Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Not Happy

I am not a very happy camper today. I am sick with a cold, and only bothered to get out of bed because my gas heater was being serviced. It was working fine before the guys came to service it, but after they left the fan wouldn't shut off, even when the heater was turned off at the wall. The heater guys came back after 90 minutes, and played around with it for over half an hour. They had said it "had them puzzled". Finally the boss of the two guys comes in and says that the pc board has blown, and needs replacing. It is ordered and will be here sometime, but they can't tell me when. They also said it was not as a result of anything that they did. The power did cut out while they were here the first time for some reason. They thought the light in the roof was blown, it was really the power.

So as you can probably imagine, I am pretty pissed off. At least they reckon it will only get to 6 degrees tonight, not any lower. I only have a tiny little heater that I used to use in Mum's bathroom when the duct to that room wasn't working. It won't really be worth using in my lounge, because the room is too big - lounge, dining and study. Open planning is a bitch. I will see how I go tonight, I think I will definitely be putting my new extra warm wool doona on the bed. Good thing I have my old single bed doona, I can sit on the couch under that. I think an early night will be called for. I just hope that they can get the part this week, and install it tomorrow or Thursday arvo. Otherwise, if it comes Friday I will have to take the day off work. If the house is too cold, I will have to go sleep at my sisters place. I wish I could remember which phone number I gave the heater company when I booked the service. It is almost funny, the guy said that the heater should last about 5 more years, but it really only worked for about 5 minutes!

If I don't turn into an icicle, I will post an update when it gets fixed. I hate being so frustrated when things are out of my control. Shedding a few tears from frustration is not helping my cold and my blocked nose.

I think I will go and make a hot milo and eat some easter eggs. Only 6 left now.

Friday, May 2, 2008

The wrap that grows by itself

Last weekend I was knitting away on my wrap vest when the phone rang - it was work, I had to leave immediately for a caesar. I was in the middle of a row. I completely forgot about that till my neighbour asked to see the wrap I had told her about. I picked it up from the couch, and a heap of stitches fell off. I have an amazing skill of being able to turn random knit stitches into purl stitches, even though I use the same technique to pick them up.

Anyway, before the great unpicking episode (I ended up unpicking 3 or 4 rows of 159 stitches, I stupidly purposefully dropped one stitch a couple of rows to try to fix it), the wrap was measuring 32cms from the armhole. Now that I have reknit the unpicked rows, it is measuring anything from 34 to 35cm. Don't ask me how it has grown that much, cos I don't have a clue. I know that it is alpaca and prone to stretching, but I have been careful, I promise. I have always tried to place it carefully on a flat surface to measure. Last night at quilters it was spot on 33cm, the required measurement to create another armhole. Somehow it grew overnight.

I am going to go to work shortly and hopefully have a nice day. I will get to listen to some cool music. The surgeon in my theatre this arvo listens to Wolfmother, Foo Fighters and the Chilli Peppers on his ipod. All really cool. Except for the occasional classical pieces. But I can handle that. Some Doctors only seem to have heavy classical and opera on their ipods. I finally bought the latest Interweave Knits, so will have that for my reading pleasure this arvo.

If I get around to it tomorrow I will post some photos. I am very slack with doing that. Hopefully I won't have to unpick anymore of my knitting. I have a dreadful feeling that I will have to though. It is a one size fits all pattern, and I am on the smaller scale of one size, so if it is too big across the back it won't work.

My other project this weekend? To put in an Avon order. I am not entirely sure why I did it, but I have become a sort of social Avon rep. Just selling to friends, family and work mates. I have to collect some orders tonight.