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Friday, April 12, 2019

Pathfinder Vest in Boiled Wool

I've finished my Pathfinder Vest by Twig + Tale using the gifted boiled wool and cotton elastane from For Fabric Sake and I'm in love! The pattern is wonderful with great instructions and the fabric is perfect for it. Boiled wool is lovely to work with, because it's a stretch knit it's very forgiving and being wool adds extra forgiveness, it doesn't need prewashing and won't fray either. Only thing to be aware of is when pressing be sure to use a press cloth or else it will go shiny; this is normal for wool, however that's a small price to pay when you consider how well it reacts to pressing in the first place; unlike polyester it plays very nicely with heat.

Pixie hood!  And embroidery :)

It's beautifully warm and it's going to be a staple in my wardrobe this year. The colour in the worn photos is more accurate.

You can get an idea of the lining here; unfortunately my phone didn't want to focus properly for some reason

I do love how the hood sits when it's down

See, embroidery!

And the lining is peeking, so pretty.
I made a couple of adjustments to the pattern, the main one was dropping the bust point due to Mother Nature attatching my breasts a little lower than pattern companies design for and I also graded between sizes since I'm best described as non-standard.  I have to do these adjustments with almost every pattern I use.  I top stitched around the hem and fronts so that the lining can't roll around; it wasn't actually trying to, as I said wool takes pressing very well but I don't like to take chances and I love how topstitching looks so...

In the interests of full disclosure I was given the fabric for this project by For Fabric Sake, I bought the pattern a while ago. Although I was gifted the fabric my opinions are not swayed by that in any way. If making the same outfit yourself I'd probably go with a slightly heavier weight lining or else use a woven fabric as a lightweight knit can be a little tricky unless you're used to them, but in this case the print went so well with the wool that I'm glad I put the effort in.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Sewing and knitting

I've got stuff cut out, but the weather has now turned cold and it's all summer stuff; it'll now be put on hold till next spring in the hopes that I'll be feeling healthier and that the fit will be better too due to my new diet I've lost a little weight.

I have done some sewing though and some knitting, I've finished 2 pairs of socks for Sock Madness and cast on a 3rd, and I've made Dh some undies.  Unfortunately the pattern doesn't suit him well, the cuffs are too tight (tree trunk legs from judo) and the top band isn't firm enough and rolls down.  This was the SUAT Mens Boxerwear pattern, I'm going to try a Jalie one next.  Much as I love SUAT's women's undies, my shape is rather different from DH's and not all pattern companies work for all body types.

Excuse the wrinkles, they'd been stuffed in a drawer; he won't be photographed in them so this is the best I could do.
On the knitting front here's the socks so far.
Smock Madness for Ian's enormous feet.

Demogorgon's Lair (fraternal socks for me)

Echoes with help from Ray

Saturday, March 16, 2019


Yesterday something awful happened in Christchurch.  Someone attacked people at prayer, people who had done nothing to deserve it, people who were a part of our community.  I feel for those families and their friends as well as the people who are now helping them and who were first responders. 
If you are upset about this you should be, if you are angry that is also fine, but please don't take it out on anyone else.  Don't give the person who did this airtime, don't reward the behaviour; give your time to those who were affected instead.  Let us pull together as a community to support eachother in our grief, reach out your hands in love, do not give in to hate.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Doesn't look like it is the suppliments

I've been off both of them now for 2 weeks I think and no improvement.  Now looking at a gastroscopy to check if my hiatal hernia has decided to get worse and cause diaphragm issues, if it's not that then my doctor and I are both stumped and I'll have to ask for a referral to someone who specialises and hope they can work it out!

In the meantime I'm knitting and sewing and doing more house cleaning/tidying.  Kon Marie is happening and I'm also challenging FODMAPs.  I've determined that lactose is definitely an issue in larger amounts (up to 1/2 cup yoghurt is ok) and garlic (fructans) is too when over 1/2 clove; we're not sure how much over 1/2 a clove due to Dh forgetting the need to be exact, we need to rechallenge that.  He's now aware of that.  Honey (fructose) also seems to be ok so far, though I had the last challenge on that today so I may find differently in the morning.

I've also done knitting, which includes finishing 2 handspun hats with a commercial contrast; both using the same pattern.

And I'm still working on my cardigan with the foxes on it.  7 rows to go on the hem and then I can pick up for the sleeves.  The end while not in sight, is at least able to be contemplated.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Side Effects?

The question mark is because it might just be coincidence, I won't know for certain for a few more days.

On the 7th of this month I started taking Metagenics Parex, shortly afterwards I started feeling short of breath and noticing I was chest breathing again.  Now it's possible this was happening before and I'm just remembering incorrectly but I know it was Saturday last week when I was getting the shoulder blade pain and I remember lying to say I was fine when I was feeling breathless; why I didn't immediately connect that with the new regime I don't know.   Last night I started making some connections and this morning I did some research.  I didn't find anything on breathing as a side effect from Parex, but when I looked up the individual ingredients I found that Pomegranate skin extract can cause breathing difficulties as a side effect.

So today I'm not taking it and have put it away, and hopefully this'll mean that tomorrow I'll be breathing easier and can retrain to stomach breathing more easily.  At the moment it feels like my diaphragm is tight and can't expand fully.  I'm hoping this is the cause, sure it'll mean I can't take it to fix my middle, but in the scheme of things breathing is a slightly higher priority to me.  If this doesn't work then I'll be heading to the doctor (again).

25.02.19  Update:

Doesn't look like it was this, have been off it and NAC for well over a week now and it's not improved, if anything it's worse and we're now thinking my hiatal hernia might be a contributing factor.  Now been referred to get that looked at in the next 3 weeks, I'm hoping sooner since this is most uncomfortable!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

New Year, no resolutions because...

I'm simply continuing what I was doing last year, I'm still visiting the gym 2 or 3 times a week and most times I'm biking there.   I'm still trying to get my digestion sorted, still having issues and we don't know why yet.  I'm on the low FODMAP diet and boy is that a pain in the arse!  I've determined that coconut is definitely an issue which makes things worse as many of the "safe" breakfast options include coconut; grrr.

I'm tidying house, so far the hall cupboard, main wardrobe and the pantry have been done and I'm doing a modified Kon Marie version.  Of course there are things that are necessary that don't spark joy and someone gets grumpy if I try to ditch things we've been given my relatives even if they're things we never ever use.  Some may just have to quietly leave.  Some things will be going on Trademe, including a very old Moulie (baby food grinder thing) that mum used for me.

I've made more little sheep baubles for an order at guild and finished my pin cushion, do you want to see her?   Of course you do!
Very fiddly and I'm never going to make another one, but very happy with her.  She had a light tea bath to get the skin tone right.
I'm now finding my studio which I'm hoping will spark my creative side again, at the moment I walk in and then walk straight back out again as it's so messy.  I really want to finish warping up for my fabric, but it needs to feel welcoming first.  I've also started washing some fleece that's been waiting for years, the weather is good for it right now, but I've got a lot and I don't have many places to safely dry it in the wind we've been having.  Plus it's mostly Polwarth which has a high wax content which makes it harder to wash.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Here we go again.

Today's blog post is brought to you by my dietician.  As you know I've had bowel issues for a few months now.  I've had a colonoscopy which picked up a polyp; obviously non-cancerous since I've not been recalled (this is good) and I got referred for breath testing to check for SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth).   $675.00 later the test was negative and now I've been put on the low FODMAP diet.  We are still suspecting candida as well, but treating that could now be problematic as garlic is in almost every anti-candida product or inulin is and neither are allowed on the FODMAP thing.

Today is the first day of grocery shopping for it, I don't have a cookbook for it, so that's something to search for too.  So many things aren't allowed, all the salt mixes I use have either onion or garlic so they're not allowed; same goes for stock.  Sauces and sausages are also full of them too.  My favourite coconut milk?  Inulin, sigh.  My immune support tablets, garlic and also my sinus tablets which are the only thing to help with my funny head thing.  I've bought a new type of immune support with no garlic, hopefully they help and will have to get a sinus one too.  I spent quite a bit of time googling things I came across in the supermarket to find out if they were allowed or not.

Today I have my final packet of my favourite chips, which have both onion and garlic in them.  I've bought a pack of plain salted ones in the same range to help with withdrawal since I know I'm going to have that.

I'm on a new probiotic which was suggested by the dietician and will be getting my kinesiologist to check that as well as a few other things.  The best part?  I'm on this diet over the holiday season.  My MIL is going to try and make sure there's stuff I can eat, GF is easy enough, she's used to that with her other son's partner, DF she's done before too for her daughter, but GF/DF low sugar and low FODMAP will be a challenge.  Oh, and she wants me to ditch yeast for the duration as well so I'm going to have to try to make a soda bread that's also DF and GF.

I'm now going to go play a bit on the Xbox and knit and maybe order a cookbook, have to decide if I'm going to order locally and pay a premium or from overseas and wait for the postage to grind it over here.

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