Thursday, 22 November 2007

There's a man at my window and I'm on the first floor!




This has been the year when everything broke. From the freezer to the dishwasher to the sink to the ominous springs in the mattress. This week the roof decided to let us down. It had rained heavily and the sound of water dripping in the kitchen made my heart sink to my mouse filled boots. If I tell you that our kitchen is an extension and the dripping is between the new and old bits of the house in the walls, then you will know how sunk I am. Hence the face at the window. The local roofers are on the case, they should have started yesterday but apparently they can't fix leaks if it is raining. Hmmm. The good news is that the damage is minimal and should be fixed today.

The weather has been truly awful so there has been a lot of lying about a la Magnus. I'm on sleeve two of the Vogue Sweater and Nell's thing that involves roaring is coming along nicely. The Twist Fibre Craft shop was on my to do list this week but that was derailed on account of the dripping. Luckily they do very quick mail order and a parcel of fleece and dye should be in the post. I have been gazing at Pi Shawls on Ravelry and I feel an itch in my DPNs. Maybe after the big handspun wrap that has already been planned I will start spinning for a shawl. The dyeing is brand new to me and I don't know whether to colour the Wensleydale fleece tops or spin and then dye. Any advice? I have a leaning towards dyeing the fleece and then blending when spinning but I could be persuaded either way.

The mouse filled boots were actually a single shoe. I came upon Magnus in our storeroom with a paw inside one of my trainers and having lured him away with the promise of milk, I checked inside only to find a harvest mouse. This fellow was unharmed and hanging on by the paws to my shoe. He was taken outside and persuaded to stay under the shed until Magnus had forgotten about him. He should be fine, which is more than I can say for the bird that went behind the washing machine on Tuesday, but that's another story!

7 comments:

Miss Frugality said...

...It never rains but it pours!
Hope your distracting drip is sorted soon!
Thanks for sending the link yesterday-Very useful.

Jacqui said...

I just LOVE your little mousey! Thank you for saving him from Magnus.

Hang in there! It does eventually get better...

Littlelou said...

Thanks for your comment. I've always meant to get along to Fibre Twist but public transport to there from Kirkcaldy sucks. Loved reading your blog though. Is it the original Wedding Present you went to see? With David Gedge? Im a fan of old.

Abigale said...

I say dye - then spin - you get such wonderful colour gradations with dyed in the wool... You can have lots of fun blending the colours, and Wensleydale has that lovely shine that comes out so well in dyed wool... Just my opinion of course - have fun with it whatever you do!

Mary Jane said...

I'm sorry for all your house traumas. But what a beautiful photograph of your rainy street. Lovey!

meg said...

If it's not one thing, it's six others . . . a phrase I've had occasion to utter too often. What a cute little rodent! Handsome cat, too :)
Also, I'd think dyeing the wool first would make for more fun in the spinning.
May your roof be fixed soon!

Purple Fuzzy Mittens said...

I love that picture of Magnus - right now my Clara looks exactly like that, except for a couple of little white toes peeking out.