Friday, November 13, 2020


It never rains but it pours: another great-grandchild! Thomas rang up today – Rachel and Ed’s elder son, oldest child. He and his wife Lucy are also expecting a baby in May. (They already have two little girls.) ("Also", because that is when his brother Joe's first child is expected.) The scan was slightly delayed because their nanny tested positive recently, so they were all in strict isolation. So who is going to get the boy?


I’ll have to rev up my knitting. For this one, I think, Mary Lou’s wonderful Pollywog again – the sweater which can easily be pulled over an infant head. I think I’ve done enough Baby Surprises, although it’s endlessly fun. I’d have to toil back through the blog to see what Thomas and Lucy have had in the past: the Dunfallendy blankie, I’m pretty sure, was for them. My notes in Lotus Organizer are inadequate. A shawl for the second? I think but am not sure.


Otherwise there is little to report, although that’s a lot. Not much knitting. I’ve been very feeble. Plans are afoot for celebrating the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, in June 2022. Her father died in February of that year, but she prefers not to have a party on that anniversary and anyway June is nicer. We are to have an extra public holiday. And if she, at her age, can look forward that far, I ought to be able to manage something similar. I was terribly pleased when she passed Victoria’s total of years on the throne, and became the longest-reigning monarch since William the Conqueror. Especially as Victoria inherited the crown at a younger age, and took years off to mourn Albert, and wasn’t much use in extreme old age, whereas our Queen has kept her nose to the grindstone throughout, including extreme old age.

And as for the election, it begins to sound as if a Trump's support is crumbling slightly -- a few sensible Republicans have peeled off and acknowledged that the election was lost. But there's still no end in sight, and the BBC says that White House staff are working as normal.


I’m nearly finished with Maestro-Don Gesualdo, and hope to polish it off this evening, before my Italian lesson tomorrow. It’s awfully good.


  1. I try not to make any political comments, as I am terrible at politics, however: working as normal if you factor in that half of them have the virus, the other half have been exposed, and everyone is creeping past the Oval Office door, afraid to come face to face with the royal toddler in a rage. I'm looking forward to the abnormal Biden White House, where everyone knows what the job is and gets on with it.

    1. My sentiments exactly. You made me laugh. As a New Yorker, I know The Donald quite well; not personally, of course.

    2. Anonymous3:38 PM

      Oh, well said, Cam.
      -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

    3. Anonymous7:39 PM

      Cam sums it up perfectly. I will be so glad once this toxic presidency is over. However, we'll be dealing with the aftermath for many years. That saddens me as it means we will just have to keep working towards equality and social justice for all. thank goodness for knitting to help relieve stress. Joe-inWyoming

    4. as i have now lived in ny state longer than my birth state i can speak also re DJT i also lived in the city for decades and worked around the corner from the Trump Tower. am fed up to the back teeth of that man.

      however the supporters are scary-watched a few interviews of those who 'protested' earlier in DC - they truly live in an alternate universe. when confronted with the facts that TRUMP appointed election officials say the election is fair and legal. they denied it. unbelievable that this country is so divided. oh well sorry enough politics

  2. I had no idea that ER is longest-reigning monarch since William the Conqueror. And she is still riding! Honored that you would like Pollywog enough to make another.

  3. I love Mary Lou but wasn’t familiar with the “Pollywog.” I couldn’t find it on Ravelry until I’d slightly changed the spelling: “Polliwog Popover.” The Ravelry link is here if others want to peruse it:

  4. What a joy it was to look at all the cute wearers:)! What a great infant sweater!