Although I had managed to finish knitting and blocking my Windansea sun hat last week, I ran into a problem when it came to the millinery wire. I thought the jewelry wire I had kicking around would do the trick, but after spending a few hours crocheting it into the brim, I realized that it just wasn’t strong enough to properly sculpt the hat. It was floppy and completely wrong.
And so with a sigh I ripped out the entire edging and wire, and am now procrastinating on going to the hardware store to pick up something of a heavier gauge. Why? Because there’s absolutely no need for a sun hat now. From temperatures in the mid 20s (C) (aka hot) and bright sunny days, we’ve suddenly had a bout of cold and rainy weather that makes it feel more like March than May. There’s absolutely no rush to have this hat finished before the end of the week at least.
Since we’re getting ready to move, I’ve been going through my overflowing bookshelves and thinking about which ones to donate. One such book, Court Lady and Country Wife, was about to be tossed into the donation pile. However, I flipped through it, decided to give it a try (since I’d never managed to read it in the four years that it had sat there), and now I cannot put it down. It’s popular history, a semi-fictional account of the lives of two sisters who lived during the English Civil War. I say semi-fictional because the author, Lita-Rose Betcherman, occasionally inserts sentences like “Lucy was rather anxious,” or “every day the servants would complain about the drafty rooms” etc. Lines that provide ambiance, but surely don’t come from any historical document.
Regardless, it’s lovely to read and such an intriguing time of British history – lots of extramarital affairs, beautiful descriptions of dresses and costumes, and courtly masques. What more do we need of popular history than that?
Linking with Ginny’s yarn-along.