My current work in progress:

1. Mighty Mini, designed by Rachel Henry, knit from Socks That Rock Worthy in the "Tanzanite" and "The Green That Sings" colorways on a 3.0 mm needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

More Gansey Musings

I have happily recovered from my fatigue of last week, which was due not to illness nor holiday preparations, but a Big Thing at work that had to go off smoothly. It did, happily, and I was able to collapse in a pile on Thursday evening.

When I was on my way home on Thursday I was thinking how great it would be to have a personal chef. If I did, there would have been a light, delicous meal waiting for me. Instead I nuked an Amy’s Kitchen Mexican Bowl in the microwave. While I love Amy’s Kitchen frozen entrees, it was not what I was wishing for. But it was all I felt up to dealing with. So when I win the lottery, I’m hiring a personal chef.

But I digress.

This weekend I pulled out one of the very first books I acquired back in the 1980s when I first immersed myself in my gansey obsession.

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This is Cornish Guernseys & Knit-frocks by Mary Wright. It is still available, having been re-printed a few years ago. My copy is the original 1979 edition. I do wonder today how I found books like this back in the 1980s without the help of the internet.

It’s a small book, only 70 pages or so, but an extremely good one, I think. The first part of it has lots of photos and history of ganseys.

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And there is a section with 30 different traditional patterns used in Cornish ganseys, both charted and written out.

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After the patterns, there are basic instructions on how to knit a gansey. This is a great resource if you want to design your gansey.

Teddy was so inspired by this that he insisted I make him a little hat so he could pretend to be a pirate.

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Meanwhile, I finished the back of Cromarty yesterday:

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And Lucy has worked herself into a puzzle.

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Comments

  1. Oh, yes, I love that book. I think I found it at Stitches East shortly after it came out.
    Have you ever compared the various “standard” “traditional” gansey instructions in the different gansey books? There are some surprising (to me) variations.

  2. My rant is that I have misplaced your “Socks from the Toes Up” book and I am at the heel portion of the on hold socks (the first of which turned out beautifully). I really enjoy your book and am in the process of retracing my steps for the last week to find it! If it only came when I whistled!

  3. Love the Mary Wright book, 2nd only to Gladys Thompson’s Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans. “BI” (Before Internet) I found out about knitting books from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Wool Gathering, and that if I wanted the imported ones, I had to order quickly before they were gone :^)
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  4. That Lucy! She did a good job! My five purrbabies wish Lucy and you a very Merry Christmas!
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  5. Hi Wendy, I love Cornish Guernseys and Knit Frocks! I bought it in Penzance, Cornwall in England many years ago (probably early 70′s don’t remember) and paid the grand price of 1 pound sterling for it! It is one of my favourite books. Hope you and yours will have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  6. Love the Teddy (and I think I’ve got that book somewhere as well – how did we find them, but find them we did)

  7. Joan from Wisconsin says:

    That Lucy – what a nut – I’d love a puzzle of her!!!
    Joan

  8. Cornish Gansey…is that edible?

  9. Zeny@LogoWorks says:

    I really enjoy your book and am in the process of retracing my steps for the last week to find it! was so inspired by this that he insisted I make him a little hat so he could pretend to be a pirate.
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  10. Santa decided that I needed to increase my library so he kindly placed an order for Cornish Gurnseys – should arrive Thursday — looking forward to my Santa gift.

  11. I found all those books through Elizabeth Zimmermann and her newsletters too, although occasionally I’d get to Meg’s shop in Ithaca too. We found ways; it was just slower, not see it, it’s on it’s way like now.

    When I misplace a book, instead of chasing it, I see if the library has a copy I can borrow. If they don’t have it the first time I ask, they usually do if I ask a second time. Somebody asked for it is one way they choose which books to get. And once you have it from the library, your copy will come out of hiding and whimper for attention.

  12. Lucy, I can’t make heads or tails of you!
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  13. I’m too busy trying to finish up a hat to be inspired by anything, but I like what you did when you were inspired.

  14. I was thinking how great it would be to have a personal chef. If I did, there would have been a light, delicous meal waiting for me.

  15. Personal Chef, what a luxury !

    Cromarty looks great. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, glad to hear you feeling better.

    Best wishes
    Lisa ;-)

  16. ps. was catching up with previous blogs and I love the films, Love Actually and The Holiday, have watched them both many times :-)

  17. 1. All cats are puzzles.
    2. To Myra – YES, especially if you use Frangipani’s Cornish Fudge to make yours.
    3. My (imaginary) lottery money will go for a personal chauffer.
    A beautiful holidya season to you and yours.