Here we are. At last – it’s today. I’m really going to miss election news as a counter-irritant to everything else that’s going on around here, but I do understand how glad all the rest of you will be when it’s over tomorrow.
At the end of the day yesterday, I sat in the kitchen with Perdita and watched, not television on the iPad, but Ella Gordon’s podcast. I’m not entirely suggesting that you do it; it’s rather long. But it’s most engaging, and interesting at least in parts. She works for Jamieson & Smith, and designed the Crofthoose Hat for this year’s Shetland Wool Week. She was there at J&S the happy day when I was, and when I ordered the yarn for my recently-completed Hansel Hap, it came with a note from her saying “Happy Knitting”. I felt very grown-up.
I did – you won’t be surprised to hear this – send for the stripey hat kit mentioned yesterday. Lisa, I am grateful for your comment and will follow it up. Joining-in-a-new-colour (or ball) is one of the (many) aspects of knitting I have never mastered. I’ve tried spit-splicing. It falls apart, for me. I can weave in a new colour a few stitches before it’s needed, as for intarsia, if I apply myself. Otherwise, I knit two stitches holding both yarns together, as a friend showed me when we were both at Hampton Elementary School in Detroit.
And there are always the happy instances when the new ball can be introduced at the end of a row.
Today, indeed any moment now, I am going up to the National Gallery to meet our niece and see Carel Fabritius’ picture “The Goldfinch” which is on loan here. It was the subject of Donna Tartt’s book (which I haven’t read). My husband fears that there will be queues down Princes Street. Maybe so. In that case, we will console ourselves with coffee and inspect a couple of Raphaels instead.
I could take Perdita. She likes birds.
I still have a few yards of the Kaffe Fassett yarn to incorporate into the foot of the first sock – it lasted longer than I expected. I’m not far from the toe shaping. And I did finish the first half of the front of the half-brioche yesterday, and attached the yarn, at least, to the second.