(James and Cathy gave me the telephone for Christmas some years ago. He constantly reiterates that I should keep it charged at all times, for emergencies. He’s right, of course: I’ll do it today.)
(Knitlass and Jenny and anyone else interested: wouldn’t it be boring – and bad for the character – to be an
Think how sweet are those rare victories! Especially, for me, 2000 – we hadn’t
beaten them for a decade, and we weren’t supposed to have a chance that time. I
knit the Calcutta Cup into the Christening shawl of the granddaughter born that
year, and have knit commemorative sweaters for the two victories since. And a
hat, for the draw.) England
But I got the tough parts of the sweater done – it’s plain sailing from here on in. 228 stitches cast on, the ribbing established, the circle joined without a twist. I’m now about halfway through the ribbing, looking forward to the even plainer sailing of st st.
You will remember that I was worried about whether I had enough yarn. The original order was for seven skeins, and when they got here I decided that they might not suffice. There were no more to be had from the original supplier. I ordered two more from Jimmy Bean (all they had) and three from Happy Knits. The Jimmy Bean skeins arrived while we were in
– tax-free, it does occasionally happen. No news from the others. London
The sleeves used less than a skein each. I’ve been coasting on the residue for the ribbing, and will wind the third skein today. I’ll know a good deal more when it’s finished. I am entertaining the hope that the original order may, after all, finish the body. A slight change of shade for the shawl collar wouldn’t matter at all.
Change of subject
I had decided not to go for “My Grandmother’s Knitting” but was persuaded to charge my mind by Jared’s blog the other day. It arrived from Amazon yesterday and I stand by my original opinion. I don’t like any of the patterns, not even Jared’s, and the interviews don’t add much.
I did learn, however, a number of things about EZ’s husband’s family. She herself is surprisingly reticent on the subject. A great-type-grandfather – the text isn’t clear -- was Reinhard Sebastian Zimmermann, an artist not without distinction, a generation younger (if I am allowed the phrase) than my husband’s artist, and working along somewhat the same lines. (I’ve been doing some googling.)
All this mystery about names, by the way, is to prevent anyone googling on the artist’s name, or my husband’s, and winding up here. I told Kristie and Kath who it was, and sent them off, I hope, to the National Gallery of Scotland where they will have seen some gems by him. I’ll post a snap of our new picture – it’s bad, remember – when it turns up. I hesitate to post the auctioneer’s image in case it’s copyright’d.