Thursday, 21 February 2013
these are a few of my favourite things
Brooklyn Tweed sent me a parcel. A soft squishy parcel. Well actually I did know it was coming. I bought some stuff one day when the AUD dollar was fairly high. Well, that's my excuse.
It was quite a large parcel and I opened it carefully just in case the yarn was near the edge where I used the scissors. Very carefully indeed.
I carefully tugged at the strings and managed to get the packages undone without cutting the string.
I peered inside but the yarn was also wrapped in brown paper so I couldn't see it immediately. These were just wrapped, not wrapped and tied.
This should be the end of stash expansion for quite a while now, although I have been good about not buying for quite a while now.
It feels as if it should be very warm. Son and DIL plan on being OS in continental winter so I think this may be made for then. I have things to finish before I start this, but that's OK as far as time frame goes.
The other is a shawl with patterning on both right and wrong sides of the knitting. A bit of a challenge but I have done lace with double sided patterning before. I'll just have to keep my wits about me and be careful to mark where I am up to. Will also have to remember to read the back row of the chart in the proper direction or pattern won't show.
The colour here is called soot. I must have been feeling moody when I bought these to have chosen two dark colours.
I was a bit of a write off yesterday. On Tuesday night I attended the AGM for this apartment block. There have been a few hassles with tenants here lately and I had a huge box of party rubbish dumped in my parking space. Why they couldn't move it a few more metres to garbage room is beyond me. So I went to the AGM as I wanted to hear decisions and discussions first hand.
It was held in a local club about 20 minutes' walk from here. 6:30, which was an inconvenient time as far as I was concerned. Too early for dinner and too late the other end. I walked up and didn't even have to sign in on arrival. However the place was being renovated and there was a horrible pungent smell pervading the whole area. Paint strippers or thinner, varnish or perhaps even the new carpet. It was vile. I get few migraines but such smells are an almost certain trigger.
Sure enough, I had barely sat down when the familiar signs became apparent. After a while I wondered if I would be able to remain sitting or if I would fall off my chair. I decided I had to stay. I could get a ride home at the end which I would not get if I left early. Either I became used to it or it quietened down but I stayed for the two hours without embarrassing myself by falling off chair or fainting.
However, even after a sleep I felt terrible yesterday. Nauseous and extremely sensitive to light. I got up needing coffee to find my coffee machine had died. The lights are all on but there's no action. I eventually bought a cup at McD's downstairs and felt better after it. However, I was pretty much out of it till mid afternoon and had several rests in bed.
I get few migraines, perhaps one a year and not even that frequently lately, but I certainly don't want another.
Edited to add: User error, user error with coffee machine. I had somehow changed one of the settings and machine didn't like it. It now works, thank goodness. User error is computer guru son's favourite refrain. Often it's not applicable with DIL or me. Perhaps others. This time I will have to plead guilty.