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 Got the points in - I actually followed the layout on the Pfaltzgrafina bodies, and from a physics standpoint, it works very well.

I'll have pictures after this weekend.

I'm mostly through my first knitted mitten - that's the thing I'm going to be working on at Maryland Sheeples and Woolies this weekend - and, like the socks, I pretty much looked at a picture and guessed.  They work surprisingly easily, even for me.  

You know, considering the economic status of late 16th century working men and women, it's a good thing that Elizabeth I didn't grant Alfonso Ribaldri* a Royal patent for his trained circus of knitting hedgehogs ("100 quills and a purl stitch!")**; a lot more people would have been out of a crappy poorly-paying job that barely paid the bills for a subsistence-level existence in the 16th century.***

I am more of a trained groundhog (short and round, with big pointy claws), but I can still wield a mean knitting needle.

Speaking of groundhogs, last Thursday I saw one half-way up a tree, reaching out for the tender little shoots on the ends of the branches.  His tail was waggling a lot as he tried to keep balance.  

Arboreal groundhogs.  Gotta love 'em.

(Until they fall on your head.)

We're going to see Eddie Izzard tonight - hopefully I won't be farted on, crushed in my seat, or called a "raging c-word" this time.  

Yeah I think that's it.  Gotta go do actual work now.  Mmmm-hmmmm.

*William Lee.
**a knitting machine.
***no, that part's actually true.


May. 1st, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
I've read that the fact that it would put so many poor people out of work is precisely why Elizabeth didn't approve the patent for old Mr. Lee.

Poor Lee. His invention revolutionized the industry and brought cheaply-knitted stockings to the masses by the 18th century. But, alas, he were ded.
May. 1st, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely it. The Englsih economy was so precarious that the addition of a couple of thousand unemployed knitters would have caused awful problems.

Especially when the local parish would then be responsible for the care of the unemployed knitters in their community - many parishes actually drove out life-long residents who had fallen on hard times, simply because they had no money to care for them.

Knitter's Union 423 - "We don't need no stinkin' machines!". :)

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