Fire can not kill a dragon but the cold just might

I woke up on Friday to a freezing cold house. My heating died. Kaput. It was so cold. But mum had already called The Gas Man and he was on his way (Perks of having an OAP in the house is they don’t make you wait a week).

He came, he saw, he failed.

Apparently the third part in the process of heating was broken and he was going to get the part and come back first thing on Saturday.

I woke up on Saturday to a freezing cold house. (I would like to add I don’t get up till lunch time, what happened to first thing?!?) Anyway, he turned up in the afternoon with the part, proceeded to fix said part. Only to find out that part four in the process was now broken. The very nice Gas Man said he would order part four and part five this time just incase. But, he wouldn’t be back till Monday.

Oh no.

IMe looking very cold and fed up donned my fluffy socks, woolly arm warmers, and my Targaryen hoodie. Hid under my heavy duvet, pulled the hood around me and buried myself in pillows. Then spent the weekend physically shivering. It sucks so much having rubbish temperature control and inability to produce heat.

I woke up on Sunday to a freezing cold house. And refused to leave my covers apart from very quick and infrequent trips to the loo. But its okay, by the time I wake up tomorrow, I thought, it will be warm.

I woke up on Monday to a freezing cold house. Ready to cry.

But, finally, The Gas Man arrived at about 4pm and fixed it. You go Gas Man! A couple hours later and I was warm for the first time in three days.

Then I crashed. Badly.

I was in so much pain from the cold and absolutely exhausted from the shivering/trying to heat myself. I dozed in and out, partially incoherent for a few hours til dinner arrived. (I may have stared at my dad for a bit too long trying to figure out why he was standing in my room with a bowl of food. Oh right, dinner!).


What I have learnt this week is that fire might not be able to kill a dragon but the cold certainly can.

All is back to normal now, i’m still wishing it was summer though. I hope you all had a better (read: warmer) week than I had!




Tunisian Crochet Squares Blanket

From Jan 2014, I have been spending most of what little crafting energy I have on making squares for a blanket. Now, I’m the kind of crafter that starts something and then thinks ooooh look at that, and puts it away in a draw somewhere. So, i’m honestly not sure what possessed me to think I would have the staying power to make 160 squares for a blanket.

But, officially one year since I made my first square; I only have 20 squares left to do.

That’s a massive achievement for me. This WILL get finished. And then i’m going to go through the aforementioned draw and finish some other things. Off the top of my head there are at least 3 scarfs, a dragon without wings, a half finished shawl, and a knit sweater. (Okay, honesty time here, that sweater is never going to get finished. I don’t even want to finish it anymore).

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I’ll leave you with some details of my almost finished blanket so that when I do finish it I can come back and go Ta Daaa!

My Almost Finished Blanket:

  • 160 Tunisian Crochet Squares of a little under 5 inches each.
  • I used a 5.5mm crochet hook. The normal metal ones you get in a pack for £3. Which affected the size of the squares I was making as I didn’t want to have to buy specialised hooks for this project. (Mainly because I was refusing to think of it as a project until I was over 30 squares in. You can’t fail at making a blanket if you don’t ever actually say its going to be a blanket right?).
  • I used Stylecraft Special DK from the Wool Warehouse. I originally bought 22 different colours but have switched out 5 and added in a different 3 from the ones that I started with.
    • These are the colours that I ended up with: Emperor, Magenta, Wisteria, Clematis, Raspberry, Pomergranet, Lipstick, Burgundy, Copper, Gold, Sunshine, Lemon, Lime,Green, Bottle, Teal, Aspen, Sherbet, Turquoise, Denim.
  • I chained 16, and used the basic tunisian crochet stitch/afghan stitch for 13 rows. This was what it took to make it square for my tension. Then slip stitched across to finish each square.

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