Thursday, December 06, 2007

To Strathardle today – blogging should resume on Tuesday.

I was gripped with a sudden and dreadful case of the Seasonal Heebie-Jeebies yesterday: not anxiety about Christmas, which is in fairly good case here, more a timor-mortis-conturbat-me sort of thing. Fresh air should help. January, when it comes, will help more.

I bought Vogue Knitting Book No. 18 on eBay last night – spring, 1941. I now lack only five of them: one from the war (spring, 1940) and four from the mid to the late 30’s.

Last night’s price was very reasonable for an early VKB. The cover is torn, as you see; that might have been it. I had the same opponents as in my recent purchase of No. 19, but they bid less.

I hope I will now (well, in blessed January) spread the wartime issues out on the floor and try to construct an essay around them. The missing one is part of the “phoney war” and can be treated separately if I ever get it.

I wound another skein for the gansey. It got sort of tangled somehow, and took a fair while, so I spent what knitting time was left on the Koolhaas. It’s coming along rather well – I think the pattern is going to hold its own against the yarn after all, although you can't see much of it here. I’m doing the third repeat – I’ll probably need five altogether.

Goodbye for now.


  1. What a hat! Enjoy your time "away"! It's -11C where I am .....

  2. Oh...the hat on that Vogue model...what a score for your collection!

  3. Anonymous5:22 PM

    Textures tend to show up more in person than in photographs. I believe the hat will hold its own.
    I look forward to your essay.

  4. I hope you will follow through with the writing of an essay on WWII knitting. I have recently read both Mrs. Milburn's and Nella Last's diaries, and thoroughly enjoyed them.

  5. I'm looking forward to that essay already.

    How severe does the weather get at Strathardle? Here in the midwest we've been inundated with snow - it's hard to remember when we last had this much this early in December. I suppose it could be worse and we could have flooding like in Washington and Oregon.

  6. Anonymous4:40 AM

    Oh my! You're combining my two passions... knitting and history!
    *continues to lurk*

  7. Anonymous11:59 AM

    While Jean is away, loyal readers who are interested in Obama's progress might want to move over to Theo's Family Blog via the link and watch the Obama commercial. I found it very moving.

  8. Anonymous12:21 PM

    Keep knitting! Today's Washington Post says Obama is pulling even in South Carolina, an early and crucial primary. I actually begin to think he may make it; he seems to have his sea legs.