Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I did enjoy my normal day, and am looking forward to this one.

Thank you for all the help with my Christmas shopping. At the moment, I think I’ll go with “Grandpa’s weeder” – I like the look of that foot-operated lever thing and customers seem enthusiastic. And will probably also get a normal-sized daisy grubber for myself, who can still kneel.

And thank you for the suggestion that I put my place card from Saturday on a mug. I don’t think I would have thought of it. The TShirt Studio makes it (seem) easy. Using the image I showed you yesterday, the mug will have “To Rhinoshambaorsp*” on one side and “*Latin for Grandmother!!!!” on the other. In fact, I ordered two – the other will be a Christmas present for our niece, who has two small grandsons on whom she dotes.

I ordered a couple of other things yesterday, too. I’m coming along nicely with my list. I have done most of Christmas on-line for some years now, and have never been let down or disappointed with the result. Other years, I’ve done a lot by going through all those catalogues that arrive with every tide. This time, I find I can hardly bear to look at them, but I am doing well with thinking about people and then searching on-line for something that resembles my thots.

I refrained from ordering Hundertwasser and Van Gogh yarn for myself, but may well succumb today. My husband has heard of Hundertwasser but doesn’t seem to have a very clear idea of what sort of thing he painted.

And I worked on the small Brownstone. I have reached a point, familiar to us all, when I knit and knit and knit, round and round and round, and make no discernable progress at all. I have discovered that a Small Boy and a Big One are not as different as you might think, when it comes to knitting sweaters for them.

I’ve still got plenty of time, but I felt a frisson of knitter’s-seasonal-anxiety yesterday and will probably take the little Brownstone along – contrary to normal practice – when we go to Strathardle soon.

I spent some time yesterday thinking about the shaping of the top. I hope the hard work is done, on that front. I plan to make the neck opening slightly less deep, proportionately speaking, than it is on the adult original. 


  1. I am glad you were able to find a place to get the place card made into a mug!

    As far as the Opal yarn goes I think you should order it. I don't think there is anything that beats Opal yarn if you plan to gift the socks to someone. They will go through both the washer and dryer and come out unscathed. They also last for years. Plus the patterned yarn is just plain fun to knit.

  2. Anonymous3:43 PM

    Jean, I would be willing to bet that Hundertwasser's paintings are not your husband's cup of tea! I enjoyed them, but I don't take them too seriously. For me, the joy of the Hundertwasser Museum in Vienna is the architecture...... the floors are deliberately uneven (like the earth, to keep us in touch), the colors are bright, and there is no "window apartheid" allowed: i.e, the windows don't match and the doors are different styles and there are "tree tenants" hanging out some of the windows. The building looks like something out of Hansel and Gretel..... great fun to visit, probably less fun to live with! If you google it, you will see what I mean.... Enjoy the color during these grey days.

    Barbara M.

  3. =Tamar9:24 PM

    The important thing about neck openings on pullovers is that they go over heads. Heads are adult-size long before the necks are. The kids in my family get adult-size heads by the age of three. That's why clothes for small children have buttoned flaps on the shoulders. So do adult-sized Scottish ganseys.