Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Sorry about yesterday. Bad night, Sunday.

But life goes on, inching forward. I've signed up for Woolly Wormhead's mystery KAL hat, but fear I'm falling at the first hurdle. A provisional cast-on is required which turns out not to be provisional but permanent. Am I up to it? I took the other, actual hat with me yesterday when I toiled upstairs to visit my elderly neighbour, mentioned before. I can tell you that from the ground to the first floor, at No 1 Scotland Street, there are 24 stone steps, and another 24 from the first to the second, but only 22 from the second to the third, where my friend lives. There are also 16 from the pavement to the beginning of the first flight.

I had a very nice time once I got there, and got another set of cables crossed without mishap. Then in the evening we had a small inundation through the ceiling in the room we call the Downstairs Lavatory. Constant readers will remember that we have had similar and worse visitations from the neighbours directly above in the past. They, too, live at No 1 Scotland Street so I had to run up the 16 steps from the street and then the first set of 24 again. The neighbour was surprisingly apologetic. “At least there were no books and no pictures involved this time,” I said, out loud.

We've got a new system (of which I have high hopes) which allows me to stay up for an hour after my husband's early bed. I celebrated yesterday by starting the fifth Dunfallandy triangle (of eight). On the v-neck vest, I am casting off the second armhole – it may achieve FO status today!

And I have finally sent an order to Webs for more madtosh Whiskey Barrel DK. I figure I need three skeins – call it four – to finish the Sous Sous. I ordered eight, as I am now obsessed with the idea of a vertically-striped half-brioche big cosy sweater for myself in Roast Hatch Chilli, with Whiskey Barrel in the subordinate role.

Many a WIP to polish off first, plus something for the Little Boys if we win the Calcutta Cup in February – scarves, I think is the current idea.


The young Polish woman who cleans for me has relatively little to do these days, as our private carers clean and iron, some better than others but all better than me. So Gosia and I have been cleaning out kitchen cupboards, with great success, and I think maybe this week we might move on to the stash cupboard. It is time to make a realistic assessment of life expectancy and only keep, perhaps, three times as much as I could possibly ever knit. The Koigu is sacrosanct. 

11 comments:

  1. Oh Jean, you are incorrigible and never cease to amuse! Maybe it's time to teach Gosia how to knit? You must surely be an inspiration to even the most hardened non knitter...

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  2. Sorry, Jean, but "realistic" and "yarn stash" do not belong in the same sentence. If we start getting all "realistic," think of the yarn companies and independent dyers and sheep breeders who will go out of business! No, for the sake of the economy, let's keep on stashing.

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  3. Kay T has a good point.

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  4. Oh no, now will there be ceiling repairs and insurance to address? I've been clearing out quite a bit recently. Autumn cleaning? I donated three large trash bags full of very nice yarn. I still have plenty left. Including "some" koigu, should you need a bit.

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  5. To which side of the 16 steps shall we form the queue for your stash sale? Merely announce the date!

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  6. You can definitely do the permanent provision cast on! And if not, someone at your local yarn shop will be able to help, I'm sure. It would be a shame to miss out on the mystery KAL because of the first step.

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  7. I started a practice square of the Dunfallandy blanket. Oh my. I have no idea of what all those increases/decreases are. I am quite in awe of the ease in which you have been knitting it. I work my way through having to look up every increase. It is quite interesting though the way the pattern takes shape. I will use this first sample square (of dish cotton) for a dish cloth and hopefully be ready when the actual yarn arrives.

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  8. I love the idea of sample squares and the like for dish cloths. A large enough swatch and something useful to boot.

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  9. Anonymous7:12 PM

    I don't think the 16 steps would be sufficient...

    Helen (anon)

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  10. The crochet cast on is very neat and easy. Have a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jbv2xrMbhk for tips from Lucy Neatby. It is much easier to cast on to a long straight needle and I hold it almost vertical between my knees, which works for me.

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  11. I have tried explaining to the Senior Cat (aka as my father) that keeping every piece of timber he owns thinking he "might" use it one day would be the same as me keeping masses of cheap acrylic yarn on the same grounds. If given cheap acrylic yarn I pass it on to the charity shop. I still have too much yarn but I could cope with endless amounts of good yarn such as you seem to possess.

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