Saturday, March 16, 2019

It was a draw (which means that the Cup stays in Edinburgh for another year).

It was one of the greatest Calcutta Cup matches of all time. What can I knit to commemorate it?

Half-way through, England were leading 31-0. That’s a lot. I switched off and went to the corner shop for the Financial Times and some consolatory chocolate, I am sorry to say. It was a depressing day, and I felt depressed. I didn’t get my walk – and didn’t get to show Drummond Place Gardens to James, himself a keen gardener, because it was sleeting. Helen and her boys came to lunch. She brought sad news of an unexpected death, in her generation. She will go to the funeral.

I almost thought I wouldn’t bother to turn the television back on, when I got home. But I did. Scotland scored try after try, and tied the score. Then they scored another one, and were leading as the clock ticked down. But then England scored another, at the very very very end. I am still breathless, and still somewhat sad. I think the man said that Scotland have never before – and the Calcutta Cup goes back a long way – scored that many points when the match was played in England.

The last time the match was drawn -- ?2010 – I knit a hat with half a cup on it, for Alexander and Ketki’s son James. He lost it, unfortunately. Shall I knit him another? Perhaps a scarf would be harder to lose. Perhaps an epic match deserves a whole vest.


The rugby was fairly productive on that front. The Calcutta Cup was preceded by Wales-Ireland, an unexciting affair which Wales won with clinical precision. Is today St Patrick’s day? And the first half of the Cup match didn’t require close watching, either. It occurred to me that the dimensions of the Hap might be mentioned somewhere, even if they weren’t recorded on the schematic. And, yes! there they are on page 1 of the pattern.

The central spine is 25”. Mine, alas – another cause for gloom – is only 17” so far. Every row now takes forever, since there are more than 400 stitches. And – further gloom – Helen brought the Northmavine Hap with her, and I discover that I wove in the ends that time. I fear there is no escape. It’ll be a week’s work, at least.

I have been sent the programme for my Shetland Wool Adventure in May. I seriously wonder if I am strong enough. More gloom.

Mary Lou, thank you for that pattern. I’ll knit it for the forthcoming great-granddaughter, and I will shop for it at the EYF. The Calcutta Cup will just have to wait.


  1. I kept tab on the first half score whilst doing things with the family. While preparing dinner we listened to the second half on the radio. It was so exciting and several if us were too agitated to be able to sit through the final minutes. It was definitely a thriller - and one for the history books. Retaining the Calcutta cup is a small consolation.

  2. If the final score had been 31-31 that would have been fine, and a stunning moral victory. But in the event, to have had the golden apple within our grasp...

  3. A half cup hat sounds like fun, and fairly quick to knit. Glad it turned out to be so exciting for you. Even with the walk through the slough of despond for chocolate.

  4. Anonymous9:51 AM

    Such a thrilling game to hear you tell it, Jean! In my opinion chocolate is good for the soul. Except now I buy more of the 70% cacao than the more gooey candy bar variety. Is it possible to opt out of the more vigorous parts on your itinerary? I'd hate for you to miss it! Chloe

  5. =Tamar3:38 PM

    I wonder... the Cup has been half attained twice. Perhaps the next garment could have two separate halves of the cup on it - e.g., one on each half of a sleeveless cardigan front? two sides of a cap? two ends of a scarf?

  6. I think a scarf would be just as easy to lose as a hat.
    On your trip you could stay on the boat and just enjoy the scenery? Have you seen the doc about your weakness?