The day dawned and I set off from Pwllheli, the train manager on the Welch train examined my ticket to Wolverhampton and went on his way.
The train arrived at Towyn, not before we had been enlightened about the train in front of ours; it had broken down necessitating a coach to take us past the aforesaid breakdown. We piled in and had rather a pleasant journey along the coast road to take us inland and on eventually to Machylynth. Here we all boarded the waiting train to convey us to Wolverhampton.
So far so good. I must add that my ticket was inspected once again, to allow boarding of the replacement train.
I settled into my seat and sometime later the train manager on Mr Bransoms train asked to see my ticket. Well you could have knocked me down with a feather. “This”, he proclaimed “is not a ticket!” Looks like a ticket to me says I. “No Madam it’s a seat reservation ticket not a ticket to allow you to travel.” Oh says I, will I have to get off and walk? (At this point I notice a distinct lack of humour on his part) “No madam, it won’t come to that”. He strides off to make a new announcement with promise of his immanent return. (I can’t wait) After informing me he should really charge me the full fare, he looks kindly on me and indicates that I need only pay from the next stop, that being Banbury. I produce a fiver, before he changes his mind and look suitable chastened.
The following day after breakfast we got down to making a sock.
I learnt that I had been using too much weight on the Griswold.
When I tried to make heels I was shown how to apply added weight to hold down the heel stitches which is where they tended to rise up the needle and so miss knitting a stitch. I now make sure that the first needle to be knit is raised slightly; this allows the latch to catch the yarn and complete the stitch.
I was shown the dreaded ribber and how to operate it; don’t know what I was worried about actually; the instruction book suggested taking the ribber off the machine and putting it away, which I did and I was too scared to try it as the weeks went on.
Next time, I get a new machine! Happy Christmas everyone.
See you in 2010