We had a nice time with Archie. He had to get back to school at the end of the afternoon because they’re having a big harvest-festival thing today. He’s visibly older and stronger and more grown-up than he was a year ago, just as my husband and I are visibly older and weaker. Nature balances out nicely.
A book called “Shetland Textiles: 800 BC to the Present” will be launched tomorrow as Shetland Wool Week begins. 10% off if you order this week. It’s expensive, but I figured I had to have it, this being the Year I Went to Shetland.
We were a bit sorry not to be able to time our visit to coincide with Wool Week – I think now that it was a good thing. There would have been crowds – at least small, Shetland-sized crowds – in the places we had to ourselves, and Burrastow (the b&b/hotel where we lived so comfortably and ate so well) would have been closed – Pierre was about to go back to Bruges for the winter.
Browsing the Shrtland Heritage website just now, I found this: A Taste of Burrastow. So it was already known for food before
Pierre bought it! I think
I’ll have to order that one, too. Maybe there'll be a recipe for reestit mutton soup.
Knitting with the belt went a bit better yesterday, after a poor beginning – I sat down with it and discovered that I had knit most of the second round with the long-tail instead of the working yarn. It happens. So much of that practice session was spent straightening things out.
When I got back to work, I left the right hand to its own devices. If it wants to clutch the rigid needle in between yarn throws, it might as well do so, at least for now. The left hand did well at lifting the stitch off, and can manage the second colour of yarn as well without difficulty.
Using four needles, however, is awkward. They flap about and get in each other's way. Today I will try to go back to three.
It would be nice if this style of knitting would take over and make me more efficient. Rachel’s younger son Joe is coming up this week, taking a couple of days off work to help us with energetic tasks in Strathardle. (And it will be nice for me to be there with another adult.) I can’t take both projects along – with all those balls of wool, there wouldn’t be room for much else in the car.
So I mean to take Rams & Yowes. Maybe I’ll allow myself to add a circular needle to the package, just in case.
But I'm not going to force things. If my old slow-and-clumsy way goes on being more fun, I'll stick with it. On the other hand, the softness of the Milano yarns gives it an unfair advantage at the moment.
Milano continues well – only two more colours to be incorporated, and then the sequence begins again with the two-round-stripes changing places with the eight-round ones. Another pic soon.