Monday, March 24, 2014

Kindle for iPad: Mary Lou and Abstract Fiber, you're both right: hold the finger down on the title for a moment, or swipe from right to left: both actions allow you to dispatch the title into the cloud. The first one seems to offer, in addition, the option of grouping titles into categories. I'm getting to the point where Started-and-I-Really-Mean-to-Go-On-One-Day-Soon would be a useful category. I might try to set it up.

I can't remember how I learned, in the former version, to swipe the title from left to right. I hope I won't forget your helpfulness on this subsequent problem.

I continue to enjoy “Alys, Always” enormously. I wonder if the author can do it again? Or has she poured her whole self into this one?


James rang up from the Middle Kingdom yesterday and persuaded me (and, more importantly, my husband) to see a cardiologist privately, soon. I've already started trying to ring the dr's surgery about the referral – it's not easy to get through, first thing in the morning, perhaps especially on Monday. It has been strongly implied, both by my sister and the GP, that drugs can do something for me. If so, it would be a good idea to get started instead of dragging myself around like this for a whole month longer. And if not, we'll have to face up to some life-style adjustments.


I finished the centre of the Unst Bridal Shawl (drum roll) and began picking up stitches around the edges. There is a photograph in Amedro which strongly implies that that is to be done by sliding the needle through the appropriate loops on the straight edge of whatever-it-is, not by knitting them.

But here I am with the working yarn in the upper left hand corner, and clearly, from the instructions, it's got to go around with me.

The answer – so obvious it's scarcely worth mentioning – is to get out another needle and pick up the stitches by sliding it through, starting in the lower left hand corner. This makes the process much less agonizing than I had anticipated. If the count comes out wrong, pull the needle back a bit and try again. Much better than having to un-knit picked-up stitches.

So at the moment, I've got the right number of stitches for the left-hand edge and am knitting them, from the top. Next will come the liberation of the provisional cast-on, along the bottom. Watch this space. I'd better try to get a picture today.


Greek Helen has got a brilliant idea for a wedding-present mosaic for Thomas-the-Elder and bis bride. She's also working on her mosaic website, and she admires, we we all do, Kate Davies' photography. I told her how enormously helpful Kate had been when we (perfect strangers) were planning our Shetland trip. She – Greek Helen – said in an email yesterday: “Kate Davies was awfully helpful on the photography frnot, just as you predicted she would be. 

There was something else, but I've forgotten what it was.


  1. Excellent idea to speed up your consultation, if that means that you can access the medication you need. I've been looking at Helen's mosaics: what a treat to start Monday morning!

  2. I'm so glad James was able to convince you to see a doctor sooner than the end of April. That had seemed like quite a long time to continue feeling so poorly when there might be a medicine out there that can turn things around. Well done James for knowing the right things to say to your husband.

    Your progress on the Unst Bridal Shawl is very impressive. I have to say you have inspired me get my Northmavine Hap out of hibernation (you know my fear of lace knitting!), and today I should finish it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. On a down day get thee into your stash of Koigu, guaranteeing you'll feel brighter and better. Verrra glad to read that you will see specialist sooner.