Sunday, 14 November 2010

My Saturday

I am sulking. It's what I always do when things go wrong. Not behaviour that befits my age I know but sometimes I need to take a step back and sit quietly by myself and figure out what to do next.

I had a lovely day yesterday. Finished the knitting part of my baby cardigan and put it in my bag and set off with my eldest to potter around some shops and see if I could find a nice button to match. Yes, with all my buttons not a single one was the correct shade of purple! My boy is going through a tricky stage at the moment and it's not often I get to spend time with him on his own. We looked around the charity shops and the health food shop and had a nice afternoon. I got my button, well two actually, nice to have options! I also found some lovely yellow yarn in the bargain bin which had to come with me at £2 a ball.

When we got home armed with a pizza and plans to watch tv, that's when it all went wrong. The top of the tv was wet! Our ceiling has had old water marks on it for a while. The last occupants were obviously aware of a problem but had covered it up with fresh plaster and oil paint. Once the leak happened again we realised and while it didn't look particularly nice we left it until we had the time to get it fixed up properly, as long as the leak was ok I could live with the bad ceiling. But this was more than a few drips of water and bits of plaster were starting to drop down. We ushered the kids upstairs and moved the tv and had no choice but to remove the wet plaster before it fell on one of us. I was in my pj's and socks and had quickly covered my hair up with a pair of my daughters school tights, I looked ridiculous! I have learned from past experience that plaster dust in my hair takes an age to wash out so I wasn't taking any chances.

The reason the ceiling was giving way so easily was because someone had left big bits of rubble and offcuts of brick under the floorboards which were too heavy for the ceiling to hold so we had to get it all down.

I was joking about it on Twitter last night but really it was horrible. My poor Little One was wailing until he eventually fell asleep. I was just too covered in dust to pick him up. By the time we had cleared and swept and mopped and hoovered it was gone 11:30 and then a further hour till I was in clean clothes and in my bed. I had a dream that the whole house fell into a crater in the ground, yet we carried on living there.

This morning I'm tired and I'm sore and really not sure where to go from here.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Fibre Flurry

Yes this post is rather late isn't it?! I seem to be playing catch-up all week. I haven't felt the best it has to be said. I don't think I have made it through a full day without falling asleep at some point. I'm putting it down to the tablets I'm on, I seem to have every possible side effect listed on the little leaflet inside. I have completely lost my appetite which in a way is a good thing, I have some brand new Monsoon trousers that I wouldn't mind fitting into at some point this decade. One of those impulse sale buys where I intended to diet to fit them and it didn't happen. I also went for my scan on Wednesday. I got there only to be told I hadn't had enough to drink and needed to go away and drink some more. Oh my goodness, I don't think I have ever been so uncomfortable in my life! I am very lucky that my friend had come with me to keep Little One amused which she was well prepared for, bringing cars and crayons and raisins and dinosaurs! Anyhow as I suspected the scan was fine and they could see nothing at all wrong so where that leaves me I'm not sure.

So last weekend some of my knitting group friends and I headed off into Kings Norton to Fibre Flurry. It was held in the lovely St Nicholas Place, a restored 15th Century merchants house. Really gorgeous! I did take my camera with me but the marketplace was so busy I didn't get a chance to take it out of my bag. I'm not a big fan of crowds but at least this crowd was made up of friendly yarny people. I was so overwhelmed with all the beautiful things on offer! I had to go around twice just to decide what to buy. I settled on some Sylvia sock yarn from Posh Yarns. Their stand was very busy!

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And some Ethereal in Golden Pumpkin from Fyberspates. I don't yet know what I will do with it but it just felt so beautiful I had to have some. It is so soft!

The Textile Garden stand was a button lovers dream come true, tray upon tray of them! I didn't have any projects needing buttons in mind so left them for now, after all their postage charges are very reasonable which makes a big change! I really dislike being charged in excess of £3 for a tiny item. I did however come away with this shawl pin for a shawl I have yet to make. Ahem.
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I tried to take some pictures of my own but with the clocks changing my house remains so dark for most of the day and they came out very blurry. I have started to spend more time upstairs just so I can see some daylight.

Picture from Natural Dye Studio

I also bought the pattern for this blanket from the Natural Dye Studio after falling in love with the one on display. It was gorgeous!

The afternoon was taken up with my class I had booked with Susan Crawford. As I said before I lack confidence in finishing projects to a good enough standard. We had some homework of making up a small project and we used it to practice three needle bind off for shoulders, mattress stitch for the side seams and picking up a stitches for a button band amongst other things. I must say that I did get a bit disheartened as I didn't feel I could keep up at some points as I was having to concentrate so hard on what I was doing. It was the first time I'd been out of the house in a week after being ill and I was feeling the strain. Most importantly I have managed to remember what I had learned. Susan is a lovely woman and her designs are inspirational. I'm a big fan of vintage style patterns, though I think many of them aren't designed for my figure! As Victoria Wood once said, I don't have a waist just a part of my body where my trousers meet the rest of me.

Taking the class did make me re-evaluate the amount of projects I had started and got out of my depth with so I have decided to clear my project page of anything I am not happy about and start again with simple items that I see through before starting anything else. I've been knitting away all week and almost have a baby cardigan finished! I also knitted a tension square for the first time ever after being convinced of the benefits.

All in all Fibre Flurry was a great success and I had a wonderful time. I hope there is a next year as will be first in the queue for a ticket!
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