Wednesday, February 27, 2019

I didn’t get the Stronachlachar blocked. I did begin another Foldlines square. I’m making an absolute mess of it, to my embarrassment, but I don’t think the mess will make any difference to the size of the finished square so I am pressing on. I’ll try to do some of it tomorrow in natural light. The yarn is dark. That doesn’t help.

Shandy, yes! I noticed that the Shepherdess in the new Fruity Knitting was wearing KD’s “Carbeth” and indeed that she acknowledged it by name. It was well-knit, too: a good fit.

Rather missing Kate’s club, I toyed with the idea of signing up for Jen Arnall-Culliford’s “Another Year of Techniques”, and may yet do it. Then I thought – this must all be inspired by our most unseasonal sunshine – why not order the kit for KD’s recent wonderfully-striped shawl? But it’s out of stock.

Alexander came, and we walked around the Garden. Plants and flowers and the buds on the trees are coming forward by the day, as if this were May. There are two good patches of wild garlic in Drummond Place Gardens, and I think I could venture on an omelette or some pesto any day now.

He’s going out for a birthday dinner with his family in a Japanese restaurant on the Byres Road this evening. We didn’t have Japanese restaurants on the Byres road when I used to push him up and down it in his perambulator.

Kirsten. do you have any idea yet what our reading assignment will be in March? I'm feeling in need of structure. I embarked today (for the several-th time) on Ford Madox Ford's "The Good Soldier". It's brilliant, and it's not very long. But I want to be told what to do.


  1. Hi, glad the specs are being part of a solution to finding your balance when walking. I occasionally lose my bearings as it were with my varifoculs when I'm out and about. Not so far as falling over (yet!) but enough to feel as though I'm on a boat.
    Having managed to find the website for the book-a-month, March's book is A Room of your own, Virginia Woolf. What do you think? We've got Marx Communist Manifesto looming later in the year.. also Alice in Wonderland and Anne of Green Gables.
    I've entirely missed all the KD business, but I'm sorry to hear about anyone getting savaged by social media. And about knitting of all things. I heard a song about bullying in a school musical once; it went 'sticks and stones may break your bones but words will always hurt you'. My husband (retired IT specialist) says blogs like yours are what the internet should be for; civilised conversations!

  2. So true. Lovely and calming. Take care.

  3. I wonder whether you have read "Parade's End"? We loved the tv version with Benedict Cumberbatch. The book is a challenge to read but the sort of thing that bears re-reading and gets better each time you come back to it.

  4. i havent read this post - i read you in the morning with my coffee... however i wanted to post this link to an excellent timely column from the great Jane Brody at the NYT...

    Falls Can Kill You. Here's How to Minimize the Risk.

    posted with love!

    1. ​Falls Can Kill You. Here’s How to Minimize the Risk.

      Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. Every 19 minutes in this country, an older person dies from a fall.

  5. That was very useful. There are a couple of things I can do at once, such as never walking around without shoes. I must look for some slippers with good grip. And my current diuretic could have lowered blood pressure — that’s a thought. Only three days to go. Many thanks for this link.

  6. Anonymous12:28 PM

    Just read the article. Those are helpful tips but do not cover every eventuality which in my case would have required practicing every one of those tips simultaneously. I was crossing a busy crosswalk and looking ahead to avoid bumping into other people when crash bam I abruptly fell quite hard. A construction company had placed a sign at the edge of that crosswalk with the long ground-level silver support legs of that sign edging into that cross walk for about 18 inches. Can't look at people and ground at the same time. When I politely suggested to the worker that he consider that hazard, he angrily replied that I should watch my step, lady! Someone nearby heard that and suggested I take a picture which I did and called the company, who apologized. Lawsuits get hung up in courts for years and not worth the headache in most cases and would not have repaired the damage. So exercise judiciously, look up, look down, wear good footwear, take your Fosamax, vitamin pill, etc. and watch every. step. you. take. Makes me wonder, sometimes, if life is worth living:-). Chloe

  7. Anonymous12:43 PM

    I was not disparaging Jane Brody's article. She did say MINIMIZE one"s risk. I just though sometimes a specific example heightens awareness in addition to speaking in general terms. (Sorry it was so long). Also someone of us are at that juncture where we are young or athletic enough to still move fast but our bones and joints are old enough to be more vulnerable to damage if we do fall. Something else to consider. Chloe