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Failed MOT!!

I bought my car three years ago and absolutely love it. It is comfy, reliable, has loads of gadgets and more importantly “Black”. Yes you read correctly I said it was “more importantly black”!!

The reason I love it being black is because when I first passed my driving test I had two black Ford Fiestas. The first was black when I bought it and the second was red but I had it sprayed black as one of my nicknames was “Black Widow” as I was always dressed in black!!

You may be wondering why I have decided to write a post on my car. It is a Peugeot 307 and I love it. My big problem is that it has just failed its MOT…It is only eight years old and has 66,000 miles on the clock. I don’t go very far in it so have kept the mileage low for its age. I knew it would need a new tyre but I thought that that was all that was wrong with it…I was wrong…

On Wednesday my hubby took it to the Peugeot garage to get its MOT..I was expecting to pay for a new tyre and when hubby rang me to tell me that I needed a new back windscreen wiper I thought that was all that was wrong with it. Boy I was wrong…

My hubby rang me back and informed me that it needed two new tyres, two new gaitors and two new brake discs…It was going to be costly… Not forgetting that I also had to renew the road tax on it as it was going to run out at the end of the month…

I had discussed changing my car with my hubby and was planning on changing it at the end of the year, so when hubby said that he had seen a nice car and had worked out a good deal on it, I wasn’t that surprised but was still shocked!!

To get my car through the MOT it would cost around £400 and then would have to add the cost of the Road Tax which would be around another £200, so in total I would have to pay £600 (if not more) to keep it on the road.

As I had a “Stitch’n’Bitch” meeting that evening and had just come out of the shower so needed to dry my hair etc I told my hubby that I would go with him the next day to see the car and it would also mean I could sleep on my decision as to whether I should change my car now or pay the £600 and change my car at the end of the year as planned.

When hubby arrived home he showed me the pics of the car he had seen. It was a blue Peugeot 307 but was a lot younger than my present one. Once I read the details and saw the car I still wasn’t sure what to do.

As you will all know hubby and I have some big bills to pay this year as I need to have my Uterine Biopsy done next month and then there was the cost of another ICSI/IVF cycle to fund. Also my eldest dog has hurt his eye. We took him to the vets on Tuesday evening and were told he had an ulcer on the eyeball and it also had a splinter in the middle of the ulcer. The vet gave us two lots of drops to put in daily and we have to take him back next Thursday. If it is no better then he will have to go through an operation to sort the problem out and this will be costly.

Overnight I thought a lot about what was the best thing to do and I decided that I would go and have a look around the garage to see if there was any other cars I liked and would make the final decision then.

Once we got to the garage we were informed that the car had been taken around the back and they would bring it round whilst we looked at the other cars. I looked around but did not really see anything in our price range that I liked…there were a lot of Peugeot 207’s but they were too small if I did fall pregnant and had a baby so it would have to be a 307.

Upon walking back to the showroom I saw the blue Peugeot 307 coming towards me. We took the car for a test drive and I was happy how it drove. There were a couple of small things needed doing to it but for the deal that hubby had negotiated on it it was a good car. I discussed the things that needed doing on it with the salesman and he agreed to sort them out for me.

The car was comfy and quite sporty looking…it had nearly everything I wanted….it had automatic lights/windscreen wipers, multi cd changer, reverse parking sensors, electric windows all round, exon headlights and led back lights and most importantly it had the connection for me to connect my iphone to the stereo so that I can use it as an ipod. The only things missing on it was the bluetooth for my mobile to use it handsfree and also I had wanted a six speed gearbox (hubby informs me that usually you only get the six speed gearbox on diesel cars or cars with larger engines)…

We decided to put the £600 I would need towards the new car instead of spending it on getting my car fixed and then having to get more money together at the end of the year to change it when my car would be worth less. I even managed to get the salesman to throw in six months of road tax in the deal.

Here are some pics of my new car…

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Isn’t it nice…all I have to do now is wait for the phone call to go and pick it up. The salesman did say it would be around 7-10 days before it is ready to be picked up as it would take that amount of time for them to sort out the few things which needed doing and also for the transfer of my “cherished number plate” to be sorted out.

In the meantime my car is totally road legal as they sorted out what needed doing without my having to pay for it and if it takes longer than the end of the month to sort everything out then they will give me a hire car to use for free to save having to re-tax my present car…

I am like a child waiting for Christmas and can’t wait for the phone call so that I can go and pick up my new car…I will of course let you know when I get the phone call and have my new car in my possession.

Next time I will be posting about my progress on the “Fearless Knitting Workbook” that I posted about last time…

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Fearless Knitting Workbook – Chapter One

Just before Christmas my copy of “Fearless Knitting Workbook” arrived in the post. The write up on the front says “The Step-By-Step Guide to Knitting Confidence” and is by “Jennifer E Seiffert”.

My copy is hard cover and is also spiral bound which is brilliant for keeping the pages open.

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Chapter One is entitled “General Advice”.

This chapter takes you through the accessories you may need when knitting, reference books and internet sites, your knitting environment and then moves onto your knitting style.

A good point of this chapter is that it takes you through Gauge Swatches which is something I hide away from. It is very rare that I will knit a gauge swatch and will only knit one if it is really necessary.

The next part goes through how to read your knitting and the way the stitches lie on the needles.

Another good part is the Finishing Skills section as it includes a section on assessing mistakes and also a good list of knitting abbreviations.

I found this first chapter a really good source of advice when beginning to knit. I have been knitting for over 20 years and found quite a few useful things in this first chapter.

I have decided to work through this book chapter by chapter and will be posting about each chapter as I complete it. I hope you my posts helpful and informative.

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Hopefully The Last Snowy Post!!!!

I just cannot resist posting these pics of my three dogs out in the snow.

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I hope you have enjoyed this series of posts on the Snow here in the UK. I have been really lucky that we didn’t get the excessive snow like other parts of the country and am really grateful that everyone I know has been kept safe whilst travelling on the icy roads.

The snow where I am has all melted and the roads are clear of ice and life is getting back to normal after the holidays.

Next time I will be posting some knitting news and pics and after that I will be posting about my trip to Birmingham back in November….

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YAAAYYYY More Snow!!!!

Nearly a week after our first lot of snow, we have finally got some more….This afternoon it began sleeting but it was not sticking…By 10 o’clock this evening it had begun to snow properly and it was actually sticking…

You may be wondering why I am making such a big deal of the snow, the reason is that I live by the sea so we very rarely get snow that sticks. The last time that it snowed and actually stuck it must have been around 2005 and I was in hospital having a “Lap and Dye” done too see whether my uterus and fallopian tubes were clear of any obstructions and/or scarring (you will be glad to hear that everything was fine). The reason I went through this invasive procedure was to try and find out why I was not getting pregnant.

Typically whilst I was in hospital it snowed (I was kept in 3 days instead of overnight due to haemorraging). The day that they finally agreed that it was safe for me to go home (and not bleed dangerously) it had been snowing heavily overnight and the roads were dangerous to travel on (the hospital is 25 miles away from where I live). My hubby braved the roads and came to pick me up and as I was still in a lot of pain ended up sleeping most of the next few days so totally missed the snow.

Anyway, here are some pictures that my hubby took about an hour ago to prove that yes the snow does stick (sometimes!!!) when you live by the sea. Apparently the salt from the seawater melts the snow before it can stick and build up.

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On a final note, I would just like to remind the followers of my blog that you can subscribe to the blog by entering your email address in the “Subscribe” box at the right hand side of this post. If you subscribe you will get an email informing you that there is a new entry posted on my blog so will save you having to keep checking if I have posted anything new.

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Until next time please stay safe in this snow and if you are brave enough to go on the roads please remember to take warm clothing and something to eat and drink with you just in case you do get stuck…

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More Snow Pictures!!!

Here are some more of my snow pictures…My hubby took these as we just cannot get enough of the snow (probably something to do with the fact that we never get any :)) )

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Tonight we had a Thai takeaway and since we were out at my father’s house and did not have a menu we took a chance and went straight to the Thai restaurant to get our takeway…as luck generally happens we had to wait for 30 minutes for out food so we decided to go for a quick drive to find some snow since I had not been out in it…

I am pleased to say that my hubby found some and we had a great time looking at the snow in the fields…we didn’t have a camera with us and it was pitch black so did not get to take any pics :-/ but it was beautiful.

We went and picked up our Thai food and went home and opened a bottle of red wine and had a great evening watching “Notting Hill”….

Now I am regretting the wine as I have heartburn and feeling rather unwell (only had 2 glasses)….

Before I finish I just want to post something that one of my Facebook friends posted

“♥♥♥Put this as your status if you or somebody you know has suffered BABY LOSS. ♥♥♥ The majority won’t put it on, because unlike cancer, baby loss is a taboo. ♥♥♥ Break the silence. ♥♥♥ In Memory of all the ~Angel~ babies gone too soon but never forgotten about!! ♥♥♥”

Please repost this message as it is dear to my heart and should be shared…..

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It is finally Snowing!!!!

The snow has finally arrived where I live…..It is only 10 days late :))

I had set my heart on having a White Christmas and was really disappointed that everywhere else was having one but where I live wasn’t.

This morning I finally got part of my wish….I woke up to a Winter Wonderland as you can see.

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The Council can’t get a Gritter Wagon (is that the name for them, it doesn’t sound right to me so please accept my apologies if they aren’t called that :)) )up where I live, so instead they sent up two men in a car with 2 shovels!!!! One went one way and the other went the other way, I spent a fair few minutes watching them getting the grit onto their shovel and then proceeded to sprinkle it very sparingly on the road until the shovel was empty…they then proceeded to walk back to the bunker where it was kept and start the process all over again!!!!! I wish I had gotten a video of them doing it as it definitely did not make much sense to me…

I would have thought it would make more sense for them to have brought a bucket or even a wheelbarrow but no, not our Council employees :crazy: :crazy:

My local Stitch’n’Bitch has been cancelled tomorrow night because of the snow so I intend staying in the warmth and knitting away on my Stitch Diva’s Knitted Cardi Shawl……

I hope everyone is staying safe and warm in this Wintery weather and are also making the most of the snow as I doubt we will get it again for another few years….

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Beaded Jewellery and Cancelled Orders

I hope you all had a great Christmas and have a brilliant New Year.

On the run up to Christmas I got bombarded with beaded jewellery orders from my local Knitting Stitch’n’Bitch Group.

I did panick that I wouldn’t get them all completed but as you can see, I did manage it and had them all in the recipients hands a month before Christmas which left me plenty of time to work on the headband order.

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The only problem with getting all the necklace orders out of the way was that I then had to concentrate on the dreaded headbands….I managed to get 7 knitted and posted in time for Christmas…but then disaster struck…I had an email from my customer informing me that the French police had closed down the shop that they were planning on opening and therefore did not need any other headbands.

I was very annoyed once I digested the email as I was relying on the money from the big order, also I had all the yarn left which I did not have a use for. On top of this I had also completed 3 other headbands.

My customer had paid me upfront for 10 headbands and the postage for the first lot of headbands to be sent to France, so I was not stuck with the headbands but would be left with over £20 worth of acrylic aran weight yarn.

After considering my options I decided that I had no option but to invoice my customer for the cost of the remaining yarn as I could not afford to swallow the cost of it myself. Luckily my customer agreed to pay for the yarn and now wants me to post it all to him in France. This is going to cost me at least £17 and I need to get this done this week but am trying to decide whether I should get the cost of the postage upfront and before I post the yarn. What do you think???

I have a knitting order to complete for my cousin’s mother-in-law and then some cabled cardigans for a gentleman in America. The order for my cousin’s mother-in-law is a machine knitted lace shawl which shouldn’t take too long to knit and I definitely need to get started on that soon.

The gentleman’s cardigan is totally another matter. I need to find patterns for cabled, crew neck cardigans with a finished size of 48″ chest!!!! So far I have not unearthed any crew neck patterns and don’t feel comfortable trying to convert a jumper into a cardigan as all of the jumper patterns I have seen has a cable down the centre which would be a nightmare to cut in half and would not look the same if I totally omitted it.

If anyone has any ideas on where I can find a pattern then please do email me at knitterscarlet@aol.com or you can contact me through my Etsy store at http://www.knitterscarlet.etsy.com

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