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Friday, March 23, 2007

by vermin, for vermin


Sock #2 Gusset


The Little Sock That Could has been in the FedBldg lobby with the rest of ’em.

Who Dat?

According to one Mrs. Conrad Black: the Vermin!

In the soon to be epic trial of her husband, the notorious *Lord* Black, Mrs. Black has made some epic pronouncements of her own. While riding up to the courtroom in an elevator, Her Ladyship face-to-face declared a journalist from the CBC “a slut” and the rest of us covering the story in the lobby: Vermin.


The little Sock in the Lobby says, “That’s what happens when you purchase your Ladyship Title with that special discount coupon from Craigslist Toronto…”

[Hush now, you.] I actually thought I’d have this sock finished by now but reality intruded and knitting dropped by the wayside. Who’s a history buff out there? WHO was the first vicious moron who started collecting taxes!? I have a score to settle with him in the afterlife right after I get done with the guy who invented the mortgage.

By Edgar A. Guest

When they become due I don’t like them at all.

Taxes look large be they ever so small.
Taxes are debts which I venture to say,
No man or no woman is happy to pay.
I grumble about them, as most of us do.
For it seems that with taxes I never am through.

[I digress.] A little been’s done on the bus going here and there. We made a new friend last night. I looked up and spied a lady in a gorgeous yellow tweed coat standing on the ride – she was smiling and watching me knit. When I told her, on her question, that the yarn I was using was STR, she pulled out a sock out of her bag and BING! It was in the colorway I traded for – looked just like the one I made and frogged. It unsettled me, I know not why…

I’m still getting all happy looking at the colors in this Moss Agate – all together it’s a little busy, but I get lost in its initimate green and garden while stitching.

There are small verdant shoots of soon-to-be purple tulips pushing up the cool soil in the front yard.

12 responses to “Friday, March 23, 2007”

  1. Paula says:

    Oddly, Ms Amiel seems to forget she too was once a columnist, CBC broadcaster, editor-in-chief, and author… so this must mean she is vermin too no?

  2. Gina says:

    Knitting is the only revenge for being stuck in court – or even worse, in the courthouse lobby.

    Absolutely love the colors of the little sock that could!


  3. Norma says:

    Do you, like me, love the scene in Robin Williams’ Popeye, with The Tax Man? Hee.

  4. Beth S. says:

    Don’t forget “Only the little people pay taxes”! I know it wasn’t actually “Lady” Black who said that, but I bet she’d agree with the sentiment.

    Your sock is SO lovely. That colorway is very high up on my wish list.

  5. Tracey says:

    Ah yes, taxes. I got a raise in March, after adjusting my W-4 to match my newly married status…it appears I didn’t get a raise at all. *sigh*

    I love the eloquence with which you write about your springy sock. I think that spring air is getting into your blood isn’t it?

  6. Karen B. says:

    Fear and Loathing at the Federal Building…I suppose mouthy me would have shot back, “It takes one to know one!”

    Anywho, do you ever wonder how many people are hiding WIPs in those briefcases? Kind of Twilight Zonish with the Tweed Woman and her STR, no?

  7. Frank says:

    That is a beautiful shot of a beautiful sock made with beautiful yarn! Wow…

  8. Marg says:

    Hmmm. You know I’m a Canuck. Mr. — er, Lord — B. (and his wife, one Ms. Amiel) **used** to be Canuck…till he threw us over for the Brits. Of course, over 50% of us (Canucks, that is) are descended from Brits…including English ones. Lord B. does neither Brit-descended Canucks **nor** Brits themselves any honour. **He’s** the Greedy Guts here, most likely…but he has a point.

    I tend to believe that the Press did Diana in (Charles helped, alas), and that they’ll do Lord B and colleagues in…no point in a trial; they’ve already been scummed (not scammed) by the Press…

    Dear B.Marie, you’re a camera person, so you don’t write the garbage in the related article; you don’t stick the mic in someone’s face (tacky, tacky, tacky) but…

    Help me out here, KnitLuv! Did you know when you went into it, how close you’d come to the rich and (in)famous?!!

    It’s OK if we Canucks think Lord B. is…well, you know…but we’re (ex)family. Most ‘mericans never even *heard* of him till recently — and even still!!

    Spare us, please!

    P.S. The *sock* is wonderful! Couldn’t you have asked to cover the Yarn Harlot’s book launch in NYC, instead?

  9. Patricia says:

    I think “only little people pay taxes” is (c) Leona Hemsley, but Barb and her husband Lord Black seem to have taken the French Revolution as the theme for their current troubles – they have called the recent slew of white collar convictions and shareholders’ demands for boardroom democracy as the “terror”. They like owning newspapers, but seem to despise the people who write for them, lol. Black referred to the press last week as the “braying, hideous tricoteuses” of said scenario:

  10. Patricia says:

    Forgot to say – someone needs to go down to that courthouse dressed as Madame DeFarge, hee.

  11. M says:

    Babs Amiel is a Hamilton, Ontario girl, just like me. She seems to have lost her ‘Hamilton accent’. Curious?!
    It is my hope that Conrad and his lackies get what they deserve. Hopefully Chicago can see through his
    supposed ‘charm’.
    Thanks Bonne Marie.

  12. Bonne Marie says:

    Hee. “…braying, hideous tricoteuses” – dude, he called us knitting machines! Hmm. I might resemble PART of that remark (…lean, mean knitting …)

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