It took me a moment or two, Ted, to find a picture of a bishop in gaiters for you. Search Google images on “CofE bishop” and you get a lot of head-and-shoulder shots and pictures of bishops in calf-concealing vestments. Search on “Bishop’s gaiters” and it turns out there is a football/basketball team (maybe both) of that name somewhere. I didn’t explore that avenue. It might be interesting. Here’s what I was looking for.
I met one so dressed at a university party in Leicester once. (Not Bishop Rutt, I don’t think – although he was Bishop of Leicester at one point. I didn’t know about him then, and I sometimes wonder.) It was all I could do not to say, “You must know the Proudies.”
Shandy, the New Scarves will continue to be a recurring theme here, as below – but have you seen their Knitalong? You should take up blogging again – I love your Mondrian-rug.
So, what are the topics that need to be covered? Too many for today, certainly. In no particular order:
Progress of Theo’s gansey (those two themes intimately linked)
Vegetable gardening in central Perthshire (including your kind and helpful suggestion, Kate).
Edinburgh’s new LYS
Politics is/are urgent and current – let’s start there.
You’ll notice that our contribution-thermometer has advanced slightly. A knitter made a contribution which I matched on the day before the Wisconsin primary. I have a superstitious hope that another will come in before March 4. My sister has written the promised essay about why she profers Obama to Clinton. Worth reading.
I went back through the blog archives to try to find the connection of thought – there must have been one – between Theo’s gansey and Obama’s campaign. All I could find was the bald sentence: “Maybe I could get Obama elected by knitting Theo a cashmere gansey.” That was early last year, when Mrs Clinton seemed a shoo-in. You’ll have to admit, it seems to be working.
I think the basic idea was something like the shawls I have knit for unborn grandchildren, while worrying about the pregnancy. Knitting prayers into the stitches, if you like.
I hesitated about whether to take yesterday off for scarf-knitting, with the Alamo so close. I decided to go ahead, although I probably won’t next Sunday. Here’s the current state of the Stacked Wedges from "Knitting New Scarves". It’s very easy. A languid Sunday easily adds a foot, so it’ll be finished one day.