Friday, December 10, 2010
Cold weather gear. Every year this padded jacket, christened by my husband "The Yak-Herder", comes into its own. It was bought from a tiny boutique in Maldon but is made by Phool. When I bought it, along with a heavy black cardigan with a double front, I remember thinking that I might not actually get much wear out of either of them. But, both have been reliable companions.
Similarly, this merino Nordic knit. It was there waiting for me in a charity shop, Brand New With Tags, as they say on e-bay. Someone clearly thought it OTT in the cold light of day once back in Essex. But I just love those reindeer trooping around the top and bottom, and the merino lived up to its reputation, smooth and snuggly.
I was fascinated by the comments left on my last entry. I always used to think of our house as already standing at the time of Shakespeare, indeed, at the time of Chaucer. This used to amaze and thrill me. It is possible that the space we live in was already in occupation as the central section between two cross-wings. It would have had an external stair-turret and the fireplace would not have been where it is today; instead, there would have been a central, open fire. Our roof timbers are said to be smoke-blackened. It would have been open floor to ceiling with a lower roof-line than currently. So then, later, the roof would have been raised in order to divide the space into two floors.
Alternatively, it is possible that there were two houses with a space between, and that in, say, 1635, the space was roofed over to make a third house. However, what is certain is that timber framed properties can be stripped down to the timbers and completely reconstructed and reconfigured, so who knows?
This is the Eleanor Cowl from Knitty Deep Fall 2010, and a very satisfying knit it has proved. I'm not completely convinced of the utility of a cowl, but they seem to be everywhere. This one is destined for the Secret Santa at the Spinners' and Weavers' Guild. It is knitted from Yarnsmith's Pure Alchemy, the same colourway as my Swallowtail shawl.