A friend passed some yarn on to me for the purpose of knitting hats for Boxes of Hope. One ball was soft and fluffy. After two false starts (fortunately it was easy to unravel) I made a hat by a different method.
Hat before stitching seam
With 6.5mm needles cast on 12 sts. and knit until the yarn runs out. Pull back one row and cast off. (If there is plenty of yarn knit to the circumference of child’s head.)
With smooth yarn and 4mm needles pick up stitches along one side. I picked up 69sts. K. 1 row. P. 1 row.
Next row (K. 21 K 2 tog.) 3 times. (66 sts.)
Next row (K. 9 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (60 sts.)
Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 8) 6 times. (54 sts.)
Next row (K. 7 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (48 sts.)
Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 6) 6 times. (42 sts.)
Next row (K. 5. K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (36 sts.)
Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 4) 6 times. (30 sts.)
Next row (K. 3 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (24 sts.)
Next row (P. 2 tog. P. 2) 6 times. (18 sts.)
Next row (K. 1 K. 2 tog.) 6 times. (12 sts.)
Next row P. 2 tog. 6 times. (6 sts.)
Fasten off. Join seam by over-sewing using the smooth yarn.
Both the books reviewed in this post were BorrowBox books, which I read on my phone.
The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
I chose this book because I also have experience of working in a bookshop. During the timespan covered in the diary, every day The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland was open the author recorded the online orders and whether they were fulfilled, the till takings and a report of customers, staff and their idiosyncracies. His dry sense of humour and discussion of the state of the second-hand book trade in the twenty-teens make this an informative and entertaining book. His fishing trips and preparations for the Wigtown Book Festival as well as visits to people’s houses to buy books, add variety. I enjoyed it.
The Muse by Jessie Burton is a bestseller. The first part was so authentic that I wondered whether it was memoir rather than fiction. One disadvantage of reading on BorrowBox is that I have not found a way of flipping to the end to check the author’s notes and other appendices. This is a historical novel set in the 1960s and 1930s. Some of the scenes described are disturbing. The whole novel is well-researched, extremely well-written and absorbing. There are hints about the provenance of one of the characters, which I was pleased to have noticed and guessed correctly. Works of art (and one in particular) form a thread linking the two historical periods. I shall be looking out for Jessie Burton’s earlier novel, The Miniaturist.
It seems a long time since I wrote about writing rather than books or craft. I haven’t been able to meet with any of my writing friends this year due first to my own illness in January and subsequently due to lockdown and then the inadvisability of travelling unnecessarily and meeting in groups.
Instead I have attended some events on Zoom organised by the Association of Christian Writers. I have enjoyed these, learned from them and been able to have short chats with other writers in ‘breakout rooms’. I have also enjoyed informal chats with other ACW members on Zoom. These were set up by a member, who asked for some adult conversation. We have had some fun. Occasionally one or more of the male members of ACW joins us, but often it is like a night out with the girls, but from the comfort of our own homes in geographically diverse places.
I have also co-ordinated the local group’s bimonthly meetings, which we began doing by email and have now added a Zoom session as well. It has been time-consuming, but worthwhile.
The irregularity of some of my blogging activity, especially on Sue’s Words and Pictures is the result of having other demands on my time and little opportunity to visit photogenic places. I am learning how to use the camera on a new mobile phone as I had to upgrade from an old Android version, when too many Apps stopped working.
As if a new phone were not enough of a challenge, WordPress is now trying to force everyone to use the new Block editor. After blogging for more than eight years, I am very familiar with the classic editor. I shall continue to use it as long as possible since it seems far more versatile. This week I prepared a blog post for future publication by creating it with the block editor (there didn’t seem to be any other way!) and then editing it by selecting classic editor from WP Admin. (WP Admin has been hard enough to find for some time, being at the bottom of a menu and requiring some scrolling to find it!)
Blogger has recently introduced a new system, causing confusion to many bloggers. (I use that for my More than Writers’ posts.)
If you blog are you finding all these changes annoying and time-consuming? Or do you like battling through new ways of doing things?