Nordic mittens and drama in the kitchen by boxplayer

Nordic mittens and drama in the kitchen

Mittens given to us by an eccentric Finnish couple who stayed with us for a few days a few years' back. They were retired but walked absolutely everywhere - they used to walk into central London from Walthamstow - and once they just started walking north from Walthamstow just for fun, no particular aim in mind and probably ended up in Hertfordshire. I unearthed these in the spare room in a little box frame I'd put them in. Probably there since we decorated the bedroom - ooooh, nigh on 8-10 years ago.

Well yesterday turned into a bit of a drama. The guy in the upstairs flat is also selling his flat, he's a lot further down the process than we are. So yesterday, he turned up with some blokes and a big van and basically moved a whole load of stuff out. I said, after he'd gone, how it was a shame we hadn't grabbed his phone number while he was there, as wouldn't it be 'funny' if he hadn't stopped up the washing machine taps properly and flooded our flat. Dave told me not to be ridiculous.

A couple of hours later as I'm cleaning the skirting in the bedroom, I hear the unmistakeable sound of water gushing out of a big tap from the empty kitchen (Dave being in the sitting room). Oh yes. He hadn't closed up his pipes and a waterfall was gushing out of one of the ceiling light fittings.

To cut a long story short, I knew the woman who was moving in upstairs worked at the pub up the road - so I dashed there. She wasn't there but the barman said he could phone her parents - they were able to get hold of the owner who whipped round fairly quickly and stopped up his taps. He helped us mop up and, so so luckily for us, the water had just come through the light fitting and didn't in the end visibly damage the plasterboard.

But boy, I haven't been in such a panic for a long time. We made sure we got his number.

We were both rather restless, jittery and crabby after that and I found it hard to get back to what I was doing. Bit of a waste of a day.

Full view of mittens - pretty shape

3 March 2013
Walthamstow E17
Lovely pattern in the mittens, it would have been hell if you were out shopping.
March 3rd, 2013  
Lovely mitts..I knitted masses from an old Scandinavian book years ago...what ghastly day for you both with a reasonable happyish ending!!...
March 3rd, 2013  
Oh, that definitely looks Finnish. :) Very traditional pattern, too. My grandma might've knitted me something like that. (And yes, we Finns are walkers, hahaha!) Glad to hear your unfortunate water adventure didn't turn out to be a full scale disaster!
March 3rd, 2013  
Not so ridiculous after all then Isla!!!! Water does so much damage & just a bit goes a long way! Beautiful mittens with a delightful pattern.
March 3rd, 2013  
Gorgeous mittens! And wow that stinks about the water incident! I do hope there will be no damage at all from it!
March 3rd, 2013  
What a neat idea, framing them. Great memento. Amazing water story. Glad you got it sorted and didn't suffer too much damage xx
March 3rd, 2013  
Oh my god the picture and the start of this story was all nice and fluffy. Sorry about the drama that followed, very disturbing. Sounds like you handled it really well!
March 3rd, 2013  
@fueast - that made me laugh - 'nice and fluffy' ...
March 3rd, 2013  
They're lovely, and look hand-made...probably by the people you described...
March 4th, 2013  
What a drama although sorted relatively quickly thank goodness.
March 4th, 2013  
So that was a fun sort of day. I rather like the mittens - I have some Nordic socks which appear to be very similar. My daughter-in-law made them and they are really cosy!
March 5th, 2013  
Oh I'd missed the drama. Bummer. Glad to hear it didn't turn into full scale catastrophe though.
March 6th, 2013  
DRAMA!! Had a similar thing recently when my 15 year old got into the shower after leaving the wash basin taps on. Water was pouring through the kitchen light fittings, missing my laptop by inches.
March 7th, 2013  
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