Who would have thought we’d ever actually get here, to November 6, 2012? It will be an odd morning to wake up to tomorrow, no campaigning and no election. It’s a funny way to run a country, all that vast expenditure of money and energy and time. One thing, perhaps it’s valuable for the president to have seen and experienced the whole country, even from within his bullet-proof security bubble. And for the electorate, to be reminded of how important they are.
We watched an interesting (contemporary) documentary the other evening about Kennedy’s primary battle with Hubert Humphrey in (I think)
. How different it all seemed!
Jackie was there, no sign of a Mrs Humphrey. She (Jackie) must have been the
first of the now-pretty-well-obligatory Ornamental Wives. Wisconsin
In 1952 I cycled 10 miles or so with some friends to experience an Eisenhower whistle-stop. Remember whistle-stops? I wonder if that was the last election in which they figured.
Well. The Wingspan is done. I hope I’ll polish off one or two loose ends and block it today. It is time I got back to the loose ends on that hat, too.
The new KnitPic needles arrived. I still don’t find brioche stitch entirely comfortable – the stitches don’t slip quite freely enough along the needle. Can’t see why.
I tried a few rows of fisherman’s rib (using a second ball of yarn). That felt much better. I did it in what I regard as the classic way – k1, k1b throughout. Barbara Walker in the 1st Treasury gives it as p1, k1b which would be much fiddlier. Nancy Marchant in “Knitting Brioche” says that the resulting fabric, using k1, k1b, is the same as brioche stitch but “I personally find that I work the brioche stitch much faster and much more evenly than fisherman’s rib”.
Much faster, no, not for me – fisherman’s rib is the real Cocoon Experience, for me. But after a couple of inches, it was absolutely clear that brioche stitch was producing a tidier and nicer-looking fabric, so I’ll go on with that.
EZ rather avoids the issue of whether the two fabrics are the same – I think Marchant is right about that, myself. EZ says: “This stitch is sometimes mistaken for Fisherman’s Rib, where you knit into the stitch of the row below, but if you try them both on the same swatch, you will see that Prime Rib [=Brioche Stitch] is well worth the trouble of learning, as it makes a much richer and fruitier rib.”
L, yes, I saw your earlier comments about the Colinette website. (Blogger sends them all to me as emails.) And you’re quite right, “Vatican Pie” is on the colour list. There seem to be a number of unalphabetised colours at the top of the list – I had just scrolled straight down to the “v’s”. I suspect you are a rather good librarian.
I heard from them yesterday that my yarn has been dispatched!
Catriona, thank you for the link to the article in the Guardian about the Shetland Craft Trail. I think maybe I’d better download and print the map for my archives, despite the cost of ink jet cartridges.
FiberQat, that’s interesting, and rather comforting, that you have had rotation problems with pictures taken with an iPod touch. My one is right side up on my computer – but persistently sideways in Blogger.