Back in October my GP prescribed Amitriptyline for my frozen shoulder. The freeze was so severe; cortisone injections proved useless and the only thing that made a dent in the pain was the TENS machine. But even with that on 24/7 I wasn't sleeping properly and it didn't seem ideal to continually wear the machine, especially at night.

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At the time I didn't care about the potential side effects - I was sleeping for the first time in over 6 months and the pain was manageable.  

Fast forward 8 months and I do care about the side effects. Even though the dose is too low to have any antidepressant properties, it still carries all the usual side effects. I got seriously fed up with being so groggy in the mornings, and not being able to fit into my clothes. And so at the end of April I came off the pills.

The pain in my shoulder is a lot less - I'm well and truly into the thawing stage and have gained some range of movement back. And I've gone from getting 10 solid hours of sleep to about 3 to 5 hours (which is pretty standard when I'm going through an insomniac phase) .

The lack of sleep is familiar ground but it's tough - any chronic insomniac can tell you of the toll it takes on day to day living. And like any chronic insomniac I've tried just about everything to get a normal sleeping routine back, with very little success.

I've often tried relaxation or hypnotherapy MP3s but  while they may help you get to sleep, they don't help you stay asleep. Recently though I discovered an app which actually does kinda work. Not every night; I only have to have a couple of glasses of wine and I'm seeing 3am again. But other nights I manage to sleep through until 6 or 7 am, which is bloody marvellous.

It's going to take time adjusting. I'm working on losing the excess weight before my black dog completely takes over (I've always thought it a perverse thing that AD meds have a side effect of weight gain.... it's pretty counterproductive for anyone with self-image issues). I want to be able to relax enough in the evenings without having a glass of wine, which should in turn help my sleep. Pain management is mostly looking after itself (thank you, TENS machine - you were the best discovery ever).

But in the meantime, expect more blog posts or knitting in the wee hours. 

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I'm a little late sending out the newest wholesale catalogue and newsletter, and I thought I'd ask for some feedback on printing options?

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As you'll know, my wholesale is managed through the (wholesale) newsletter and printed by Magcloud. Magcloud have printers on the continent so shipping and turnaround time is pretty reasonable, but being a US based company everything is priced in $$ and given the exchange rate as it is, I know that's a barrier to my UK (and EU?) shops.

And so I'm researching digital printing options in the UK and checking on prices. I don't know what's involved time and cost wise to have the book reformatted from US letter to A4 but I'm willing to look into it if there's enough interest?

To qualify for a wholesale account you don't have to be a shop - you can be an indie dyer or maker of other fibre related goodies. I have no minimum orders either through Magcloud, though if I have a small print run done I may need a 2 or 3 minimum. If you'd like to be added to the wholesale mailing list or would like to know more, drop me an email.

There are a couple of reputable digital printers in the UK and printing costs leave a reasonable margin for wholesale, but I'm not keen to hold printed stock hence I used Magcloud, as they drop ship and have a store front, which the others don't.

Please do let me know if you're interested - leave a comment or send me an email if that's easier. And hopefully I won't be too tardy with the next wholesale newsletter! 

(I'm blogging from my phone and I can't add hyperlinks - find the email contact form from the drop down menu above :) 

ps/ this is in the queue for translation into German! I'm looking forward to launching wholesale for the translated patterns towards the end of the summer. 

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Is up for sale. We suspect it's the premises, not the business, that's selling and in turn we suspect that means the closure of the shop.

 

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This is where I come for buttons and other haberdashery bits and pieces when I'm in Santarcangelo. The yarn they stock is from two Italian brands only, and in this way it reminds me of the yarn shop that was local to me when I was growing - not that they sold Italian yarn, but that their range was limited to more traditional, big mill yarns. 

 

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Inside it's an Aladdin's cave, as many older yarn shops are. So many things to spy and look at, although at the same time it means you have to ask for things rather than pick them off the shelf, which is something I still struggle with. 


  She has an amazing selection of buttons and threads and I'm planning to stock up on decent sewing threads in the next couple of weeks, assuming I'm not too late.  

 

She has an amazing selection of buttons and threads and I'm planning to stock up on decent sewing threads in the next couple of weeks, assuming I'm not too late.

 

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I'd like to think that whoever buys the shop keeps it as a yarn shop, but it seems highly unlikely. I'll miss this place. 

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It's a thunderstorm kinda day. And that also means it's a power cut kinda day. The lightening tripped the power 3 times within 40 mins or so of waking, and in no time at all the garden looked like this:

 

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Our plot is at the lower end of the Yard, and so all the water comes rushing down to us and we flood almost straight away. This is after an hour's worth of rain -  I'm not sure we'll still see the raised paths if it carries on as expected! (this is why we have raised paths...)

The storm, well the thunder, has been making the bus shake as the sound waves hit. Even with the lightning further away now, we can still feel as well as hear the thunder. 

Thankfully my studio trailer is the same side of the plot as the bus and I should be able to make those few yards without getting too wet. Not sure the power will stay on long enough to put on a few lights and power up the monitors, though. 

My studio trailer, when I had the vintage caravan, used to be the other side of the plot. Can you imagine the fun I had trying to get to work on those rainy days? 

And yeah, the bathroom is outside too. In fact it's a further walk than my studio but thankfully it's this side of that giant puddle. 

(why yes, that's our daft cat outside in the storm. She loves the storms themselves - all the wind and thunder - but hates the rain. Thankfully she came to her senses and followed me back into the bus) 

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My moods have bouncing more frequently lately and the black dog has been doing it's thing. In an effort to help myself and regain focus I've pulled back in a few places.

 
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Twitter  
This has been one of my main social media platforms for years but given the changes to it and the current political situation, it no longer feels like a safe place and I've uninstalled it from all my devices. 

My IG photos still auto post to Twitter, as do blog post links, but other than that, I'm not checking in. If you talk to me there, I'm not getting your messages, sorry!  

I still haven't decided whether to close my account long term so for now it stays open with the only activity being the auto-posts. 

Facebook
In my world, FB is hell. I've not had a personal account for years and shutting that down was the best thing I ever did for my sanity. 

However, I keep the Woolly Wormhead page open and active as I know for many people it's a primary way to stay in touch. My lack of personal account though does mean that I check in through the Pages app only, and that leaves a lot to be desired - it would seem that beyond comments on anything I post to the page, I'm not picking up on anything else. If you need to ask a question, pop by the Ravelry group 😃

Instagram
IG still feels like a safe place to me and I'm still posting. I don't just talk about Hats and knitting - I talk about our creative life, the cat, our garden. It's my space and I can't be doing with sticking to one topic or talk of branding! What I like about Instagram is seeing beyond the veil as it were, and recently unfollowed a load of accounts that just stuck to the pretty picture let's not rock the boat insta format that's rife these days. Doing that has really been helpful - I feel in touch with people again.

Ravelry
This is still my main port of call for any questions that arise about patterns and knitting. I answer the odd thing here on this blog or on relevant IG posts but overall, my Ravelry group is the knowledge base second to this website.

Blogging
I'm so happy to have this space back thanks to a working app! This has always been my little corner of the universe and only being able to talk when I was sat in my work chair in my studio was suffocating. Like I said above, I don't believe in limiting myself to one topic - that's not life, it's not a creative life - and I'm looking forward to sharing more here. When I'm able to be organic, I'm at my best (I think?) and I can already feel the shackles drifting.

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