Joining Ginny for the lovely yarn along . . . .
The second mitt is longer. I'll be able to bind off in a few rows. It's funny how the second thumb hole was so much easier than the first and dare I say the pattern and the look of the hole make sense. Next I will make up the actual thumbs. Let's hope my they knit up nice and easily. I don't want to bore you this week so that's it for my knitting report.
So I suppose I'll issue my second Gross Alert. Are you alerted? This has got to be a record for yarn along. I am still reading If Walls Could Talk. This book is incredibly interesting. I am now onto the subjects of bathrooms and makeup. It seems that for a while we just went to the bathroom anywhere and everywhere and in front of anybody (this includes a French noblewoman who never missed a chance to do her business in front of an audience).
Castle dwellers asked Henry VIII for favors while he was at his velvet-covered stool because he was usually very pleasant and agreeable at those times. One of my favorite names for a bathroom is "The Great House of Easement" at Hampton Court; this was a communal toilet that sat up to fourteen people. Apparently the location of the Easement house wasn't convenient and people at court would relieve themselves in passages in the castle, so much so that crosses were chalked on the wall in order to discourage people from descecrating the cross. You can't make this stuff up. I think I will spare you and not go into what people used for toilet paper, except that it wasn't paper, and the job description of Night Men. Grossness Over. This book is so fascinating. I am sure those of you who showed interest last week will enjoy it very much. People don't talk about this stuff so it's hard to know how we took care of ourselves in the past.
That's it for me. What are you reading and making this week?