Saturday, April 25, 2009

Every cloud craptastic week has a silver lining

Sorry for the silence. It's been one of those weeks that start off bad and just seem to get worse.

I woke up Monday morning feeling awful, so stayed home from work—thereby losing pay—and slept the whole day away. I didn't even get any knitting in.

On Tuesday, I received a most unwelcome report from ICBC regarding the cost of making that accident I briefly alluded to in February go away. I can't/won't go into the details here; suffice it to say upon reading it I became positively incandescent with rage and actually looked at my legal options. It looks like Piggy's going to small claims court. Update to follow...eventually.

On Wednesday, I learned I would be unemployed May 1st. It seems the person who wanted to keep me on wasn't aware/forgot that as a "casual" employee, I can only work for 90 days per calendar year for any one federal department. Ugh.

Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, they got a bit better. Yesterday, I learned I could stay at work until May 15th. It's not the months-long gig I'd been expecting, but it's one more paycheque's worth. Which is a very good thing indeed, as Piggy's been doing a fair bit of shopping recently...and a fair chunk of it—five packages worth—was at the post office waiting for me yesterday afternoon.

Here's the haul all together:


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That would be an organic cotton Ravelry project bag on the bottom there. It's very nice; a good size for a small or medium-sized project.

Also from the Ravelry store:


The Rav logo and Bob window clings. Sorry for the craptastic pics; I'll try to get better ones soon. These are now on my rear and front windshields, respectively.

Next up, a five-inch PVC Needle Keep from marelle on etsy. They come in a bunch of sizes; this is my third one. Very handy!


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Yes, that is the same sock. No, I haven't knit a single stitch on it since the last time you saw it. Let's move on, shall we?

I'll bet you're curious about that blue thingy in the top of the first photo.


A nifty vintage wool holder! Very cute. I bought it from an eBay store, chimpbusiness. I'd seen a few on etsy, but this one was much less, even when you factored in shipping from the U.K.

So, what to put in the beehive wool holder? How about some sale yarn from elann?


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Six balls of Filatura Di Crosa Millefili Fine—the last four of Raspberry, and the last two of Lime Froth (anyone have extras of either?). Lovely.

Last, but by no means least, a package from piddleloop!


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I only purchased one item, the adorable, useful and just generally perfect Mr. Piggy zippered notions pouch:


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Everything else—the pins, notebook, Easter Fun Dips and two adorable-but-difficult-to-photograph flying piggy stitchmarkers from Dragon Lady Designs—were treats for me! Piggy hearts piddleloop!

What are your favourite places to shop online?

3 comments:

  1. Super cute piggy bag! I love it! I'm glad you got extended another 2 weeks. A bit of a reprieve.

    Here are my faves:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=88629
    http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5293772
    http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5106294

    And apparently Valley Yarn. Wink wink, nudge nudge. ;)

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  2. Those are definitely some sweet consolation prizes. So sorry other things are crap. Fingers crossed for you on yucky counts...and a leetle jealousy about the Rav project bag, I had an attack of the sensibles when I ordered my hoodie, and resisted.

    (Then, I fell down on etsy and ordered 2...)

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  3. I love all that knitting yummyness!

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