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! —Bemused was there, Moving Hands was there, and Moonstitches was there.
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.