Thursday, October 24, 2019

I got up the hill and bought my salmon. The current incumbent fishmonger (tall and handsome and less-than-middle-aged) suggested I take the bus up the hill. It’s not a bad idea. It’s only one stop, which seems a bit effete – but the bus is frequent and I’ve got my Old Lady’s Pass, so it’s free. Why not?

Here’s the new Dathan:

I really have other things to do, but this is very seductive. Jenni, I’m going to try your idea of the removable stitch marker. So far, I’ve been able always to leave the work after Row Four, but that won’t be possible for much longer.

Again this morning I went to the shelves with great assurance, and couldn’t find the book I want. Worse yet, I can’t remember either the title or the author. It’s something on the line of Traditional Knitting, and I wanted to look again at its hap pattern. It was the first hap I ever knitted, and I can see another on the horizon. Details soon. The missing pattern, uniquely in my experience, was done edging-inwards and then two borders at a time, back and forth to avoid purling. I haven’t looked at that book for a while, although I remember it vividly. Where could it be?

From this morning’s Times: some Scottish courts will be closed tomorrow. Staff are meant to sign up for day courses. “A courts insider said, ‘A few people who didn’t get in early and choose the most interesting or relevant-sounding stuff have been left with knitting and sketching.’” Poof.


I’m enjoying “Consider the Fork”. It’s a cheerful antidote to “Olive Kitteridge”. I had never heard of a Thermomix. I have watched a couple of presentations on YouTube and now I know that I don’t want one, so that’s a relief. I had never heard of a Japanese ginger grater, either, and that sounds more interesting – and a good deal cheaper. A Christmas present, perhaps.


James and Cathy are coming tomorrow. I’ll be back here Sunday or Monday. [And I’ve just heard from Cathy that they won’t be here in time to eat tomorrow -- so perhaps I'll post after all.]


  1. I glad to hear you are enjoying consider the fork. I have been listening to it as I walk to work, or even weeding on the last nice day, so I didn't get to look up pictures of things she mentioned. I did look at the Ranch 2.0 yarn, and can assure you that the red is not red at all. Not even barn red, but a rust color. It is not unlike Arbor in the hand.

  2. Anonymous9:39 PM

    You were right that red was called for in the design as it helps bring forth the other colors. The juxtaposition of the cat supervising is very sweet. Have a good time with James and Cathy. - Joe-inWyoming

  3. "The Traditional Sweater book" by Madeline Weston has an old shell shawl in Shetland lace on p128. My copy has a bright red spine and two Fair Isle jumpers on the front. I don't know where your copy is of course, but do say if you would like the pattern sent.

  4. If I remember correctly, you once said that you made the wedding ring shawl in the Madeline Weston book (mentioned by Shandy ) -- but mine is called "Traditional Knits from the British Isles."

  5. =Tamar3:35 PM

    I did another Google site search.
    On March 13, 2019 you put markers in groups of 50 on the Dathan Hap to make counting easier when the rows got long.

    On May 26, 2016, you posted that "Madeline Weston’s “Traditional Sweater Book” contains the pattern of the first hap I ever knit."
    On October 20, 2012 you noted that you first knit a shawl from that book (the first edition), "the hap shawl, not so named, on page 128." and that it was designed by Margaret Stuart.

    On May 30, 2016 you posted that Madeline Weston's method "is rather unusual – borders-inward, half of the shawl at a time, so that at the end you have two corner seams to sew. But no purling." and that it is done in jumper weight.
    And on June 14, 2016 you quoted Kate Davies' remark that "a hap worked borders-in or centre-out remains a hap.”
    I hope this helps.

  6. Tamar, you amaze me with your diligent search for the hap pattern!!!
    And I must say that I love reading all the comments. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all meet in Edinburgh for a knit-fest with Jean!
    At present, I am reading Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. Actually I'm listening to it as read by Barbara herself. Not the best reader and not her best work, but I am soldiering on. I love the book suggestions here.