Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I'm glad you enjoyed the YouTube video of the wedding (link yesterday – it seems to have worked). It occurs to me that this is a great incentive for me to figure out how to take advantage of the “smartness” of our new television (or invite someone in to help). Then I could show it to my husband.

I do miss the days when things came with substantial instruction books which one could read in the bath.

“Dunfallandy” is pronounced – I love questions I can actually answer! – “Dun-FALL-an-dy”. The “fa” in the stressed syllable is like the “fa” in “fatigue”, not “fall” as in the season of the year.

When we were driving to the wedding, we relied from time to time on the GPS in C's daughter's magic telephone. As one crosses the Erskine Bridge, one needs to look for the turn signposted “Crianlarich”. The bossy woman in the telephone made a wonderful hash of that – “Cree-AN-lar-itch”, she said. Locals pronounce it “Cree-an-LARE-ick”.


I pressed on with the third Dunfallandy square, and am just short of the half-way point. It requires concentration which may be in short supply when my husband gets here, so I will continue to press on for the rest of the week.

The second half, where one is decreasing, is much easier and pleasanter than the first half. I am a bit daunted at the thought that once the four squares are done, I must knit eight triangles which will all be first-half's. Each row begins and ends with a M1R or an M1L, or the purled equivalent. For the first two squares I had to repeat Stephen West's useful mnemonic to myself every single time – “I left the front door open”, “I'll be right back”. It serves to remind one which direction the left-hand needle should take to enter the yarn being picked up for the new stitch. Now I think I've got it at last.

I am grateful for your observations on felting. I feel a bit daunted about that, too. The danger of clogging up the washing machine hadn't previously occurred to me. Arne & Carlos' book of slippers arrived yesterday, and is charming and tempting as one might expect, but at the moment I feel disinclined. I'll still go along to McAree's next week when they're here, if I am strong enough. Perhaps I'll take the Christmas bauble book for them to sign. I've actually used that one.


I neglected to say yesterday how grateful I am for your advice and help about my husband's homecoming. Tea towels and bath towels are ready in abundance. A supervisor has been promised for Friday when it all happens – I will be sure to get her telephone number. My dear Polish cleaning woman is here today. We've turned the mattress and changed the bed linen and done other useful things.


  1. The navigator in my phone - without which I would never find anywhere - makes a brave but on the whole unsuccessful attempt at Milngavie. For reasons native Scots may understand, this is pronounced Mill(n)-guy. I was interested to see the correct way to say Crianlarich, after 2 years in Scotland I have yet to master most of the placenames.

  2. Anonymous1:32 PM

    I half-remembered that one could put the knit project in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase to prevent clogging the washing machine. These instructions are tailored to a purse pattern, but they give an idea of the process -
    The loss of control using a front-loading machine really makes this all so much more of a gamble, doesn’t it? What about doing it in a big basin, or bathtub, and stepping on it - like traditional grape pressing? Just do NOT fall!

  3. Or find a friend with a top loader. That's what I have done, but now my stalwart has replaced her machine with a more efficient front loader. Re. the smart television, I expect there is a you tube channel available. Ours has one. Sometimes there are online manuals you can print out and read...

  4. You can felt using a couple of pans, one for the hot water and one for the cold. Agitate in the hot water with a stick and then use tongs to move it to the cold water. A couple times back and forth until it is the size you want. A mesh bag would probably work well here.

  5. Are top loaders dying out? We have one but it's 30+ now and the dryer no longer dries so sooner or later they'll both be replaced (as budget allows). I told mom I want a top loader just in case I ever want to felt (there's a bag from an old issue of IK I'd like to make and it's felted), but I'd like to be prepped ahead of time if a top loader's going to be a challenge.
    Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever used a side-loader. Seems like an impractical design, really, more points of failure for leaks. Useful if you've got the stacked machines, I suppose.
    Maybe we should all just get those steam-cleaning closets :)
    Also, make 1 annoys the heck out of me. There's no real standard so is it make 1 as in add a backward loop or the various permutations of picking up a strand or something else? Grumble. I tend to default to the backward loop and then discover I was wrong later and the increases look wrong.
    Most Smart TVs have a youtube channel, and netflix and hulu if you have accounts with them, and I'd guess yours might have the BBC player thing since you're in the UK. Also, you can play stuff from computers, but I've no idea how complicated that is to figure out (it's on my to-do list but it's a long list atm).

  6. you should be able to google your tv manual - try the manufacturer and the model number... then you can save it to your computer (or cloud storage) and have it whenever you need it.

    google drive is a good place to store files