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Grrrr!

Two hours to get home tonight but no ice-cream for me…I feel cheated. Oh and I have to mention it’s Tuesday and I finished the sock I started on Monday….on the train home tonight!

A picture is sure to follow when I can get my sock-model to sit still long enough!

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Hot and Bothered…

Knitting….almost down to the heel of the second sock…no second sock syndrome here…yet!

So, Connex says the trains wont run if their cooling doesn’t work…

I Hate to tell you Mister Train Organiser Man…..the cooling on my train last night was not working and the only relief from the heat came from multiple commuters waving their mXs around like fans giving at least a whiff of comfort to those in the jam-packed carriage!

More of the same today!

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This is what we’re up against!

Getting to work is not only a chore these days – it’s probably one of the biggest stresses that affect me!

It seems like almost every day, trains are cancelled, broken, late, crowded (unsafely) and I am late to work, or at least not in my office at the time I want to be.

From The Age today!

Thirteen faulty trains on Melbourne network

  • Reko Rennie
  • December 10, 2008 – 7:51AM

Thirteen citybound trains across the Connex network have been cancelled, creating early morning chaos for Melbourne commuters.

– Widespread cancellations for second day running
– 15-minute delays across network
– We understand the frustration: Connex

Delays are expected of at least 15 minutes across the entire network, with the Frankston, Glen Waverley, Williamstown, Werribee and Broadmeadows lines worst hit.

Do you have photos of railway platforms packed because of this morning’s cancellations. Email us at scoop@theage.com.au.

Connex said the cancellations – representing about five per cent of city-bound services in the morning peak – were due to faults on city-bound trains, rather than track issues.

“We’ve got residual delays across the network to 15 minutes, that will really affect the morning peak across the board, it has stabilised, so we haven’t got any other anticipated cancellations expected and it’s actually less cancellations then there were yesterday,” a Connex spokeswoman told The Age.

“Of course we understand the frustration this causes customers and we’re doing our best to make sure that we get everything moving as soon as possible.”

Connex said there did not appear to be a pattern to the train faults.

“I don’t think it’s something specific to a particular model, these faults can be anything from the windscreen wipers not working through to literally anything not working, there’s a raft of things that need to be checked before they start the trains for the day,” a Connex spokeswoman said.

“We’re not expecting the same degree of disruption as we experienced yesterday.”

Seventeen services were cancelled across the network yesterday morning.

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Drugs, Music, and Moral Fibre!

Train Departed:  7:32 am (on time!)
Train Arrived at Destination: 8:32 (due 8:26 – 6 minutes late – not too bad!) 
Notable Train Events:  Reasonably uneventful
Knitting: Voyager Lace Stole in Rowan Kid Silk Haze in Colour 637 (1.95 balls out of 8 knitted)

 

Wooo hoo!  I managed a full repeat of my pattern on my morning train today.  There can only be one possible reason why that may have occurred…you guessed it…train was late..only 6 minutes (and that will only be an amber traffic light according to the new performance measures being introduced!) but enough time to squeeze in those last two rows of a ten row repeat!  This in turn means I am almost at the end of ball number 2 and my shawl weighs around 50 grams. 

 

Other than being late, and packed to the rafters with school children, office workers, tradies and the drug affected not much happened this morning. 

 

My choice of music however  Lucinda Williams – Essence…was appropriate given my close companion’s most recent past-time.  It’s a miracle that anyone can doze standing up, while listening to Slipknot at a volume which unfortunately interrupted my enjoyment of Lucinda’s melancholy warbling and the entire carriage’s morning peacetime!!  (MP3 player etiquette will be the subject of a future post!)

 

Lucinda is a favourite of mine.  I just treated myself to her new album – Little Honey – it’s great although I am still not real sure of her cover of “It’s a Long Way To The Top”, a very gutsy effort, but I think Aussies will not be endeared…time will tell.  It’s quite a departure for her and I think I need to put this one on the ‘big stereo’ and listen to it much louder!

 

It will soon be too warm to knit angora and silk shawls on the train and I will have to find something ‘cooler’ to knit.  I wanted to finish the current shawl for Christmas….this may or may not occur.

 

 

I have some gorgeous 100% Bamboo yarn that I want to knit a beaded wrap for myself and I don’t think bamboo will be quite as sticky as the angora/silk combination which will languish for attention until the aircon gets switched on at home over summer!   Bamboo is one of those new ‘sustainable’ fibres that are turning up on the market and it’s a wondrously soft, pliable yarna nd I can’t wait to try it out!  I found a great Australian website that has lots of info on sustainable fibres including bamboo…MoralFibre, please take a look!  If the bamboo towels are as soft as my yarn…I think they may make it on my Santa wish-list!

 

 

Here is an interesting article on textiles and the environment. Picking up this bamboo yarn has really made me think about the effects of my past-times ont ehenvironment.  Sad isnt’ it that it’s taken me so long to even think about it. I feel a total idiot!

 

 

If you have any experience knitting with Bamboo I’d love to hear about it.  Does it stretch?  Is it nice to wear? How does it feel on your skin? 

 

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