Not much, today.
Tamar, that is an interesting comment (as always, from you) about how ribbing flips upwards. I don’t remember being troubled with this before. But then, one usually increases the stitch count by about 10% at that point – here, there was no increase, just a larger needle. I’ll try extending the ribs as you suggest if I ever find myself here again.
I had a second comment yesterday, from “Avril”, whose intentions were saucy, or perhaps worse, judging from her illustrations, and who wrote in Chinese. That’s a first, for me.
I’ve now done about 15” of Grandson Sweater, out of 23". I will certainly finish that ball of yarn today.
(A well-known British gardener named John Cushnie died suddenly at the New Year. A decade younger than I am, tall and fit-looking. Much missed. The Telegraph for Jan 2 had a full-page article by him – he’d already been dead for a couple of days, but perhaps there was no one about during the holiday even to add a mournful preface to the page. The article was standard holiday-page-filling stuff about all the things he was going to do this year – not sow too many lettuces at a time, grow unusual vegetables, remember where the daffodils are. Any of us could have written it. But John Cushnie won’t do any of those things. It makes one more than usually afraid to use the future tense in any sentence involving a first-person pronoun.)
“The Knitter’s Book of Wool” turned up on Saturday. The fascinating first third of it is about wool. Sheep are discussed breed by breed. (But it’s an American book, and so doesn’t tell me why merino sheep won’t “do” in Britain, where so many other breeds thrive. What don’t they like? Or am I wrong about that? They seem to live in hot places – Spain, originally; Australia; now America. Maybe that’s it.)
The patterns, in the remaining 2/3rds of the book, are on the dull side, to my eye. Take the text from this book, and the patterns from “A Fine Fleece”, and you’ve got a single, wonderful book.
We’ll see what Helen C.K.S. has to say about it – she promises a discussion soon.