Friday, November 16, 2007

Belated Birthday

Last Saturday I had lunch at Allison's. She had a couple of us over in the downstairs apartment that used to belong to her MIL, but since her passing, has been rehabilitated to a fiber studio. It's going to be temporary dwelling for her married daughter when they move back to this area, but she is saving a part for a studio so she can offer lessons. She calls it her stable of spinning wheels. I am so excited. She is the only one here who has ever offered lessons, and when she took on the management of Jimmy Beans and couldn't do both, we lost our teacher.

It was the first time that I have seen Amy since my birthday last month. This is spindle is my birthday present. Amy is an accomplished spindler. I forgot the name of the man who made it - I need to write it down. I have never ever been able to spindle, but this isn't like anything I tried before. Even I was able to make yarn. It is lovely and it just wants to spin. I take back anything I ever said about a drop spindle.

She also gave me this roving. It's absolutely gorgeous and absolutely intimi-
dating. I actually liked the feel of the spindle so am curious to how this will play out.

Yesterday, the doctor injected my shoulder with cortisone. He bootlegged the syringes because they were equine in size. The first syringe was the painkiller. The second was actually the cortisone. Then he unscrewed it, and while he was getting the next vial, his nurse held the needle in position on my shoulder with a pair of needle-nose pliers, not that I was watching. He told me it was bad news in a good way. So I got three vials of cortisone in my shoulder and am supposed to experience relief in the next five days. In between, it's going to hurt, starting about tomorrow and I have Percocet for that. I look forward to shoulder pain-free sleep soon, but not yet.

One week from today we will cut our 2007 Christmas tree. Put the brakes on - this year is getting away!

8 comments:

Tina T-P said...

Oohh - that roving is all of my favorite colors! I wonder how it will spin out? I've started working on a grey shetland (of course) fleece mixing it with some carded redish colored silk that I got at Black Sheep a couple of years ago - What was I thinking - well, it was pretty and it was soft - anyhow - my goal is to make my sister a scarf for Christmas - I'd better get a move on - like the old song says - Christmas is a comin, and the goose is getting fat...

Well, take care - T.

Valerie said...

Hope the cortisone does the trick for your shoulder.
The spindle and roving are yummy!

Leigh said...

Yow! Those needles sound horrific. I do hope it helps. Your spindle and roving (love the colors) are beautiful!

Birdsong said...

I am glad you suceeded with the spindling... I love to do it, though I don't get to give it enough attention. I am crossing my fingers for you that you get a good night's sleep over the weekend and see steady improvement.

Marie said...

I cannot spin on a drop spindle to save my life or the lives of whatever you hold holy. The spindle you received is a beauty and I'm glad you know how to use it. If it lived in my house it would become part of the decore. The medical procedure makes my toes curl and my eyes water. The drugs sound good though . Feel better quickly or I'll have to find a really bad joke to tell you. I hope that is enough incentive.

Purple Fuzzy Mittens said...

The spindle was made by Ken Ledbetter. He is fairly new to the spindle market, though he did have a booth at Black Sheep this year. Great spinners and not too heavy! Keep practicing and I'll teach you to ply next week.:-)

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

That gorgeous top looks like some a friend and I drooled over at OFFF this fall; it was a merino/silk in the same or similar colorway and just GLOWED. If I hadn't put myself on a fiber diet of "nothing over $1/ounce," I would have succombed!

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

I can sypathize with you, I have had cortizone in my shoulder and in my elbow a few times. The first time they used frozen nitrogen to deaden it, it worked but you really cant help but watch and you know (if you could feel it) it would really hurt; the way they stick the needle in, pull it out halfway, stick it in again and continue this in a kind of fan in the painful area... ended up having surgery on my shoulder and my elbow hasnt hurt in a while. Good luck with the pain free nights, it really is nice when it quits.