A good night’s sleep seems to have cured the computer of any wish to speak Greek, but I am proceeding with caution.
Barbara (comment yesterday) – you had the same idea as Duffy, who emailed me privately. And of course you are both absolutely right – I should get in touch with Hazel Tindall before the class if I want her to show me how to pick up stitches from a lace edging. I’ll think about it. I mean, I may be so embarrassed as to abandon the idea altogether.
And, Shandy, I am delighted to hear that your Houlland is to be reprieved, and agree absolutely that what you have hit upon must be defined as a workaround. The Blind Followers I was grumbling about, were the modern knitters, with the world at their fingertips via the Internet, and with all the wonderful books now available, who would still follow an old pattern that told them to knit a Shetland shawl – any shawl – in six pieces and sew them together.
In 1958, when I did exactly that, even “Knitting Without Tears” was still 13 years in the future.
Knitting went well again today. I have reached, indeed almost finished, row 24 of Mrs Hunter’s border pattern. A major landmark looms – the next row will finish off the first set of motifs, and row 27 will establish the next one, lozenges again, but different lozenges. And I am more than halfway to the first decrease row, namely row 40. There’s still a long, long way to go, but this is definitely progress.
And the tax continues well. My ambition is to finish it in the next fortnight, so that if anything goes wrong with the terrifying task of logging in to the government website through multiple layers of security, and actually filing the return, I will have time to panic before the January 31 deadline.
The thought of Hazel Tindall and my class has focused my thoughts on the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I am sure I will spend a foolish amount of money, and for the next few weeks I can enjoy thinking about what patterns I might like to buy yarn for. Brooklyn Tweed is coming this year – do you think that means Jared himself? – so one thing to do is to wander through his recent lookbooks.
It might be salutary to look in the stash cupboard and see how much EYF 2016 is still there. I’ve looked at my Ravelry queue and find that either I’ve got the yarn already, or I’m not sure I still want to knit whatever-it-is.