suggestion about my "never go back" piece.
A couple of nights ago I sat with it draped over my arm moaning about it and he said turn it into gloves or mittens, so I did!
What do you think??
(oh and please ignore my dyers hands, they are never clean)

Monday, November 09, 2009

November's Unicorn

Here is November's Unicorn

The colours are a bit off, the green is a darker not so bright green, but the others are closer.
I will master this colour/contrast thingie.

Stupid Blogger

Won't let me upload photos.
I was going to post about November's Unicorn.
Will try and do so this afternoon.

Its Homer's big day today, the meeting is at 11am.
Fingers crossed for him and the company, hopefully there will be happy and exciting news or exciting and stressful news.
Whatever it is, life is going to be interesting......

Friday, November 06, 2009

Never go back

Firstly the update is done

And secondly
I spent all last night trying to work out what to do with this.

I loved it when I designed it and I loved it at this stage and then I crocheted 120 centres which only needed one last round which would join it altogether.

I estimate I have joined about 60 and now I hate it, it was going to be a stole, but its all wrong, from a distance the overall colour is grey and although I like grey it doesn't glow. I tried a million different colour combinations, but all where wrong and really didn't help.

I am really struggling to leave it alone and admit defeat. I have a self imposed never go back rule, because I have found going back just makes things worse and spending all those wasted hours is so frustrating.

But this has about 150 gms of Angel 2 ply in it and I hate to waste that much yarn, I could frog it, but would be left with 480 tiny scraps of yarn, this would frustrate me even more.

So I have decided to pack it away and not look at it again, it will be a struggle as its such a waste, but I must force myself rather than waste another million hours that should be spent working on something I like.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Tomorrows update 6/11/09

Thought you might like a sneaky peak of tomorrows update.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Alan Sugar

I am a lot angrier than I was a few years ago, I don't know whether its my age or because I have had to become a business woman and think about vat and tax and rates and councils and all the other boring stuff.

I have just read this on Sky News and am foaming at the mouth, telling the wool exactly what I think.

I have always respected Alan Sugar, self made business man and all that, but now if only I could get him in the dyeroom for 5 mins I would tell him exactly what I think.

Too angry to tell you,

Calm now

Am feeling calm now, after last night's OMG!!!!!!! revelation.

Homer came home from work 5 mins before I went out to knitting club, told me a OMG!!!!!!!! piece of information, that left me shaky and confused.
And no its not the big R but something totally unexpected which I can't talk about yet.
By the time I got home he had had time to think and no longer wanted us to sit underneath the dining room table sharing a bottle of gin, however I was still in shock.
And when I asked for more details he said he had told me all - why are men so useless sometimes?
Anyway we talked and he couldn't fill in the details because he doesn't know them yet, but at least I have a vague grasp on the situation and feel I have gained some calmness in my life.

Now I have brought it to work with me and hopefully today is the start of me being able to concentrate and focus.
Have so much design work to do, so much wholesale to dye, so much yarn to photograph for fridays update and the Unicorn, I really needed to get my head in gear and get on and now I can.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

This morning

A bit tired this morning, didn't want to get up, didn't want to come to work, feel slightly scared I will start feeling blocked again.

But we had such a fantastic weekend, spent time with good friends, who we laughed with and forgot all our troubles. Both of us felt the pressure lift a little, which was excatly what we needed otherwise one of us was going to explode or implode

Had a fantastic afternoon with Susan and Gavin, who put me back on my feet and started me in the right direction again and made me feel maybe life wasn't quite as bad as I thought.

A chaotic but happy night with Maisy Mae, Mark and Geinome, watching Maisy terrify Liverpool, it was her last tour and I found it quite sad as she was so good at it, but she's not happy with work conditions.

2 relaxing and lazy days with Mr Wool mainly talking wool and watching F1.

Saturday night we were joined by Babylonglegs and Deb the Dyer, was fab to spend quality time with them, normally its 5 or 10 mins at a show.

The home yesterday cross country, managed to avoid all the motorways, but was freezing, hence the special coat.

Masses to do and the first problem was at 9.30, still trying to sort it out, dyeing to do, packing to do, labeling to do - really, really need an assistant, but my assistant is at his proper job.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Back again

From our weekend away.
Feeling re-charged, but defrosting from Zoom drive home, need a better coat for winter zooming, one that isn't a dodgy old anorak, need one that goes with the car.
Have been crocheting again and have inspiration.
Am really hoping it will last longer than tonight.
Lots more to tell tomorrow.