The second month of 2010, actually. So where's my robot dog and flying car?
Anyway. I made a last-minute trip to a conference a couple of weeks ago, and nerves drove me to some night-before skirt-making:
Simple a-line skirt, using soft stretch corduroy, then a cluster of wool felt flowers handsewn on. I love felt, I love colour, I love handsewing; this skirt was true simple pleasure.
Back in December I tried my hand at this twirly skirt pattern for CP, and while I still am Dudley at following a pattern, all was well enough to wear in the end, and much twirling was done in preparation for her first Broadway outing.
Thank you so much to all of you who have supported 8th Grade Superzero, it is very much appreciated.
If you're interested, there's a video about the inspirations behind the book here, and if you really want to get tired of me, there are some links to interviews in the News sidebar on my author site.
Something finished! Something simple, just a make-it-up-as-you-go hat with some increasing and decreasing for a bit of a bulby shape, but still...it's finished, it's warm, and the yarn is gorgeous (from Black Bunny Fibers Yarn Club). Just started the Lacy Girly Fancy hat in another of her yarns.
My debut novel, Eighth-Grade Superzero is not due out until January 1, but I got reports of sightings in stores last week, and was tickled beyond belief (or dignified behaviour) when I saw it for myself! At Barnes & Noble Union Square:
I put bookmarks in all of the copies, and then a kind bookseller asked if I wanted to sign them. So much fun. I have a Web site now, so please feel free to stop by if you'd like to learn more about the book. I also wrote a bit about how crafting supports my writing on author Margie Gelbwasser's site.
Wishing you many blessings, happy creating, and much joy!
(we finished the Advent calendar on time -- a first!)
I've been thinking and reading a lot about bitterness, resentment, forgiveness lately (again)...and got a boost from this, by Barbara Brown Taylor, this morning. From some of her thoughts on the story of Abraham and Sarah:
"It is a hard thing, to believe in a promise with no power to make it come true. Everything is in the future tense -- the land, the son, the blessing. Everything will happen, by and by, but in the meantime what is there to live on now?
And yet. What better way to live than in the grip of a promise, and a divine one at that? Who in her right mind would give that back? To wake every morning to the possibility that today might be the day. To remain wide awake all day long, noticing everything -- the way the shade of the olive tree processes from west to east, and how the smell of the fields changes from green grass to yellow hay as the sun heats up overhead. To search the face of every stranger in case it turns out to be an angel of God. To take nothing for granted. Or to take everything as granted, though not yet grasped. To handle every moment's of one's life as a seed of the promise and to plant it tenderly, never knowing if this moment, or the next, may be the one that grows.
To live like that is to discover that the blessing is not future but now. The promise may not be fully in hand. It may still be on the way, but to live reverently, deliberately, and fully awake -- that is what it means to live in the promise, where the wait itself is as rich as its end. All it takes are some regular reminders, because as long as the promise is renewed, the promise is alive, as vivid as a rainbow, as real as the million stars overhead."
And hey, it's a nice way to look at all of my WIPs too.
In my head, at least. I've actually started this year's Advent calendar, and I think it'll be one we can re-use. Woot! Good thing too, we've got some demanding royal personages around here:
The only homemade thing in this post is the headband. But, I have excuses! NYC Nomads that we are, we spent most of October moving. Pics of my sister's awesome paint job in CP's room (rainbows!), and the wardrobe-turned-fabric closet to come.
In things bookish, please check out both of these fascinating links. First, an article by author (How Do You Wokka-Wokka?) and bookseller Elizabeth Bluemle on weight issues in children's literature and this link, found via Neesha Meminger (Shine, Coconut Moon) to "The Danger of a Single Story", a TED talk by author Chimamande Adichie, who tells "...the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding."
Going outside to watch the early NYC marathoners in a bit -- I cry annually, but it's mostly the good kind. The 'wheelers', all of the people of different physical abilities in the race...awes me every year.
I've got a calendar and lots of lists, a schedule and a vague idea of a plan, but still my days are more likely to be dominated by the 'tyranny of the urgent' than not. I'm working on it.
Anyway, my bread baking continues; I rarely buy sliced bread anymore and use an article from an old Martha Stewart Kids magazine, and this fantastic book, Leaven for our Lives, as my main guides. I use a mix of white whole wheat and white flour, I don't do any 'proofing', and I put ice in the oven before I start baking. I also add wheat germ to up the nutritional value, and lots of honey to down it, too.
(This is another tasty and easy recipe; I use whole milk plain yogurt as the 'buttermilk'.)
And I made a poncho. Actually, I made it last year and it was kind of a capelet/big giant floppy collar thingummybob, because I thought that I had more yarn (Rowan Biggy Print) than I did, but then I found the rest of that yarn that I really did have, so I added a few more rounds to the bound off edge.
I've made some skirts in the last few weeks, too, but no pictures.
the first day of first grade -- this skirt pattern has been golden. I made about ten of them this summer.
Getting closer to my release date! Some kind words about the book here, and the cover is featured in this great article. For more on issues of race and literature for young people (and the young at heart), please check out these thoughtfulessays by Mitali Perkins, Neesha Meminger, and Zetta Elliot. (And the wonderful books by these authors!)
Pulling from the stash to work on this, this (mon petit shrug by Jessica Rode Salonen on Ravelry, and this. And maybe this. Oh! andthese. Aw, heck, I'm going to work on my whole Ravelry queue at once. Some things never change. Maybe I'll finish a few though. Either way, it'll be fun.
Reunion '09. Reminder to keep using our teaspoons. Lotsofopportunities. (and man, time flies!)