So I had quite the weekend. While I was at work at K2Tog, two women came in and while one occupied me (the only sales associate on the floor) the other stole my wallet out of my purse, which was just behind the counter.
That’s bad enough. Two hours later, a man called claiming to be an “Officer McGuiness” from Alameda Police and claimed they had caught a woman passing herself off as my daughter and authorized to use my ATM card. He asked me a couple of questions (“Do you have a daughter? Is anyone authorized to use your card?”) and then connected me to someone claiming to be a Bank of America security officer. She spoke with me for 10 minutes or so – using what I am sure was a script (“Well, Mrs. Ligocki, as a platinum card holder with Bank of America Visa/Mastercard, you have 100% coverage”). And then she asked me for my pin for confirmation. Yes, dear reader, I gave it to her.
Then I asked her to connect me back to the “officer,” which she did. He was all understanding when I said I did not care about anything in the wallet but the picture of my dead dog, Bella. “I’ll make a note of that, if we recover the wallet.” Nice, huh? There is a special place in hell for these people.
So, for me it was aHAPPY EASTER!!!! Actually, my sweet husband, Terry, had a nice Easter surprise for me when I got home. he had gone to the store and bought these funny plastic eggs with goofy faces on them and put my favorite Easter candy, Peeps, inside. Then he hid them. Sort of.
My husband and I cancelled all the cards and by the morning we were aware I had been scammed. A call to the Alameda Police Dept. revealed there is no officer McGuiness there. A call from B of A, checking on usual activity on our account, revealed that the woman – and the PHONY CONFIRMATION NUMBER SHE GAVE ME – were, well, phony. These folks are gooooooood. As far as we can tell, they only got away with $492 and we are, indeed, covered. But I tell you, people suck.
Okay, so what else was I up this weekend craftwise?
Friday morning was my knitting circle, and as usual, Ms. Sarah was the big show-off, over-achiever beyotchie-poo. She is making these swell socks – she probably also spun the yarn, but I was so green with envy I didn’t ask:
And she is also making these very cool mittens where you are doing double knitting and Fair Isle knitting at the same time. WHAT DID I TELL YOU? SHE’S A BIG OVER ACHIEVER. Hey, Sarah, when you read this – assuming you can stop knitting for a minute – will you put a comment at the end of this post and tell us where this pattern can be found? Ditto on the socks.
Jan showed off this adorable sweater she is making for her grandson, Owen. Jan – when you read this, leave a comment saying what book it is from. I can’t remember. SO CUTE.
Jean came wearing a knitted vest she had made – she called it a “grandma vest,” but I think most grandmas don’t look as hot as Jean does. Jean – leave a comment saying where the pattern can be found:
And Ellen K joined us this Friday – a rarity lately, and we miss her very much. She is busy going to school to become a nurse. Ellen is another hot-shot knitter. She is at work on this gorgeous sweater that comes from the book A Fine Fleece. Ellen does not like to have her picture taken and I didn’t want to get poked with knitting needles, so here’s her sweater:
This is a pretty talented group, don’t you think? I’ll put pictures of our creation here every week, and hopefully links to all the places where the patterns can be found.
Today – Monday – I awoke to find that I sold another necklace through my Etsy store. But one catch – I had already sold this necklace to a friend and FORGOT TO REMOVE IT FROM MY ONLINE STORE. ARRRRRRG! So. After I went to the DMV to get my license renewed (don’t you love the DMV? I tell you, a trip there will ruin your faith in humanity, if it isn’t already gone. Which mine is.) I dashed off to Baubles and Beads to see if – HOPE if, PRAY if – they still had the pendant for the necklace that I bought there more than 6 months ago. Dear reader, I found it. SOMETHING is going my way.
So here’s the necklace, under construction:
You can see the finished necklace on my Etsy store here.
I bought another few goodies at B&B – my favorite bead store in the entire world – and will post here about them later this week. Perhaps by then my faith in people will be restored.