Greenbelt. But instead I'm sitting around in Lincoln with tonsillitis. Again. I'm sure I must be in for a world record by now?
I'd made loads of careful preparations. I'd selected which yarn to take (plain chunky socks to make knitting in dark tents easier, using 2 circular needles as there's less chance of dropped stitches and lost needles):
and wound it into balls:
I'd aired my sleeping bag (not used since last year!) and put clothes in a big pile to go in my big rucksack. I'd even bought a little bottle of shampoo from Lush.
I'd arranged to meet up with some other knitters, including Anne and Nickerjac. And also with Farli and Mr Farli.
Grrrrr. According to my calculations, I've now been on the tonsillectomy waiting list for 10 weeks. According to govt targets (I think) I have to have it done within 18 weeks or the hospital gets a big black mark. BUT the hospital is in a total mess at the moment. I did make it to
Knit Lincs yesterday (a good thing too as there were only two of us there!) and the other girl there had had her tonsils out fairly recently. She'd got as far as the day of the op and then been sent home from the surgery unit as they'd run out of operating space and time. It seems that sitting in A & E and refusing to budge until something happens could be the way to get things moving. It could be worse though. The waiting list for hearing aids is over 2 years...
Thank you for all the messages about my car. The bloke who did it eventually returned and left his phone no. in my postbox. He tried to get me to do a cash only deal without involving the
insurance company, which I refused to do (suspecting he didn't have insurance). It turned out that he did, but probably didn't want his premium to go higher with another claim. Anyway, he
was a little bit intimidating, which I hate, so I stuck to my guns and told him I just wanted his insurance details which he finally let me have. The damage is going to cost £860.02 (2p?!?!)
to repair (the bloke offered me £200 in cash to put it right!) but I do at least get a courtesy car so I can get to work whilst that's going on.
I retired to Lincoln for some TLC from Mum and Sooty. Although Sooty is now very ill himself. He was quite poorly last weekend and was very close to renal failure but various injections
brought him back to normal again. But it looks like it's happening again and he's a very old cat (nearly 19) so I'm not sure how fair it is on him to keep pumping him full of drugs. At the moment he's still speaking to us and is still interested in things but if that goes then...
So before Knit Lincs I ended up at the LYS that's closing down in Lincoln. I needed 1.5m of ribbon to finish off Lavender & Lace. The ribbon came to 16p, but then I spotted the yarn with
75% off. Eight balls of Cotton Braid made their way into my bag. Well, it was only £2 a ball, although it does mean a strike on Stashalong. But I think in the circumstances a yarn
purchase was necessary?
I've been knitting away on the shrug part of Lavender & Lace, using some more of the Patons 4ply 100% cotton in purple and some black Kidsilk Haze (one strand of each held together).
I'm quite pleased with how it's going, although some frogging was necessary due to be inability to count in various places.