What luck! My phone upgrade garnered me the wonderful boon of a camera that actually went into FOCUS MODE, so ideally you won’t have to suffer through too many fuzzy pictures for a good long while….
I thought to stage the knits alongside the daffodils, but it’s still Lent so the purple grape hyacinths it is. The climate is totally unfair here in Deep South Land. We get all the Easter glory very early and the bushes, trees, and flowerbeds are already celebrating.
Not to mention that it’s hard keeping the Easter dresses from the girls when it’s over 70 degrees on a Sunday (not LAST Sunday, though!) and their winter Hanna Anderssons aren’t quite comfortable anymore!
But I digress.
The lower sweater was my modified version of the Chloe pattern. I didn’t do stripes or a ruffle, mainly because I knew Sunshine would wear it with pretty much anything and I thought keeping it plain would suit. Also, I had three skeins of KnitPicks Billow in “Comfrey” that I’d gotten her for her birthday, ostensibly to be mittens, and I wanted to use it. I used two and a tiny bit over. 🙂 Now, I also say “modified version” because I added the increase stitches a little differently. I would love to say I was being creative and artistic but the reality is I messed up even with the instructions in front of me, and to my extreme good fortune, it worked out all right.
The sweater on the needles is Princess’ “Chloe,” also in KnitPicks Billow but in “Clarity” Will I finish it by Easter? Wait and see…. I’m infamous for my last minute holiday projects.
In January on one of these Yarn-Along posts, I mentioned I was going to find out where all the quotes came from on the clever and capital little mug I received from my parents last Christmas. I said I’d read through as many Jane Austen novels as necessary to find them out. I’ve already posted about some of them, and I was down to three.
“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.” That’s in Emma.
“One cannot have too large a party.” Also in Emma, as I thought, but the speaker was that ever social Mr. Weston.
Now the final quote had me stymied. “It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” I joked at the time that it sounded like something from Batman Begins, mainly to tease my brother-in-law, who likes JA about as much as I like Batman. Let me tell you, dear reader, that after rereading the five main novels in the past three months, I could not find this direct quote anywhere.
I did not feel like reading Lady Susan or the Juvenalia. I did not feel like rereading JA’s letters. Having read Emma, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion back to back, I needed to take a break.
((So I reread The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer for the hundredth time, so I could sit back and laugh and not think too hard))
But it bothered me that I should have reached what ought to have been journey’s end and not have found so simple a quote as that. So begrudgingly I turned to Google. It lead me to Goodreads, which told me that quote came from Sense and Sensibility!
WHAT?! That was the very first novel I read this winter! How had I missed it?! With eyes primed to find those quotes, surely I hadn’t missed it…
I searched further down the Google rabbit trail, and discovered that once upon a time, not so long ago, someone else had done a similar search on another mug, and found out that the quote had come….
I call foul! If you’re going to quote JA on a mug of novel quotations, quote her! Don’t quote someone’s modified version of her.
But now my quest is over, and I can go back to some serious reading. And I do have some serious reading to occupy me during these days of the Triduum. More next week.