No, this alarming looking device is not a Vogon marital aid:
It’s a coconut reamer – the perfect tool needed to produce fluffy grated fresh coconut from a whole nut. Grated coconut is a common cooking ingredient, and the best is obtained by buying the coconuts and shredding them yourself. And if we choose to save the husks, I’m sure we’ll have enough to outfit an entire clip-clop cavalry detachment by the time we return home.
In knitting, Dragon Stole continues to grow:
You can make out the tail section in the center. Long time needlework pal Kathryn is probably right – the graphed pattern used in this MMario Knits design has a very Renaissance look, and resembles several patterns in the various editions of Siebmacher’s modelbooks. I’ve been through his 1597 pattern book on line, and didn’t find it, but recourse to my library is a bit constrained over here in India, so I am not giving up yet. (Aside: Kathryn provides a selection of the 1597 patterns in her collection Patterns from Renaissance Germany, available on Flowers of the Needle).