“My cousin Helen, who is in her 90s now, was in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. She and a bunch of the girls in the ghetto had to do sewing each day. And if you were found with a book, it was an automatic death penalty. She had gotten hold of a copy of ‘Gone With the Wind’, and she would take three or four hours out of her sleeping time each night to read. And then, during the hour or so when they were sewing the next day, she would tell them all the story. These girls were risking certain death for a story. And when she told me that story herself, it actually made what I do feel more important. Because giving people stories is not a luxury. It’s actually one of the things that you live and die for.”
I haven't managed to put up many new patterns recently, for several reasons. Over the end of last year and the beginning of this I was working on a book, that I can't talk about in detail yet. Then I had a little break from crocheting to rest my design brain and started to learn to knit (I've worked out the basics but I haven't tried to take on an actual project yet). Now for the last few weeks I seem to have been busy making presents for family and friends. This is my take on Coraline (from the film based on the book by Neil Gaiman), a present for my sister-in-law who's a big fan of the character. I thought I could just use one of my patterns to make her, but then I realised she needed to be thinner in proportion to the other figures I've made before, particularly to be able to fit the rain coat on her. It took a bit of trial and error, but luckily I managed to get her finished in time to post off! I really enjoyed making her, with her removable coat and bag, and the little dragonfly hair clip in her hair.
i am literally sitting here ONE POINT FIVE glasses of wine in and just absolutely SOBBING over the sound of music, and a quick check to my period tracker shows me i’m firmly at the start of pmdd hell week so like
does the second covid shot affect your menstrual cycle?? answer: LOL