Crinoline Robot's vintage week
|The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, they said...|
Tonight I plan to wrap sausages in puff pastry and call them 'mummy fingers'; as Mr Robot loves sausage rolls he doesn't care what I call them as long as they are plentiful. Also, Goth at the BBC is on BBC4. I can still fit into the dress I wore to see The Fields of the Nephilim in 1990, and might just be sad enough to put it on for the programme...
On the subject of Martians, my complimentary copy of The Sci Fi Chronicles, the book I contributed to, arrived this week. I actually wrote about HG Wells, writer of The War of the Worlds, for this, as well as Frankenstein and lots of splendid other old science fiction. It's weird; now I've got the book it feels vaguely underwhelming. For ages I was bouncing around like a kangaroo with excitement and now I've got it, my brain is going, “Well, it's words, that's what you do. What's special about that?” Stupid brain. Anyway, it's a chunky book, and it's ace to see how my contributions were edited and illustrated to become part of the whole thing, which is entertaining and comprehensive. I've really enjoyed reading the entries on things I love but didn't get to write about myself, such as Quatermass. Guy Haley, the editor, clearly put in a shedload of work splitting things up into subsets of science fiction and colour-coding them. (He is a Proper Writer, with multiple works of fiction to his name, and has his own blog called Haley's Comment.)
Over on Ravelry I'm participating in a Jim Henson-themed swap. I won't say much about what my partner likes as I don't want to give any clues about who I'm sending to if they're reading this, but it's great to be making things for a swap again. As much as I'm not keen on lots about the late 1960s and 1970s, the Muppets could only have come from that time, with all their colours, benign anarchy and cheery emphasis on equality. Knitting for the swap has thrown my 1940s cardigan off track a little, but I can live with that. I'm also thinking of embroidering another pillowcase, but that will definitely have to wait until the swap is over. The swap is on a time limit and so takes priority!
And, erm, I bought a dress. It's just the right time of year for a 1950s/60s buttermilk coloured broderie linen wiggle dress... Basically, I'm a little heavier than I was this time last year (too many Martians, probably... mmm, tasty Martians!) and none of my work skirts fit properly, so I did some cheer-myself-up shopping. Which is stupid and selfish as Christmas is on the way and I need to buy gifts. Still, I'll have a lovely dress to show for it.
Have you had a fun week? Did you do anything nice for Halloween? It's bonfire night next week, so I'm gearing up for jacket potatoes, MOAR sausages, and the sky over Trowbridge exploding...