Wednesday, June 18, 2014

{Yarn Along} The Phantom of Fifth Avenue

More Opal! Those striped socks from last week are finished and will get their own post later this week. Right this second, I'm more excited about these...

This is Rainforest Flamingo and I have no memory of buying it. It wasn't an estate sale, because estate sale Opal is worth remembering, especially if it's a color this pretty. If it wasn't that, it must've been a Woodland Woolworks purchase around the time I bought the Crocodile I'm using for my Mock Croc Socks. They both sat for years in the "too good to cast on with" portion of my sock yarn stash, which I'm rapidly depleting. Once this project is done, I think I've only got one skein of Opal left.

I'd never heard of Huguette Clark until I picked up The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark. The idea of a woman who had spent twenty years in a hospital room and decades before that confined to her luxurious apartment absolutely fascinated me. But it takes a very long time for the book to get around to Huguette and what made her tick. It opens with a family reunion that she chose not to attend and group of relatives who have never met her, but become suddenly concerned about her well being. (Which makes me wonder if they'd have cared quite so much if there weren't shares of a three hundred million dollar estate to be had.)  It wasn't until after slogging past the concerns of her relatives and the story of her father and how he amassed his fortune that I finally got to learn much about the woman herself. She was fascinating. I would love to have read more about her younger years and the collection of dollhouses and antique dolls that she built after her retreat from society.

For more fun projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times and Work in Progress Wednesdays at Tami's Amis

Disclosure -- The publisher provided me with an advance ARC.


Caffeine Girl said...

It seems like everyone, me included, knitting Opal socks this week.

A rapidly diminishing stash??? I did not know there was such a thing!

CathieJ said...

Being from New York I have heard of Huguette Clark. This book sounds like an interesting read. It is now on my wish list.

Judy S. said...

Love those new socks! I heard about that woman/book on NPR this week.


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