I finally went back to my dentist’s yesterday, to discover that the acrid stench of burning plastics had been replaced by the sharp smell of fresh paint, and that my dental x-rays indicated I have a mega abscess that necessitates one root filling, one extraction, and one course of super-strength, extra-potent antibiotic tablets that are the size of horse pills. I am not impressed!
Driving home in a state of high disgruntlement, I stopped en route at the village shop to buy a comforting bar of Green and Black’s and some consolatory magazines. Glossy ‘interiors’ magazines of the kind my sister loves, filled with elegant images of fashionable people and their envy inducing homes. There they are on the hall table, with my car keys and my newest muffatees. I pottered off to put the kettle on and returned with my camera while it boiled ... snapping some pics for the soon-to-be-published muffatee knitting pattern took my mind off the unrelenting agony of toothache.
I move to admit exhibit one, your Honour, a photograph which clearly corroborates the defendant’s claim that the missing keys were still in her possession at approximately 4.30pm on Wednesday afternoon.
With luck and favourable winds the Runrig muffatee pattern*
I worked my first pair of Runrigs in a worsted-weight camel and merino blend, but this time I wanted alpaca. And if it weren’t for my blasted teeth I’d be happy-dancing in these mitts. I adore everything about them: the butter-soft DK yarn, the subtly feminine picot point edging, and the full-length textured ‘stripes’. Chic perfection, if I do say so myself.
Why Runrig**? For the ploughed ridges and dividing runnels that characterised the early agricultural landscape in the UK and that are echoed in the mitt’s welted construction. My farmer-boy great-grandpa always wore mitts without fingers about the farm in winter. He died when I was three and is in memory no more than the scent of wool, soil and tobacco.
One more thing ... has anyone seen my car keys?
*The pattern includes instructions for ‘mitts’ worked in both Aran/worsted and DK weight yarns and is sized to fit most female hands, from child to adult. Available to download now. A stripy gents version is pending but sadly is not yet ready for publication ... I'm having problems with the corded edge.
** In later usage runrig described a Scottish system of communal land tenure. And, of course, there’s the rock band!
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