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.
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.
And there is a section with 30 different traditional patterns used in Cornish ganseys, both charted and written out.
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.
Meanwhile, I finished the back of Cromarty yesterday:
And Lucy has worked herself into a puzzle.