Today's news is that someone from the Council phoned yesterday and made an appt for my husband to be “assessed” for the Disabled Parking Badge this very afternoon at the Astley Ainslie hospital, over on the south side of the city. I have worried and prayed four children from infant school through to their university degrees (and beyond – it doesn't end) and have never before felt so confident of a “pass”.
But getting anywhere for a specific time is stressful these days.
Yesterday's pleasant surprise was the arrival of the Early Winter 2014 VK. I didn't know I was expecting such a thing. Unusually, I don't really care for any of the patterns. The yoke sweaters at the end are mildly interesting, but Kate Davies is better. What I love unreservedly is the Jimmy Bean pull-out, offering and illustrating yarn bouquets as potential Xmas presents. “Flowers are so last year.” There are all one's faves, madelinetosh and Koigu and Noro.
Meg writes about provisional cast-ons. The wonderful thing in that article is her reference to the old one of crocheting a chain and then picking up stitches from the back of it for your cast-on. The chain can simply be unzipped when you want the stitches again. But “several times I chose the wrong loop and the chain would not unzip.”
That's what used to happen to me. And knowing that Meg Swansen could make the same mistake really made my day. The solution, of course, is to crochet the stitches directly on to the needle. Meg doesn't know who to credit for that great “unvention”.
All continued well with actual knitting – another 2 1/3 scallops done, on the edging of the Unst Bridal Shawl, without disaster. Then I sank back with a couple of rounds of Archie's sweater. It had been a long, hard day of non-achievement and I wasn't up to much.
I'll take those poor, neglected socks to the hospital this afternoon.