My first day in London, I set off to see the Celts at the British Museum. I was a tiny bit disappointed – not enough intertwined, Dunfallandy-type stones. A lot of the show, reasonably enough, was about the ancient "keltoi", inhabitants of the northerly parts of Europe who seemed to have little connection with modern Scots, Irish, Welsh, Cornish, and Bretons.
There was an unexpected titbit of knitterly interest – if any of you are still to see the show, you can fill me in on the details of this one. There is a beautiful illuminated mss from Lichfield Cathedral in the show. The label quotes Gerald of Wales (I think), a 12th century writer previously unknown to me, saying that such manuscripts – or was he actually writing about this particular one? -- well repaid close study. He said that the interlaced decoration was "well knitted".
I assumed as I stood there that all this would be in the catalogue. The Museum has an excellent arrangement whereby, when you book online, they will send the catalogue to your home address without charge for postage. So I went for that, so as not to have to carry it about.
Well, now I'm in Edinburgh and now I've got the catalogue. But it is one of those modern "catalogues" with essays illustrated more or less with items from the exhibition, but not including the item-by-item information which the word "catalogue" conjures up for me. The mss from Lichfield is mentioned and illustrated, but there is no mention of Gerald of Wales.
But maybe I've got bits of this wrong. And, of course, G of W was probably writing in Latin (I've mugged him up in Wikipedia) and "well-knitted" may be no more than a creative 21st century translation.
Still, if I had known it wasn't to be repeated and elaborated in the catalogue, I would have studied that label for longer.
Something completely different
We are well advanced – Day Four, in fact – through Calcutta Cup week. The match is on Saturday. Alexander and his family will call in to see us on their way. The Little Boys have never seen Scotland win. There is a feeling about that we're in with a chance this year, but such feelings have a pretty low correlation with the actual result.
At some point I decided that, if we win, my Calcutta Cup knitting this year would be a Fair Isle vest for Alexander from the Vintage Shetland Project, about which there is still no news. If it happens, I have now decided that I will knit either Kate Davies' Macrahanish or Meg's vest, published long ago in Knitter's. I am punishing no one but myself thereby, but I will have found a vent for my crossness. I'll do it even if the book has appeared before I actually start knitting.
(First, win your rugby match.)
I signed up for the VSP in July, publication promised for November. The last communication was in early January. She was complaining about the weather.