Today (on her way to the point she was making) Norma discussed in her blog post how it is that people can read what we write and misunderstand so much. Her answer is “skimmers.” I tend to agree. We are all guilty of skimming. I do a lot of blog-skimming. And I get emailed questions all the time that could be answered by looking at the sidebar of my blog.
And every now and then I get a doozy.
A while back I got an email from someone who wanted to know exactly how it is that I control my computer keyboard with my foot. Huh???? I emailed back and assured this individual that I do no such thing — I control my keyboard with my hands, thank you. I got the feeling she didn’t believe me and was left feeling slightly perplexed.
A couple of days ago I discovered where that mis-information came from. I was reading a discussion thread in a Ravelry forum that was a couple of months old — someone posted, just as an aside, that she wondered how “Wendy of Wendy Knits” has time to read her blog comments.
Someone responded to that post that “Wendy reads messages and email while knitting: she puts her keyboard on the floor and pages down using her foot on the spacebar (seriously).”
The “seriously” really cracked me up. I’m here to tell you that I do no such thing.
Romantic Hand Knits Book Review
I received a copy of Romantic Hand Knits by Annie Modesitt a little while back and finally sat down to have a look at it.
I’ve long held the opinion that Annie is an amazing knitter, but for the most part her designs are simply not my style, so I opened this book with pre-conceived notions.
I was pleasantly surprised. The book has 26 designs — tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories. All of the designs are thoughtfully and cleverly designed to fit a woman’s shape, and there is a wide range of sizing. While there are a number of designs I wouldn’t make myself, there are a few that I liked very much. A beautiful pair of lace stockings and some lovely opera length gloves knit from Cascade Fixation top my list of favorites. There are some lovely tops, skirts, and dresses as well. I recognized immediately the Cleopatra dress that Grumperina knit for the book.
The book is beautifully photographed and contains excellent schematics. There are sectins of tips to help you in the creation of these garments. I think my favorite thing about the book is that Annie has named each design after a classic movie that she loves. Clearly, Annie and I would have a great time at movie night, because they are all my favorites too. Who wouldn’t smile at a design named “Now, Voyager?”
Bottom line — if you like fitted knits with a vintage feel to them, grab this book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
(Speaking of grabbing this book, I’m keeping it for myself, thankyouverymuch. No givsies-awaysies on this puppy.)
So . . . yeah . . . sock knitting.
Here’s the second Crotalus sock.
(Don’t know what “Crotalus” means? Google it! No, it’s not a Harry Potter reference. I have yet to read a Harry Potter book.)
Lucy is off to bulk up while I go take a nap.