|Turbohaler in all his glory|
So off I trotted back to the quack who said that although my spirometry test had been inconclusive, my breath-flow chart did suggest that I have asthma. Deep joy. Enter Turbohaler, an inhaler containing a delightful mix of steroid and something to help open my airways. I also have a follow-up appointment at the asthma management clinic. Poo. Although this is a blow it makes sense of some of the breathing problems I've had over the years and have just carried on without worrying. It's just that now it has a name and I am feeling somewhat under the weather.
My Harlequin shawlette is finished and I am very pleased with the result. I've made several modifications to the pattern to suit my yarn and how I wanted it to look.
I felt the finished edges looked rather untidy and it's not just because of the yarn I used - I checked out the photos in the book and all the edges look decidedly wavy, even in the thick yarn that was used.
My solution was simple - a row of double crochet all the way round. It really has made it so much neater and unified the colours.
You will notice that it is not just a rectangle like a scarf as in the pattern. I wanted a more fitted shape that would sit comfortably on my shoulders. So I used 5mm needles for the bottom half and then went down to 4.5mm for the rest and it's worked out really well.
As a closure, the pattern uses a button with a crocheted loop so I had a rummage in my button collection and found this lovely old floral button (left). Although I love it I think I prefer the square brooch on the right. It's from the 1950s and belonged to my mum and I think it looks good with the squares of the entrelac. The bonus is it has matching earrings.
I'll take a photo of me wearing it when I'm feeling better as it's so pretty that I want to do it justice.
As I wandered round the front garden this morning I couldn't resist snapping this beautiful allium. The metallic purple star-shaped flowers are so lovely.
|Plebejus argus (aka the Silver-studded Blue)|
They are also very popular with butterflies and this Silver-studded Blue gave me a wonderful display of the underside of its wings. I actually thought it was a Common Blue until I checked in my butterfly book.