I just saw this ad from Proctor and Gamble. I know I’m coming from a place of privilege; I know P&G is not doing this out of pure altruism. But it’s a well done piece of storytelling–of a story I’ve never had to consider–and good for them for making it.
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I finished the latest Socks for Doc’s Pop this last week, two months later than his actual birthday. I don’t even have a good reason for the delay–looking back, I guess I spent July trying to keep the heat from wrecking the yard and also worrying about being in charge of the HOA? (Note to Past Self: Knitting would have helped with both of those anxieties.)
Anyway, they are done and he likes them. This is a thicker yarn, the Regia Active 6-Ply that I used in his first pair. He reports they’re the warmest so I found some more on eBay (it’s discontinued) and added stripes to make all the balls last longer. I used this Purl Soho pattern for a reference–I’m almost getting to the point where I don’t need to consult sock patterns, but not quite.
We’re nearing the end of high-altitude wildflower season, but Sunday morning early I was going downstairs for Advil (ha) when I tripped and ended up halfway down before I could stop myself. I have fallen down those stairs twice before so I always hold the bannister, but my hold on the bannister this time just managed to give my shoulder a good pull as I plummeted downward. So I did not feel up to carrying a pack for a real hike.
Instead, we went to IKEA and then stopped at Dimple Dell Park. Neither of us had been there before; turns out, it’s like walking around a nice horse pasture.
Hopefully we’ll get to the wildflowers next week.
1. Oh this is so true (and I’m in that 80%): Chipmunk’s Plan For Future Better Than That of 8 Out of 10 Americans.
“Researchers also repeatedly witnessed the small quadruped stuffing its cheeks with seeds and nuts and depositing them in one of its subterranean chambers for consumption during winter, displaying an inclination toward saving resources for the future that had ‘almost no behavioral equivalent’ among U.S. citizens.”
2. For a long read, enjoy the latest copy of The Dry Down, a newsletter about perfume that has some of the most evocative writing I’ve read about anything. The two authors pick a topic and perfumes to match and then go to town–this past issue was “perfumes of the 90s” and it’s like the author was in my head as a 14 year old:
The mall was where we went to learn what everyone else wanted and bought and looked like. It promised that each question had only one answer. It offered to sand down the edges and soften the sharp high notes. It said that your experiences would contain no surprises, and therefore nothing could hurt you. The mall assured you that your life, the lives of people you envied, and the lives people lived on TV, were truly all one and the same.
…I wanted to smell like the Gap because I knew that the people whom I could neither get to approve of nor understand me liked the Gap.
(That’s about the “Gap Scents” series from the mid-90s, which we’ve talked about here.)
This popped into my head last night as I was brushing my teeth, so how about some Beethoven instead of a poem? Finished right before the Ninth Symphony, it is just sublime–the musical equivalent of Sam telling Mr. Frodo, “There’s some good left in this world.”
Here’s a whole performance of Bernstein capital-R-Romancing the heck out of it, but at least give the Kyrie a try (1:30 to about 13:00, where it nearly turns into the Ninth). It’s worth your time.
Lindy West has a new column for the NY Times and the first one back in July made me want to stand up and cheer: Real Men Might Get Made Fun Of.
I’m frequently contacted by young women weighing the (iffy) benefits and (massive) costs of calling out sexism in their male-dominated industries. I always think: Why is this even our responsibility to fix? Women didn’t invent sexism. Men did.
What we could really use, my guys, is some loud, unequivocal backup. And not just in public, when the tide of opinion has already turned and a little “woke”-ness might benefit you — but in private, when it can hurt.
One of my podcasting friends told me that he does stick up for women in challenging situations, like testosterone-soaked comedy green rooms, for instance, but complained, “I get mocked for it!”
Yes, I know you do. Welcome. Getting yelled at and made fun of is where many of us live all the time. Speaking up costs us friends, jobs, credibility and invisible opportunities we’ll never even know enough about to regret.
(Her take on the new female lead in Doctor Who is also worth your time.)
If you had told me ten years ago in my heyday of ballet flats and pencil skirts that I’d be making a drop crotch jumpsuit, I wouldn’t have believed you. But these weird giant one-pieces are everywhere fashiony and my new dressing goal is to utterly reject the male gaze–so when I had nearly 3 yards of twill that was too heavy for pants and some time on my hands at the tail end of being sick, I thought, “Let’s go for it.”
Why are there no photos of my project so far, you ask? Because it looks like a clown suit on the hanger. I mean, I think it also looks like a clown suit on the body, but maybe in more of an art student way than a clown college way? The jury’s still out until I finish. Until then, enjoy these fashun photos of similar jumpsuits that retail for $400:
This is the pattern I used–it’s kind of a pain to tape PDF tiled patterns together but I love how instant they are. I got the pattern ready Thursday, cut it out Friday, and got it all together enough to assess the fit by Sunday.
(Related: There are a million covers of that Gershwin song, but did you know Sam Cooke did one?)
1. There is a World Bonsai Convention in Japan and the pictures are as soothing as the captions are enthusiastic. Check it out at BonsaiTree.
2. McSweeney’s has been killing it with their feminist takedowns lately: 8 Male Authors to Read Before You Die.
2. Was this everyone else’s favorite Sesame Street clip? I think it’s where I got my love of orange (and the idea that grown-up ladies wear smocks to work).
We haven’t had a Pinterest round up in a while. Let’s think deep thoughts.