Monday, April 23, 2012

I found Knitter’s for Fall ’03 without difficulty, among the magazines stacked on the bedroom shelves (and beginning to colonise the floor). That’s the issue with Kay Dalquist’s “Round Trip” jacket – almost certainly the last thing I actually knit from Knitter’s. This is James' wife Cathy, photographed on Boxing Day '05, which explains the festive glass. The setting is clearly London.

That jacket had a tendency to slip backwards off the shoulders -- I remember other knitters grumbling.

It seemed so much better than the magazine I gave up recently – for one thing, it’s got articles to read. For another, it’s got knittable patterns.

And the Strong Heel sounds as good as it did in The Sock Knitter’s Handbook. Simple and brilliant – I think I could read it through once more and then do it without consulting the text. It’s certainly the one I am going to try next, when I get back to my Sock Project.

Not much else to report. The snood has reached stripe CDD. I should achieve DDD today, the turning point. Time for a picture.

My husband left his hat at Mass a month ago. I have braved the sacristy twice without recovering it. So we are looking at watch cap patterns. And – who knows? – the Tulip Cardigan could turn up this week. And Archie’s kilt hose are still on the horizon. Plenty to do. Perhaps the kilt hose could incorporate an interesting heel.

A tea cosy for Mt Pelion is somewhere there at the end of the list. Our Greek family are now back in position, after a happy Easter week on Pelion. The Orthodox Easter was a week later than the Western one,this year.

From the left, Helen's husband David, Mungo, a Greek neighbour, Fergus, I guess that must be Archie, and another Greek neighbour. In the centre, the unfortunate Paschal lamb. 

And meanwhile, back at the ranch, I have heard nothing more about the dining room ceiling, so today I must ring up the insurance broker. When the water was actually raining down on Palm Sunday, we alerted the downstairs neighbours, fearing it would go on through.

It didn’t, thank goodness, but they came up and helped, and contributed excellent advice. (a) hire a dehumidifier – they supplied an address; and (b) deal with the insurance broker, not directly with the insurer.

I’ve been in touch with Helen C.K.S. about the Man She Knows who could remove and store at least the larger pieces of furniture (comment, last time). I like the idea a lot. And my doctor-sister sensibly warns that a houseful of plaster dust won’t be good for my husband’s breathing. I’ll have to take some thought about that. It won’t be any good for mine, either.


  1. JennyS9:47 AM

    Don't know exactly what the insurers propose to do to repair your ceiling, but when we had a ceiling flood in one of the bedrooms(old horsehair plaster), the insurance repair was simply to bolt sheets of prepared modern plaster over the entire ceiling, skim it to hide the joins, and paint. It was done in a day or two and there was minimal dust. When we moved ten years later, it was still in great condition.

  2. I think Knitters' lost ground when the new editor took over. Our local Handknitters' Guild was getting two copies. I have cut it down to one and added "The Knitter" instead!

  3. Jean,
    Blogspot or Flickr ate my blog, so far unable to retrieve it so started a new one, just adding 'The' in front.

    At your leisure could it be possible to change it on your blog? Thanks.


  4. What a pain to have to endure this whole ceiling fiasco. When you commented yesterday on how tired you and your husband found yourself when you were in Strathardle my first thought was it was due to what you are facing with the ceiling replacement.

    Your sister has a very good point. Could the insurance company put you up in a hotel for a few days while the ceiling gets repaired?

  5. =Tamar8:48 PM

    kristieinbc is right - the insurance company certainly ought to cover the cost of a hotel room. Point out to them that medical costs they would be required to cover as a result of damages from work they arranged to have done would be far more than a few days hotel costs.

  6. Elaine in NYC9:21 PM

    I believe there are errata for the Strong heel pattern, obtainable from Knitters' web site. I agree that the magazine has deteriorated greatly.

  7. Could you not decamp to Strathardle while the heavy duty work is happening?