Wednesday, February 19, 2020

A better day’s knitting. I am now within half-a-scallop of the halfway point on the second side of the edging for the Cameron shawl. Alexander was here, and heard the story of the Spring shawl. He is convinced that it is not behind the chest on which it ought to be lying (so we shouldn’t need to pull it forward). We walked around the garden, and he agrees with me that the wild garlic is well forward.

I have Carol Sunday’s “Oak Park” scarf partly finished in one of my project bags (see sidebar). It used to be my Strathardle knitting. When we went there regularly, I used to maintain a separate Perthshire WIP. I think maybe I will resume work on it when the Cameron borders are well-launched. It would be nice, easy knitting and the scarf would be nice to have for my May cruise.

I have had an email from an architecture student in London. He and his classmates have been set to do a project “in relation to disciplines” and he drew “knitting” out of a hat. Can I help? After my recent experience with phone calls “from the bank” I look for scams everywhere, but I don’t see how this could be. I’ll recommend “Knitting Without Tears” and Ravelry. Any ideas?


Don’t miss Kirsten’s comment of yesterday. She is giving away some interesting knitting books. I trust the happy recipients will contribute postage.

Mary Lou, that time I deleted FreeCell I meant it as an act of total abnegation: let’s stop wasting time. But I was glad when the march of progress restored it to me in the form of a new computer. I regularly play a hand or two between paragraphs when blog-writing.


  1. Freecell is my reward for writing music lesson reports, sending invoices and all the other gritty bits of admin.
    Thank you for being so accommodating re the books! Nearly all gone. Do you have them all already? I am using my godmother's stash in a mitre square patchwork blanket, but each ball of wool also includes so many short bits. I'm practicing that join using a tapestry needle to make loops and thread the ends back into the yarn. Any better ideas?

  2. I would recommend Felicity Ford (Knitsonic) to him. Her books, Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook and C S Playbook, both use architectural elements for design inspiration. Also, Lucy Hague uses Celtic and Pictish motifs effectively in her designs.

  3. The student really should google the words "knitting architecture" and look at some of that work. There are the sorts of works usually called "installations" which should be of great interest to any architectural student - as well as the rest of us!

  4. Interesting. At our National Trust property a project is just beginning, exploring the links between music and textile arts. It seems good that knitting is being viewed as a discipline.

  5. Anonymous11:59 PM

    I would recommend the student to look at "Unexpected knitting" by Debbie New, and "The art of knitting", and books like "KnitKnit" and "Radical lace and subversive knitting" .


    1. Also Norah Gaughan’s “Knitting Nature” or “Framework”