Stalker’s report: No, I’m afraid
Franklin was still in yesterday
evening. He was packing. That’s something. He warns that we won’t hear much from him
in the next fortnight. That’s something. If he flies tomorrow, he’ll still have
a moment to catch his breath before Sunday. Chicago
He posted something yesterday about the student who insists on knitting with black Kid Silk Haze when he has specified white or near-white worsted. Sending me into a bit of a tizzy (not really) about whether I will show up as Ethel the Unready. In fact, all I have to take is needles of the right size and gauge. I have bought new KnitPics – my husband says that is pretentious, everybody will see that I’ve got brand new needles. But I didn’t have KnitPics in the sizes required, and I love them, and I thought, OK, this is the moment.
But if you think I am extravagant when it comes to knitting – and you would be right – you should try buying underwear at Marks & Spencer. How do people afford it? I thought everybody from duchess to dustman bought underwear at Marks & Spencer. Clearly I am at least 40 years out of date. Cost was not the only surprise.
The Ladies’ Lingerie Department had rack after rack of brassieres (or “bras” as we must now call them). Each rack had, at its lowest level, knickers to harmonize with the bras above. It was easy enough from a standing position to spot the sort of thing one wanted, but in order to secure one’s purchase, if one was at all uncertain about one’s flexibility or balance, there was nothing for it but to get down on the floor and sort through the available knickers.
I can’t see 80-year-old duchesses crawling around on the floor of Marks & Spencer. I won’t again. My husband’s underwear is ordered on-line from Sunspel. There must be some such solution for women.
And, yes, I complained. I got the impression – it was all perfectly pleasant -- that knickers-at-floor-level is simply the Way Things Are Done.
Still, that’s over, and ticked off the list. Next week, when life resumes its normal course, I will rather miss flipping open the iPad to see what I’ve got to do today. Today’s job, in fact, is to try to download a movie onto the iPad (and I mustn’t forget to pack the earphones, if successful). Things hot up a bit tomorrow and Friday.
As for actual knitting – I’ve done 15 inches of Mary Lou’s Reversible Cables. Only 5 ¾ feet to go. It’s looking great. The red element in Colinette’s Vatican Pie varies in intensity from time to time. It is plyed with something silvery – is that the 20% bamboo? I’ll attempt a pic soon. It is of heavenly softness.
And the pattern is great, too. One has an odd number of 6-stitch ribs. They are cabled alternately on one side and the other. Simple, brilliant.