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Favourite radio programmes October 7, 2007

Filed under: Books,Dance,Family,Knitting,Music,Reading,Tank Tops — Janet @ 2:07 pm

Two of my favourite radio programmes are broadcast on Sunday morning starting at 6 a.m. on BBC Radio 4 – Something Understood and On Your Farm.  In Something Understood the theme this morning was the importance of dance.  To quote from the website:

“Felicity Finch reflects on childhood ballet lessons, adult salsa classes and observations of dance-like movement in everyday life through the writings of Isadora Duncan, Rudolph Laban, Gunter Grass and Gabrielle Roth. She talks to retired priest Colin MacLean, who considers dance a form of prayer and intends to devote the rest of his life to dancing.”

The discussion lead to all sorts of mental associations for me at that early hour of the morning.  Rhythm and movement.  The joy and freedom to be experienced in running – expressed so well in the book I had just finished reading – Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt.   And a lovely image of 5 year old granddaughter Ashley running and skipping rope at the same time.  How many of you can still do that???  Not me!

How does the above relate to knitting?  Well, I’m not sure that it does unless you want to examine the process of knitting in terms of rhythm and movement.  My mental wandering went more in the direction of my music lessons where I am trying so hard to develop a good sense of rhythm.  The most recent clarinet lesson had developed into a discussion of syncopation – which all seems like that old exercise of trying to pat the top of your head with one hand and rub your stomach with the other.  Well, at least we don’t have to do that when we try to knit!!

And On Your Farm this morning was about a pig farm near the M25 on the outskirts of London.  Again, to quote from the website:

“On Your Farm returns with a visit to Essex to meet Tracy Mackness who, at the age of 37, was given a ten-year prison sentence for her part in a drugs conspiracy. This week she won a national award for entrepreneurs, just eight months after coming out of prison. Tracy tells Charlotte Smith about her extraordinary fall and rise, her love affair with Saddleback pigs, her role in television’s Jimmy’s Farm and how she built a business from scratch – breeding pigs, making sausages and selling them under the label Giggly Pig – in just eight months.”


I am a fan of the TV series Jimmy’s Farm so it was especially interesting to hear how this woman had been influenced by Jimmy and his farm.


Now for the latest progress report on my real-life knitting project.    debbie-bliss-conegal-aran-tank-top.jpg  This is the Debbie Bliss Donegal Aran Tweed tank top.  I’m not sure whether it is finished or not.  I have used the 2 skeins of yarn.  I think the shoulder straps are a bit far apart.  I’m thinking about adding a panel in a contrasting colour to reduce the width.