Thursday, June 15, 2017

Not much tonight – very tired.

Orla is tongue-tied. She’ll have her snip on Tuesday.

I can’t imagine what’s wrong with the iPad and photographs. I tried sending it again (Perdita on the chair with the Himalayan shawl). Off it went, with that nice whooshing noise. Arrive, it did not. I tried sending a different picture. I tried taking a new one and sending that.

Tomorrow I’ll try sending it to someone else, who could forward it back to me. This is a distinct set-back, as I use the iPad for all photography these days.

I finished the second 24-row repeat on the Northmavine hap, and started the third. I think the important thing is to stop (if I’m going to stop) immediately after a pattern row.

I have heard nothing from Shetland about the lace course on Unst, and I suspect I’m better without. It’s probably booked up; most of Wool Week is. My sister and her husband are coming in October – it would have been a tight fit. And at the end of the month I hope to fly to Thessaloniki and then drive back to Edinburgh with Helen.

I toyed, today, with the idea of knitting another bridal shawl. When I knit the Princess, I had romantic notions of them passing it fondly from hand to hand. But of course no bride wants to come down the aisle in last year’s bride’s shawl. For Hellie I knit the Unst Bridal Shawl (Sharon Miller, again). If I do another, it’ll have to be straightforward – Hazel Carter’s Shetland shawl from “A Gathering of Lace”? Eugen Beugler’s frost flowers from the same source? Sharon Miller’s Lerwick Lace Shawl?

It’s fun to think about, anyway.

A lawyer is coming to see me tomorrow, to get started on the business of death. Helen will be here too. 


  1. Try opening the mail program on your iPad if you are just sending the photos from the photo album. On my iPhone, I have to open the mail program before the album is able to send my mail.

  2. The Lerwick Lace shawl is beautiful.

  3. I'm glad Helen will be there. It helps very much to have another person present, whether one is at the doctor's or, as in this case, dealing with no doubt complicated matters. You don't have to try to remember everything yourself. When I used to accompany my mother to various appointments, I found it quite astonishing to learn how very different my recollections of the salient points were from hers.

  4. Anonymous6:35 AM

    Looking forward to seeing the Northmavine hap as it progresses. And another bridal shawl sounds like a great idea. A road trip from Athens should be fascinating.

  5. If you're thinking about another bridal shawl, may I recommend 'Wrapped in lace' by Margaret Stove? She was a New Zealand knitter and writer, who specialised in beautiful lace knitted from her own handspun. Also, incidentally the grandmother of my local yarn shop owner 😊

  6. Anonymous10:58 AM

    My iPad tells me there is an Apple Store at 10 Princes Street. Is that too difficult to get to? You could ask any other puzzling questions to make the trip worthwhile. They tend to be good at extra tips and suggestions. Or else you could just call them. Chloe

  7. Anonymous12:30 PM

    Road trip from Thessaloniki - wow!
    That is another very interesting travel plan.

    I second getting as much help from your children over the administrative details. They can plough through the to-do list very quickly especially if they divide it up.

    have a smooth weekend

  8. Unfortunately the only way to get to the other side of the unpleasant stuff is to go through it. Wishing you all the very best in dealing with it all and lots of Perdita cuddles.
    Jenny xoxo

  9. Joni is right. I've had that same whoosh/nothing really happens problem. Sometimes you've updated and you have to sign into your gmail (or whatever) account again. I want to see Perdita so I hope it works😊.
    I hope the business stuff is straight forward.
    Take care, Jean. I'm praying for you.

  10. The business of death is like a full time job here in the US, at least. I served as executor for a friend's estate and it was so much paperwork. A trip to Thessaloniki isn't a bad second prize to Wool Week.

  11. Anonymous1:19 PM

    For your road trip, perhaps you want to (re-)read Patrick Leigh Fermor, _A Time of Gifts_ and _Between the Woods and the Water_? You won’t be making the journey on foot, and you will be heading the opposite direction, but you’ll cover much of the same territory.

  12. Thessaloniki to Edinburgh, and with one experienced with the route. What a trip!

  13. May the unpleasantries be short and the pleasantries be long. Thinking of you.

  14. We all have to get ourselves accustomed to your posts being much less predictable, and I want to say sympathy that the paperwork and business left you too tired to post yesterday.
    What I really want to do is to wish you luck in the posting of a picture of her little furry ladyship - it has been a while since we had one, and they are always a pleasure.