Updates on Einstein Coat, Household Inventory and That Urge to Quit

There are some people in my life who accuse me of having a short attention span. They don’t get much of an argument from me. It’s true; I do. That’s why I am grateful that so many of you keep me on track by reminding me to give updates and feedback on things I’ve written about.

Dear Mary: Just wondering how the Einstein Coat is coming. Please update. I bought the book, “The Knit Stitch” by Sally Melville.  The yarn to make it will come to about $60. I’m afraid of failure at such a high cost in both time and money. Jeanne

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Dear Jeanne: The lower portion of my coat (that very long piece that creates the entire bottom section of the coat) is nearly done. It’s beautiful but doesn’t look much like a coat yet. The Einstein Coat is rated as a beginner project, so relax! I don’t think you can possibly mess this up. And if you do, just rip it out and start again. I’m so good at ripping out, I can tink (that’s knit spelled backwards) just about as fast as I knit! I think it’s so much fun. Just $60 to make this coat is quite a bargain. I predict you will wear and enjoy your coat for many years! Keep in touch because I’ll want to know about your progress!


Dear Mary: In response to the woman whose daughter lost everything in a flood, can you tell us exactly how to document our belongings in our homes for insurance purposes? Cynthia

Dear Cynthia: To make a claim, the insurance company is going to require you to document and prove exactly what you owned that was lost. Ideally that means a receipt showing the price you paid and the date of ownership. Adding a model and serial number would also be helpful. However, life is not always ideal. What about things you received as gifts or antiques you inherited. A visual record is excellent—that means pictures and videos in which you document what you have and everything you know about that item.

Then make sure that record is stored far from the place where those items reside. In the case of a flood you would want to make sure your inventory records are not also lost in the disaster. This is a daunting task, however there are resources, like the one you’re about to read about below, that can make the task simpler.


Dear Mary: In response to a post and the family who’ve lost everything in a recent flood and are now faced with having to itemize all of their belongs for insurance purposes, the best way to prepare for disaster is to have a home inventory. Use the free website KnowYourStuff.org and photograph or video every room. As an insurance professional I can let your readers know that if they have an insurance claim of any kind, they must prove what they owned in order to make a claim on it. Be prepared in advance. Holly

Dear Holly: What a great resource. Thanks for the clear reminder that all of us need to be prepared for disaster and taking a whole house inventory is a good place to start.


Dear Readers: Last week I wrote about how I curb my urge to quit. Your collective response was nothing short of breathtaking. I received personal email messages from so many of you, I stopped counting at 500—but I didn’t stop reading. Your outpouring of love, support and encouragement has given me more reasons than I’ll never need to do exactly as you asked of me—to never quit.

I am blessed to have so many wonderful reader friends. Thank you a million times over!

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  • Sue

    On the Einstein coat: Jeanne, I have had good luck getting free yarn from friends and at the Senior center. Also inexpensive yarn at Charity stores and yard sales. Our local Job Lots store has lots of great yarn on sale at good prices about twice a year. You will be putting a lot of work into the coat so you might have to bit the bullet and spend the $60.

  • Linnea Priest

    If a new knitter is intimidated by a large project, it is best to do something easier and smaller, like a garter stitch scarf or a scarf with a garter stitch border with a knit center (garter stitch edges don’t curl). I always start the kids out with a garter stitch washcloth, which is useful even if it’s not perfect.