New knitting pattern, and a KAL

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First up is Obtuse, a top-down shallow triangular shawl that’s easy enough for a beginner but interesting enough for a more advanced knitter. I knitted most of the sample while watching TV, if that tells you anything much.

I bet you have a skein of variegated sock yarn sitting in your stash, quietly mocking you because what the heck can you knit with variegated yarn? Well, you can knit this.

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And in other news: I’m hosting a knit-along for Dragon Rider! I’ve never hosted a KAL before so I’m pretty excited. Check out the details here in my Ravelry group. There’s a discount code for the pattern, and there will be prizes.

Now for something a little bit lighter.

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Or darker, I guess? Because I am talking about that purple lipstick. HOW GREAT IS THAT PURPLE LIPSTICK. It’s Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless, and it was about $6 at Target.

I already want matching glasses and a matching velvet choker and why did I get black doc martens instead of purple?

BRB, just realized I could make my HAIR match.

I don’t give a damn about Spider-Man.

Spider-Man is Sam’s all-time favorite superhero. He loves him so much! He was so excited last fall when he saw a Spider-Man costume in the Halloween aisle that he begged to buy it with his own money (I bought it for him). He plays him when we play Marvel Super-Heroes. He LOVES Spider-Man.

So I really want to be excited that Marvel has reclaimed the film rights from Sony, and Spidey can be a part of the MCU. But I can’t.

There have been hundreds of male-led superhero movies. HUNDREDS. Half a dozen of them were about Spider-Man. The first superhero movie–Mask of Zorro–was made in 1920. The first superhero movie with a female lead–Supergirl–was made in 1984. There have been five since. FIVE. At least one of which was direct-to-video. There won’t be another until Wonder Woman in 2017 and Captain Marvel in 2018. (Side note, Captain Marvel was supposed to come out on my 40th birthday. Now it’s being pushed back several months for yet another Spidey movie.)

And don’t even get me started on non-white superheroes. In 1977 there was apparently a blaxploitation movie called Abar, the First Black Superman. If we count it, the grand total is ONE. (I should say that I am not counting superhero teams here, just solo leads. But even if I count teams, nada.) ETA: sorry, I missed the Blade movies, and have been informed that Steel and Meteor Man were also men of color. So they are tied with women. Yay.

(Please note that I’m discussing U.S. movies only. Source.)

Will was excited when the Spider-Man news hit. He imagined Sam’s delight at seeing Spidey interact with Thor. I wish I had the privilege of being excited. Sam will never know what it’s like to have no superheroes to represent his gender. Where are the superheroes who look like Grace?

My daughter is growing up in a world that tells her, every day, by omission if not overtly, that SHE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. SHE CANNOT BE A HERO. And that is unacceptable.

So no, I do not give a damn about Spider-Man.

A Tunic for Riding Dragons

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Sometimes yarn is a real pain in the butt. I was sent this gorgeous SweetGeorgia for a sweater idea I had in 2013, and I tried to knit it but it wouldn’t cooperate. So I set it aside, and one day–almost a year later!–it dawned on me that the tunic I kept thinking about would look perfect in this very yarn. So I made it instead.

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I’m not even sorry.

Dragon Rider is available on Ravelry. EU customers will be redirected to LoveKnitting.

I do what I want.

I think I mentioned (once or possible a thousand times) that I found a jean jacket that fits me perfectly. This is an absolute miracle, since they usually blouse out at the back and STILL don’t properly cover my chest. I am very excited.

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I’ve been collecting patches for approximately ever. Or 20 years. Whichever is longer. This is nowhere close to all of them, but it’s the ones that jumped out at me as jean jacket appropriate. I had already ironed on a Nostromo patch from the Aliens pack I bought for Will (he insisted that I have one).

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I pinned them on, then freaked out a little, because aren’t patches supposed to be added one at a time? WAS I JUST TRYING TO BE COOL? But then I was like, wait. 1) I don’t have to try. 2) I’ve been adding them one at a time for 20 years. I just didn’t have the jacket.

Then I discovered that iron-on patches are the actual literal worst thing on earth. The thick ones can’t be attached with a home iron, and the old ones don’t stick very well. So I have to also sew them all on. Yay.

But it’s going to be super great! Pictures if I ever finish it.

P.S. I totes need a Hufflepuff patch.

Through the Feminist Glass

“I don’t understand you,” said Alice. “It’s dreadfully confusing!”

“That’s the effect of living in the Patriarchy,” the Queen said kindly: “It always makes me a little giddy at first—”

“Living in the Patriarchy!” Alice repeated in great astonishment. “I never heard of such a thing!”

— — —

“What sort of things do you do to fight the Patriarchy?” Alice ventured to remark.

“Oh, punishing the Man,” the Queen replied in a careless tone. “For instance, now,” she went on, “there’s the King’s Messenger. He’s in prison now, being punished: and the trial doesn’t even begin until next Wednesday: and of course the crime comes last of all.”

“Suppose he never commits the crime?” said Alice.

“That would be all the better, wouldn’t it?” the Queen said.

Alice felt there was no denying that. “Of course it would be all the better,” she said: “but it wouldn’t be all the better his being punished.”

“You’re wrong there, at any rate,” said the Queen. “Were you ever discriminated against on the basis of your gender?”

“Only when it was my fault,” said Alice.

“But if you hadn’t been,” the Queen said, “that would have been better still; better, and better, and better!” Her voice went higher with each “better” till it got to quite the full hysteria of feminism at last.

— — —

“Only I have been so very mistaken about the world!” Alice said in a melancholy voice; and, at the thought of the injustice in the world, two large tears came rolling down her cheeks.

“Oh, don’t go on like that!” cried the poor Queen, wringing her hands in despair of ever meeting a young girl who wasn’t convinced that the world was fair and just. “Consider what a great girl you are. Consider what a long way you’ve come to-day. Consider what a great joke misandry is. Consider anything, only don’t cry!”

Alice could not help laughing at this, even in the midst of her tears. “Can you keep from crying by considering things?”

“That’s the way it’s done,” the Queen said with great decision: “nobody can do two things at once, you know. Let’s consider your age to begin with—how old are you?”

“I’m 21, actually.”

“You needn’t say ‘actually,'” the Queen remarked. “I can believe it without that. Most women your age don’t believe in feminism.”

— — —

“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.

“Can’t you?” said the Queen in a pitying tone. “Try again: take a long deep breath and close your eyes.”

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t be a misandrist!”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve done as much as six misandries before breakfast!”

LADIES.

(Please read the title of this post like a swaggart walking into a room full of women.)

Sometime in the fall I decided to stop reading books by men. Maybe forever, maybe for a year–I don’t know. Most of my favorite books are already by women, but I tend to read books by men because they are just so available. I want to give women the spotlight in my own life, especially since we so rarely can wrestle it away from the status quo.

There are exceptions, of course (currently: for men that I know, for ongoing series I’m already reading, for rereads, and for research), but in general I am only reading lady authors these days.

IT IS GREAT.

Mind you, I don’t have a lot of time during which I can actually concentrate enough to read. (I think it’s important to distinguish between not having time–I have tons–and not having usable time.) My extremely modest goal is to read 24 books this year and I’m already behind.

I started out the year with a reread of one of my all-time favorite novels, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. I believe this is the fourth time I have read it in ~19 years. It is one of the best novels I know of, and unlike my usual favorites. Although, I’m not sure that my usual favorites really fit a pattern? I will have to think about that some more. If you would like to think about it, too, a few of my most favorite books are We Have Always Lived In The Castle, My Antonia, and Code Name Verity.

I am keeping a running list of books I would like to read. I’m making use of my library system and of my kindle, though I have not yet managed to navigate my library’s e-lending service (I can’t stand the idea of e-books expiring). I have so many friends with books coming out this year that I could practically read books only by ladies I know. Not quite, but nearly–and I have to say, that is nice.

I am currently racing against my library due dates. I put holds on three books with varied wait times, and they all got to my local branch together. OF COURSE. And two of my friends’ books came out a week ago and I haven’t even glanced at them! The library books are Laura Ingalls Wilder: a Writer’s Life, which I am currently reading; Boy, Snow, Bird; and Girl Defective. The friend books are Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian and Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers. I need to read Susan’s book by the 14th because she will be in town for a teen author event.

I am not currently limiting any other media to women only, but my acquaintance Marya Gates is. She is only watching films by female filmmakers (writers and/or directors) in 2015, and she’s blogging and vlogging about it. There’s a lovely interview with her about it right here. (We began our projects independently of each other and I think it’s really cool that we both noticed the same problem and came up with similar solutions.)

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Fireside Collection

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That’s Hot Cocoa on the left, Hot Buttered Rum in the center, and Hot Toddy on the right.

I am so pleased with the way this collection turned out, even if it took me a liiiiiittle bit longer than planned. (They were supposed to be ready for Thanksgiving, 2013. Yeah.)

I set Hot Cocoa aside for a long time because I’d been working on it the last time I saw Laurie and she gave me advice on some design elements and I just couldn’t work on it after she died. But it’s done now, and this spring I will wear it to the noir festival, which I’ll be attending without her for the first time ever.

So. I dedicate this set to Laurie. I miss you, lady.

Seraphina & Anjelica

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New patterns! Whoo!

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This is Seraphina. I originally came up with this design in 2011, and submitted it for publication with a third party. It was accepted, and matching bloomers were requested.

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This is Anjelica. The matching bloomers.

The third party publication fell through, and after two long years I got my publication rights and samples back. Ta-da!

The patterns are available on Ravelry individually or as a set.