Sorry for the long break from posting but I have been struggling a bit with my arthritis. Quite frankly by the time I get home from work and cook a meal I am just about ready to go to bed. I have done very little knitting and beading recently as I have been having problems with my right hand. My GP suspects that it is carpal tunnel syndrome and I am going to Poole Hospital tomorrow morning for some nerve conduction tests to establish how bad it is.
Although I have not been feeling up to doing much in the evenings I have been trying to get out and about at the weekends. I have also made a couple of things since I last posted, although my progress has been slow.
Three weekends ago there was a bead fair at Poole Arts Centre. I went along and met up with some of my beady friends. It was great to see them all and to catch on all of the things that they have been doing. I bought a few beads and a couple of patterns from Oaktree Crafts. As a result I have made a butterfly brooch and some beaded beads. I am particularly pleased with the 'Jewel Beads' and will be making them into a necklace, with some lampwork beads and pearls. Pictures to come in my next post. I have to bead in short burst at the moment due to the fatigue and problems with my hand, but I am determined to finish them.
I made some fingerless mittens for a friend. It was my way of saying 'Thank You' to her. Over the last couple of years she has given me numerous lifts and fed me on a number of occasions. She is one of the three women who I count as my closest friends and I am grateful for all of their help and support over the last 12 months.
She greatly admired a pair of Veyla mittens that I made for myself last winter and so I decided to make her some (Ysolda Teague's patterns are great fun to knit - if you haven't tried them yourself you really should). I was really pleased with how they turned out and P was thrilled with them.