I’m connected to the internet this morning, but the computer is being unusually slow and bolshie even for it, and I am in a mild hurry.
I am grateful to everybody who took the time to write about interchangeable needles yesterday. There were enough negatives that I settled for ordering fixed circular wooden KnitPro’s in the size I am using (4mm) and one smaller and one larger. Like you, Mary Lou, I mostly knit with smaller-sized needles, and have a reasonable range of nice wooden ones down in those sizes. No KnitPro’s, though. This will be interesting.
The jacket progresses. Here we are around the first corner. This is the wearer’s left side – I’ve finished the garter stitch band along the bottom, and am knitting upwards towards the neck. I might even reach it today. Once there, one executes an interesting double-mitre, starting the second before the first is finished.
The camera hasn’t attempted to do justice to the beautiful madelinetosh colour, Dried Rose. And the impression conveyed, that the bottom band is wider than the vertical one, is an illusion.
I measured my gauge yesterday – 5 ½ stitches to the inch, instead of the required 6. That means that my garter stitch band is 5 ¾” wide, and that in turn means that the measurement from shoulder to shoulder will come out at about 19”. That falls somewhere between just-about-right and slightly-too-big, and I’m not going to worry.
It’s hard to estimate percentages for my progress bar, on a job like this.
You have Barbara in NH to thank (or blame) for the inclusion of this photograph – and you can’t be too sure I won’t have instructions from
to take it down, later in the day. My brother-in-law sent it yesterday, with no
text, under the title “Our Keynote Address”. It shows my sister and her
husband, of course, with Theo between them. Charlotte
How did American politics get like this? It wasn’t so in my day – the party conventions, in the 50’s, actually nominated candidates, at least sometimes. Adlai Stevenson in ’52, certainly. And I don’t remember political advertising on television at all. Or canvassing phone calls, either automated or natural. It sounds from here as if enough money is being spent on politics alone to kick-start the economy.
I wish someone would make a short television program for us over here, showing some of the political television ads from both sides on which (we are told) so much money is being spent. We have nothing like that. Parties aren’t allowed to buy time on the commercial channels. They are allotted carefully-rationed slots on the BBC and nothing makes one reach for the zapper faster than the words, “There now follows a party political broadcast on behalf of…”