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22 October 2007


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Wow, D. I hope you'll wear the sweater and one of the scarves to our next bloggers' outing.

Were you aware that knitting is the new .... um, whatever the old thing was! Famous People have been seen knitting away on movie sets, awaiting their moment in front of the cameras. I recently read of an innovation re knitting needles which I thought was just brilliant - needle tips that glow/light up, so that you can carry on knitting in fading light! My mother was a superb and compulsive knitter. I'm sure it is what kept her sane during many difficult times. And the scarf - magnifique!! Louis too, of course!

M - I'd better not wear the scarf and sweater together in case I frighten the horses (but I think it will take a while to produce the sweater . . .)

J - yes, there have been regular articles in the press about knitting being the the new/old. I could resist the celebrity connections but not the colour-drenched photos on yarnstorm. And now I'm hooked again , which is a suitable metaphor, I guess. Looking back, I can totally identify with your mother's escape into knitting. Now it's a different and much happier kind of escape!

I've become similarly reaquainted with my needles after a gap of about 20 years. Much to my family's amusement, I can now be found happily clicking away most evenings, the only interruptions being when I have to translate the likes of pfb,skpo and ssk. Oh, the joy of grappling with a new knitting pattern!

Ooops, misspelling in previous comment. Note to self: must try harder.

Dont worry Liz; we all do it. And I earn my living as a writer! I put it down to enthusiasm, which is to be encouraged I think.

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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