Grey Matters

A little off topic, but my washing machine flipped into the air mid cycle, end for end.

Yep. Completely airborne.

The top blew off too. The bottom was nowhere to be found. Water everywhere. Bits and pieces of washing machine all over the garage.

Appliance mayhem.

The noise was so overwhelmingly cacophonous that I thought a dump truck had crashed into the back yard.

Nope. Just the washing machine leaping into the air like an Olympic high diver, landing with a big cement splash/clang. You can check out the aftermath on You Tube here.

I was only washing a queen sized sheet and mattress cover. No bricks or dead bodies. No dynamite. And thankfully, no knits.

I spent two hours on the phone with Sears. No luck. They played dumb. Unwilling to help or replace because we don’t have a warranty even though this is surely an issue become the normal hum drum of typical malfunction and aging. The Kenmore was four years old.

Stupid Sears.


My love affair with Madelinetosh continues. This time with DK. It’s all about grey for me this season. A couple of skeins of Fallencloud (right) have become hats.

Great Grey Owl (left) is on the needles at present, also in the form of a hat design. It’s all about experimenting with an i-cord cast on for a brim. I was about to rip the whole thing, quit hats, and move onto fingerless gloves until I tried on the first few inches once the would-be hat was off the needles. I decided it wasn’t so bad after all. Back on the needles it went. This serves as further evidence that I am a glass half full kind of person.

The fingerless mitts will have to wait. Even though a design came to me in my sleep last night. Good thing I wrote it down.

Joining Ginny and reading Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner.

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  • Reply alexand knits October 7, 2015 at 6:50 am

    I’m so glad no one was around to witness your washer’s half gainer–could have been really hazardous! I’m thankful that no creatures or knits were harmed in the process. Good luck with Sears…

  • Reply Paula @ Spin a Yarn October 7, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Holy cow! How does that even happen? I second what Alex said 🙂 Super lucky! I’m not sure why; however I cannot see any images except the ball of yarn at the top of the page.

  • Reply Zauberflink October 7, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I’m just glad no one got hurt! That sounds like a terrible explosion. I didn’t even know something like that could happen to a washing machine 🙁
    Your yarns are too yummy! I totally understand this love affair. I’ve been sneaking around these for ages!

  • Reply JenR October 7, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    What in the world??? My washer and dryer are stacked so fingers crossed that never happens in my tiny house 🙂 I’m work but will try to watch the video later – hope the yarn is making things better!

  • Reply Tina October 7, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Oh goodness, that’s not good and hope you get it figured out to why it happened!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 10, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Thanks Tina. Still a mystery! I guess sometimes weird things just happen.

      Meanwhile, I keep knitting…

  • Reply Juliann October 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    What a scary thing! That grey yarn is so calming.

  • Reply Pom Pom October 7, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Greys are wonderful and it seems like everything made from grey shades is pleasing.
    I’m so sorry about your washing machine. Sears used to be so good and now I think they are falling fast.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 10, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Grey is a great neutral to work with. Very wearable, especially in winter. Sears definitely has some issues…

  • Reply littleblackdogsa October 8, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Holy moly. What a disaster. Someone could have been seriously hurt. Thank goodness you are all okay. Dumb machine. And still no replacement. 🙁
    But I love your grey yarn, it is very pretty and looks silky smooth and soft.
    Take care.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 10, 2015 at 9:14 am

      It was a disaster! I try to remind myself of all the women in the world without their own washing machine and simply feel grateful.

      • Reply littleblackdogsa October 12, 2015 at 12:28 am

        It could have been a serious accident. But then, yes, we are indeed grateful for having a machine at least. Some women still actually have to wash by hand. I am thankful for mine, it makes a huge difference.

  • Reply Caroline October 8, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Love the greys! My favourite colour to knt with 🙂 Wow, that’s some damage to your washing machine. Thankfully it wasn’t in the kitchen

  • Reply nanacathy2 October 8, 2015 at 4:39 am

    OMG ! That sounds horrendous and dangerous. Nice knitting though.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 10, 2015 at 9:13 am

      It was pretty crazy! Everyone survived. Hopefully we will have better luck with the next washer.

  • Reply Alina October 8, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Oh, I am happy you and your knits are alive! Sounds awful, but your post made me laugh. And on the side note – this yarn!!! I want to reach and touch it through my screen!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 10, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Thanks Alina. That grey yarn was pretty fun to work with…although I feel that way about most yarn. Sigh.

  • Reply Annie October 8, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Mine didn’t take actually flight, but still…don’t even get me started on washing machine disasters and Sears “service.” Yes, those are air quotes. Ughh. I will never again do business of any sort with that company.

    I’m a sucker for gray, too. Nice choice–eager to see your finished pieces! And you can’t go wrong with Jennifer Weiner, either.

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise October 9, 2015 at 6:01 am

    gracious! I have never heard of a machine doing it. I am happy that no one was hurt in the explosion….that is what it sounds like. Yikes!! I love gray in all shades 🙂

  • Reply Lina October 9, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Oh my goodness! That would freak me out! I’m glad no one was hurt.

    I love me a good gray and a MadTosh gray is just perfection. 🙂

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 10, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Lina. Grey is soothing indeed…I have some leftover and can’t figure out what to do with it….

  • Reply DKnits October 11, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Thankfully no one was hurt!
    Grey is always a favorite

  • Reply Andi October 11, 2015 at 6:57 am

    While at first I was mesmerized by the beautiful grey yarn, I was quickly sidetracked by the washer issue. Holy smokes! Stupid Sears indeed. These things should not happen, warranty or not…they need to step up.

  • Reply knittedblissjc October 14, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    that is crazy about your washing machine, and terrible on sears for not doing enough about it. 🙁 It’s not like it’s a toaster or a blender, it’s a major appliance and you deserve some better customer support.

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