The reader was so regularly encored that he had been obliged to cut down his items on the programs to two; which in effect was four, and when he had finished his last reading and with his hand on his heart had bowed himself from the platform people would sigh to each other and say “whatever comes next’ll sound dull after that.”
They showed so much interest that one would naturally have expected them to get [Dickens’] books, of which there were several in the Parish library, to read for themselves. But, with very few exceptions, they did not, for, although they liked to listen, they were not readers. They were waiting, a public ready-made for the wireless, the cinema

Source: Larkrise to Candleford by Flora Thompson, page 449

As for the Hobby Lobby ruling, she found it a disturbing reminder of the community she had left behind. “The Green family’s definition of religious liberty isn’t drawn from the First Amendment,” she said. “It’s drawn from a belief common to the religious right: that they have a right to control the choices and moralities of other people.”

She learned to bake and to roast, to mend and to scrub. She learned to sew and to knit.

Source: Book Of Ages; The Life And Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

Beware the bookish woman. (was an adage of the age)

Source: Book of Ages; the Life and Opinions Of Jane Franklin….Jill Lepore

In 1560, Mrs. Montague, the Queen’s silk-woman gave Elizabeth her first pair of knitted stockings. She was enchanted with them and asked Mrs. Montague to set about making more at once. I like silk stockings well she exclaimed; they are pleasant fine and delicate. Henceforth I will wear no more cloth stockings. The hose cut out of taffeta or cloth were, of course, inelastic and fitted only like gaiters. The clinging quality of the knitted stockings made the leg so elegant by contrast that the fashion for them, which spread widely, was abused by moralists as worldly and improper. When the Queen saw her own legs in them she at once declared she would wear nothing else; but it was said in praise of the Lady Magdalen Dacre, that she never wore knit stockings either of silk, worsted or wool.

Source: ELIZABETH THE GREAT Elizabeth Jenkins p.160

Winter

It’s hard this time of year. The daylight is so limited and the brain wants what it wants. Cramming everything into the naturally lit part of the day makes me nervous. How to get it all in. We’ve come away from the natural cycle of the northern hemisphere to expect it all, all the time.

My areas of study

I’m interested in (in no particular order) Scotland, Alaska, Louisiana, Russia, and Chesapeake Bay. So I read authors who write about those places. John McPhee writes about at least four..

I’ve made the perfect ice fishing hat !!   Seriously, I’m making some hats for a food pantry project in Chicago and the kids like ear flap hats.  So, I’ve knit one from a pattern I have.  It’s double layered so it’s BEYOND warm.  The pattern calls for worsted weight alpaca, but I made mine in worsted weight wool.  The construction is easy and clever, so I’ll be making lots of these things in lots of sizes.  As an aside, I’ve ordered a bunch of alpaca and alpaca blends in lighter weights for future hats, and I think this hat is a good way to make a warm hat with my preferred weight yarns..I’ll also be changing the stranded/color work section to something less fiddly.

I’ve made the perfect ice fishing hat !! Seriously, I’m making some hats for a food pantry project in Chicago and the kids like ear flap hats. So, I’ve knit one from a pattern I have. It’s double layered so it’s BEYOND warm. The pattern calls for worsted weight alpaca, but I made mine in worsted weight wool. The construction is easy and clever, so I’ll be making lots of these things in lots of sizes. As an aside, I’ve ordered a bunch of alpaca and alpaca blends in lighter weights for future hats, and I think this hat is a good way to make a warm hat with my preferred weight yarns..I’ll also be changing the stranded/color work section to something less fiddly.