Odds and ends
Christmas: I got the cards out. Can’t find the package of the ones we received last year – a nuisance. I did some virtual shopping – at IWOOT, an old friend;
, useless; and
Divertimenti, some possibilities there. Shandy, I didn’t know about Persephone
Books, and will investigate today. Thanks for the tip. I think today I’ll
start actually ordering things. Liberty
Kate Davies, my near neighbour, has a new book coming out next week, at first available only from her website. It looks good.
last weekend, I
showed Ed the madelinetosh yarn for his forthcoming Gardening Sweater and
measured a well-fitting garment of his of just the right sort. He doesn’t mind
a highish neck, so I’ll go for EZ’s Seamless Hybrid (KWT). London
I used to keep notes in my electronic Filofax (Lotus Organizer) of what patterns were in what issues of what magazines – patterns I might want to go back to. By means of those pages, I found that Meg’s four articles updating EZ’s Percentage System were in the four issues of Knitter’s for 2000. And I found the issues just where they should be, in the pile. So that’s that sorted.
I was surprised to see how enthusiastic I was about Knitter’s, issue after issue, in the late 90’s. I’ve been unsubscribed for a couple of years now and don’t miss it a bit.
There is an interesting article in the new IK (by the editor herself) about “infinite cables” or knotwork – the sort of thing Starmore does in “The Celtic Collection” although Starmore doesn’t seem to be mentioned in the article. The article shows how to design your own closed-loop motifs, and it looks fun.
I’m getting on fine with the Reversible Cables. I’m aiming for seven feet. I can’t remember why I chose that target. Mary Lou just says, sensibly, to knit until it’s long enough. I joined in the third skein (of four) last night. That felt like progress.
Franklin and his partner are currently on the high seas, returning to the
on the Queen
Mary as they have done three times before. The dates were chosen to enable them
to avoid Thanksgiving. US
Another point at which I discovered that our tastes coincide, is his dislike of bobbles. That was mentioned when he showed us some nupps while discussing Haapsalu in the class about lace traditions. Although slightly raised, nupps are much less bobble-like than I thought. Maybe I’ll have a go. Shandy says it is not entirely easy to make sure you have hold of all the nupp stitches on the return row. And I can believe it.
Archie has just emailed to say that school may close early for Christmas because of an outbreak of the norovirus. It’s a nasty one. I was stricken at the New Year, two years ago, and would prefer not be there again.