Polymath Enthusiasms

Odds & (Week)ends #6

Knit 4 rows, rip 3 back

This has been a frustrating knitting week, as mistakes in following the pattern, and not managing to match gauge, have caused me to rip back both of my wips. The Good Intentions Club project required a rethink (I’ll update you on that once it’s blocked), while the MKAL shawl has been restarted on different needles. Hopefully, I’ll make more progress this week.

Speed Reader

On the flip side, I’ve read quite a few books this week: I finally finished Conquerors, raced through A History of Britain in 21 Women, and nursed the horrendous cold I’ve picked up with a combination of Mariano Azuela’s The Underdogs (in translation), and Sue Blacker’s Pure Wool. The History of Britain in 21 Women is a great introduction to these figures, but doesn’t address any of them in depth; it would have benefitted from a bibliography which pointed you to more in-depth resources. Pure Wool was a fascinating overview of British Sheep breeds, and will be a valuable resource to have on my shelf.

From the Mailbag

My copy of Pure Wool arrived this week, as did the Toxic Spill gradient set for my MKAL shawl. The other part of my Easyknits order was a grey gradient mini-skein set (GREYdient), for which I have plans. I also received a copy of Laine No.1 – I wanted to try it out, and I knew that there were a couple of patterns I wanted in the first issue, so it would be worth the money even if I didn’t end up liking the magazine.

Odds and Sods

  • I’ve booked my place on the Darning Masterclass at EYF 2018. I thought I was being paranoid booking at 16.00 when tickets went live, but most of the classes were sold out within a couple of hours, so definitely the right call.
  • For some reason Pukka Three Cinnamon tea is tricky to find around these parts, so I was delighted to find it, on offer no less, in a non-local Tesco this week and made sure to stock up.


We’re now into half term, and have visitors, so I’ll be focussing on spending quality time with family. I do hope to make some progress back on the MKAL shawl, and I’d like to cast on the Ruschia hat from A Year of Techniques as it’s this months project, and a potential Christmas gift.

Take care, and don’t let Monday get you down.