Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Nicely forward. I’ve turned the third corner with the edging of Gudrun’s “Hansel” hap – another two or three scallops a day will see the knitting finished this month. I’ve chosen a spot for the blocking. There’s no way to avoid crawling around on the floor.


Tamar, thank you for the reference about killing with noise. I still wouldn’t like to put it to the test. Sayers stuck with clever-ways-of-killing to the last, and they were clever, but I don't think that's what I read a murder mystery for.

Mary Lou, thank you for telling me that Fee’s “Sweater Workshop” is spiral-bound. I’m now pretty sure I don’t have it --the only spiral bindings in that section of my knitting shelves are Gibson-Roberts, “Knitting the Old Way”, and Hewlett and Manvell, “Secrets of Success in Knitting and Crochet”. That one looks sort of home-made and bears a sticker from Ries Wools of Holborn, a grand shop, long gone.

Tamar, again, Oberlin College wasn’t punished for students shoplifting, but for what happened afterwards in this particular case. Wikipedia, “Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College”. Racism is a feature. The damages started at $11 million, as I said, but have gone up to $44 million. The result of the appeal will be interesting.


I am beginning to wonder if I shouldn’t lay aside all this fiction and try to read something serious. I am compromising by reading “Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini” in Italian. It’s fairly tough going.


My husband’s affairs still haven’t been completely settled. I had an email from the lawyer yesterday, setting a task which I was sure would involve weeks of anxiety. But it turned out that Helen had a complete list of the necessary data, neatly tabulated. I sent it off to the lawyer. So it’s been a good day.


  1. That is some story about your Alma Mater. Can it really be true that the students just shop-lift without expecting any consequences? I've heard of young teenagers doing it for dares, but not college students.

  2. Anonymous11:12 PM

    Responding to the post from a couple of days ago re: Lord Peter....I quite enjoy the TV series of the Wimsey stories, from the late 80s. Edward Petherbridge is Lord Peter and Harriet Walter is Harriet Vane. Have watched them several times.

    1. Yes! I thought this production hit the right tone and Edward Petherbridge *was* Wimsey for me.

  3. I’ve been reading (listening to) 21 Lessons for the 21st Cdntury by Yuval Noah Harari.
    Thought provoking!!

  4. Century.
    Sorry for my fat fingers

  5. Anonymous2:32 PM

    Between crawling around on the floor and the cats, blocking the hap at home sounds like quite a difficult task. Could your LYS help you find someone who would be willing to do the blocking for a fee? I think yarn stores sometimes have "finishers" who do that sort of thing.
    Nancy in Wisconsin (nspwis on Ravelry)

  6. I’m 13 chapters into War and Peace. The writing style, in translation, isn’t interesting and the story is boring too. Does it get better? Is it worth finishing or is life too short? I’m thinking writing has improved over the years.

    1. Anonymous6:46 PM

      So much depends on the translators. Whose English version are you reading? Some find Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's version the clearest (I've heard them interviewed, they're an intertesting pair), some go for Anthony Briggs.

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  8. =Tamar7:46 PM

    Having read the article on Wikipedia, I think Oberlin has made the wrong decisions for decades.

    Who says fiction isn't serious?