The weekend storms left us without a land-line and without an internet connection. I tried hard to embrace being disconnected and faired a bit better than hubby who looked at his phone every 30 seconds for four days. It's rather humbling to discover how tied I am to technology when I thought of myself as a person who could easily go 'off-grid'.
I finished Mrs. Poe (by Lynn Cullen), an historical fiction of the love affair of Edgar Allan Poe and Fanny Osgood. I wanted to hop on the internet to see how much of the story really was based on fact (in spite of the epilogue that pretty much told me). I wanted more info on Virginia Poe (the 'real' Mrs. Poe), and Mrs. Clemm, her mother, and the mother-figure for EAP.
I wanted to call the car dealership and make an appt for the routine maintenance on my car. No phone book....I look numbers up online.
I've promised a friend I would download a pattern for her.
I needed a baseball score. (NEEDED it.)
So, I spent a little more time reading. A little more time in the garden. A little more time knitting. All was well. And it got even better when the mailman brought a letter from my lovely, loyal 12-year-old Granddaughter-penpal. I did just a teeny happy dance that this correspondence is based on letters....real, honest to goodness written letters....and not on email.
My book this week is her recommendation....Flora and Ulysses.
According to Rachel:
'It's such a light-hearted, entertaining book. Christopher (her 10 yo brother) and I read it in school and laughed out loud through the entire thing. This story is about a girl named Flora who loves comic books and a squirrel named Ulysses who accumulates super hero powers after getting sucked up by a vacuum.'
Honestly, who could resist? (and it was the 2014 Newbery Medal winner to boot.)
My knitting is a result of a request that I was sort of afraid I would never be able to fulfill. A friend (probably the most knit-worthy person I've EVER met!!!) commented on 'her favorite' of all favorite summer socks, which just happened to be some I had knit for her. (I've knit quite a few over the years. Like I said----she's KNIT-WORTHY!). I knit them y-e-a-r-s ago. The project was pre-Ravelry days. I looked through books. I rummaged through patterns. I dove through the piles of un-filed papers. I looked at every single anklet sock in the Ravelry pattern database. Na-da. On one last (more careful) scan of sock patterns in my general socks folder (there are also folders for textured, beaded, and slipper socks---it HAS to be here somewhere!!!! I never throw a thing away) I discovered a black and white copy of a pattern that I vaguely remember was eaten by a furry friend.
Who, me? (Like my haircut? Mom had time to make me an appointment. I think I look pretty handsome.)
There it was. No photo. No designer. No pattern name. It was a Knit One, Crochet Too pattern with a copyright date of 2006.
I discovered (on the k1c2 website) it's called 1436 Ankle Socks and was designed by Helene Rush, owner of the company, for a yarn called Wick. I'm using some KnitPicks CotLin that was kicking around; I know this isn't what I used on the 'favorite' pair, but I also don't think I used Wick (now long discontinued). I'm thinking these were knit when Fixation was all the buzz, so I ordered a couple balls---once the internet connection was reestablished!
Sport wt yarn, larger needles, ankle length ---- this is a very quick knit!