Here we are, the Week of November 13. Nor is the week's menu plan complete. Blogging may be patchy, but I should be here tomorrow at least. Today is the Man from the Tate (an old acquaintance). My husband is edgy.
Knitting continues to soothe and progress. I have cast on the body of the little Brownstone. Today’s television-time will have to be devoted mostly to winding the next skein. I will surely have enough (two more skeins) of this peculiar un-plyed madelinetosh “merino DK” to finish the body.
Thanks for the comments on Norbury. (Liz Lovick herself left one, next to my comment on her blog post. It’s nice the way a blog-author can do that in Wordpress.) I share the general doubt about historic authenticity. Maybe it was just one grandmother, talking about the practice in her own family. Norbury may have transported her, so to speak, to
But my point was not authenticity, but to offer Norbury as the source of subsequent references to the “well-known practice”. My pursuit of the origin of “
an example of a similar repetition, except that in that case the source is
maddeningly unknown. “Everybody knows” that Kitchener – who was indeed in
charge of equipping and outfitting the British army in 1914 – wanted knitters
to finish the toes of socks with grafting instead of just threading the yarn
through the last few stitches and pulling, which creates a sort of knot,
uncomfortable in boots. Kitchener
But when did he say it? Where?
Some years ago an intelligent author offered the plausible hypothesis that Ruskin’s marital difficulties – look it up – stemmed from the fact that he didn’t know until his wedding night that women had pubic hair. This idea – it may be true, but again that’s not the point – instantly became an “everybody knows”, repeated by journalists.
As for the patterns themselves, they could indeed be easily recovered from the pram blankets, as you say, Tamar. You young 'un’s simply cannot imagine how few charts for colour knitting were available in the 60’s. There are some in Odham’s Encyclopedia, mentioned yesterday, and Mary Thomas’ Knitting Book has the Crown of Glory and the Tree of Life, and that was about it.
I was interested to note that the crown pattern on the pram blanket Liz illustrates is not quite the same as the one Odham’s and Mary Thomas provide. There are five thingummies sticking up from the base of the crown – I am sure there is a proper technical name for them, but I don’t know it. In Odham’s and Mary Thomas, the middle one is higher than the others. On the pram blanket, they’re all the same.
Mary Lou – forgive the lack of link; I’m now in a hurry – I can remember taking Odham’s Encyclopaedia out of the library again and again when we were in Leicester in the late 60’s; can’t remember when I acquired it. But I’ve just tried Abebooks, and there it is, pretty cheap. Go for it, I’d say. Norbury and Agutter, that’s the one you want.