A very nice wool shop just did crochet and sock knitting courses ( "with 4 needles" the owner warned , having sized me up accurately ) ; and Leeuwarden's Stitch'n'Bitch seemed to have died , though there was a brief hope that they'd come back to life in the old jail . This would have offered a spectacular backdrop to k.1 p.1 . but sadly it wasn't true .
Just as melancholy was setting in , the local free paper provided the solution .It turns out that the Fries Museum has an exhibition , Breien ! , opening on October 17th
Reading the article , it will include everything from a wooden C16th sock knitting frame , old fisherman's jumpers , knitted lace pieces to wear with the gold caps worn for centuries as the Fries national costume , C18th fingerless mittens for the poor and C21st fingerless mittens for the trendy ...
There's going to be a walk-through route where you can handle exhibits . A completely knitted room by Isabel Berglund , Victorian beaded reticules , things knitted with human hair by Chrystel Rijkeboer , Starsky and Hutch sweaters ...
BUT , more to the point , there will be a drop-in knitting area with coffee and resident experts to advise on one's knitting
( Meanwhile , Hermione's slippers are taking shape in a rather more sedate shade of red than planned . It's too early to stock scarlet , I was told ... )
P.S. The exhibition poster stubbornly refuses any of my efforts to hoist it upright . Sorry !