I think I am back in the land of the living now. Thankfully I don't get migraine often, but when I do it wipes me out. I rarely get a headache beyond a normal sort of headache (if there is such a thing) but I do get all the flashing lights and blurred vision and then a feeling of overwhelming exhaustion for 24 hours. When I worked in the NHS my lovely and very sympathetic colleagues would try to send me home, but of course I drove to work and couldn't see to drive back, and by the time the flashing lights were gone there seemed no point because I was OK again, if rather tired.
Thank you for all the kind messages, migraine is amazingly common, isn't it?
So, what's new? Well, a degree of catching up because of yesterday of course. I'll be posting things later today, and hopefully they will get to you by tomorrow. I'll also be dyeing for an Update on Tuesday.
Next weekend (on Sunday 28th September) is The Battleby Gathering, the annual meeting of all the Guilds of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers in Scotland which is held at Scottish Natural Heritage - Battleby Centre, near Perth. It's not an AGM, there are speakers and demonstrations and a handful of "shops" will be there. It's "vendors by invitation only" so I am extremely honoured to be asked to go.
I think all the tickets will be sold now, and numbers are limited by Fire Regulations etc. but you may of course already have your ticket in which case please do come and say hello!
I can also announce that I am going to be teaching a Sock Knitting class on the 1st November. The event is being organised by Doreen at Scottish Fibres (who is lovely), and she will be there with lots of tempting fibrey things as well. Scottish Fibres is not a bricks and mortar shop, but those of you who have been to Woolfest will know that Doreen has an amazing selection of fibre and other goodies, so if you'd like to have a day of fibre-shopping then this is a great chance to browse, and perhaps stock up on Christmassy things too.
The Sock Knitting class will be an all-day event running from 10.00 to 16.00. and is designed for non-sock knitters. The numbers of places will be low because I want to offer the best learning opportunity I can. I know many of you are already sock knitters, but if you have friends or family who you would like to indoctrinate share your passion with, then this is a great chance to do it. There are other courses running on the same day, in Weaving and Felting, so you could come as a team! Doreen also has courses in Spinning, Weaving and Felting on the 4th October as well, which is only two weeks away, so grab the places while they are there, I think they are going quickly.
I know November sounds like it's a-g-e-s away, but it's only six weeks.
The course is not for people who can't knit at all, you (or your friend) need to be able to cast on, knit and purl, and increase and decrease, but with six weeks to go, even a complete non-knitter could learn those things and practice a bit before they come. It's very exciting, and I am deeply engrossed in lesson planning already!