Saturday, September 08, 2007

Episode Sixty-nine: A Diller, A Dollar...

Today we learn a bit from our very own Medieval Scholar, Kate, take a look at the Tristan Stone, draw as though we know what we're doing, check out a sock calculator and learn the dimensions to create knitting graph paper on Excel (that would be column width 0.1" and row height .067").

Don't forget to take a gander at the gorgeous pieces Jen created! And another good Arthur/Tristan-y book: White Raven by Diana L. Paxson. OH! And check out who's on our t-shirt heels!!

And some fibery-luvvins from Sandra--her new babies:

Here's the Thirty-one Rules via Kate (and quite a few of you industrious listeners!):

Andreas Capellanus: The Art of Courtly Love, (btw. 1174-1186)

[The Art of Courtly Love], Book Two: On the Rules of Love

1. Marriage is no real excuse for not loving.
2. He who is not jealous cannot love.
3. No one can be bound by a double love.
4. It is well known that love is always increasing or decreasing.
5. That which a lover takes against his will of his beloved has no relish.
6. Boys do not love until they arrive at the age of maturity.
7. When one lover dies, a widowhood of two years is required of the survivor.
8. No one should be deprived of love without the very best of reasons.
9. No one can love unless he is impelled by the persuasion of love.
10. Love is always a stranger in the home of avarice.
11. It is not proper to love any woman whom one should be ashamed to seek to marry.
12. A true lover does not desire to embrace in love anyone except his beloved.
13. When made public love rarely endures.
14. The easy attainment of love makes it of little value; difficulty of attainment makes it prized.
15. Every lover regularly turns pale in the presence of his beloved.
16. When a lover suddenly catches sight of his beloved his heart palpitates.
17. A new love puts to flight an old one.
18. Good character alone makes any man worthy of love.
19. If love diminishes, it quickly fails and rarely revives.
20. A man in love is always apprehensive.
21. Real jealousy always increases the feeling of love.
22. Jealousy, and therefore love, are increased when one suspects his beloved.
23. He whom the thought of love vexes, eats and sleeps very little.
24. Every act of a lover ends with in the thought of his beloved.
25. A true lover considers nothing good except what he thinks will please his beloved.
26. Love can deny nothing to love.
27. A lover can never have enough of the solaces of his beloved.
28. A slight presumption causes a lover to suspect his beloved.
29. A man who is vexed by too much passion usually does not love.
30. A true lover is constantly and without intermission possessed by the thought of his beloved.
31. Nothing forbids one woman being loved by two men or one man by two women.


  1. I am loving the idea of doing Frankenstein next. I was planning on picking it up soon to read for fun. I would love to hear your take on it. I also use love way to much.

  2. Anonymous5:49 PM

    Just to say that I always learnt that Cornish is in the same family of Celtic languages as Welsh and Breton, with Scots Gaelic and Manx being the other family. This mostly referring to the 'modern' Celtic languages.


  3. Anonymous6:25 PM

    The Republic of Pemberly is quite the amicable bunch. When I went to their annual meeting in 2005, I was greeted by a life-sized standup of Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle - the latter with her face cut out so we could all get our picture taken with Darcy. The meeting also involved wine, a Rocky Horror Sense and Sensibility, wine, a Just-the-Good-Bits Pride & Prejudice, and oh, wine. I heart them almost as much as I heart knitters.

  4. bunnysquirrel12:59 AM

    here's a link to the 31 rules of courtly love:

  5. Just had to leave you a comment saying thanks for the podcast. I love listening to the classics. I've never had the opportunity to read these books so it's very nice to listen to them while knitting. Thank you again! BrookC

  6. Anonymous2:34 PM

    I love this podcast - you marry the two vital elements: great content and a good speaking voice. Thank you so much for sharing with bookish crafters!

    At first, I was put off by the idea of *Frankenstein*, but I think your point is a good one, and since I've never read it, it's time I gave poor Mrs. Shelley a chance. And then (I hope I hope), it'll be time for *Little Women*.

    And Tristan and his lady are a riot - great choice for the series!

    And if you must be brought to the airways by Powdermilk Biscuits, fear not - here is one listener who realizes that kids (even cool art-loving ones) must be fed and neat fiber crafter/teachers must make a living. I'll still be listening. Keep your chin up!

  7. WoollyJumpers5:10 PM

    Ohmigosh, the thought of enduring f---ing Frankenstein again...but my only exposure was via an over-the-top, I-teach-lit-from-a-feminist-perspecitve, If-you-don't-like-it-then-leave professor in undergrad 20 years (or more) ago (and she had the transfer slips at the ready)...maybe it will be like HO and TOTC... Anyway, heard your gripe with the Excel graph paper. Here's another site with all types of graph paper. And what the author does with engineering paper is so nerdy and yet...
    go to and scroll down to "asymmetric" for knitting paper...are you your specifications! Love it!

  8. Fiona@Ogrehut.com5:16 PM

    Heather, thank you ever so much for the podcast. I love listening to the stories you've presented. I've been listening since episode one and unless you subject me to Twain, I'll be here for all you provide. Honestly, I don't think I could have made it through TOTC without the explanations. I enjoy many classical authors, but find them tedious to read. Your narratives have been fantastic. I'm looking forward to Frankenstein. It's been awhile so I'm hoping to see how my perceptions have changed. Thanks again. Keep up the great work and don't worry about losing us. You make the wait well-worth it.

  9. I really enjoyed your discussion with Kate. I was intrigued by the idea of "classics" that have had changed endings over time. I remember in one of my Shakespeare classes learning that the Victorians made "King Lear" have a happy ending--no dead, kind daughters in their version!


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