Here's a bit of randomness until next time, whenever it may be.
Last month, LB and I hit our favorite local antique store (favorite because they have stuff we can afford). The haul: paper flowers and chenille cattails for bonnet dressings, 4 mother-of-pearl buttons, a silver spoon (LB picked this one), and an 1850s gift book--Words of Cheer for the Tempted, The Suffering, and the Searching. I don't expect the stories to be as juicy as the last gift book I found, alas. I knitted a pair of socks out of yarn I got in the 2009 Day of the Dead swap: I started my next pair with yarn I got in the 2010 Day of the Dead swap: I'm feeling a major sock kick coming on. Want some actual research? Something to make your visit worthwhile? How 'bout an 1841 reference to knitting with angora rabbit fur.
Yep. For realz.
First, the quotation:
- "I venture to conclude with a request that I might be so happy as once more to be put in possession of an Angola waistcoat, knitted by your hand.*"
- "*Angola rabbits, or silk hares" (original footnote)
I love the idea of a guy in a fluffy angora vest. It's gotta be more comfortable than one out of dish cotton, right? Never say never.