The great house move has happened!
We’re in the new house and we’re in that manic mood swinging place where one minute the house is fabulous and the next we’re despairing and wailing, “what have we done?”
We bought from an old lady who clearly hadn’t been able to manage the house for some time. It’s filthy – years of filth and neglect and DIY left undone. Not to mention the spider colonies in need of eviction!
It’s gradually getting there – Slowly getting cleaner. I’ve deployed some serious power tools to slash & burn the overgrown shrubs in the garden and I’m fixing the broken stuff one item at a time – although I can’t decide if my favourite so far was the bath sealant strip held in place with chewing gum (discovered when our showering seeped through the bathroom floor and flooded the hall way) or the toilet cistern -containing a nice blue bleach block- constantly overflowing through the wonderfully sited overflow pipe right over the front door! Come and visit and get a free blue rinse anyone??
I could write all night about the new house but this is a knitting blog so I’ll tell you how the important knitty stuff has faired with the move.
Firstly, you’ll notice I’ve not blogged – lack of internet and too damned busy – I’m hoping you’ll understand!
The only knitting I’ve done has been on a Sunday morning with the Guilty Knitters. I have been crazy busy but I felt I had to hang on to this one island of knitting in my week – Ben enjoyed getting some quality time with his Xbox360 too.
So not much to report on the knitting front 🙁
In a recent post, Dawn asked how I was moving my stash in “the great house move”.
For most of my readers , to you, that would mean picking up a basket or box or suitcase of yarn and adding it to the pile of boxes.
For me, dear readers, stash relocation became a major project.
First there were the knitting books to pack. You’d think two boxes would do it?
Just a few books on that shelf…two boxes full maybe? ..
And my other shelf of books and leaflets in the cupboard…
And my near complete collection of rowan mags…
And the books I use a lot that are by the sofa…
I carefully labelled the boxes “knit books”…
That was a mistake – my removals men were a little flabbergasted,
“Just how many boxes of Knit Books do you have?”
Hmmm…There’s 6 boxes here
And another two in the bedroom!
Yep, 8 stuffed full boxes of knitting related books, booklets, leaflets and magazines.
Can you imaging the look on the removals men’s faces when they encountered my yarn stash?
When I packed my yarn stash up, I confess, I was shocked by the sheer volume of yarn. I bought from IKEA, some special “stash bags” like this…
They are called “Dimpa” and measure 65 x 22 x 65cm and are dust proof, damp resistant, polypropelene webbing. The zip opens across the top and halfway down each side too – making them good for stuffing big quilts in as well as yarn.
Very reasonable at £3.29!
Would you believe I filled 3 of these?
…and that was on top of my 4 usual “underbed storage boxes” and a big ikea cardboard box! Poor removals men 😳
In case you’re wondering how I find my yarn – it’s all catalogued carefully on Ravelry along with it’s stashbag location. Each type of yarn is sealed in a freezer bag too (since my encounter with moths!)
All that’s left now is to get my Guest bedroom/Knit room set up. It’ll have a sofa bed for the guests, giving me somewhere to sit and knit and read knit books. And some much nicer storage for my yarn.
Just the rest of the house to sort out first then I can get to the yarn room – What more motivation do I need? 😀