It’s almost time for MDSW!  I’m really relieved that the weather forecasts are promising, since I’ll be camping…  Anyway, I don’t know whether I’ll make it to either of the blogger meetups, but say hi if you see me.  I’ll be wearing at least one of the following: 

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[The shawl on the left is my flowerbasket shawl, which I’ve actually been wearing a lot lately; the one on the right is my diamond fantasy shawl.  The finger puppets are just things I sometimes wear in my hair.]

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I don’t think I mentioned it here, but I went to New York on Sunday, in large part to see the Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design.  Over all, I loved it.  There were/are some awesome pieces in it.  (Particular things I liked in the extended entry.)  There were also some things that completely failed to move me, but those were sufficiently few that I was very happy with the exhibit.  I thought it was good, though, that they explicitly explained at the beginning that they were really stretching the terms ‘lace’ and ‘knitting’, such that the latter included all forms of producing fabric from a continuous thread and the former included pretty much all ways of getting "fabric" of some kind that was full of holes.

I also went to the Met for the first time in far, far too long, but I stuck mostly to special exhibits, and so the only fiber/textile things I remember seeing were carpets in the Venice and the Muslim World exhibit and a kimono-style jacket that was beaded all over except for where there were frogs embroidered in the Studio Craft Movement room.

(I didn’t set out to plan a day of museuming alone, but I had plans to meet up with my cousins and didn’t want to overbook myself.  I also anticipate seeing knitbloggers at Maryland.)

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And, lastly, I was in a really lousy mood this morning until I saw this on my way to work:

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Wisteria is so pretty.  Someday, I’d love to have lots of giant wisteria vines like the ones in The Ordinary Princess.

My favorite things in the MAD exhibit included the car pieces, the snow-blanket, the cut-paper hangings, the coral snakes (what a set!  I would’ve gotten so tired of them by the end!  but so cool!  I love mixing biology and craft)…  I also liked the skull tablecloth, the light-string lamp, and the glass sculpture.  Oh, and I was impressed by the teensy gloves and sweaters, but I didn’t think they were really interesting so much as probably crazy-making. 

[This is not a comprehensive list of the pieces I liked.  I’m probably forgetting something, in addition to the things I’m just deciding not to mention.  But I’m not publicly discussing the pieces I didn’t like.]

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