Friday, November 02, 2018

“Nopales” – a new word to me! It’s a good thing you signed your comment, Stashdragon (Wednesday), or I might have deleted it as rubbish. What I discovered, in pursuit of the definition, made me rather sorry that I hadn’t brought the fichi d’India fruits home for fermentation. The taste was a rather tepid sweet-ish, and there were too many seeds. But a bit of fermentational fizz might have been just what the doctor ordered.

Today went better. Maybe I’m coming round. I like the personal trainer, and am hopeful that she will do me good. Not goals but better ways of doing things like standing and walking and getting up from a chair.

And I’ve done a bit more of the Calcutta Cup vest, including introducing the steek for the v-neck. The pattern determines the position – that was easy. The count, on either side, isn’t quite right, but I’ll address that problem later. Mercifully, and not by pre-arrangement, I have finished the every-round decreases at the underarm (and so am ready to begin the every-other-round ones) just as I start the v-neck (which is every-other-round from the beginning). So they coincide.

I don’t understand your very interesting comment, Shandy – but maybe I will when I get to the top. I’ll try to remember it, anyway, and get back to you if necessary.

Kate Davies seems to be getting back to knitting, at last, after “Handywoman” and ready-mades. She’s put out an appeal for test knitters, so a collection must be somewhere in the offing. Not, alas, one to be doled out to get us through the dark months this time.

Annie Modesitt’s is a blog I occasionally read. I took a class of hers once, here in Edinburgh. Her husband Gerry turned up at the end, a plus. I went back to have a look at the blog the other day. Gerry died a fortnight ago, and Annie is in the worst phase of chemotherapy for Stage Four lymphoma. That’s about as grim as it gets.


  1. Jean, yes, I’ve been following Annie’s blog. My heart just about cracked when I read of Gerry’s death. Annie and their kids are extraordinary souls, but there is such a long, tough road ahead.

    Glad that YOU had a better day today, and that the trainer is off to a positive start.

  2. I too read Annie's blog and am unable to imagine how hard this must be. Her kids sound like wonderful people and thank goodness for that.

    As for your Personal Trainer, I think it is a wonderful idea and you too have some wonderful children, don't you? Best of luck to you.

  3. Glad that you like the personal trainer. Ruth Bader Ginsberg has one, too (at the age of 85) so you can have one too.

    I also am following Annie, both her blog and on Facebook. Yes, her situation is terribly grim. It sounds like her older child is done with school and can help for a while. She also said that a PET scan she had very recently looks promising. It's good to see the support she is getting from knitters.

  4. I had thought that you were making up the neckline shaping as you went along. When I did this on a waistcoat I found that the slope of the neck opening sat higher than I liked at the end. So I just pinned a line lower on the fabric and picked up stitches for the front bands along that line instead of the edge.
    When Hazel Tindall was interviewed on "Fruity Knitting" during their Shetland Wool Week visit she showed some pieces her mother had knitted when they were little. This included the comment that her mother would often just pick up for the neckband where she thought fit and then cut off the excess knitted fabric. I did not cut off the half-inch or so on mine: it just looks like a small steek.

    Glad to hear that you are making progress.

  5. Anonymous10:49 AM

    Annie was one of the first "kniterrati" and very influential. My heart goes out to her. Chloe

  6. It’s good to hear that your trainer has some useful tips for you. I worked in the same classroom space as one and she was able to suggest quite a few helpful ideas for my husband after knee surgery.
    I too follow Annie Modesitt’s writings. She is certainly dealing with far more than her share of pain and stress. It sounds as though her family is a great solace.

  7. Anonymous8:25 AM

    Interesting about nopales. I had thought that was the flat paddle of the cactus - I didn't realize it could refer to the fruit as well.
    A Mexican sandwich place in Toronto makes a very good one with pickled paddles and a soft cheese.
    In Chile the fruit was called "tuna" ... that's confusing to an English-speaker.
    I admit I was confused in Italy once and thought I had ordered fig gelato but I had ordered prickly pear ... not the same.
    Lisa RR