Good morning, and happy Friday, everyone. Thanks so much for your comments on yesterday’s post. I’d especially like to thank Vivienne Richmond, who kindly shared the booklet that accompanies the exhibition she curated about the darning and needlework collections of Whitelands College. Like many samplers, those in Vivienne’s exhibition originate in the classroom – eighteenth- and nineteenth-century girls educated in charity schools and orphanages (like the Amsterdam institution which Elien mentioned in her comment) were the makers of many of the beautiful darning samplers held in museum collections today, and the samplers in Vivienne’s exhibition were produced in the instructional context of the UK’s first all-female teacher-training college. The exhibition includes examples of some extraordinarily fine work, including damask darning, and buttonholes, and you can download and read the booklet here. Thanks, Vivienne!
Today I’m returning to the buttons I picked out last week.
I bought this pinafore on ebay and, because of my short-waisted, meagre-chested proportions, needed to make a few adjustments to make it fit. I’m pleased with this useful, comfortable garment now, especially the shortened straps with their cheery cherry buttons!
My cherry-red Pabaigh goes nicely with my spruced-up pinafore.
Pabaigh is a design that I knitted two years ago, as part of my Shore book (one of my favourite collections!). This particular sweater has, since then, seen an awful lot of wear.
I know those of you who live in warmer and much less windy climates might find the idea of a roll-necked knitted tee a bit unusual, but in our part of Scotland, it’s ideal for this time of year, worn alone, or over layers.
Any beginner might manage this simple, boxy knit.
Worked at a fairly open gauge for this yarn (6 stitches to the inch) Pabaigh is a straightforward design that knits up really quickly.
I’ve probably said before that one of the things I most enjoy about Milarrochy Tweed is how well it wears. Because the yarn’s a single-ply , and because of its irregular thick-and-thin tweedy appearance, it can seem fairly fragile in the hand. Once knitted up though, the fabric is incredibly robust and stable. As one of my favourite throw-on walking garments, my Pabaigh has seen a lot of wear and movement over the past two years, but it hasn’t pilled at all.
I knitted my Pabaigh in the Cranachan shade: a light, luminous red, very like a glacé cherry, enlivened with tweed flecks of pale and darker green.
An undoubtedly jolly red, a red for inanity and goofing.
I think I’ll be wearing this comfortable, cheery, cherry outfit for the next wee while.
Today I feel grateful for this spell of wonderful fine weather, for the housemartins who have returned to refurbish their nests under our eaves, and for the many pleasures that spring brings to my part of Scotland. Wherever in the world you are, I hope you are looking after yourselves, and enjoy a safe and restful weekend.
It is wonderful to see you playing with your beautiful cowl necked jumper. Love it.
I did one using all the colours I had from the original club! It was perfect for the Isle of Jersey in June!
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These posts are so fun/educational/and just brilliant! thank you, have a good weekend.
Thank you for your cheerful and interesting posts. They are a great start to my day – staying safe home in Seattle.
We’re still in winter here (Toronto) – I mean, tail end winter but it’s below 0 most nights (and many mornings), raining much of the time (or flurries) and still rather grey/brown everywhere, with only the occasional hardy flower… I’m envious of your weather!!
Thanks too for the link to the catalogue by Vivienne Richmond, which is a fascinating read. I was really interested to read about Kate Stanley, especially in the light of your essay on Ann Macbeth and the teaching of embroidery.
That sort of neck (or a cowl) is also excellent instead of a mask. I wear one if I am going out, to make sure I don’t pass anything on if I have it.
Thank you Kate for your frequent blogs. They are heartening and usually bring a smile but importantly they always have a heft to them that means they are a reading joy.
I love tops with long cowl necks especially when out walking or running. One less thing to carry and it can’t blow away. I even have one training top I’ve had for 30+ years that has extra long cuffs that can be rolled down and used as gloves as required. The later I have always found very useful sleeping in in cool environments to keep my head and thus me warm. Now as I get older my runs and walks are shorter and less adventurous but I still value the practicality of these tops
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yes! brilliant for pulling up over the head when camping. I love the sound of your 30 year-old training top