Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Three more things done!

I did a money diet in July, but it wasn't overly successful, mainly due to a Gem & Mineral show held the first Saturday of my diet-month, which I spent a bit at, and an event later in the month which I needed some accessories for!  I did spend less than normal, but not less-enough.  I think this is something I need to do again as a separate thing when I can concentrate on it properly.

Last Thursday, I tried indoor climbing at the Byker Climbing Wall.  It was definitely an experience, and one I'm glad I've had; however, I don't think I would want to do it again!

To start with, the climbs (according to Jo, who's been trying to persuade me to try climbing for quite a while; she finally succeeded - thank you Jo!) were actually quite difficult, even the easy ones.  First time, I tried one, and got about three hand-holds up before I climbed back down, terrified!  NOPE! as they say on the internets.

However, Jo persuaded me to try another different climb, and I got further this time; almost to the top.  However, I still wasn't up to jumping down, even onto the crash mats... so it was climb-down time again.

The best I managed was on this climb - all the way to the top! (Although I was hanging on for dear life while Jo got the camera!)

I got up here, now how do I get down?!


After the first half-climb, my forearms seemed to have developed new muscles, just so they could go into spasm.  By the end of half-an-hour, my shoulders, thighs and calves were complaining as well.  So, all in all, I'm glad I did it, but I doubt I'll ever go climbing again; it's just not really for me!

The other thing I've done is learn to use a spinning wheel.  It's something I've always wanted to do, since I was a little girl, and today I got the chance (thanks K!)  Somehow it seems both rustic and romantic, I'm not sure quite why!

Hardly Sleeping Beauty ;) 
However, I did get to use the seat from the old Tyneside Cinema which K has!  Very comfy!

The Niddy-Noddy I used to wind the wool,
and the first (tiny!) skein of spun wool I've made!

I intend to do some more spinning, with the intention of making enough for Jo to show me how to make Tablet-weaving (she's been saying I should give it a try for ages, so I will - another new thing!), and make a piece of Tablet weave, so I'll update the list if I manage to do that.

Twenty-seven items down, thirteen to go!