Tuesday, October 25, 2016

That was a better day – a full five rows of Uncia done; fewer than 20 remain. I no longer felt ill. The Hansel Hap is on its way to DC. The Mosaic socks are finished, although not finished-finished. I did a few more rows of the half-brioche. I still haven’t got the hang of that one again. There are four pattern rows, and I keep having to refer to the text.

Skeindalous, thank you – Begonia Pope, for the knitter of the original Dr Who scarf. A name that deserves to be remembered. If the legend is true, that she was given an armful of yarn and told to knit, she can’t be given credit for the colours. But the arrangement is so very good that it’s hard to believe it was all accidental. I knit something of the sort once, recovering from one of my broken arms. And I think there’s one in one of Sally Melville’s books. Neither is anything like as good as Dr Who’s scarf. Apparently it became a knitting icon without really featuring in very many episodes at all.

This day is called the feast of Crispian…


  1. Anonymous12:09 PM

    The other half of the Dr Who scarf legend is that Begonia wasn't told what the finished length should be, so she just kept knitting until she'd used up almost all of the wool.


    1. =Tamar3:26 PM

      Old-time Doctor Who fan here... Legend is a wonderful thing. The pattern the BBC gave out repeats the first half of the scarf at the end, and it matches the screenshots of the original. Also, it did figure in the show. Tom Baker's Doctor wore it in every show, and new ones were knitted in different colors (but the same rhythm of number-of-rows) for different years, to match that year's color choices for costuming. (The Doctor almost always wears the same colors as the Good Guys on the planet he's on.) At least once it caught fire and smouldered briefly. SPOILER At the end, when he's regenerated into Peter Davison's Doctor, the scarf is unraveled as Davison finds his way around the T.A.R.D.I.S.

  2. Anonymous3:08 PM

    Glad to hear you are back on track.

    Beverly in NJ

  3. Glad to hear you're feeling better. To finish FIVE rows of Uncia & be close to the end is monumental!!! No wonder you feel better. Did you know twin brothers Crispin & Crispinian are the patron saints of cobblers, curriers, tanners & leather workers??