Monday, May 30, 2016

Perhaps I got a little bit more than usual done yesterday; perhaps not. I don’t feel that I feel as strong as I ought to feel.

One of our carers left recently on maternity leave. We heard today that she has a little girl, very much the desired sex. I tidied up the Milo Bambino – we’d nearly forgotten about that one – and applied a bit of judicious steam iron in lieu of blocking, and packaged it up nicely for her. Another FO! 

Today’s teaser-hap is another stunner, by the Icelandic designer Helene Magnusson. I restrained myself with some difficulty from ordering the yarn kit immediately.

It is not, by the way, for these bursts of girlish enthusiasm that KD wants to thank me – but I’m glad to hear that they have inspired some to order the book. I sent her my obituary of Gladys Amedro from the Scotsman, and responded when she put out that appeal for people who had knit the famous Paton’s leaflet by “Mrs Hunter of Unst” in the ‘50’s.


Thank you for all of them. You can be sure that I’ll tell you all about the book launch. We are about to face a sad gap between the revelation of the final teaser-haps and the release of the actual book, a 10-day desert. Fuguestateknits, I am sure this book is, as you say, a classic and a keeper.

I am greatly looking forward to KD’s chapter on the traditional construction of haps. I was rather alarmed when she said that there was more purling than might have been expected in her own contribution, the Moder Dy. If I knit it, as is quite likely, there will be less. I might wrap and turn at a corner – as I did for the edging of the Dunfallandy blankie, and nobody has complained yet. Or I might try to master Fleegle’s technique for garter-stitch-in-the-round using two balls of wool.

KnitWit, I was worried by your comment a couple of days ago, fearing that you wouldn’t have the courage to knit Gudrun Johnston’s Hansel pattern. I’ve bought it; it’s safely there in my Ravelry library. I have read through it hastily: it’s not difficult if you don’t mind purling, and I’m sure you’d have fun. I have the hap-piest of memories of my first hap, the one in Madeline Weston’s Traditional Sweater Book. Her method is rather unusual – borders-inward, half of the shawl at a time, so that at the end you have two corner seams to sew. But no purling. Like Gudrun’s pattern, it’s done in Shetland jumper-weight which makes it a pretty quick project.

Tomorrow is the big day when I’m going off to Strathardle for an overnight stay. I’ll be back here on Thursday, insh’Allah.


  1. Lovely. Your Milo Bambino baby dress is charming and will most likely be a delightful present for your carer's daughter. Enjoy Strathardle. Will be thinking of you full of energy and joy off on your excursion. It is so nice to be able to escape the daily routine for for your art.

  2. Safe and happy travels! That Milo Bambino is really sweet. Isn't it nice to have projects like that stashed away for gifts?

  3. That Milo Bambino is a triumph, Jean - a lovely use of the gradient yarns.

  4. How exciting that you're going to Strathardle! I hope it's rejuvenating and wonderful in all the ways that only such a beloved place can be.

    I don't comment often because I seem to run into technical difficulties and have to open a different browser than the one I normally use, but I finally just had to work it out so I could say how much I love the picture of the new baby. The expression on that little face just does me in. Every time I come to your blog, I think, "what in the world is going on behind those eyes?"

  5. Anonymous12:42 PM

    It hap-pened. I succumbed to hap-mania & ordered the book.

    Hope you're having a hap-py time in Strathardle.

    Beverly In NJ

  6. Thank you for the nudge toward a hap project, Jean! I will re-look at the Hansel. I do admit to drooling over it!