Monday, March 31, 2008

Monday morning.

There will be little to report on the knitting front, while this sock thing lasts. I am approaching the second heel of Ketki’s KF socks. Cathy in Beijing has been added to the list, which now numbers 10. The Fishwife asks mischievously whether if I knit each of them seven pairs, it would use up my sock-yarn stash. I wonder. Maybe I’ll count.

The gansey has been blocked. I fear it’s slightly too large – whose fault is that? – and comfort myself with the thought that that’s a good deal better than being slightly too small. Specifically, it’s a couple of inches longer than the target length. Blocking modified things a bit.


Non-knit

I’ve added the website for Helen’s mosaics to the list over there on the right. She says it’s not finished yet.

I’ve booked myself in to have lunch with a friend and neighbour in Kirkmichael tomorrow, on a bring-my-own-sandwich basis. It’ll save opening and closing the house, restoring and draining the water, for so few hours. I am aching to get started on the garden, but Duncan’s is not a funeral to turn up at with dirty fingernails, and afterwards I will be wearied by emotion and facing the drive home.

James rang up from Beijing the other day and I heard my husband say to him, of Duncan, that he was a true Christian soldier. My husband does not, as a general rule, go in for that sort of language.

12 comments:

  1. Gansey looks great - definitely better too big than too small. Looking out for photos of it bing worn now.

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  2. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Mrs Miles - this is really a comment on your yesterday's post - I don't know if you are aware of it, but another Ravelry member is also knitting your beautiful Holy Communion Veil. You can see her WIP here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Joyfulknitter/communion-veil

    I am keeping an eye on her progress as I want to knit something similar for my daughter, Grace - she is only 5 at the moment , but I like to mull over these things slowly.
    Thanks for the inspiration ( and the blog - I enjoy it very much.
    Regards
    Clare

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  3. grannypurple12:57 PM

    Well, mogs, I just finished an aran (na craga) for Himself, and when he wore it to walk the dogs, it came home 4 or 5 inches longer than when he left... I fear he's past the age (and shape) for belting it stylishly! So some things CAN be too big.
    (However, it's amazing what a short time in the tumble drier can do for cashmere--I have retrieved some stretched ones very nicely that way.)

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  4. Anonymous2:04 PM

    Congratulations on finishing the gansey. It looks beautiful. I admire your skill.
    Ron in Mexico

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  5. number 10 .... as in 10 pairs of socks to knit in the future? Yikes.

    Gansey will be ok -- always room for "growing" (hah!) rather than too small.

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  6. Anonymous2:58 PM

    The gansey looks great; echoing others, better too big. Safe travels tomorrow.

    Barbara in CA

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  7. Aunt Jean - it looks absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to show it to Barack.

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  8. Dear Theo, I hope you send Aunt Jean photographic evidence (to share with all of us) of Barack's reaction to the sweater.

    Safe travels tomorrow, Jean. I hope you share more about Duncan with us - must have been an extraordinary man.

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  9. Anonymous4:30 AM

    Oh, Jean..... when you suggested the dream in Color Tulip cardigan for my new granddaughter, you got me in such trouble! I just went to the closest shop that stocks the yarn, and they had no kits available. They did, however, have most of the colors of that gorgeous yarn! I ended up buying 7 skeins, which will make about 6 of these sweaters since you neeed so little of each color. I will need to have lots more granddaughters to justify this purchase!

    Thanks for the suggestion.... the pattern is sweet, and the yarn is glorious!

    Barbara M.

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  10. wow, it's great to see the finished gansey. i've thoroughly enjoyed it's progress. it looks marvellous. enjoy your socks!

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  11. The gansey looks splendid! I'm looking forward to Theo modeling it beside Obama.

    I'm glad your husband is over his crud. I for one love Campbell's chicken noodle for when I'm poorly despite all the salt in it.

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  12. Hi! The gansey is nice! Is the first time I visit your blog and I think you have a great knitting skill.

    Bye

    FrAn

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