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Falling Down the Stairs and Valentine’s Day

Last Friday morning I got up and whilst going down the stairs slipped half way and hurt my back quite badly. Hubby is blaming it on my wearing socks but I am blaming it on not feeling too well in the beginning. :-/

Anyway, the past week has been spent with my being in agony every time I move an inch. My back is a bit better but is still hurting and am getting the feeling every now and again of something moving in my back and a sharp pain at the same time. I am hoping it is just whatever got knocked when I fell is moving back into place but if it continues I will have to go to see the doctor.

Last Saturday was Valentine’s Day and I was given a lovely bouquet of flowers.

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I was also given a bottle of Bollinger Champagne.

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I was also taken out for a gorgeous meal and as you can tell from these pics I was the one drinking.

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We had loads of fun and I practiced some modelling poses during the meal, I thought my pouting was quite good.

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By the time we got home my back was hurting again and after a quick back massage with some out of date Ibuprofen Gel drifted off into a peaceful sleep.

The rest of the week has been spent with my lying on the couch and not doing much.

Since hubby didn’t get as much of a romantic weekend last week as we would have liked tomorrow night is going to be a takeaway and sharing the bottle of Champagne and this time I promise not to drink all of it myself. 😉

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Spinning Update

The past couple of weeks I have been really busy washing and carding English Sheep Fleece.

For some reason I thought it was a good idea to have bought 30 English Sheep Fleeces off of my cousin for a pound each. I thought I could resell them on Ebay and make some money, but once I saw the state of them and how poorly they had been shorn off of the sheep I realised that this was not going to be possible.

The problem now is what do I do with all of the dirty, smelly fleeces which are in my father’s garage.

I had no option but to start washing them and sorting them out as once my IVF starts next month I will not be able to go near them due to the possibility of miscarriage if I fall pregnant.

These fleeces are off no normal sheep, they are huge, smelly and filthy. These sheep certainly liked the dirt and mud.

These two pictures show three of them drying on my patio.

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One of the fleeces I decided to try dying with Kool Aid (a drink from the USA which you add water to). They came out quite well and I am looking forward to trying to spin it up.

Kool Aid Dyed Fleece

As I am now inundated with fleeces to spin I have decided to try and sell some of the dyed tops in my Etsy shop. So far I have not sold any, but it is still early days and I am hoping to put some more up soon. Hopefully I will get good enough to try space-dying or even trying varigated dyeing.

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Last Tuesday a lady I met on Ravelry came over to give me a spinning lesson.

We spent a lovely couple of hours eating Victoria Sponge Cake, drinking tea and chatting. We even found some time to do some spinning on my Kromski Symphony Spinning Wheel.

I was really pleased to be told that I am spinning correctly and was given some spinning tips. The one thing I was advised to do was to spin on a smaller ratio to try and get my yarn finer which is what I want. This was definitely a success and the other tips were to pre-draft the roving before spinning and to hold the roving further away from the orifice of the spinning wheel so that it gives you more time to draft the fleece before spinning.

With all of this knowledge safely stored in my brain I spent the next day happily spinning and plying the last of my pink and cream fleece into skeins. On Wednesday evening I came down with a dreadful migraine so my spinning came to an abrupt halt.

I am really pleased with the outcome, what do you think??

Spun Welsh Ewe Yarn

I have decided to spin the Aqua colour Welsh Ewe Fleece next and have made a good start and have half a bobbin full already.

With hubby being back at work tomorrow I am looking forward to doing lots more spinning as I really want to get the aqua fleece spun up and also the dark green spun up so that I do not feel so guilty when my IVF begins and I cannot spin my lovely fleece anymore.

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A Quick Reminder About Valentine’s

This is just a really quick post to remind you all about Valentine’s Day which is again on the same date as every other year, the 14th of February which is a week Saturday.

An extra mention to all you men out there who have a partner/wife/girlfriend/fiancee etc etc. Us girls love to receive Valentine gifts. The more the better and the more expensive looking the better.

To ensure you get a table at that exquisite restaurant make sure you book it now, if not now the moment the restaurant opens as take it from me they book up really quickly.

The same goes for the florist’s, plan what flowers you are going to get now. If you’re not sure go to Interflora and have a look. I know it is customary to purchase a dozen red roses, but have you thought about some other rare flowers you can get or even the many different types of roses or even a mix of roses and orchids etc etc.

Chocolates is also a good gift, none of those boxes of Milk Tray etc, try some lovely Thorntons or Belgium Chocolates, they look more expensive and if you get them wrapped up it will be a lot more appreciated.

Another good gift is jewellery, if you want something really unusual which no-one else will have or be able to get then check out my store for some of the lovely necklaces which I sell. They are all one-offs as once that colour/style is gone, it is gone for good. You can find them at Knitter Scarlet. If you order a necklace before Tuesday then you will get a 10% discount, just email me before you pay and I will send you an amended invoice. (Hubby please note do not buy me one of my necklaces as I know how much they cost and where they come from, a lovely crucifix on the other hand would be nice :DD )

As for THE card, the more verses and romantic the better. A woman loves all the verses and even my father doesn’t go wrong without even wearing his glasses, he just looks for the card with the most verses in it.

Now for you women, have you thought about some sexy silk underpants as a gift for your partner/husband/boyfriend/fiance etc. How about some lovely aftershave or if they have a sweet tooth some nice chocolates. A bottle of champagne or sparkling wine chilled for when you get back from your evening out with some nice smelling candles in the bedroom for some romantic lighting and some sexy underwear will definitely be appreciated. Stockings will be a must along with some high heels. Give them a lapdance or a striptease to finish Valentine’s Day that they will never forget!!!