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Author:  afl2277 [ Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:49 am ]
Post subject:  Embarrassed.

I like to think I speak my mind, but occasionally it turns into me blurting something out that would be better phrased differently. Today was one of those occasions :oops:

As a new whistle player/owner my mind is consumed by everything whistle. And so, as I mooched around town I was keeping an eye out for anything I could use ....like a stick...to wrap a cloth round to dry the inside of said whistle.

I spotted a haberdashery shop. Knitting needles. I knew a brainwave would hit me, and a knitting needle would be perfect. In I went, browsing amongst the knitters and sewers, dressed in my jeans and leather jacket, no competition for their M&S finery and matronly shoes, and I spotted a pair of needles with a tiny ball top. Ideal. So an assistant came over and asked if I need help...and that's when it all went wrong.

Me...I just need these needles.
SA....Do you need any wool?
Me....No thanks, just the needles.
SA....Is that size needle mentioned in the pattern?
Me....I haven't got a pattern.
SA....Do you need a pattern?
Me...No thanks, just the needles.
SA....Have you already got wool?
Me...No, I don't need a pattern or wool thanks.
SA...Oh, you really need wool to knit with (at this point she looks at me as if Im a bit simple)
Me... I don't need wool, Im not knitting. I need a needle to put a cloth round it and shove it up my whistle to dry it out...

I didn't buy the knitting needles. The silence in the shop was deafening, as I put the needles down and scuttled out of the shop with the blush reaching up past my ears :D

I really do need to start engaging my brain before I speak... :lol:

Author:  Nanohedron [ Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

afl2277 wrote:
In I went, browsing amongst the knitters and sewers, dressed in my jeans and leather jacket, no competition for their M&S finery and matronly shoes, and I spotted a pair of needles with a tiny ball top. Ideal. So an assistant came over and asked if I need help...and that's when it all went wrong.

Wrong, shmong. She might gape and sputter, but you did her a favor by showing her a bigger world and shaking her out of her mental rut. Is using a knitting needle for a swab stick any different than using a drinking glass to trap a wasp? If anything went wrong, it was with her. Rather than letting you escape, she could have made a sale to the crazy lady, after all.

"Welcome to Sports Galore. That's a very excellent canoe paddle you've chosen. Top of the line. But...erm...could I interest you in making it a pair?"
"No, thanks. There's just a huuuge ginormous cake the local bakers' association made for for the festival, and I was chosen to frost it. I only need the one."
"Go away. We don't want your kind here."
"Fine. You're not the only purveyors of paddlery around, you know."

Although I must say the word "sewers" made me do a double-take. For a moment I wondered how you do things over there across the Pond.

Author:  afl2277 [ Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

Nanohedron wrote:
afl2277 wrote:

Although I must say the word "sewers" made me do a double-take. For a moment I wondered how you do things over there across the Pond.



I don't even know if sewers is a word now I think about it...it must be, mustn't it? People who sew, multiple sewing people, sewers. Although reading it back now it looks like I refer to a drain (sewer). I don't envy anyone trying to learn English. :D

Author:  Nanohedron [ Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

It's got to be a common word for sewingfolk as well. Or sewists, if you like. I'm not one, so I never thought about it. Just one of the more unfortunate double-duty formations we've got. There's "seamster", but it makes me think of trade unions and wage disputes.

Author:  afl2277 [ Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

Nanohedron wrote:
It's got to be a common word for sewingfolk as well. Or sewists, if you like. I'm not one, so I never thought about it. Just one of the more unfortunate double-duty formations we've got. There's "seamster", but it makes me think of trade unions and wage disputes.



I think sewingfolk would fit. :thumbsup:

Author:  Nanohedron [ Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

Just checked definitions with Merriam-Webster, and they list the conduit, of course, and yes, people who sew as well, so you're in the clear. And here's one I didn't know: "a medieval household officer often of high rank in charge of serving the dishes at table and sometimes of seating and tasting". No pronunciation given for that one, though; I assume it's the same as for the gunk chute.

Author:  afl2277 [ Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

Nanohedron wrote:
Just checked definitions with Merriam-Webster, and they list the conduit, of course, and yes, people who sew as well, so your'e in the clear. And here's one I didn't know: "a medieval household officer often of high rank in charge of serving the dishes at table and sometimes of seating and tasting". No pronunciation given for that one, though; I assume it's the same as for the gunk chute.


I remember a household book my long ago ex mother-in-law had, which described the roles of household servants, and it was fascinating. I love finding out interesting things from the past.

Author:  Nanohedron [ Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

I say stand your ground next time and buy the needles anyway, and to the devil with her bebogglements. There's a good reason people like us are in the world.

Author:  afl2277 [ Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

Nanohedron wrote:
I say stand your ground next time and buy the needles anyway, and to the devil with her bebogglements. There's a good reason people like us are in the world.


Lol...yes I will. There is another haberdashery near me so I'll go there. I certainly think a plastic knitting needle will be ideal for this :thumbsup:

Author:  Nanohedron [ Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

I'm going to copy this over to the Whistle Forum. It's topical enough not to stay in the Pub. :)

Author:  brewerpaul [ Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

afl2277 wrote:
I like to think I speak my mind, but occasionally it turns into me blurting something out that would be better phrased differently. Today was one of those occasions :oops:

As a new whistle player/owner my mind is consumed by everything whistle. And so, as I mooched around town I was keeping an eye out for anything I could use ....like a stick...to wrap a cloth round to dry the inside of said whistle.


That was a cute story.
Do you like Asian food? Next time you go to an Asian restaurant, take your chopsticks home,preferably bamboo vs wood. Use a sharp knife,like a sheetrock knife, to split the tip for a distance of about an inch and a half. That's perfect for holding a small piece of cloth for swabbing or oiling.
A piece of an old t-shirt is perfect for this.

Author:  Steve Bliven [ Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

Way off topic....

Nanohedron wrote:
Although I must say the word "sewers" made me do a double-take. For a moment I wondered how you do things over there across the Pond.

I was once part of a band named "The Sewer Singing Machine". Spent most of our introductory time pointing out that it "rhymes with mower, not manure".

Best wishes.

Steve

Author:  Mr.Gumby [ Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

Just had to think about the guy who used to exclaim : 'My mother was a Singer! My father was a Singe! But I, I am a sewing machine'.

:tomato:

I'll get my coat.

Author:  Steve Bliven [ Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Embarrassed.

Just when you think it can't get any worse..... :boggle:

Best wishes.

Steve

Author:  Mr.Gumby [ Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:15 am ]
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Quote:
Just when you think it can't get any worse..... :boggle:


Don't tempt me :D

Just in the door after spending a dark and damp afternoon in the deep heart of east Clare, around Tuamgraney and Scariff. And to a background of all day wall to wall coverage of the papal visit.

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