Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I think I’m getting a cold, like the one from which my husband is continuing to recover. A simple cold, streaming eyes, sore-ish throat, much sneeze, nothing worse. One is torn between the perceived need to soldier on and the known need for caution.

Christmas is going well – I should polish off the last couple of recalcitrant Christmas cards today, and move on to the much more arduous task of present-wrapping. One more session with the post office queue is inevitable. I need new shoes – I can’t go to Loch Fyne in these.

And I have another costume from East in mind – skirt, blouse, jacket. Unnecessary and extravagant. But tempting.

I need to get some cider in for this coming Sunday, and for coming home to. That involves an expedition, now that the local off-license has closed. And the rest of this week (but not next Monday or Tuesday) is dotted with appointments.

You get the idea. I’m sure your own week is worse. Our soap opera, the half hour when we sit down at the end of the day and I pick up my knitting, has unexpectedly been withdrawn from the television schedules. We’d expect it to go off over Christmas, but this week? Britain is about to close down for a fortnight. It behoves all of us to behave normally this week.


I would have finished the first ASJ sleeve last night, but that I had to wind skeins for the last two stripes. “Franklin’s Panopticon” went fine, “Charcoal” for the final border got in a tangle. I should use the swift more often and rely on my knees less.

Beverly, I shouldn’t have spoken so hastily of Schultz’ patterns looking ridiculous. I was mainly thinking of his “mantel aus 4-fach-patches”, a knee-length coat of electric blue, worn by a white-haired 60-year-old. It would stop the traffic in Drummond Place. But the basic idea is fine. It could be half the length, and it doesn’t have to be blue, which is not my colour anyway. The book is full of good ideas.

How we all miss You Knit What?

Speaking of which, Donna Druchunas is full of enthusiasm for a book called “Crazy Lace”. I don’t believe it. I don’t think you can sit down and just let rip and create worthwhile knitted lace, any more than you could design a bridge that way. Nor do the photographs from the book incline me to revise that opinion. But I am open to persuasion. Has anyone seen and tried to use it?


  1. Hi Jean. Thanks for the mention. There are several different types of "crazy lace" in the book... some are just random holes but others are more like samplers, combining small pattern stitches and making things up as you go. I'm working on a shawl with that type of technique now.

    For the random stuff, I think it would only work in a really light weight yarn where you're just making a cob-webby texture. But I do love all of the photos of projects in Crazy Lace. :-)


  2. i am curious as to the soap opera - here i am ADDICTED to Eastenders of which we are SIX years behind UK showings... only two a week in my area at 12 am Sat ... so they are taped. but pledge drives over the last two weeks have preempted... sigh..

  3. =Tamar3:05 AM

    I am filled with sympathy. I was only ever addicted to one soap opera (long cancelled), but I am totally hooked on several ongoing online graphic novels. Then I wonder why I never get things done as I used to.
    Take care of that cold. Colds are a bit like bonsai; if properly cared for they don't get too big.