It's a huge Monday. Obviously: Groundhog Day. Groundhog Day has gotten a lot better since the movie, I think. Before the movie, it was just a weird day about trying to understand what "6 more weeks of winter" meant. If he doesn't see his shadow, is it less than 6 weeks, or more than 6 weeks? Does he ever not see his shadow? Should we be leaving this up to a groundhog? Personally, I subscribe to Laura Ingalls Wilder's teaching--it's the badgers we ought to be consulting. If the badger has built a very sturdy house, it's going to be a long winter. Check your badger houses.
This Monday is also Silent Poetry Reading day. Here's a cool and creepy warning for ya:
Lucy Ashton's Song
Look not thou on beauty's charming,
Sit thou still when kings are arming,
Taste not when the wine-cup glistens,
Speak not when the people listens,
Stop thy ear against the singer,
From the red gold keep thy finger;
Vacant heart and hand and eye,
Easy live and quiet die.
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
From The Bride of Lammermoor
(You know how I am always saying, "play/sing/read that one at my funeral?" Well, not that one.)
Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival: I Didn't Go. Again.
Once again, I failed to get myself to the Tokyo quilt festival. Luckily for all of us,--Rabbit Hole Alert!
was there, Moving Hands
was there, and Moonstitches
I got so overexcited after viewing all these photos that I spent Sunday afternoon hyperventilating while stitching on this abandoned small quilt. Quilting is so exciting. (Ann! Get quilting! I know it's not the kind of thing a person takes up on another person's say-so, but srsly, y'all-- it's life changing.)
The only thing I can articulate about the Japanese quilters is how very far they take their vision. All that mind-bogglingly detailed handwork is expressive, not merely technical or devotional. They are so strong for it; they see so clearly what they are about. It makes me want to work on the same quilt, every day for a year. And see what happens.
To everyone who has written to us about how to get ahold of the new UK knitting magazine, The Knitter
: The Knitter
thanks you. They are working out the kinks with Barnes & Noble, which should be stocking it soon. In the meantime, they are offering a special deal--65 pounds for 13 issues-- exclusive to U.S. subscribers. Go here
(if the link asks you for a password, try cutting and pasting the link into your browser; it worked for me after I did that). (Note: you do have to pay in pounds. The British people are fond of the pounds. A credit card will make the conversion to US greenback dollas.)
Speaking of subscriptions, have you seen this adorable thing?
It's the first installment of Handknit Heroes
, the first graphic novel for knitters. What will the kids think of next? It has a pattern. (Because don't you hate that Spider Man has no knitting patterns in it?) I got a copy at my fun-loving LYS
, and it's also available here
I have done a spot of garter stitch recently, but I will keep you in suspense about that for a while longer.