andean bracelets, fabulous fungi, and olfactory hallucinations

I had a bit of thinly spun yarn on a bobbin from a year or more ago and decided to just ply it up. But I didn’t want to navajo ply it, so I made an Andean plying bracelet. Amy laughs because the first time I tried to do this I couldn’t and rather than toss the mess, I ran the thread all over her store to straighten it all out. Nobody could move.

But now? I can do it!
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It does rather make that finger turn purple. But sets me up just dandy to give the evil eye hexy thing to my neighbors. The wine bottle comes in handy to hold it until ready for plying…

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About 25 yards, the color is right in the first two pics.

I thought I’d use the rest of the fiber (Amy’s Corriedale, in the color “Mandy”) for the long draw. I’m closer, but not quite there. Here’s half the top, fluffed up, yarn 2-plied, and leftovers.
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hmmmm, time for another bracelet.

chanterelles!

chanterelles
nom nom…

Olfactory hallucinations

Phantosmia. Who knew it was a real thing? I haven’t been able to smell much since a bad sinus infection in May, and then at the end of the May I started smelling smoke. EVERYWHERE. Practically all the time. My doc put me on Flonase, but that hasn’t done much, so I’m setting up an appointment with an ENT. The other night I googled “smell smoke” and the FIRST result was a forum about “you smell smoke when it isn’t there”. No real answers, but lots of questions for the doc. Causes range from tumors to polyps to chemical sensitivities to allergies to nose picking to stress to proximity to computers to nerve damage from upper respiratory infections (the most likely for me). Easy things to try include sinus irrigation (which I’ve done) and steam inhalation therapy. You can buy a device, but a bowl of boiled water works just as well. I’ve been putting a few essential oil drops in it, which I can’t smell… until the hot water hits it. YOWZA.

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Twice a day, in this stinking heat and humidity, I create my own little sauna. And try to read. And drip and drip and drip sweat. But my face feels great!

5 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Brenda said,

    July 16, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

    You mean it isn’t because you pick your nose? (Just kidding). I hope they figure it out.

  2. 2

    Emily said,

    July 16, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

    Picking your nose with your purple finger will always get you in trouble!

  3. 3

    gramily said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    Bizzare and yet another Weird But True report. It must be incredibly annoying.

  4. 4

    Chris said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    Ugh – that would drive me crazy!

    Your yarn is gorgeous.

  5. 5

    Vicki said,

    August 9, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    I was experiencing both phantosmia and tinnitus a couple of years ago. Visited the ENT and even had an MRI, but they found nothing. I think the next step was neuro, but I never went. I still have an olfactory hallucination on occasion, but it is very rare; the tinnitus drives me nuts and is almost constant now (varying degrees). Sending good smell vibes. ; )

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