This is going to be a mostly spinning and knitting post but I'll start with a wee bit on earthquakes and insurance.
Our insurance of course is being picked up by EQC, unfortunately there is no timeline on this despite me phoning them once a fortnight. Although we've replaced the washing machine we can't afford to do the oven as well. We've rung Fisher and Paykel and they've basically said with the number of things not working properly and that it's 10 years old it should be replaced, not repaired so we have to wait. In the newspaper there was a tiny wee article on EQC and contents claims. Apparently they expect to have them all sorted and paid (assuming you're being honest of course) by the end of the year. I don't know if our oven will last that long, I do know that the interest free term for the washing machine won't last that long. I wonder if they'll cover interest payments under the insurance claim? I suspect not; in the meantime we're paying it off as fast as we can and if need be we'll use the revolving mortgage to pay it off; technically we shouldn't have to. But then technically no-one should have their lives affected by natural disasters like many Cantabrians have (we've got it easy, house intact and only a couple of big items affected; many have it much worse).
Right, back onto the spinning and knitting. Just over 5 weeks ago I ordered a skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina in Robins Egg to make my Andrea's Shawl. It arrived finally on Tuesday, after I'd emailed The Loopy Ewe to say that it'd still not arrived and they'd emailed back to say they'd resend it. I immediately let them know the original had turned up, and luckily although they'd packed the new one it wasn't yet posted so they could stop it; which was fantastic! I got the yarn balled up ready to go, but couldn't start knitting that day due to work commitments. The next day I got started, and the yarn I'd ordered from The Loopy Ewe last week also arrived (what on earth do the post office do to get a 5.1 week delay and then a 1 week delay?).
3 days of frantic knitting followed; and last night I blocked the finished shawl, though really despite being the medium size it's a shawlette; I think the small might fit a child, but not me. Here she is in her glory, she's beautiful!
Onto the Tour de Fleece. I've been doing lots of spinning too, finished 4 yarns so far including the two in my previous post. I forgot the rest day and plied 2 on that day, whoops. Of course the last 3 days had seen just token spinning while I frantically knit the shawl, but now that it's finished I spent 2 hours this morning working on the latest spinning.
Here we have:
My Romney which was 2 lots of hand-dyed that I then plied together. Love it, I've called it Hagley Park as it reminds me of the various spring flowers poking their heads out of the grass. It's more of a bulky yarn.
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