Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Silence from Imperial Consultants. I shall have to get back on the phone this morning and Be Cross. It is now 10 days since Mr ChemDry said we needed a new ceiling. I’m sure he wrote his report promptly. We can’t go on living in this state of suspense and chaos, I will tell them. I don’t have to mention that the chaos, at least, is permanent.


Snood: I have turned at the far post, enlarging the DDD stripe as planned, and am now heading towards home. It has occurred to me that I might slightly enlarge each of the stripes on the inward journey, to make the snood a bit bigger and so as not to waste this beautiful yarn. 18 rows per stripe instead of 16? I don’t see that the difference, even if noticeable, will count as a fault.

I’ll have to decide soon.

I’ve fallen slightly into arrears with the Sky Scarf – fatal, or nearly so. I didn’t take it to Strathardle last week. On Thursday, I even forgot to photograph the sky. And of course, once back here, I couldn’t go on until I had knit the Strathardle days. I’m now up to Sunday, and nothing much has happened except a variety of greys, and the Knitting Police will never hear about it.

But it’s a big responsibility, this project. Something of a burden, sometimes.


The fun part of yesterday was the arrival of a book called “How to Grow Perennial Vegetables”. I ordered it on the basis of a good review in the Scotsman, without really expecting too much. I have been thinking along these lines for the last couple of years, and didn’t think I had much to learn.

But it’s first-rate, and opens up some new possibilities. A hardneck garlic patch? Treating it as what the author calls a “replant perennial”, like Jerusalem artichokes, where you dig some up and leave some. A goji berry bush? Apparently you can eat the leaves as well as the goji berries. Horseradish? Again, the leaves seem to be edible. Nodding onions? Some skirret? Wild rocket? I didn’t even know it was perennial.

Many possibilities. The author grades each plant for hardiness; very useful.

More Easter on Pelion: I found this on Helen’s Facebook wall. Isn’t it nice? That’s her on the right. I don't know the other woman. 


  1. For the Sky Scarf, why not put in purple or green for the day you missed? The scarf becomes not only a record of the weather for the year, but also indicates the very few times you missed a day.

  2. Do you think that book would be useful here in the northern US? Of the plants you mentioned, I did plant horseradish a few years ago. I mentioned at work one day that I had made many jars of horseradish and was surprised by the begging for a jar that went on.

  3. It is funny you should blog about your Sky Scarf today. Yesterday was the first day since starting mine in February that I came close to forgetting to do it, or at the very least to record the sky so I could do it later. I then thought of you and wondered how you were making out with your scarf.

    I would have to agree with you that it is sometimes a burden. I don't think I will attempt another daily project like this again next year, but I did have another idea. What abut a literary scarf? At the end of each week the knitter would decide what genre made up the majority of their reading for that week. Colours would be assigned to each genre, and 7 rows would be knit all at once. There would be the whole next week to get the rows knit, so all pressure would be off.

    It would have the added bonus of showing me if I have been dabbling too heavy in light mysteries and neglecting more serious reading (a weakness of mine I'm afraid).

  4. Gerri in St Paul3:30 PM

    Second on Mary Lou's question!

    The photo is lovely and looks like Easter time should-a sunny, relaxed break.

  5. Growing horseradish is lovely (though I had no idea I could use the leaves also) but do take care where you plant it. It has a tendency to take over whichever bed it's in so it's a really good idea to give it its own bed.

    I love Lou's idea for using other colors to indicate the missed days.