A new week.
That Baby will be Christened. We’re all breathlessly waiting to see the shawl. My copy of “Shetland Textiles 800 BC to the Present” came yesterday – in it, Oliver Henry says that a shawl has been presented from Shetland. Do I vaguely remember that
also sent one? And no doubt the Royal Family have some of their own in a drawer. We’ll be watching. It had better not be store-boughten this time. New Zealand
And Amy Herzog has gone live with CustomFit, launching it at Rhinebeck. I haven’t looked yet. Greek Helen will be here at the weekend. Maybe I could face up to having her take the necessary measurements.
Yesterday was strenuous. My husband had a bath – a process which now involves both of us, full on and bad tempered. It was very hard work, and I didn’t even get much credit for it on the pedometer. We aren’t going to be able to manage this much longer.
As for knitting, I got my two rounds of Rams & Yowes done. If I can keep it up, one day I’ll finish. I increased the needle size (thanks to the usual prompt service from Meadow Yarn), so far with no result. The fabric still seems stiff. I’ll give it a few more rounds before I go up another notch.
Meanwhile, the second rank of sheep should acquire faces today.
An informal sitting-room-floor measure of Milano/Relax3 gauge suggests that I’m knitting tight there, too, although it doesn’t look or feel like that. A whole 7 stitches to the inch. I am now judiciously sticking in some increases so that when I get to the shaping, I will have exactly the number of stitches I have worked with before.
Kristie urges me, in an email yesterday, to go ahead and buy that Carol Sunday scarf. She – Kristie – was the one who persuaded me (without much difficulty) to get the yarn for Kate Davies’ Northmavine Hap when we were in Jamieson & Smith together. She may well succeed again this time. So when am I going to knit all these things?
“Shetland Textiles”, mentioned above. Very highly recommended. It’s a big, coffee-table book, written by many hands. Museum curators, scholars working for PhD’s, native Shetlanders whose family histories go back generations. With a certain amount of overlap among those categories. Wonderful photographs, both old and new.
As the title suggests, it’s not all about knitting, although knitting predominates. I haven’t really got very far with it yet. There’s an article by Hazel Tindall – the fastest knitter in the world, mentioned here recently, with the help of whose YouTube video I still hope to master the knitting belt. She writes about the pleasure of Fair Isle knitting, and I remember thinking, in my own
Fair Isle phase, Why do I ever knit anything else?
The sooner I get on to that vest, the better.
Annie at Knitsofacto – she should have been with us on Shetland, if things had gone according to plan – says that she has “refused some fabulous offers lately” to include advertising in her blog. I will certainly never have ads here – but why don’t I ever get any fabulous offers? Or any offers at all? Does Annie have 207 followers?