Saturday, June 02, 2018

Thanks, everybody. I didn’t get much done today, but I did book my return journey to London, the day before and the day after the Men’s Semi-Final. I Google’d Wimbledon to make sure I had the right day – you can still, apparently, buy a debenture ticket for £3795 (pp), although you should check for availability.

It hadn’t occurred to me before that Rachel could have made a packet with her raffle win, instead of paying for the tickets -- a substantial amount, but surely less than 5% of the sum just named -- and then inviting her old mother.

Is Federer playing in Paris? I haven’t been paying much attention, but I hear the news through the night and his name hasn’t been mentioned. Perhaps that means that he’s winning every match, how boring can it be? Or, perhaps, that he’s saving himself for Wimbledon.


Not much, but a definite stride forward with your suggestion yesterday, Randi and Fiona, that I could centre the patterns on Alexander’s Calcutta Cup vest by shifting things over a bit, since I am knitting in the round with no decisive action so far.

That still leaves a problem area, doesn’t it? Thinking about it in bed, I decided that the thing to do was to finish the round as presently constituted, at a point where I was going to change yarns anyway; break the yarns; slide the next few stitches forward, to the point where I want the round to start; attach the new yarns, and off I go.

That means that those slipped stitches will have one row of pattern missing. I’ve done all the things mentioned, but haven’t yet got around to that point in the first new round. We shall see.

I’m not entirely happy with the colours in the current Fair Isle band, although I’ll let it stand. I think I’ll ask Alexander to bring his wife’s Calcutta Cup scarf (see above) if he’s coming next week, so that I can copy the colours as I’ve done them there. Indeed, we could take it to Murrayfield and photograph it with the Cup.


  1. The slipped stitches won't show much, especially if it's the underarm. How sweet of Rachel to want to bring you to Wimbledon. You must be a good mother!

  2. Anonymous11:06 PM

    I think Rachel has spent her raffle win very wisely, choosing to spend time with you and enjoying the match rather than makings some fast cash.

    So many outings planned. I'm jealous!

    Beverly in NJ

  3. I am gasping at the cost of those tickets!

  4. The slipped stitches won't have a row missing, you will simply knit them at the end of the row instead of the beginning.

  5. Anonymous10:21 AM

    Hope somebody takes pictures of you and Rachel at the game! Chloe

  6. Roger is not playing the clay court season as he did not last year. Now that Nadal and Djokivic seem to be in better form, Wimbledon will be a tougher battle this year. Especially with Zverev as goo das he is right now. He made his first major quarterfinal today... holding of a very hot opponent and coming back at 2 sets down and losing in the third to win the match. it was a long five setter. Goffin lost to an unknown Italian Cecchinato who won 5-7, 6-4, 0-6, 3-6! he is an unseeded player who has come up strong in the first week.

    but the BIG news is Sharapova and Serena playing tomorrow. Serena has beat Maria in every match in the last 14 years. and there has been some public snipping by Maria about Serena so its being played up by the press. USA is still in the QF. Isner plays Del Potro.. that will be a good match, and Sloane and Madison are both thru

    matches to watch... Wozniacki is behind a set and tied in second and they called bec of light so that will be finished. Isner v Del Potroi, Maria vs Serena and Cilic v Fogini. Nadal is playing too but it shouldnt be a hard match for him.

    i am green but happy for you to get to Wimbledon for the Semis... no matter who you see it will be great... hope you have luck with good seats! and will be anxious to hear all about it. my tennis dream is to see Roger play at wimbledon but doubt it will ever come true.

  7. What a dream! Wimbledon! Semi-final! Wow.

  8. Pity about Serena's injury. Alas.