I Played Yarn Chicken and Lost

In December 2011 I started a crochet blanket from yarn (Bendigo Rustic 8 ply) I dyed myself in six colours. I’ve worked on it off and on, with other projects in between, but in the last 3-4 months I’ve pushed on to try and finish the blanket – before it reaches its second birthday!

I reached a point at which I thought I did not have enough yarn to make another row of hexagons, so finished off the end of the blanket with some half-hexies, weighed the amount of yarn left, then started on a border. The idea was to use all the existing yarn to make as much of the border as possible, and if needed, dye up more yarn in one colour to complete it if it was not deep enough. I reached the last colour with just under two rounds of the blanket for the ideal border to go. I knew what I had left wasn’t going to go around twice, but if it made it around once, I’d settle for calling it done. It was a will-I-won’t-I all the way…


I played yarn chicken and lost.

I had just 20cm to go – from where the crochet hook is to the top right of the pink-bordered hexie – where the grey and brown of the border meet. So close!

Time to dye some more yarn and finish the border properly with that 20cm plus one more round… Problem is, my dyes and dyeing equipment are still packed from my house move in July. That’s them in the middle box on the bottom layer…


I could unpack the box, but there’s nowhere to unpack the box to, because there are quite a few rearrangements yet to occur in my new home. See, this unit was rented from when it was new, about 9 years ago, until I bought it. The previous owners had done nothing to the place. Nothing at all to make it liveable. No fly screens. No screen doors. No gate on the side of the terrace. And no storage enclosure securing the storage area from the car spaces in the communal garage. Consequently, without adequate ventilation, there has been condensation issues in the main bedroom (that will be the first room I eventually repaint, but that is a fair way down the long list yet!) and no secure storage space outside either on the terrace or in the designated storage area.

I have had the ventilation seen to by installing screen doors all over the place and a security screen on the study window. Though that took until late October due to issues getting permission from the executive committee of the strata (they’d lost the key to the letterbox *facepalm*) then obtaining a quote and waiting weeks for manufacture and installation. Here’s some of them during installation:


I’ve also installed better locks all over the place (which already prevented an attempted break in on one of the terrace doors), replaced the kitchen tap mixer that was totally buggered, and replaced the split system air conditioning (thanks to an unexpectedly dead system on moving in). On Monday, an electrician is coming to put up a ceiling fan/light in the main bedroom and put an additional powerpoint inside the storage cage so I can move the freezer out there. Which leaves two main outstanding items of immediate need – the gate and the storage cage.


There’s not a lot you can store in an unsecured storage area – consequently, since moving, I’ve had a lot of stuff sitting in my parents garage (which my Father is constantly reminding me about!) and more stuffed into various places inside my unit. I approved a quote for the storage cage in late September. In early October, before term commenced, I had more precise measurements taken by the firm to manufacture the side panels of the cage. In late November they came to install the cage. They got one panel up:


But the other panel had been manufactured backwards so that the door was in the wrong position.


They haven’t yet come back with the remanufactured panel. Hence I can’t unpack the box (the dyes will live in a locked cupboard in the storage area) and so I can’t dye up the yarn and finish the blanket. (If you’re wondering why the panel doesn’t just go straight across the front of my car space, it’s because there’s a passage retained to my “back door” – I enter my unit from the storage space through a door in the laundry. The other panel will be where the plant pots are covering the bolts already placed in the concrete slab.)

And the gate? Well the one quote I finally obtained after trying four different tradies came in only $100 less than the whole storage cage (that’s for a gate about a metre high and a metre wide!). I’ve had it with tradesmen and trying to get quotes. I’m building the damn gate myself!

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