Thursday, June 14, 2012


Hardly a day goes by these days that you don't hear something about England and I must say that I'm quite enjoying it.  The Queen's Jubilee was a fabulous celebration.  I saw the Queen a few times in my hometown of Kingston, Ontario when I was a kid.  I think that I was around 10 the first time I saw her.  Her ship would anchor off-shore and she would tour around various cities in Ontario.  It was exciting.

The Royal visit to Kingston in 1973
Just a few days ago I got an email and in it was a link to a pattern for Diana's famous sheep sweater.  I had considered trying to duplicate it back then but I never got around to it.  You know how it is...too many projects, not enough time.  Now, the pattern is being offered in exchange for a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).  I was quite taken with the single black sheep on the sweater.

Now, we're counting down to the Olympics.  I haven't checked it out but I'm sure that there are many groups having their own knitting olympic activities.

On TV I've become hooked on Downton Abbey.  It's wonderfully engaging and I wish that the next season wasn't about a year away.  I like, too, that there was a knitter in the story.  If you're watching, did you see this?  I wonder if Ethel really is a knitter.

I photographed the picture, above, from this excellent book that I got from the library:


Anonymous said...

That isn't Anna knitting in the picture, it's Ethel. Anna is much prettier, and probably a better knitter.

Joanne said...

You're absolutely right. That is Ethel. I should have looked more closely.

I wonder what she's knitting. Perhaps something for the war effort?

Anonymous said...

Could be something for the war. It seems that the servants did lots of sewing/mending, etc for the "upstairs" people during their "down" time. Maybe she's knitting socks for the household?