Thursday, 11 March 2010

Back to Life

Thanks to everyone who wished Truffles well on my last post. She is doing much better now, and seems to be back to her old self. All her tests came back negative, and she's finished all her medication (which she's pleased about!). I don't know if we'll ever really get to the bottom of what was the matter with her, and to be honest I'm happy to leave it at that. We just have to hope that it never, ever happens again. Here's a wee snap of her enjoying the spring sunshine:

I started back at my job in the garden centre on the 1st of March, and I have to say it's brilliant to be back! It's like coming back to life again after being in hibernation. I hate to think of all that time I had off, and how little I did with it all. I hate being unemployed full stop. I'm already feeling more motivated. For the first few days back I felt a bit useless not knowing where everything was and what we had in stock, but I'm starting to get back into the swing of it again. If only I could get used to getting up at 7am!!

I've been playing around with the inkle loom and managed to churn out a couple of dodgy looking little bands, nothing special at all so I haven't even photographed them. Then I took some inspiration from ASpinnerWeaver and decided to try making some bookmarks for practice. I'm so pleased (and relieved!) with the way they have turned out! I've managed to stop the weft showing through, and even the selvages are looking pretty even. I've been following the instructions in Helene Bress's book 'Inkle Weaving' to the letter, and it seems to be doing the trick! I read on someone else's blog (sorry I can't remember which one - thank you if it was yours!) the idea of using ice lolly sticks to seperate them, and it works very well! Please forgive the rubbish quality of these photos by the way, the flash is drowning out the colours, so they're either too bright, too dull or a bit shaky!

See what I mean? I really should do photography in the daylight!

That's about all I've done creatively. Not much really, but it's better than nothing. I've started a retail horticulture diploma through work, so that's taking up a fair bit of my free time now (the rest is being taken up by sleeping!). So I am still here, and I really, really appreciate all your comments! I do still mean to update more often, it's just difficult to find the time!

Carrie (and Truffles!) xxxxxxxxx :)


  1. Hi, Carrie.
    Thanks so much for including a link to my blog!
    I am passionate about inkle weaving and happy to have been an inspiration! The book by Helen Bress is the best one I have found. It was what I started with and I haven't run out of experiments in the last 33 years. Your bookmarks look good. I know what you mean about photographs; I'm still trying to figure out how to get good ones.
    Happy weaving! ~Annie

  2. I'm not quite sure how I managed to miss your last couple of posts, but I'm so pleased that Truffles is better. You weaving looks beautiful.

  3. Hello there! Lovely to hear from you again. I'm so glad that TRuffles is well again. She is a very beautiful cat. Your weaving is lovely, such pretty colours. Glad to hear that you are back at work again. It's a good time of year to get back to work at a garden centre.. just as everything is about to burst into life. Have a good weekend. Ros