Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Time to get the lead out.

Almost goodbye

Well, it’s giddy-up go time at the Knittery. After several false starts and a bit of “Tag, you’re it”, Deirdre Moynihan from the Tyler Hamilton Foundation and I managed to get on the same telephone wire at the same time to have ourselves a chin wag. After the usual pleasantries, it was down to figuring out what to do with The Shawl That Time Forgot, aka The Truth Against the World aka What the Hell was I Thinking and Why Is the Room Still Spinning?

It turns out the Foundation has a very good forum to get rid of the darn shawl during some type of festival or some such thing in Boulder, Colorado. The catch, and you knew there had to be a catch, is that it’s coming up soon. Like the American Memorial Day weekend soon. For those of you north of that big line on the map, that would be the weekend after our weekend.

All in all, this ought not cause too much of a headache. Deirdre kindly offered to pick up the tab on shipping the blessed thing to the US of A. The downside of this is that it’s absolutely, totally, no kidding, has to leave here Monday noon at the latest to be guaranteed to be in Colorado before the weekend. Actually, UPS promises it’ll be there by Thursday but I’ve learned to build in the fudge factor when it comes to shipping promises. Still, it’s do-able. Today is Wednesday. Even I, the lazy arsed bucket mouth that I am can manage to pack that shawl up and haul it down to the UPS depot before Monday.

There is, of course, a wrinkle in the plan. Nothing in the OddBall Universe goes according to plan and the wrench in the proverbial works is the weather. The shawl needs to be blocked. It’s not an option to ship it unblocked and this requires two things. Space and dry weather. We’ve figured out the space bit. I need to build a blocking frame from some 1 x 2s. This is the easy bit.

The slightly more challenging part is going to be getting it to stop raining long enough to dry it. The storm system that was stalled over New England and beating the crap out of them has started moving into the Maritimes. It’s straight rain and 100% humidity from here until…you guess it… Monday.

“Egads!”, she exclaimed.

Okay, this necessitates the formulation of plan number two, which is actually probably Plan # 16, but who keeps track of such things? Technically, there is a block of uninterrupted floor space in the basement of this place. It’s not ideal conditions but necessity is the mother of invention. I’m off to get Gerald at Wilkins’ Building Supplies to hurry up with those 1 x 2s and I’ve press ganged Liz, the bestest friend ever, into giving me a hand tomorrow lacing this puppy to the frame. Hope she’s handy with a hair-dryer too.

Ohhhh, ohhhh, scrap that…we’re into Version 2 of Plan 16 because Monday is a holiday here in Canada means that the UPS depot is NOT open on Monday and if there’s any shipping to be done, this puppy needs to be shipped by Friday. I’m going to have a coronary before this is over. Okay, talk you you’se all laters; I have way too many people left to annoy today to dawdle anymore here. Thanks for reading.

PS to God: Please, please, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaase, remember the Gunners are playing in Paris today. Thank you.


At 7:35 p.m., May 18, 2006, Blogger jackie said...

So, Kate ????????? How's the %$@##$*&&^ shawl drying? How were the cosmopolitins?

At 7:58 p.m., May 18, 2006, Blogger Severina said...

OK, I don't want to knit a shawl now. Unless it's a half-assed no-block jobbie.


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