Monday, October 26, 2015

Little to report. The first event today should be the district nurse coming to have a thorough look at my husband's rash. In a few hours he will have been home for a whole week, on the whole successfully.

We had a power cut yesterday for over an hour. It took this computer (a portable which I run on electricity, without even its battery in place) a long time to recover from the blow.


I did take the v-necked vest back to the “v”, and had quite a good knitting day thereafter. I have recovered most if not all of the lost ground, and am being very careful. Patience and Judith, I have joined the two sides as you do – it certainly helps. Mary Lou, I had considered, even before your comment arrived, doing the two sides separately, and may well try that solution another time.

I keep looking at those Roasted Hatch Chillis and thinking about a cosy fisherman's rib for myself. Somehow or other I keep seeing cosy fisherman's rib patterns, not that one would need much of one. I nipped over to Jimmy Bean just now to refresh my memory yet again on the phrase “Roasted Hatch Chillis” and was gratified to see that they only have three skeins. I've got a whole sweater's-worth.

But first I've got to finish something. And then preferably something else.

I tried yesterday to buy Viveka Overland's new book about Bohus in Swedish and English, but – as has happened before – I got mired down in the Schoolhouse's new website. Amazon lists it but “we don't know when or if this item will be back in stock”. I first heard of Bohus in Sheila McGregor's “Traditional Scandinavian Knitting” and have meant, ever since, to find out a lot more.


What happens here is that American commercial holidays creep into the system, in some cases overlaying and threatening to destroy a simpler local tradition. Mother's Day at least is still observed on mid-Lent Sunday here, but is otherwise more and more American. Halloween – which has deep roots in Scotland – is going the same way, pumpkins replacing turnips as the vegetable-of-choice for jack-o'-lanterns, and currently being offered for sale on a transatlantic scale. Easier to carve, I guess.

What we don't have is an American St Patrick's Day. That's strictly for the Irish.

I half-like the idea of standing up to Christmas, but it has to be done thoroughly. We tried, last year, resolving not to give presents but then exceptions crept in and by the end it seemed worse than doing it properly. If I ever have a Christmas when I can please myself and am still on my feet, I'd like to help serve lunch to the homeless. An energetic Polish neighbour does that, having celebrated Christmas Eve in proper Polish style. I could join her.


  1. Oh Halloween! I have no particular enthusiasm for it - but with three little children, we are now inevitably into trick or treating (last year was the first year). My husband refuses to take part, although he does fancy himself as a bit of a pumpkin carver... I might challenge him to carve some swedes (turnips) too.

    We made our christmas cake yesterday - the children stirred and wished, and this morning the two year old told me that Santa was coming soon!

    Oh Jean - the class schedule for next year's Edinburgh Yarn Fest is now available. It looks amazing - I'm sure there will be something there to tempt you.

  2. Best Christmas I ever had was pre marriage and family, when I helped cook 300 bacon rolls for a Christmas morning charity run round Arthur's Seat. Fun and fresh air and a lot of laughing, what's not to like? I loved Christmas with the kids when they were little too but nowadays it's all just a bit of a chore.

  3. The pin/marker is an excellent idea. I went off to read the Henry V speech after your mention of St. Crispian yesterday and also why it is the only time I hear of that saint(s). Vatican II removed them, except for Shakespeare it seems.

  4. We have recently returned from New Mexico where I learned what a roasted Hatch Chile is. I love the idea of it as a sweater.

  5. Not knitting related but I love your idea of serving Christmas dinner to the homeless - it could be a great new family tradition that could last generations...

  6. Not knitting related but I love your idea of serving Christmas dinner to the homeless - it could be a great new family tradition that could last generations...