Monday, January 22, 2007

bad day? good day!

okay so it didn't start off the best.

David decided to see just how long Mum's favourite vintage-look retractable brass tape measure was.' Was' is the operative word here folks. Well, I guess technically speaking it IS still that long ... but I'm taking a wild guess that MS TM didn't exactly enjoy the experience of bonding with David because she sure as hell isn't retractable any more. Bugger.

fear not gentle reader

my day started looking up almost immediately with three surprises:

Surprise #1: a phone call alerting me to the imminent arrival in town of a dear friend that I haven't seen for far too long

Surprise #2: another phone call [long] from another friend that I get to see and/or talk to far too infrequently [ hello Nic ]

and waiting for me at the Post Office was the thing that made it a Happy Mail Day

Surprise #3 :

a parcel from the lovely Laura who obviously has been researching my tastes. Here we have some gorgeous blue Araucania hand painted cotton from Chile, a ball of variegated Optima crochet cotton also in blue [ and now I finally know what 10-weight cotton looks like which will prove immensely useful ], a cute little needle felted brooch which I think is going to permanently adorn the hat worn by my favourite bear, and a tube of lavender bath salts. The letter was sealed with a cute little puffy orange sticker that says smile so I peeled it off ever so carefully and it's currently stuck to the surround of my monitor.

This was my 'prize' from Laura's 'help me destash' comp. I thought maybe I was going to get a couple of her buttons made from vintage linens, not this veritable avalanche of largesse. So thank you Laura for such a lovely giftie.

and now I have to get something off my chest.

I sort of fell off the wagon a teeny little bit.

Do you remember when I said that I was going to knit myself fingerless mittens in all the colours in my wardrobe? Well, you've seen the navy pair and the red and I've done a pair-and-a-half in purply plum this week that you haven't seen yet, and there's a beautiful ball of alpaca all earmarked for the black pair, BUT the only jade/teal I had in the stash was acrylic, and wristwarmers rooly rooly need to be natural fibre, n'est-ce pas? Yeah, knew you'd agree with me. So anyway, a quick trip to the back room at Bendigo Woollen Mills didn't produce the goods [ what it did produce was 2 x 200 gram balls of charcoal grey, and a mixed bag of odd weight balls of MY colours: plum, mauve, navy, country red and a jade/navy/purple marl but according to my version of The Rules, on-sale-at BWM doesn't count ]


when I went into town to pick David up, I squeezed in a visit to what is laughingly referred to as the LYS for a 7mm circ and I must've got her on a good day cos she's ordering in the colour I want in Heirloom 5-ply [ about sockweight ] even though she knows I only want 1 or 2 balls. This is a woman renowned for her ability to gold medal in Surly and UNhelpful for her country... so all in all definitely a good day :]


Caitlin said...

You know, I just don't get why some shop owners do that. They seem to think that we'll keep coming back even though they're rude - and yeah, we might, for "emergency" supplies - but ultimately I get to a point where I'd rather buy mail order, even from outside the country if necessary, than deal with a surly cow even ONE.MORE.TIME. (vide the remarkably unhelpful Pfaff dealer in town...)
BUGGER'EM! No more surly -un-service, dammit! (Oh, unless you just happen to have...?)

Laura said...

Well that sounds like a not so bad day. I just realized why I was thinking cotton for you--because you're in the middle of summer!

Sheepish Annie said...

When you're having a good day, it's like you have permission to fall of the wagon just a bit. I am certain I read that somewhere...

What a great package! That is the perfect surprise on any day.

Robbyn said...

What a shame about your tape measure - it really is lovely too. Would it be possible to have it repaired, maybe?

Ditto about the surly service and I'm afraid I have to admit to being a bit inflexible about that. One chance is all you get. I take my money elsewhere after that :)