Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Here I am back. I had a grand time – and, I am sorry to have to admit, saw no art at all.

London is dreadful. No matter how well-cushioned you are by money and fame, it takes you forever to get from A to B, and you never see the horizon. I could get from here to Alexander’s house in Glasgow in the time it took James to drive us from Sydenham to the baptism.

My pictures aren’t very good. I hope I’ll soon be sent more and better. But here they are, concentrating on knitting:

Hellie’s husband Matt wore the pocket square I made him for his wedding:

And Rachel wore Amedro’s  Cobweb Lace Wrap, a 40th birthday present from some time ago, it has to be admitted.

And Juliet was wrapped in the Princess Shawl which her mother had worn as a wedding veil.

And here is Cathy, yesterday morning, as we were setting out for Kings Cross before dawn, in her new Vampires of Venice socks. She nobly escorted me all the way, and was a great comfort.


Perdita was much missed. The dear friend who was feeding her sent me pictures every day. This one, on Friday evening, nearly had me catching the next train back:

And this is James with his Chinese cat Mimi, on Sunday evening:


  1. Of course you saw some art - all your knitted art!

  2. So glad you are home safe - I'm sure you will be much restored by seeing your family - despite the travel!

    Enjoy Perdita!

  3. Cats and knitting. What an excellent post!

  4. What a great picture of the shawl!
    Following your lead, I have now read "The Vicar of Wrexhill"!! Is the real subject the horrors of Calvinism and "Extempore" preaching? Trollope certainly gives us extensive satirical coverage of it. The later chapters (no spoilers) must surely have been thought very shocking in their day.

  5. How wonderful that your family loves wearing your knits! I love the veil/baby wrap! Aw! Perdita!

    1. =Tamar11:16 AM

      Awww to virtually all of the pictures!

    2. Anonymous4:57 PM

      -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

  6. Jean, I was hoping to read this morning that you had had "a grand time," and my hope have been fulfilled! I am sure that Perdita was glad when you returned. Lovely knitwear, all round.

  7. I see catdownunder beat me to it. As soon as I saw the pictures I thought that you had indeed seen some art while your were in London, it just turned out to be your own work. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time.

  8. Anonymous6:42 PM

    Stunning photos!
    So glad you had a grand time.
    I love knitting on trains.

  9. Welcome back. Glad to see your work properly appreciated!

  10. Love seeing photos of your family & knitting in action! I am so glad you were able to get away and were well taken care of. Also, love the photos of the cats! I sat knitting in the easy chair last night with one cat on the footstool and another curled up on the floor, both within a couple of feet of me. Since they barely speak to each other, it was a coup!