Friday, September 16, 2011

Thank you for all your kind remarks about the shawl.

Here’s my new baby, although I hate to let you see it looking so orange:

It turns out (I think) that I need 5% more stitches than Jared’s “Large” size. That’s not rocket science, and I have set forth on the journey on that assumption. I’ll keep checking size and gauge, of course. I love this stuff so much that I think I would actually rejoice if I have to rip it out and start again.

I feel I will need to knit something else in madelinetosh DK after this one. Google doesn’t suggest it will be easy to find any around here. (Loop is good on madelinetosh, but doesn’t have DK. The shop in Amsterdam which sold me the stuff I’m knitting has closed its doors. Nothing on eBay. I haven’t tried Ravelry yet.)


We’re going to Strathardle today, in gloomy weather, planning to come back tomorrow. That’s going to make a strenuous 48 hours for an old woman. My husband is anxious to get the apple harvest in – a frost on May 31 carried off most of it. For quite a while we thought we had only one apple, and then he found four more on low branches hidden in (and probably protected by) the long grass and weeds around the foot of the tree. It’s a small tree, and has since been tidied up.

If they’re not quite ready yet, he plans to bunch netting around the foot of the tree to make a soft bed for them, instead of having them rot in the grass.

And I will harvest my vegetables, which won’t take long – broad beans and runner beans and courgettes. And admire my Brussels sprouts in their vegetable cage, and see how the seedbed roll is progressing. When last viewed, the little plants were visible, but they looked squashed between the layers, rather than growing down through the mat and lifting the plastic cover on their little shoulders as they should do.

Will the autumn raspberries be ripe? Almost certainly not.

Next year’s seed catalogues have started arriving already. I am much more suspicious of their promises than I used to be. This time, I mean to approach the problem as Stout recommends, and plan where everything will go in advance, instead of buying twice as much seed as there is room for.

On a different subject, I had an exciting time in Waverley station yesterday trying to get the tickets I had booked on The email from them contained a “booking reference” and a message saying that I would need to key  my “collection reference” into the machine at the station. I was worried about the discrepancy, but there was nothing else in the message which could possibly be a “booking reference” so I set off with high hopes.

It didn’t work.

I stood for quite a while in a queue for tickets FOR TODAY ONLY because it seemed to be the only way to get to talk to a human being. When I finally achieved that goal, difficulties melted away. I put my card into the proffered machine, all the details appeared on the nice man’s computer at once (even without my PIN number); he printed my tickets. It turns out the “collection reference” was in the title of the email from I’ll know next time. 


  1. Oh isn't it good when you get the right sort of ticket seller at the railway station! Back in Surrey we had a gem, but then she retired, and the whole community realised what a help she had been. The nicest thing was that she would sort out our confusions without making anybody feel stupid.

  2. =Tamar6:50 PM

    Good people can help, but why can't they set it up to be clear in the first place?

    I'd blame the schools, but the trail goes back to the invention of gin in the 18th century...

    Good luck with the garden!

  3. skeindalous10:17 PM

    Isn't the madtosh just fantastic?! It is worth trying to track it down. Here in the US it is fairly easy to get. I would hope you could simply have it shipped to you. I get ebay things (knitting magazines and books)from UK quite often, with no problem. Does this mean it would work in reverse for you?!

  4. you can get the madeline tosh yarns from here as well:
    from germany, but link works in english as well....