Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I've ordered Morning Rain -- Melanie Berg's lace weight yarn, mentioned yesterday. I agree, Beverly, that Sheepish looks awfully nice, too. But I am anxious that this should be a shawl-for-use, and was afraid that Sheepish might come out looking keep-for-best.

I tried to compare yardage and weight with J&S Shetland Supreme, and was stymied by the failure of the Loveknitting website to give the weight of Berg's skeins. A guess would have been right, but it's wiser not to rely on guesses at critical moments (general rule of life). I floundered for a while before I thought of Ravelry. The answer is that they are very similar -- 860 metres per 100 grams for Berg. 800 for J&S, I think, or thereabouts. That'll do. The baby is not going to take a tape measure to the result. So I ordered it.

A dear friend would like a stripey hat, and I am delighted to have an excuse to knit another. But Loop has sold out for the time being, which leaves me feeling slightly smug for having acted fast. Alas, I didn't get around to taking a picture in today's brief light. Tomorrow, I hope.

I've done the heel flap of the 2nd Kaffe Fassett sock, turned the heel, am making good progress with the gusset decreases. Loveknitting says that the lace yarn has been dispatched already -- a great incentive to press on fast. 


It's tough, but we're doing pretty well. The care package we have been waiting for, for so long, is excellent. My life is easier in some ways than it was before, now that I am not allowed to help my husband to move (although I have done it a few times, when someone else was here to help). I'm constrained, but so I was with daily hospital visiting. I'm not very strong, but can't think of any specific markers in the past year which might serve to measure my decline.. And maybe this is what being 83 is meant to feel like. 


  1. Of course you are not as strong as you used to be - which one of us is? But I am very glad to hear that things are working for now. Long may it continue, without crisis.
    Hospital visiting such as you were doing uses up far more time and energy than one realises -the things that can't be started because it is nearly time to go, and the things that one is just too tired for afterwards. It all eats up a massive chunk of the day, and an awful lot of any spare energy one may have. Long may you continue doing pretty well!

  2. It sounds as if you are doing pretty well. We all lose strength as we get older. I really hope that things will go on like they are now - your husband well cared for and you with enough time for knitting beautiful things.

  3. So happy to hear the care package is excellent. It's so much cheaper for the government & BETTER for both of you to be in your own home with help for as long as you can.

  4. You are kind to knit your friend a hat. I saw the most glorious pom poms at the discount store yesterday. They were attached to key chains but had nice loops for hat topping. I think I'll go back and get a few today and make a sockhead hat.
    How is Perdita? Was she happy to see your husband?

  5. So glad to hear that the care package is working well for you.

  6. Good news. Looking forward to hearing about the new yarn. The hat kit seems to be sold out everywhere.

  7. Jean - the hat kit is reduced to £19.99 at Deramores! :)

  8. skeindalous3:33 PM

    I was interested in the discussion of fudge a few days ago. It seems that here in the US, fudge now means 'heavy, dense, smooth, like thick frosting'. Total reliance on marshmallow fluff or melted marshmallows to create the texture. The recipe by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (CAN that truly be his name!?) sounds as though it would be 'friable, crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth sugary'. Intriguing. I remember reading a cookbook that told one to be careful, lest the fudge 'sugar'. I will make a batch of the HFW version and see how it turns out. He has a variation for which he suggests adding cocoa powder and minced candied ginger. Hm-m-m-m. Fine by me, but not sure if the others in this house would go for it