Two interesting items from recent obituaries in the Telegraph, completely un-knitting-related:
1) Stephen Malawista was a scientist “in the forefront of the fight against…Lyme disease”. From his obituary, I learned that it was mothers in the area who were dissatisfied with the diagnosis of “juvenile rheumatoid arthritis” and spotted the syndrome. I suppose in a place like that, they would all have taken their children off to separate fancy paediatricians in
or Hartford or – there may not have been a local
GP who had a chance to observe the cluster of cases. I wonder if we are getting
more Lyme disease in Perthshire now that we are overrun with deer. Providence
2) In Marcella Hazan’s obituary yesterday it says that she and Victor retired to
“where she continued to cook for her
husband twice daily”. That’s no small thing, as I know because I have now been
doing it for a quarter of my life. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it mentioned in
print before. Florida
I’ve just ordered a knitting belt and some long steel needles from Jamieson & Smith. I wish now that I had bought them when we were there, in order to discuss not the belt but the needles. Watch this space.
The Milano proceeds well. It’s lovely yarn, and the colours are splendidly chosen. It’s beginning to look distinctly Milanese. Pic soon.
Kathleen, please don’t take me as an authority on anything – in this case, the fact that the best
Fair Isle designs don’t repeat patterns. But that does seem to be true. Sheila McGregor says, “The most highly prized jerseys
have no two patterns repeated, and yet have patterns chosen to match and
harmonize, so that the effect is rich but not garish”.
The link Maureen sent yesterday, to Liz Lovick’s “Leogh jacket”, would seem to bear it out, although that one does look a bit garish to me.
So I didn’t get “Rams and Yowes” considered for casting-on yesterday. I did get up to John Lewis and chose buttons for the BSJ. Now I have to nerve myself to sew them on. I hate sewing in all its forms.
Theo phoned last night, and of course I thought when I recognised his voice that the baby had been born five weeks early – not fatal, but also not desirable. However, that hasn’t happened. The baby is still safely unborn (if that isn’t too much of an oxymoron), Jenni is well, and Theo himself sounds very cheerful.