Strathardle today. Helen and Archie will join us on Saturday. Back here Tuesday, if all goes well. I am anxious about it.
We have a tree to plant. I decided not to replace the pinus sylvestris aurea the neighbour’s horses ate – the one our children gave us as a golden wedding present. (I moved the corpse into my vegetable garden and watched all summer for a spark of life. Nothing.) We are going to put a pinus bungeana in the spot, now heavily fortified.
Bungeana is a Chinese tree, much grown in temple courtyards. James suggested it. It is hardy, as it would have to be in
winters. It likes sunshine, but will have to make do – at least we hope it will
– with what Strathardle can offer. I got it from the Bluebell Nursery. They rang
up most solicitously, the day after I ordered it, to make sure I knew how to
take care of it and was aware that it would grow very slowly at first.
It’s most peculiar looking. I hope I can keep it alive. There is one in the Royal Botanic Gardens here, so we’re in with a chance.
We’ve had splendid Indian summer planting days recently, but the weather has turned against us this morning and the forecast isn’t good.
I told James we had a bungeana at last. He was pleased, and asked for a picture of it in situ.
All well so far on the second attempt to knit the st st fill-in for the jacket.
I went into the new local
LYS yesterday, Kathy’s Knits, glad of an excuse to do so, and bought point protectors. And a skein of sock yarn, sort of on the principle which prompts my husband to try, at least, to buy something whenever he goes into a second-hand book store. Knitglobal, it’s called. New to me. She is serious about selling British yarn.
I see she is planning to start classes soon. I’ve signed up for info.
I very much like your idea, Mary Lou, of holding stitches on narrow ribbon instead of waste yarn. I will look for some. What I am doing here is taking 2” worth of stitches at a time – namely 11 – and holding them on the end of the circular, separated from the actual back-and-forth stitches with a marker. I know I need to knit together stitches number 3&4, 7&8, and 10&11 to make things lie flat. By paying attention, I find I can manage this without difficulty so I have skipped Glover’s suggestion this time, of marking the knit-together pairs with sewing cotton.