Do You Know Me?
People often act as though they know me. Especially blog readers. When meeting blog readers, I often found myself thinking, “Do you know me?”
How Exactly Do You Know Me?
I blame myself for this kind of unfound familiarity. Often I’ll explain to blog readers that my blog posts aren’t meant to fully expose myself. In fact, quite the opposite. There are some aspects of myself that I purposefully never discuss. But I do write in a way that makes it seem as if I’m completely transparent. So it’s no wonder there are folks who have a misguided idea of who I am.
Back in the early 2000’s, I would often meet up with blog readers. Or people I had met through knitting forums like the KnitList. Inevitably, they would say something like, “You’re much different in-person than I expected.” In fact the most common comment I got when I’d be with Marilyn Roberts (The Knitting Curmudgeon), was, “Marilyn is much nicer in-person and you’re much less nice than your respective on-line personas.” Or something to that extent.
But there are people who have only known me through my on-line presence who have an amazingly accurate idea of who I am. And who I’m not. Barb Brown was one of those people. She was a blog-reader and commenter from the very beginning. Just do a search on this blog for “Barb “ and you’ll see four pages of blog entries where she either comments or is mentioned (or featured!…like for her sock book).
And I think I knew her well too. But I’ll never know for certain.
Barb Brown passed away this past Wednesday. And I can honestly say I lost a good friend. Here is my favorite photo of her.
Here she’s knitting with another long-time knit-friend, Peter (who I’ve met in-person) and one of her beloved grandchildren, Caytlin. A photo of her now knitting with Marilyn and Ted Myatt on some other astral plane is easily conceivable.
I’ve known Barb since before the blog, through the KnitList. She was always an enthusiastic participant in the blog and other on-line forums. To her friends and family, I can only hope that her memory is truly an occasion for joy. And for Barb, may she rest in well-deserved peace.
Crocheting the current Mostly Harmless shawl is slow-going for me.
I’m not a really fast crocheter. And this design is all single crochets into the front loop. Which slows me up even more. But I will prevail.
I also need to take a break every once in a while. So I knit another West Coast Watch Cap out of Kureyon yarn.
Having a variety of these hats around the house give Thaddeus and I options when we go out in the recent frigid weather. This one is probably my favorite so far (colorwise).