April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO JANET CARLYLE HANNING ; 16 December 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18441216-TC-JCHA-01; CL 18: 285


Chelsea, 16 Decr, 1844—

Dear Jenny,

I dare say you can knit Wristikins. It has struck me in these cold days, I might as well apply to you to have a pair! The best pair I yet have is a very old pair now; which either you, or I think Jean, knit for me at Hoddam Hill, when you were little Bairns, many years ago.1 They have beautiful stripes of red yet, as fresh as ever: in fact I sometimes wear them, in preference to the pair Jane has bought for me out of the shops here.— Being already provided, as you see, I will not in the least hurry you, as to the matter,—wait till you have leisure, till you can get right yarn colours &c &c—only I will tell you what kind of thing will suit me, and empower you to do it when convenient.

The great defect of all my present wristikin is that they are too slight, too thin, and do not fill up the cuff of the coat, which is rather wide with me. They should be at least double the common thickness of those in the shops. If you had fine foozy [fluffy] yarn, and took it two-ply, it would make a pretty article! Then as to colour, it should be deep for our reeky atmosphere here: red is beautiful, a stripe of good red, and holds out well; but perhaps the basis had better be some sort of brown. Please your own eye. There never was a good horse had an ill colour.— As to breadth. I think they should be at least three2