It tried to put a damper on things. And then we got soaked.
Sunday February 24th 2013, 12:01 am
Filed under: Family,Friends,Knit,Life,LYS

Sam saved the day and picked me up again this morning. Go Sam!

Usually, when I go to Stitches, I zip around the whole place, chat, see who’s got what, avoid temptation for the first day and figure there’s less around to buy the second day so I’m safer that way, right?

I’m torn between guilt, minor innocence, and being really glad I bought the yarns I did my first day this time, which were not a lot but which I really love and can’t wait to knit–because I didn’t know and the car transmission was bad enough, but today…!

We woke up to no hot water. None.

Richard was wondering whether the pilot (is there a pilot on that thing?) had gone out and was about to get to it to check at the time Sam came.

I had a grand day at Stitches all over again. It was Saturday, lots of people were there, friends I’d been looking forward to seeing. Got a few texts from Richard–we’re working hard here. Hot water heater blew. Plumber wants $1400–and I bought not one single ball of yarn.

And all the while I was reassuring myself that the last time this happened, it flooded out the master closet and the laundry room that it sits between, so the whoever-he-was plumber had charged us extra to set it up so that should it go out again, it would drain to outside. Far easier to deal with.

Towards closing time, I was chatting with Rod and Lisa Souza again and a friend of theirs they introduced me to, Heatherly Walker. Heatherly got to asking me about my pattern writing; did I use any software?

No, I just hash it out on my own.

Was I interested?

Did she know of any good ones?

Sure! and she told me about how she and her husband had come up with what she’d wished were out there so that now it was, and she told me a bit about it as she reached for a copy in her backpack.

I had visions of transmission and plumber estimates dancing in my head as I asked her how much I owed her.

A direct quote: “Nothing! I LOVE your book!”

(Jaw. On. Ground.) Wow. Thank you!!!

I talked to Melinda and Tess at Tess’ Designer Yarns, and I apologized for my lack of buying this year; I so love their yarns. Next year, as I explained why.

They offered me to just have a skein of yarn, whatever yarn. Everybody at some point has a week like mine had been; they wanted to make it easier. I thanked them but told them hey, they have to make a living. (And there will be more customers who might want it tomorrow, so.) But I very much appreciated their generosity, and I love the softness and the colors in their yarns and I wanted to give them a shout-out here. Good folks.

Time to go. Richard was stuck with the plumber. Sam had something else going on but still offered to come get me, good man that he is. I told some of my Purlescence friends and they conferred: when Dannette’s husband arrived, Kevin and other-Richard lifted the scooter into her minivan. Dannette had been about to go out to dinner with the others but they all decided to work around taking care of me (they invited me too but I was just too tired and too broke) and Dannette, her husband, and adorable baby drove me the ten miles home.

The plumber who had set the water heater in a pan with tall sides and an overflow pipe to outside? Balderdash. That pipe was spraying all over the inside of the heater enclosure nonstop as more water pumped in, which is why Richard sloshed through standing water going past the closet after I left. Michelle helped him try to rescue our things.

At some moment of stupidity in my life I had put some of our older family photos back in there. He thinks they’re dryable.

There was a zipped cotton bag on the floor full of handknit sweaters: the infamous 86″ wingspan Aran I made him when I was newly back into knitting 23 years ago, the cabled Kaffe Fassett in llama where every half of every cable is a different color against a background of navy (wet, and next to that white aran, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to inspect the aran quite closely quite yet), the handspun handknit baby alpaca/silk cardigan with the wooden buttons, five other handknit ones…

A pound of 90/10 cashmere/nylon cobweb weight that I’d bought at $15/lb years ago, pounds and pounds, and had plied a lot of it up into thicker yarns; nope, still had a cone back there. The bag was wet but the yarn seems okay.

And on and on. We are running the washer nonstop. If it was near the floor, it’s wet.

I wonder if homeowners will replace that wall?

(Edited to add in the morning: the white aran seems to be okay. Phew.)

Correction, Monday morning: I got the details wrong. It was the *top* of the water heater, somehow, that rusted out and was spewing at the wall. The plumber’s setup was good for your much more typical failure, and the new guy made good use of it.

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So glad you enjoyed Stitches but oh! The water heater issues!!! So sorry!

Comment by Jody 02.24.13 @ 6:41 am

Oh no!

Comment by Afton 02.24.13 @ 8:10 am

So sorry.

Comment by sherry in idaho 02.24.13 @ 8:28 am

Oh no! Even when it doesn’t rain, it pours. And that is just rotten, what the last plumber didn’t do. And probably charged you extra for it, too. I do so hope the photos, and, well, everything, are not ruined. Hopefully the great fun you had at Stitches will help counterbalance all this frustration.

Comment by DebbieR 02.24.13 @ 9:15 am

oh no! I know where you are here (reminds me of the year that our car blew up in the spring, followed by the water heater having to be replaced in the fall — ACK!)

I so hope you can save all the things that got wet — and that the plumber this time actually DOES the job!!

Comment by bev 02.24.13 @ 9:22 am

Three cheers for all the good people who brightened your day. Three – or more – raspberries for that plumber, and I don’t mean the petite fruit kind.

It won’t hurt to ask your insurance agent…

Comment by Channon 02.24.13 @ 9:37 am

Good grief! You need all that garbage like another hole in the head! Maybe you should have that old plumber come out and see how successful his work wasn’t. With Richard standing over him!

Comment by Don Meyer 02.24.13 @ 10:58 am

Sorry about the water heater. Delighted you had a good time at Stitches. Karida does have beautiful yarn.

Comment by RobinM 02.24.13 @ 4:16 pm

EEK! When I saw you, you only knew about the water heater being out, not the flooding. Glad your knitting didn’t bleed.

BTW – OxyClean really does what it says. I’ve managed to recover several items I’d thought were ruined by staining and/or color bleeding, even after they’d been dried in the dryer.

Comment by Anne 02.25.13 @ 7:08 am

I’ve used Intwined in the past, it has a certain learning curve but the tech support was great. My copy is on my old computer, together with my ‘code’.

Glad the sweaters survived. What poor service on the plumber’s part!

Comment by Diana Troldahl 02.25.13 @ 11:54 am

Oh. Em. Gee. I am so sorry you came home to such a disaster. But so glad you got to go to Stitches!

Comment by Debbi 02.25.13 @ 1:26 pm

Thanks for alerting mr to my email being hacked. I apologize for any problem.
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Comment by Debra 02.25.13 @ 8:02 pm

Hi, Debra, no problem for me–except that my email saying that bounced, so I’ll answer here and hope you see it.

Comment by AlisonH 02.25.13 @ 8:19 pm

oh! What a tremendous bother and expense. I am sorry you have to deal with it!

Comment by twinsetellen 02.28.13 @ 10:32 pm

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