One of My Knitting Icons…
A bit of history–These cards were sold by Ms. Truth, to earn her living. Carte de visite (seated), 1864.
Gladstone Collection, Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Number: LC-USZC4-6165 (3-11b). To learn more about her and her influential contribution to our country's history, check out The Sojourner Truth Institute of Battle Creek.
It has certainly been a whirlwind time for The Magpie! And I have even been knitting! And I'm near the finish line of the UFO you would least expect. Let's say a carrot (or a BIG bag of birdseed) has been placed in front of me.
So Many Fish In the Sea!
One of the major things Mr. K and myself have been doing, were going to birthday parties. In fact, we have so many long time-friends born under this sign, I started to wonder. Asking around, I found out that several other friends have relatives, significant others, and friends born under Pisces. With birthday events still left to attend, I'm now speculating if this is the most crowded sign in the Zodiac! Counting back nine months–to June–it does make sense, but dammit–folks gotta slow down. Listen, if any of you out there are planning to have kids, please–be considerate and time their arrivals better. Remember, everyone is still paying off the debt from holiday shopping.
Dancing Keeps You Warm!
On Saturday night, the Dons of the Decks: DJ Bruce Tatum (club editor, Time Out NY) and DJ Adam Goldstone will serving up a "grand edition" of Whoville! at Love; 40 West 8th Street, at MacDougal Street (MacDougal Street entrance). Trust me, this party's gonna be fierce! It is Bruce's birthday, Andy "Andyman" Reynolds of Penetration Inc.'s birthday–he is also responsible for the Seuss-themed art installations–and the invited guest, spinning at prime-time is primo deck wrecker Jerome Sydenham of Ibadan Records–Sandcastles! Feet don't fail me now! Admission: $5US until 1am, $10US until 4am $15US after. And this is a beautifully diverse party, too!
"Carnaval," Will Make You Warmer!
On Sunday, the 718 Sessions, featuring my man DJ Danny Krivit, has teamed up with Alma, NYC, featuring the Brazilian brothers of soul, DJ True (a big shout out to ya'!) and Miller Cruz, to bring Carnaval to New York! The Alma–soul, in Portuguese–link says it all! Knitters and crocheters, wear your wildest gear; this is gonna be seriously festive! My mask and costume are ready!
Maybe, I should wear the mask to: Flow: The Magazine's Trunk Show–a fashionable, small business expo purporting to highlight "the best Brooklyn has to offer." It's taking place at the Brooklyn Marriott, on the same day, from 11am to 7 pm. I'll remove it at the Cocoachic booth, though–so I can try out and buy more of their fabulous products!
Now that the future is out of the way, I can change directions and step back in time, to the recent past.
Njoya Angrum, our Fearless Leader of HKC–Harlem Knitting Circle–was bestowed the distinction of being "The New Yorker of The Week," by NY1 news, last week. This is no small shout out, considering there are about 8 million people in this city, and only fifty-two weeks in a year. Let's all wave our needles and hooks in the air for this totally selfless and dedicated sister, a current heroine of mine, who I will be honoring next month. I'll keep you posted.
Well folks, the Magpie's pooped. Time to walk Della (imagine–a bird walking a dog), and work a little on her new coat–the UFO I'm suddenly finishing, ahead of the others I wrote about. She has an upcoming photo shoot for the opening of a new upscale pet shop, in Harlem.
To everyone else, looking for their mentions–don't worry, I'm continuing tomorrow, starting with my "Student of the Month," a trip back to Africa via the subway, and from there to Joe's Pub for a performance.
Geez, I need to lie down.