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1. I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show yesterday! And got vast amounts of gorgeous Debbie Bliss cashmerino yarn in a sort of dark turquoise/teal shade, with which I am going to knit a cardigan from one of my other purchases, a lovely book of Noro patterns. It's ridiculously hard to get patterns for decent, fitted non-boxy, non-flowing knitwear, so I shall treasure this book, which is full of patterns for lovely snuggly yet (hopefully) flattering cardigans and jumpers. Also purchased: several more Addi circular needles, following my recent aquisition of a pair. How can I ever knit with normal needles again? It appears that I can't. Anyway, almost all of the above was bought from the lovely ladies of This Is Knit, who deserve the support of all Irish knitters because they are (a) lovely and (b) have fabulous stock.

2. After that woolen smorgasboard, I met up with some chums in the boozer, which was great fun, although I realised at one point in the night that while I am usually quite loud, I was actually yelling. And it wasn't like I was ranting about something in a state of rage, I was just conducting a fairly ordinary conversation. I really have to check this habit of bellowing rather than being, at least now and again, "ever gentle and low". What would King Lear say? Anyway, I blame my family for being, if it can be believed, as loud if not louder than me.

3. Last Saturday I went to a fancy dress party, except I wasn't in fancy dress, because I had been in town all afternoon and then to the cinema before heading out to the party, and so didn't have a chance to get changed into a costume. The party was great fun, anyway, and there was a lot of dancing, which was brilliant because those of my advanced years hardly ever go out dancing anymore. Also, my friends and I were almost the only women at the party not dressed in "sexy" costumes, which is something of a bugbear of mine. Not that there's anything wrong with dressing in sexy costumes, of course, but what's wrong with looking silly or funny or goofy? Anyway, it appears that my view is not widely shared; on Friday I was talking to my friend's younger sister about what we had done over the Halloween period, and I mentioned being at the party where everyone was wearing, like, catsuits, apart from me and about four other people and her immediate reaction was "god, you must have wished you'd dressed up more!" Which was rather depressing.

4. The film I saw before the aforementioned party was Marie Antoinette. I enjoyed it, because it looks incredibly beautiful; it's shot beautifully and the costumes are just staggeringly gorgeous. Also, the soundtrack is brilliant. But there really is nothing beneath the surface. And I can't believe they managed to make a film about Marie Antoinette that basically leaves out the French Revolution.

5. Ju Ju continues to thrive in her surly way, but with setbacks - on Thursday evening I took off her ruff. The vet had warned that if she started to scratch her ears, the cone must be put back on. For a while, all was well, and the liberated feline spent ages washing her poor little grubby head and fluffy bib. But then she started scratching at her scabs in earnest, and when she broke the scabs I had to put the cone back on, to her immense rage. I felt really guilty and awful, and she is still a bit cross. The scabbiness has almost completely healed, though, so I'll try taking the cone off again tomorrow.

6. I'm reading Claire Tomalin's biography of Katherine Mansfield, which is fascinating, as most of Tomalin's biographies are, although it doesn't pull any punches when describing how incredibly annoying Mansfield must have been. It is making me want to re-read her short stories, though.

7. Heavens, my life really has been quite dull recently, hasn't it? Still, that's not a bad thing, when it means knitting and hanging out with chums and lolling about with Patsington watching Yes, Minister DVDs and making each other laugh. Things are good.



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Nov. 5th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
1. Hooray! Could this be the yarn, perchance?

We should meet with yarn plans and patterns, as I have almost exactly the same project in mind with near-identical yarn!

2&3: That's two more nights out than me that you've counted up, there. How boring do you think I am?
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
Hee, yes it is! I knew it was familiar!

I realise now, however, that although the cardies in my new Noro book are lovely - which is why I bought the book - I really do need a jumper more than I need a cardie. There is a sort of long jumper in the book that I might shorten (it's not shaped until the arm holes so I could just shorten it without having to work any shaping out). Unless you can suggest any other nice fitted geansaís that can be done in that wool...
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
I shall rise to the task! Do you have DK or aran weight cashmerino?
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
O yes - just offhand, this would be very easy, is definitely fitted, and I could help you alter the neckline and sleeves, if you liked? Just a suggestion, I have plenty of patterns, as you know...
Nov. 5th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
It's aran weight, for 5mm kneedles! Not sure about the jumper linked to below - I'm a bit wary of knitting a tubey jumper, and I'd rather not have one that's all ribbed. More suggestions are welcome!
Nov. 5th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
OK! I also am knitting my mohair top out of A Season's Tale, which is full of simple gorgeous designs - the page I linked to has a selection of the basic patterns, but most of them come with at least two or three neckline variations. I think the scoop necked Charlotte might be lovely on you - I'm eyeing it up myself. I can lend you the book once my lovely top is done.
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Nov. 5th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
If you were yelling, probably the others were, too. Anyway, you were in the pub. Loud is what people get in there. More often, I find myself in conversations where we've been talking quietly about something sensitive, but then we've carried on like that. You suddenly realise that you're talking in a near-whisper about the weather...

Poor Ju Ju. She must have been pleased to be able to wash her head, though, and I'm glad that you were able to keep an eye on her with the scratching. Good luck with trying again tomorrow.

What you just called 'dull' sounds rather lovely, I think.
Nov. 5th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
3. This is one of the reasons my friends and I don't go dancing anymore. It usually feels more like a meat market than just a place to have fun. Sad, really.

4. I know what you mean. I thought it was gorgeous, but oddly flat. Although I do have to say, by the end, I was glad they'd decided not to show the bits about the Revolution. All that cake consumption had made me hungry.
Nov. 5th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
I will never be any good at knittng, aargh, and all my friends are so good! That colour is lovely and will suit you gorgeously, though.

Also, have you read Mark Steel's Vive La Revolution? It's got really interesting stuff on things like the tourist displays at Versailles simply not mentioning why there isn't a royal family any more. Really good book, too.
Nov. 5th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it, but I am always entranced by the reading of those who fascinate me, so I've just ordered it from the library!
Nov. 5th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Bear in mind that it is Comedy, and that I am historically ignorant, but actually it's decently researched and full of rage, which is always fun.
Nov. 7th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
I have read it! Indeed I own it. And I agree, it's very good. Very entertaining, too. Has he written any other historical stuff, do you know?
Nov. 5th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Sorry for cringing when you yelled, it wasn't that loud, it's just that my porr ear was very near your mouth as I was leaning forward!
Nov. 6th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
And I can't believe they managed to make a film about Marie Antoinette that basically leaves out the French Revolution.

I couldn't believe it either.

(Have you received any mail from me lately? I don't trust Canada Post at ALL these days!)
Nov. 7th, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, yes I did, last week, and as I was in deadline hell and stuck in the office until nearly nine every night I never got round to mailing you to say thanks! I'm so sorry. The cutting made me laugh out loud, and is now displayed in pride of place on our fridge.
Nov. 7th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
No apology necessary!! I just wondered if it had arrived; the post office has been tricksy in the past few weeks. Glad you enjoyed it!
Nov. 7th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
Agree re Marie Antoinette (looks lovely, great soundtrack, particularly the orchestral intro to Siouxsie's Hong Kong Garden).

Ooo, I'd love to read that Mansfield biog. She's one of my favourite short story writers. I picked her Selected Stories for a bookclub I was once in and one person dismissed it because she "hated" all short stories!

When's that out?
Nov. 7th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
It's actually been out for 20 years! I got it second hand, but it's still in print - the full title is Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life. Here it is on Amazon.co.uk!

What is just coming out this month is her Journal, which is being reissued by the fabulous Persephone Books. I'm on their mailing list so I have my copy already, but I think it'll be on sale in a few weeks. Do you know Persephone stuff? They're my favourite publisher and their office/shop in Bloombsury is my idea of the perfect workplace; I've written about them a lot so I always drop in to say hello when I am in London.
Nov. 7th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Ah, sorry. I skimmed over something recently about a new Mansfield book, I just assumed that's what it was. Perspephone do lovely stuff alright.
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