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Week 8: 18 – 24 January

Apologies for the lack of information in the blog this week and last – there’s some bad craziness going on at work, and it makes it hard to concentrate, sometimes. (I can’t talk about it just now, but any ageing hipsters out there who remember the lyrics to Peter Gabriel’s classic 1977 single “Solsbury Hill” and what they meant will have a clue as to what’s going on. I should be able to go public next week, if you’ll bear with me till then.)

Still, I’ve managed to finish the body and have started the trellis pattern that divides the body from the yoke, and which also marks the start of the gussets. So we’re making progress, even if it means that the time is drawing nearer when I’ll have to work out the pattern for the yoke – and how to knit it… Till then, I can relax with a nice bit of trellis and listen to some 1970s pop music.

All together now,

“Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city lights
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night…”

8 comments to Week 8: 18 – 24 January

  • Nigel

    Sorry to hear that Gordon.

  • Gordon

    Hi Nigel,

    Thanks! The news is in the public domain as of today, so I can say officially that I’ve resigned, and will be working out my notice till April. After then – well, let’s just say if you see someone wrapped in a blanket sitting down on Princes Street with a sign “Will knit ganseys for cash”, please drop a few coppers in their empty Starbucks coffee cup…


  • Nigel

    Maybe, come the Spring, it might seem like a blessing in disguise. I do hope so.

  • =Tamar

    Oh my goodness. Milestones all over the place. At least you’ll have a warm gansey to wear. And at the prices they go for even online, you really might make some spare change.

  • Suzanne

    It really sucks that there was no other solution; particularly in light of the long distance move and all the attendant upheaval, spread over many months. I’m sorry.

  • Gordon

    Thanks again for the support, chaps. It was a difficult decision, but only because I’m afraid of a future without a job – apart from that minor consideration, it was definitely the right thing to do. And yes, it sucks! On the other hand, we got a year in Edinburgh at the taxpayers’ expense, which has been great, and met some wonderful people. (If you want to know about the not-so-great people, look out for my new website, terminate_with_extreme_prejudice.com, coming soon to an internet near you.)


  • Suzanne

    Not sure how I came across it, but I did see that the University of California, Santa Cruz, was looking for an archivist…for the Grateful Dead. I kid you not. Of course, with the draconian budget cuts that are being forced by the fact that state funding of the UC system has been cut by something like a third, this opening may have closed.

  • Gordon

    Hi Suzanne,

    The odd thing is, given my tastes in music, i’ve never heard a note of music by the Grateful Dead, as far as I know. Strange, no? I guess I never knew anyone who was a Deadhead – I haven’t even heard the live album Bob Dylan did with them, because it’s supposed to be execrable. (A Bob Dylan archive, now, that would be another matter…)

    I looked the job up out of curiosity, but alas the ship had sailed anyway. Still, thanks for trying – see any other archive openings, let me know!