Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I must be brief – the new Fruity Knitting is up, right on schedule – and it’s Marie Wallin!

I sometimes wish I could reach through my computer screen and comfort Susan Crawford. I fear that she is shrinking from the completion of the Vintage Shetland Project because it’s going to be expensive and it's going to involve hard work. Indeed, we had a post complaining in advance about the hard work of sending out the books, way back there before the cancer diagnosis.

She will have had the crowdfunding two and a half years ago. Now she’s got to pay the printer, and then package up the books (and other rewards) and send them out to us all. It’s no wonder that she prefers to concentrate on simpler and more immediate tasks, as her strength returns. But I wish she’d face up to it and tell us what’s happening, even if it’s very bad news.

I’ve had a reasonably constructive day. I’ve finished 20 scallops, on the edging of the Amedro shawl for the prospective great-grandbaby. That’s the first side done. I should surely be able to finish the edging before Christmas. By then I should be near, or at, or beyond, the end of the first 25 gr of yarn, and better able to calculate the time needed for the whole.

If it weren’t for Fruity Knitting, I’d do a bit of Soutache before bed.


Barbara, I looked at Amazon for the “health walking seat”, as you suggested, and it sounds very good. But I can’t remember what it was exactly that I bought for my husband. It could even be that. The first thing to do is to see if Helen can find it when she goes to the country next weekend. There will still time to order another one.

The big non-knit news is that I’ve heard from the Duchess, and there seems to be every hope that she can scrape together enough clients from her b&b people for a cookery class in Palermo to include me and Archie during the first week of January.

How’s that for Degrees of Separation: 1) the Duchess, who is married to 2) the adopted son of 3) Tomasi di Lampedusa, who was the author of 4) Il Gattopardo, who was played in Visconti’s famous film by 5) Burt Lancaster.

Here’s another cat picture for you, taken this morning. Things are not quite as peaceful as this might suggest, but, on the other hand, they’re not too bad, either.


  1. Anonymous8:16 PM

    I hate to be negative, but I think you should give up on the Vintage Shetland Project. And put Susan on the Naughty fundraiser's list.

    Have the cats achieved some kind of detente?

    Beverly in NJ

    1. I'm not sure the Naughty Fundraisers list is the right place! She announced on her blog in August 2015 that she had raised over £32000 of which she would get over £29000 directly to produce the book. It might be OK to write off individual payments but a lot of people supported the venture and I do hope there will be a book to see at the end.

  2. You'll have to find a way to sequester the cats each day while your kitchen remodel is happening.

  3. I love the cat pictures. Should I get a "pal" for Katerina??

  4. Susan Crawford has stated on Ravelry that she will refund anyone who preordered the book who does not want to wait. The original firm who collected the money, Pubslush, have gone out of business so it seems this is why you have to go direct to her You have to contact her direct through her website. I must admit it is a long time to wait when the book was originally promised before Christmas 2015 and yes the "update in 2-3 weeks" is again overdue.

  5. I subscribe to a newish film streaming service, Filmstruck, which has regular collection of a particular director. Currently it is Visconti, so I plan to indulge in Il Gattopardo over the long weekend, while knitting. This will prepare me for hearing about the trip.

  6. love that photo of the rear window activity! the poor plant but a great spot for Paradox!