The Public Broadcasting System here in the US is running a three-part series called "Craft in America". Six hours, total; the hour I caught contained basket making, weaving, jewelry making (twice), glassmaking, sculpting, pottery, and probably five other things I'm forgetting. Quilting. There was quilting, too. It's a very low-key tour of the art of craft in America - these folks are producing art from a host of materials from gold to birch bark to wool to sand. It's the kind of thing I love, because that's how I feel about art - it's not some painting on a wall (though it can be); it's ANYTHING that someone has spent time and care and creativity creating.
Wonderful stuff. Amazing. Part two is next Wednesday night. And there's a gallery of the work shown on the show here. Try not to shriek at the sight of the kimono:
What was I doing during this wondrous tour of creativity? Pulling a sleeve back out of the Mystery Knit. Oh yeah. Lest you think I know what I'm doing, I'll confess the horrible truth; when creating clothing that must be sewn together, I usually put the sleeves in three or four times before I get it right. (I recounted the stitches after I pulled the sleeve out. I had the numbers right the first time. No idea why it didn't work. I really prefer having some idea what I screwed up.) The horrible truth is out; I have to figure this stuff out as I go, too. Oh, the shame.
Can't wait to start something new. "Tut, Tut" is up next.
In the midst of all that fun, I went out today and joined a gym. I'm not going to turn this into a weight loss blog, but suffice it to say, the feeding frenzy after I had The Baby, followed by a year of antidepressants, was not kind to my butt. I wanna lose thirty pounds. (Okay, forty, but I'm trying to be realistic, and thirty would make me happy.) I'm hoping that not only will my boobs shrink and my clothes fit, I might get to quit the blood pressure medication and my feet and knees will quit hurting. Wouldn't that be nice?
So that's what I'm doing.
Maybe tomorrow this sleeve will go in right.