Denise: I’ve now got more details on the wool yarn and needles required for the Eriskay knitting. Needles are very fine – 2 25 and made of rosewood at £18 a pair; and the yarn is an extremely fine multi-ply. However this is an important investment in a potentially high-value new area of work, and it is good to be learning something new.
Denise: Noticed a notice about a course on Eriskay knitting. The island had its own tradition of family patterns, and there’s very few who know how to knit them, especially the most authentic patterns. Norma Neil from Askernish is going to present the course, with the support of a native of Eriskay. I’ve signed up for it, and got the information on what yarns and needles I’ll need.
Jonathan: Have you noticed that angels always seem to be dressed in white? A golden-yellow white as opposed to an Ariel or Daz blue-white, it’s true, but white nonetheless. I can’t say whether the cut of the cloth, or the tailoring varies much from one angel to another, just they they alway seem to very bright and lacking any adornment, pattern or texture. You’d think that up there – beyond the reach of vanity, envy, avarice, lust or other incidentals to that earthly phenonomenon called fashion – they could indulge themselves a little without falling into sin. But apparently not. When it comes to eccelesiatical vestments, angels, it seems, can only window-shop. And so too must I, for though I’m certainly no angel, I can alas think of no earthly justification for me – as a Hebridean crofter and civil engineer – acquiring any of the truly beautiful works of art and craft made by Ruth Black, her mum Anna and her daughter Mary [see photo right, nicked from Ruth’s website http://www.angelforce.co.uk/pp/vestments/index.htm]. Or do you think they could do something with that new blue boiler suit I’ve not yet put int use – the one with the pleats on the back and the nice silvery press-studs? [Picture left – no that’s not me! – nicked from the Greenham website.]