In honor of Davidson's amazing basketball team, let me introduce you to my oldest work-in-progress: my alma mater's official seal, cushion cover to be. Started: fall 1984. Time to pick it up again, maybe?
Never mind that it's almost April - there's still plenty of snow on the ground, with more due this weekend, and even a few more weeks of snowshoeing in her Phys Ed class. The hat's not late to the party at all. And what could be more spring-like than pink?
is the state Twelve's We Call Them Pirates was in the morning I fell. I had finished the outside, and planned to start cranking on the lining at a hockey game that evening. We know how that turned out.
But facing a week with a 2 hour chorus rehearsal to chaperone, and back-to-back orthodontist visits for Ten and Twelve.... Well, not without my knitting:
(We love this hat. [Ravelry link]. Eight (black and white) and Ten (blue and orange) are next in line.)
One more knitting quote from A.A. Milne's 1948 detective story "A Perfectly Ordinary Case of Blackmail":
Mr. Cedric Watherston picked up the telephone and said, "Watherston here."
"Just turning the heel."
"Anyone listening in?" the voice said.
"My dear fellow!"
The voice belongs to Watherston's colleague Mr. Scroope, a "shady solicitor" in Watherston's own words, and a fellow prisoner of war at Holzminden, who seems to handle the less savory side of Watherston's business.
The knitting Milne put in his character's hands gave me an instant picture of his sock-making solicitor - but here's where I'd call in the historians: what more would Milne's mid-century readers, of a story set in 1939, have gleaned from Milne's details? Holzmiden prison? Knitting soldiers? Knitting solicitors? Clues, anyone?
Me? I'm off to the library for a copy of Milne's most famous detective story, The Red House Mystery.
Next post: non-fictional knitting. (By me. With pirates.)
Who knew - certainly not me - that the creator of Winnie the Pooh (well done, M., for getting the clue - from the game of Poohsticks in The House at Pooh Corner) also had a career as a writer of detective fiction (well done, Carol, for nailing the genre). The quotes are from "A Perfectly Ordinary Case of Blackmail," which I stumbled across in an anthology our next door neighbor sent home with us (along with a stack of her children's old Puffins and Penguins) on Boxing Day. Milne's story is copyright 1948, and was reprinted in a 1952 Ellery Queen Magazine.
And now, the other mystery to be revealed:
Designated name-drawer Eight has returned from hockey practice, and come up with
Diary of a Provincial Lady had the most mentions in the comments, including one from you. So which will it be, Karen: Anna Pavord's The Tulip (on Sherry's list) Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears (on Charlotte's)? Choose your prize, please!
Thank you all for playing - and especially to Steve and Quinn for contributing, as Quinn put it, "total nonsense."
ETA: Karen, who has very well-stocked bookshelves (see the comments), has graciously stepped off the winner's podium . So back we went for another name: and it's Tracy, who blogs about woolliesandwellies. A copy of The Tulip will be headed her way. Congratulations, Tracy - and thanks, Karen.