Here’s a question for you.
We were weary last night after a hospital appt for my husband to have his right hand scanned for rheumatic trouble. All went well, appt kept promptly, we were back for a late lunch before he succumbed to a low-blood-sugar episode – but this sort of thing takes its toll of us old folks, and in the evening we were fit for nothing more than Gregory Peck v. the Apache Nation.
And my question is this: is the convention that one mounts a horse from the left, a universal constant in the relation of man and beast? Or just a European notion? What did they do in the mountains of
or on the steppes of
before the television newsmen arrived? Obviously, Apaches in the employment of Tibet are going to
leap on from the left, but that doesn’t answer the question. Hollywood
On I went, with my knitting belt. I had two single-colour rounds yesterday. Speed was up to a slow trot, to continue the equine theme.
I noticed that my right hand was briefly aiming the rigid needle for its entry into the stitch, before nipping up to throw the yarn. I had another look at the Harlot’s video – is that what her right hand does? No. Her fingers are completely free of any other task than throwing the yarn, but part of her right hand – what do you call it? the bit between the wrist and the point where the thumb bone is connected to the hand bone? – is pressed against the needle.
By the time I found that out, I was back to a two-colour passage and couldn’t make it work at all.
I’ll struggle on, but so far there is not the slightest pleasure in this.
But, ah! the Milano! Thank goodness for the Milano! There’s much to be said for love-at-first-sight and impulse-buying.
All the colours are now employed, and I have started back up the row with two-round and eight-round stripes transposed. Perhaps you can just see, on the right-hand part of the circular needle, the start of an eight-round stripe in Aqua which is the two-round stripe with which the story begins.
I’m going to have to think about shape pretty promptly. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to do it today. If I’m going to knit this as Relax3, I will need underarm increases for the dolman sleeves. Milano, as written, has underarm decreases for what might loosely be termed set-in sleeves, although the joining line comes halfway between shoulder and elbow.
I think I incline towards the Relax shaping, since it has worked well for me twice. But I’ll have to think about it. I really dislike thinking.