I finished Me Made May 2016–a month of wearing garments made by myself, either sewn, crocheted, or refashioned somehow. It was fun, and not a particular stretch to wear 30 different handmade garments. I might could have gone another week, though it would have involved wearing some fancy dresses and older things.
Click here for a closer look: MeMadeMay2016
When I was sixteen (the same age my daughter is now), I wrote a letter to Douglas Adams. And he wrote back. Happy Towel Day! (This is a scan of a copy of the letter; I can’t find the original. I also can’t find the original postcard I got from Isaac Asimov the same year. I’m sure they’re together somewhere, very safe.)
Transcript: Dear Penny Richards: Thank you very much for your letter about The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’m very glad that you enjoyed it so much. I just make up names like Zaphod Beebblebrox from out of my heads. You may be interested to know that there is a third and last book of the Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy coming out in September, published by Crown Books called Life, The Universe, and Everything. I hope you enjoy that too. I don’t know of any Hitch-hiker fan clubs in the US, but a science fiction bookshop, such as Forbidden Planet in New York, or a Change of Hobbit in L.A., should be able to tell you. There is a six episode TV version of Hitch Hiker which was made here in England a couple of years ago, and I believe that this is starting to sell in a few areas in the States now, for showing on the PBS channel. best wishes, Douglas Adams
For my Mother’s Day this year, I yarnbombed a pillar at Descanso Gardens–by permission, part of a bigger installation by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles–we were doing pillars, benches, overhead structures, etc. at the entrance of the gardens. It was fun to hear reactions from the folks leaving today.
I worked on this a lot on spring break, when we took a road trip…
…to the Grand Canyon.
It was a good year for reading here! Forty books finished, including one academic book read for review. BG=Book Group selection. I’m in two book groups, so a lot of my reading is driven by that. Just because I read a book doesn’t mean I liked it or would recommend it. But any year that includes TWO David Mitchell books and TWO Margaret Atwood books is a good one for me. Female author/male author ratio: 28/12; Fiction/nonfiction ratio: 34:6.
These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.
1. Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
2. Joan Silber, Ideas of Heaven
3. Naomi Hirahara, Summer of the Big Bachi
4.Tracy Guzeman, The Gravity of Birds BG
5. Michael Chabon, Telegraph Avenue BG
6. Edan Lepucki, California
7. Susannah Cahalan, Brain on Fire BG
8. Jennifer Marie Brissett, Elysium
9. Charles Bock, Beautiful Children
10. Helen Oyeyemi, The Icarus Girl
11. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah BG
12. Kazuo Ishiguro, Buried Giant
13. Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues
14. Kenzaburo Oe, Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids
15. Martin Pistorius, Ghost Boy BG
16. Alice Hoffman, The Museum of Extraordinary Things BG
17. Elizabeth Gaffney, Metropolis
18. Kate Atkinson, Life after Life BG
19. Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist
20. Noelle Stevenson, Nimona
21. Kevin Wilson, The Family Fang
22. Emily Rapp, The Still Point of the Turning World BG
23. Maria Amparo Escandón, Esperanza’s Box of Saints
24. Grey and Gullett, eds., Contingent Maps: Rethinking Western Women’s History REV
25. David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
26. Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries BG
27. Ben Mattlin, Miracle Boy BG
28. Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
29. Kenneth J. Harvey, The Town that Forgot How to Breathe
30. Steve Silberman, Neurotribes BG
31. Lucy Foley, The Book of Lost and Found BG
32. Monica Byrne, The Girl in the Road
33. Eowyn Ivey, Snow Child BG
34. China Miéville, Kraken
35. Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow
36. Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings BG
37. Tana French, Broken Harbor
38. David Mitchell, Slade House
39. Margaret Atwood, The Heart Goes Last
40. Hillary Jordan, When She Woke
I found a big hank of hand-dyed navy-blue wool-silk fibre from Little Wool Co. of New Zealand, in a bag of yarns at a thriftshop. Of course I grabbed it. I knew it could make something quite large, so I started making a big rectangle, not completely sure what it would be….and this is what it became.
The gold edge detail is mohair from another thriftshop goody bag–it’s a little heavier weight yarn, but it helps with holding the shape. The buttons belonged to my great-aunt. And it turns out it can be worn three ways–I like the shoulder-button way best, because it means I can carry a shoulder bag without it getting bunchy.
I’m one of the artists, but the whole show is going to be fun. If you’re in the LA area, I’d love to see you at the opening! It’s also a great place to shop, if you’re still buying holiday goodies.
This weekend, I reached my own personal Wikipedia milestone: I started my 100th article, during the New York Academy of Sciences Women in Science edit-athon. It was about Nellie M. Payne (1900-1990), an entomologist who held a couple patents on insecticides. She did some pioneering research in the 1920s, on the effect of low temperatures on insects. I just chose her off the work list for the edit-athon, probably because her name is Nellie (I’ve also done entries for chemist Nellie May Naylor and music hall performer Nell Emerald). It’s not my most interesting entry, nor my best entry, but it’s my 100th entry. Onward! (My user page at Wikipedia has the complete list, if you’re curious.)
Because my friend Kim said this reminded her of Tron. Made from a bunch of nice rayon/cotton blend (three colors of Tahki Stacy Charles “Victoria”), and some Bernat “Souffle” (nylon, the black parts), all thrifted. Looking forward to seeing how it wants to be worn.
It was another fun season of crafting for Halloween this year. For daughter, another Pokemon hat (Espeon, this time):
Also crocheted some Sylveon ears for her friend to add to a headband:
We photographed it at Trash for Teaching, because we got some of the materials for making it there. He won best costume at his teen dance, and we also won $100 in Crafted Cash at Crafted in San Pedro, so it was a popular costume.
For the yard: my Little Free Library got a monster costume:
Nell and I have been doing chalk art at the Redondo Seawall for five years now–always on the same panels, more or less, at the beginning of the walk. A retrospective:
2014 (we were in a hurry, only stayed a couple hours, had to go to a bar mitzvah that night in Temecula; so I didn’t get one photo with all three panels, but you can see 2-3-4 in these):
2013 (there were two events in 2013, we chalked the same squares at both of them):
There’s a time-lapsed video of me working on panel 4 that year.
2011 (our panels weren’t all in a row that first year, so there’s no one photo for them; Nell did the NintendoDS, I did the other three):