Thursday, January 21, 2016

I hadn't realised that Kate Davies' Deco cardigan was a re-run. I'm not complaining: it has been brilliantly re-knit in the new yarn, and that's what we're looking for. What yarn was suggested in the original pattern? That might be a useful pointer to other patterns suitable for the new yarn.

All well here, except, not much knitting. I can't see the Dunfallandy blankie being finished this week after all. That cat actually came and sat on it and my lap yesterday – and she's not a lap-sitter, that cat – in order to stop me knitting. One thing I hope to learn in London next week is not the sex of the promised child, but whether it's expected in early, middle, or late March.

I wandered around Carol Sunday's website for a while yesterday evening, as I often do. I am rather taken with her pattern called Chrysalis, a sort of shawl with sleeves. And with her yarn called Nirvana, with a touch of cashmere in it, for knitting it with. I think the six weeks on either side of the winter solstice are the ones in which I am at my most vulnerable to yarn-buying temptations.

But I haven't bought this one yet.

I'm also rather taken with a Twist Collective pattern called Channa. Perfectly simple with what I think is called a boat neck, a feature with which I am suddenly rather smitten having seen it on the dentist's receptionist last week in dark navy with a crisp white blouse underneath.

There's plenty of knitting to do here already; I don't need reminding. And plenty more planned.

Non-knit

London plans are moving forward. Time enough for absolute terror tomorrow. We are going to see Guys and Dolls! I love it almost as much as I do My Fair Lady and it has the additional advantage of recalling the NYC of my youth.

I felt I ought to have a political shirt of some sort for 2016. I have a Kerry one, and an Obama of course, and I think maybe there was something before Kerry. It'll be in a drawer in Strathardle, if so. I was hard put to think who to go for this time, and have finally ordered a Bernie Sanders sweat shirt.

I'm sure Hillary will make a very competent president, but I am sad to think that the first woman to hold that office should have got in on her husband's coat-tails. No worse than Indira Ghandi and Benazir Bhutto, I suppose.

My mother would have been terribly keen on Sanders, I think, although she was also a strong feminist and might have been torn. My parents had a cat named Norman Thomas when I was born (I'll leave you to google that one) but he didn't like me and soon left.


Perdita is fine. She still walks with a slight limp when she remembers, but for all practical purposes is scampering about as before.

14 comments:

  1. I thought Indira Ghandi was there on her Father's coat-tails (Nehru). The Gandhi she was married to was no relation to the Mahatma Gandhi.

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  2. Argh! That's for Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Obama, and of course Trump. It's dismal these days. None of them stand for what people I know, love,and respect stand for. We're hard pressed to find a public "servant" these days.

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    1. Take another look at Sanders. If he's not for us knitters, I don't know who is . . . .

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  3. If the first woman prez had to be a woman on a spouse's coattails, I wish it had been Eleanor Roosevelt! I love Guys and Dolls. And Damon Runyon. At Christmas my husband read me Dancing Dan's Christmas while I was feverishly doing last minute knitting.

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  4. Jean you are wonderful. A Bernie Sanders sweatshirt, I love it. Who is the supplier? I want one. I have put away all my special Seattle Seahawks T-shirts for another year.

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  5. Syd T.3:16 PM

    I too would like to know where you got the Bernie Sanders Sweatshirt, please.

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    1. Carol, San Diego CA5:56 PM

      Feel the Bern! https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel?page=2

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  6. Carol, San Diego, CA6:01 PM

    Jean, Guys & Dolls - what fun! I, too, adore My Fair Lady and many other musicals. Will you tell us more about your youth when in NYC and say more about your mom, too?

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  7. Been pondering since I showed that I was unsure of how to spell Gandhi. I can't think of a woman who rose to the very top without some family connection to power. Except, perhaps, Julia Gillard. I would be glad to be proved wrong.

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    1. Mrs Thatcher? Mrs Merkel? Golda Meir? Maybe I just don't know enough about the latter two, but for Mrs Thatcher I feel pretty sure I'm on safe ground.

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    2. Mrs Thatcher? Mrs Merkel? Golda Meir? Maybe I just don't know enough about the latter two, but for Mrs Thatcher I feel pretty sure I'm on safe ground.

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    3. Mrs Thatcher? Mrs Merkel? Golda Meir? Maybe I just don't know enough about the latter two, but for Mrs Thatcher I feel pretty sure I'm on safe ground.

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  8. Clearly not pondering very productively - I do believe you are right about all three!

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  9. Thanks for Chrysalis, that would look awesome on my bestie, who is always cold.

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