I've been working away at my computer (and incidentally earning a good living by reading!), listening to some great music (Lyle Lovett, Jesse Winchester, John Hiatt, Dar Williams, The Whoreshoes, and such amazing fiddle work on Heritage that I have to pause to catch my breath), and thinking about the wonders that a limited number of squiggles arranged in certain patterns can bring.
Handling Sin by Michael Malone (which I mentioned in the last post). This book has proved to be just wonderful! I wasn't really excited about it, based on the cover copy, but, well, what do you do when an author you like isn't writing as quickly as you can read? I had forgotten how Malone weaves theological and social issues into his comedies.
The Mummies of Urumchi by Elizabeth Wayland Barber. This is fascinating stuff! Incredible textiles were discovered in these tombs in high desert Asia; the overall effect I get is the sense of shared humanity with people who 3000-4000 years ago.
Dyeing to Knit, a new book by Elaine Eskesen. Dye (or over-dye) yarns to create wonderful, personal garments. The author does a good job explaining how to use synthetic dyes, and her patterns take advantage of exuberant color and texture.
And a new blog by my friend Vanessa: http://spinningmylifeaway.blogspot.com/
Tonight I'm off to a business dinner with J's boss and another couple. I'm so not a corporate wife, and such events aways provoke panic, mainly sartorial but also conversational. I can't get to the stores right now, and so J and I dashed to the mall the other night. With 1 hour to shop, I found "something" that is, slightly, not quite right. Now, why didn't I progress on that style topic we began six months ago? OK, big breath.... Wish me luck! At least I can only get one foot in my mouth right now, right?