So Bernie won another primary –in West Virginia where Hillary beat Barack handily in 2008. And the polls are showing Hillary and Donald alarmingly close in key states, whereas up until now we had been told that she’d beat him easily in the general election.
I’m glad to be watching this one from a distance.
The Neap Tide shawl is now very near the end of the first skein, and measures 87cm if I tug it a bit. I think I’ll count on blocking to get me the rest of the way to a metre, rather than ordering more yarn. I’ll knit to the end of the skein, mark the end of the last complete pattern repeat as the half-way point, wind the second skein (because that’s a lengthy and slightly tedious procedure) and then return to other projects for a while. A plan.
Susan Crawford has promised us fortnightly updates on the much-delayed progress of the Vintage Shetland Project, and yesterday I got the first of them. It centred on Elizabeth Henry, the first, apparently, to transcribe Shetland lace patterns. Crawford has tracked her down, with much difficulty, and found her archives.
And meanwhile Kate Davies thinks she has identified “Mrs Hunter of Unst”. It will be a great year for the unsung heroines of Shetland lace, when both books are published.
Crawford’s update sent me back to Rae Compton’s “Complete Book of Traditional Knitting”. I hadn’t looked at it for a long time. It’s a thoroughly good book. She includes a brisk biography of Mrs Henry, and that’s what started Crawford off on her search.
I especially like – have always liked – the picture on page 121 of “a grey-green modern Shetland sweater, designed, knitted and worn by Mrs Annabel Bray of Sandwick, Shetland”. It’s a superb sweater, masterfully knit – photographed from the neck down.
Today I’m going for a proper walk along the Water of Leith. It’s another good one, weather-wise. Southern Gal, I like the idea of a fitness bracelet. Does anybody have any recommendations? I used to wear a pedometer sometimes and, unlike you, was always disappointed at the score when all I had done was be active (as I thought) around the house.