After a few false starts yesterday me and my mom ended up at the V&A for the afternoon. We started off by working our way round the fashion exhibits, chatting about the vast array of garments – the fabrics, their construction, the skills required, similar items my mom could remember. One display cabinet had a couple of waistcoats, to my great delight they were decorated with cross stitch.
Once we’d finished with the fashion we wandered a little further and headed upstairs to the jewellery exhibits. Again we chatted our way round, the beauty and skill on display was vast. This time for me a memorable piece was this one, knitted with wire using the feather and fan stitch I’m so familiar with after knitting four baby blankets in it.
I always love looking at anything handmade with my mom. This time it was a real boost for me to be able to point out things I’ve learned recently, and to be able to realise how much more I’m learning about my craft now.
To those who are marching today across the world, I stand with you in spirit. I cannot join you in person, but I believe in what you are marching for and so I post today to join my voice with yours. Stay safe out there, and know that for as many thousands of you who are there today there are many, many more supporting you from afar.
Today feels like the sort of day where I should be saying something bigger than I feel I can coherently manage. World news, the beginning of a new era, I genuinely don’t feel like I have the words for everything I’m feeling and thinking.
Instead, I thought I’d think happy thoughts and share a new favourite with you. Friends had been recommending One Day at a Time to me – it’s a Netflix remake of an American sitcom from the 70s/80s. It follows three generations of a Cuban-American family; a single mother, her children and her mother.
It’s super funny, it’s poignant and emotional, it’s sharp and it’s thought provoking. Rita Moreno steals many a scene as Lydia, the grandmother, but all of the core cast are brilliant. I’m a little over halfway through the series and torn between wanting to watch all of the rest of it immediately and wanting to save it and make it last.
I’ve talked before about the fact I have Hypermobility Syndrome (HMS), and a bit about how it impacts on my life. In the last week or so I’ve read a couple of blog posts that are entirely brilliant on this subject and so I wanted to share them here.
First up is this excellent post from Disability in Kidlit on Hypermobility and its representation. The author talks eloquently about her HMS, and while her story is not my story there are a significant number of parallels. She also talks about the lack of books that feature Hypermobility, I want to take this opportunity to highlight two books that I’ve read in the last couple of years:
Spotlight on Sunny by Keris Stainton and The Pants Project by Cat Clarke both feature characters with Hypermobility Syndrome. Both books made me cry, because seeing myself on the pages of a book I was reading was important and had been missing for all of my reading life until this point. Representation really, really does matter.
The second post I wanted to share was this one from Hannah Ensor’s Stickman Communications blog. It’s one of the best analogies I’ve seen for what life is like when you have variable pain and fatigue levels. It’s excellent and one I wish everyone in my life would read and understand.
A quick post today, I’m off for dinner tonight with friends so am putting this together on my lunch break. The last couple of days have been filled with theatre excitement, yesterday we got tickets for Hamilton in London and today we’ve got tickets to see Aladdin. Two musicals I’m so excited to see, I’ve got to wait until December for Hamilton but Aladdin is only a couple of weeks ago.
In honour of this theatrical excitement I thought I’d share a video I’ve recently been watching and loving – James Corden and Neil Patrick Harris in a Broadway riff-off.
Over the last year or so I’ve found myself watching more vlogs. I’m still not watching that many vloggers, but I’m really enjoying the ones I am. I’d love to find more so I thought I’d put a request on here.
Most of the ones I’m watching are related, I started off with Tom Fletcher / Giovanna Fletcher / Carrie Hope Fletcher’s series of Dear Carrie / Dear Tom & Gi videos, then I caught up with loads of Carrie’s videos and also Petesjams videos, and videos by Gary C. So they’re all very connected. I’m also subscribed to Tom Daley’s vlogs and to the channels for George Lester, Kat Molesworth and Boys and Bunting.
What would you recommend? I tend to prefer the slice of life stuff rather than anything too themed, but obviously my interests in books and crafts mean I’m always on the lookout for new ideas here too. Let me know your favourites so I can give them a try!