The last two months have simply whizzed by, so many good things have happened, alongside things so bad that to relate them here will send me back into a tailspin of depression so deep it has taken this long to climb out of. Sometimes when bad things happen, I merely shrug my shoulders and move on. Whatever is, is. Other things I may never get over, and will have to live with for the rest of my life.
Still, Crappy Temp Job allowed me the opportunity to forget recent troubles and concentrate on something so mind-numbingly boring that it was a welcome relief. or it would have been, had they remembered to pay me. They've booked me for one more week, so hopefully they will have sorted out the problem, before I feel the need to peer at the Line Manager over my glasses and give him the kind of talking-to that could peel the skin off his blazing red cheeks.
Studley, as ever, has been wonderful, trying to find ways to keep my spirits up, even while away working in Finland. When he returned, he displayed the kind of knitter-enabling behaviour that should be cloned by scientists and distributed throughout the members of Ravelry. Thanks to him, I am also the new owner of a iPod Touch.
The other night -when I returned from Knit Nation, actually - I got home to find him in playful mood. He had been to a charity shop, and spied some books he thought I might be interested in.
"I couldn't get you on your phone to find out which books you had, so I rescued them all for you," he said, as he sat me down.
Are you ready for this? Deep breath, then:
Scandinavian Knitwear by Alice Starmore
Designer Collection by Jean Moss
Glorious Knitting by Kaffe Fassett
Family Album, by Kaffe Fassett & Zoe Hunt
The Handknitter's Design Book by Alison Ellen
Knit Design by Betty Barnden & Gabi Tubbs
New Directions in Fair Isle Knitting, by Patty Knox
In all, he had found 12, some of which I already had, but - what a haul! I was already tearing my hair out over where to put my stuff. HW Towers has been undergoing a serious re-organisation of storage space.
More importantly, 12 knitting books - and only one was a paperback - are really heavy! The man went above and beyond the call of duty. This has seriously racked up his Brownie Points.
"I love you, Studley." I could feel myself welling up. "You are mine, and I shall keep you forever."
His eyes twinkled. "That's the plan, Babe".