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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Carrie's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

So I had some drama in the past week that I really want to tell you about. Actually, I really want to write a one-woman play about it. Or an after-school special. Or, at the very least, an earnest public service announcement.

I don't say all this to be coy, but mom reminded me that you just never know who's reading this thing. So I think I need to keep my lip zipped for now, which is hard because I'm a blabbermouth at heart. The good news is that I have a supportive family, good health, a home, a job and a long-suffering boyfriend.

But there are a few things from the past week that I can share. Like the new drip in my bathroom ceiling that appeared Wednesday. The one that my super didn't fix. The one that he swore wouldn't cause my ceiling to collapse. Well, Saturday morning it nearly did.

Look at my sad broken pumice stone and ruined loofah!

The silver lining here? For starters, I was not *in* the shower when it collapsed. And they ain't giving me any trouble getting out of my lease early.

Now, let's move on to happier news. By Friday, I started feeling up to knitting again! And over the weekend, my friend Shannon and I went to the Point -- which was almost empty! Do all of you New York knitters have summer houses? -- and I met Jenn from PassionKNITly. She was so sweet and friendly. How did I recognize her? From the funky yellow and purple flower power dress she's knitting from Knit 1, of course!

And I'm taking a little break from mom's French Bistro Top to work on Diamonique from Saunshine in Dale of Norway Baby Ull. I knew nothing about this yarn when I bought it, but I liked the color. Here's how the fabric is working up so far:

I gotta be honest. I'm really struggling with the decreases on this. It seems like if I decrease two, I should just subtract two from the beginning of the lace chart and proceed from there, right? But I keep messing it up and having to rip back to the lifeline. Thank heavens I started using a lifeline for this!


Blogger Sachi said...

I'm sorry to hear about your bathroom woes. I feel your pain.

As for decreases, does it say at the beginning of the row "decrease two" and then standard instructions? I guess I need a little more to work with... like the whole row's instructions from the pattern... in order to give a hand.

3:20 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I'm sorry you've had such a bummer of a week! The bathroom ceiling falling in would be enough, let alone other things. I hope you have fun plans for the fourth and that they distract you a bit.
I really like that color for Diamonique. Very summery.

5:08 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Wow! That ceiling is seriously scary. Thank goodness you weren't in there at the time!

I'm sorry to hear that your week went so badly. I hope things look better for you this week.

Dale Baby Ull also makes great socks! ;-)

9:48 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Ugh, what a mess! I hope you find an apartment you like better. I also hope your one-woman play fodder gets better, whatever it may be.

9:58 AM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

Dude, whatever's been going on, I hope you're feeling better. Of course, I'm dying to know what the drama is, but I can wait until you're ready.

Oh, and the bathroom thing sucks. Hang in there, baby!

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

Wow, sounds like you are having a rough go of it. Keep your head up and know that you've got lots of pals out here...even if they are in So Cal.

11:06 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

oh no!! ugh, i can't believe all this stuff is happening to you right before you're about to move. but maybe all the bad vibes will be left behind in the old apartment and you'll be all good karmaed from here on out!

i like the fabric on the diamonique. it's gonna look really great once blocked.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Ew, sorry about your bathroom! That sucks.

For diamonique, I placed a marker after the first diamond and before the last to help with the decreases. There are some points where you just do stockinette for the first few stitches and only do the last half of the diamond--at least that's what I did. I sort of worked backwards from the marker to determine what to do, if that makes any sense at all!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Shana said...

Sorry that you're having such a bad week. Hopefully things will look up from here.
I agree with Meredith on how to handle the decreases for Diamonique. I think that the lace pattern is supposed to blend into the side seams so the YOs should disappear as they reach the edge.
I can't wait to see the FO. I learned about the pattern from reading your blog and its next on my to-do list after I sew up Ruby.

12:11 PM  
Blogger GIA said...

I have felt your pain. When I was 8 mos preggers years ago, I thought I heard someone break in the house. I woke my now EX hubby and told him to get downstairs and get them out. It was a loud noise, LOUD i mean. He got down stairs 1/2 way, and then saw the bathroom floor on the foyer floor. (right above the foyer of course). It was scary!

I know hard weeks too, but sometimes, we have to remember that it always gets darker before the dawn. If there is something that is hard now, then next time it will be THAT MUCH EASIER, its a life lesson!

Love the work you do by the to read along!

Keeo your chin up! Its to pretty to be down...


12:52 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

What a scary looking bathroom! Like you said, at least you weren't actually in the shower. I hope that this week is better than the last.

1:07 PM  
Blogger lowercasecarmen said...

Maybe you could take the collapsed ceiling as an indirect compliment? Like, hey those people upstairs liked me SO MUCH that they just had to smash a hole in their floor to catch a glimpse of me! No? Alright, that's dumb...

4:07 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Glad you weren't injured in the Great Bathroom Celing Collapse of 2006. Hope your next place is better! Hope the other things work themselves out, too.

Diamonique looks great.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

ugh! what a mess! i feel for ya! hope things get better soon and you find another apartment with a more attentive super!

when doing the two decreases, you just need to make sure that you aren't increasing by adding yo's at the same time.

9:20 PM  
Blogger melissa lynn said...

i hope things start getting better.
as for the leaky, falling down ceiling bit, i can totally relate. my upstairs neighbors are unsure how to properly use a shower curtain.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Sorry to hear you've had a bad time of it. I hope things get better for you from here on out.

12:00 AM  
Blogger CareBear said...

Sorry about the bathroom :-( But at least you can get out earlier!

I was struggling on Dimonique as well, but I think after 4 partial frogs and 1 full frog I've finally got it!

The first time I did the increases, I had decreased all the way up the left side, and only the first on the right. I THOUGHT I had done it right....

The second time, the last set of decreases really threw me, but I figured out to simply ignore the YO and JUST do the decreases. That worked out fine. After I figured all of that out, I started having trouble subtracting 3 stitches from the pattern to make up for the increases. AHHH!!! Now I'm about 4 rows past the decreases and all it far ;-)

More info than you probably wanted (or needed) to know, but I wanted to let you know you are certainly not alone :-)

8:31 AM  
Blogger CareBear said...

The first time I did the increases, I had decreased all the way up the left side, and only the first on the right. I THOUGHT I had done it right....

Obviously, that's supposed to read: "First time I did the decreases." ;-)

8:33 AM  
Anonymous jess said...

GAH, sometimes i wonder why we live here paying out the arse for collapsing bathroom ceilings when we could own a little piece of house-with-porch-swing or something in another town. Good thing you weren't beaned by any of that plaster or you'd have the joy of housing court added to your to-do list. anyway, surely things like that won't happen in your next, fabulous apartment! ;)

10:02 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I'm sorry about your no-fun week! Maybe you're going to have a really good one soon, to make up for it. And I like the look of Diamonique--I hope she stops giving you trouble :)

10:04 AM  
Blogger pixienyc said...

So sorry about your crappy week. I've had three leaks like that - I used to live in a top floor apartment of a building with a leaky roof (the landlord actually had the nerve to ask me why I wasn't renewing my lease!). At least you are out of there soon. Hang in there, it will all get better.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

Oh man--I hope you find a new apartment soon. That sucks, but at least it gives you an easy way to get out of your lease early, right?

10:29 AM  
Blogger Heather said...


Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog - always nice to hear from a new person :o)

Sorry about your recent woes, my bathroom ceiling collasped last year while I was in the shower - very scarey!!

I also know Rockport! I used to cycle up their from Beverly when I was training for the AIDS Ride a few years ago - so pretty up there - arrrh, memories,,,,

Ooh.. and to answer your question...Knitpicks Sock Garden (or Memories - can't remember it's proper title), is knitting up beautifully in my Razor Cami, but I've run it's on hold til I can get some more - flippin' typical!

1:47 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Very glad that you weren't in the shower! Do you have someplace in mind to move to? (question based on lease breaking comment)

7:14 PM  
Blogger Kelly B said...

Ugh, I'm sorry about your week! Hopefully things will look up for you this week. It seems like bad things always seem to happen all at once, don't they??

1:07 AM  
Anonymous amanda said...

I hope everything is ok?! I find that a cupcake topped with lots of buttercream frosting ALWAYS puts a smile on my face :)

12:30 PM  
Blogger mayarn said...

bad week - yuck! You'd think that if your ceiling was going to cave in, at least something interesting would fall out of it - like treasure. A box full of money - or yarn. well, I can dream...

Hang in there...keep up the pretty knitting and that will probably make things seem a little brighter. :-)

2:01 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

Bathroom ceiling cave ins suck :)

Hope you're feeling better after your stinky week. I have to admit I'm dying to know the story. Sorry I'm so nosy...

I agree with Rachel- that color is beautiful!

9:26 PM  
Blogger KnittenKnots said...

Doh! A collapsed ceiling - glad to hear you're getting out of that lease... :-(

Diamonique is going to be very pretty - love that color.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Virginia said...

GD apartments, can you get them to buy you a new loofah?
and I LOOOOVE the color on Diamonique!

1:51 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Yikes! sorry about your shower! glad you weren't in there!

Very nice Diamonique progress, and I love that it is purple! I started on that while I was on vacation, but my yarn was not a good match for the pattern - plus I am lace-inept. I hope to give it another chance in the future. And I like your lifeline idea. I need that.

Hope things are okay with all of the drama!

2:17 PM  
Blogger PassionKNITly said...

aiiii!!! That hole's a bigger problem than the mushrooms I was growing in my kitchen! I hope they've fixed it so you can shower!

It was great to meet you finally!!

Good luck with your decreases! I should have come over to fondle your yarn, I've been wondering what that feels like for quite some time!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Sorry about your rough week. Definitely a good thing that you weren't in the bathrrom when that happened. Great progress on your knits though. Take care.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Julsey said...

awww Carrie, it sucks to have a bad week! I hope the super fixes your bathroom before you move...when are you moving, and where to? I'd love to hear the "other" part of your story too...if it's unpublishable, it's gotta be good!

8:44 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Oh wow, I am just glad you are ok. Shewww girl you knit fast! The purple looks very pretty and shows off the details of the pattern.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Rain said...

Thank goodness you weren't in the shower. Hope next week looks up for you.

The shawl looks great so far.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Kym said...

I'm glad you don't think I'm a nosy chick :)

Spill it!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Biglug said...

Hopefully things are looking up for you now and this week is better than last!

9:38 PM  

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