Four years I have hunted. I have searched. I have waited. I looked high; I looked low. I looked locally; I looked via Internet.
In the end, it was the Internet that came through -- and more specifically, an auction on ebay.
I set up one of those "auction finders" on ebay, where they notify you when a specific item you're looking for comes up for auction. Four years.
I received an auction notification two weeks ago, checked it out, and then held my breath. I wondered if any of the lists I belonged to would broadcast this auction. They didn't. I breathed a moment of relief, then held my breath again and made my bid.
I wondered, would my bid hold? Would someone else discover this auction and outbid me in the last nanosecond? I mean, we're talking four years of hunting, of wanting, of wishing.
And then I got sidetracked. Off I was, taking care of this and that, forgetting to watch the auction close ... until it was the next day. It felt like I had rocks in my stomach as I went online and scanned my email.
"You have 537 emails, of which 300 were just from the day before." None of it, surprisingly, was spam. I scrolled through my mail ... then I spotted it; an email from ebay.
(I won!! Oh my! Oh my!! I won!! I won!! I won!!)
I don't ever recall getting this excited over winning an auction on eBay, but there I was ready to ask my husband if we had any champagne on hand! We didn't. So I settled for a 'high five.'
What did I win?
The elusive, out of print, hard to find book, called "Crochet History & Technique" by Lis Paludan. (Interweave Press; ISBN 1-883010-09-8)
Now my postgal (can't call her a man) just delivered my new treasure and as I flip through the book, page by page, I can say with no hesitation, that it was well worth the wait. A four year wait!
What an incredible book -- just leafing through it and seeing all the pictures of antique crochet works going back to about 1500 ... Wow!!