Vacation is wrapping up, just two more days here in Tokyo before heading back home. This trip has been so good, I didn’t expect to travel outside of Tokyo so much. But Japan has so much more to offer than just the city. If you ever plan a trip here definitely try to see something different (but also really enjoy the tourist stuff because it can be a lot of fun)
I also am making good progress on some socks. Because this is vacation after all, I need to rest a little bit 😁
possibility I’m really excited about when it comes to relationships
changing/developing on the Ring is Raven/Emori.
They have so
much in common, and yet where they are different there is room for some really
interesting points of discussion and insight.
Both of them
have disabilities, but their circumstances are fairly unique. Emori has dealt
with her deformed hand from birth; it literally determined the path of her
life, making her an outcast from a society that dismissed and despised anyone with
a disability. We don’t have much information about how Emori’s hand
works in terms of fine motor control/dexterity/blood circulation/pain etc – I think
the implication is that it works basically like a differently shaped normal
hand – but we can guess that she has had to learn to accommodate for certain
limitations; her cunning borne of necessity.
And without the full use of both
hands allowing her to learn a trade or become a warrior, she became a thief and a trickster whose best weapon
was her ability to deceive (I would say also ‘to charm’, but I honestly don’t
get the impression that she is particularly charming to anyone except Murphy
and that his immediate heart eyes were kind of a surprise to her). She moved
from place to place as soon as she outstayed her welcome or her cons collapsed
around her, taking full advantage of the parts of her body that did work like
they were ‘supposed’ to; her legs.
injury occurred later in life; she has a nostalgia for being able-bodied and a
point of reference for ‘normalcy’ that Emori doesn’t. She was poor and
neglected as a kid, but she also managed to become highly educated and despite
her heart murmur, eventually progressed to Zero G mechanic. So she started from
a very different place than Emori did, and her disability never led to her
being perceived as useless or worthless because she had a skillset that wasn’t
impeded by it (a bullshit barometer of worth that those who love her wouldn’t
agree with, but I think from a cultural point of view, Skaikru is fairly
ableist even if their definition of ‘able’ is different to the Grounders’).
There’s something really heartbreaking about the fact that Raven is so obsessed with spacewalking – she has an inherently
curious, investigative mind and for a long time I think she loved the idea of
exploring as more than just an intellectual exercise (her rapturous, open-armed
spinning when she hits the ground in Season 1?). She wants to move around.
Having the use of her hands (and her brain) is well and good but she has lost a
lot along with her ability to walk unencumbered; her independence and her resourcefulness
are both impacted and for a girl who was motivated for so long by escapism
(from her circumstances, from the Ark, from her body), that is devastating.
So maybe on
the Ring, Raven can be Emori’s hands, and Emori can be her legs.
We know Emori
used to trade in tech, which was the first hint that she is interested in
science (in a way that no other Grounders are, perhaps because she is uniquely
motivated to break boundaries in pursuit of tools and opportunities – because rejecting
science out of hand is absolutely a privilege). But seeing her delighted face
in the rocket when Raven started floating is what made me think that she might
have a real interest and enjoyment in this stuff (like, imagine what it means
to Emori specifically to see Raven off the ground and floating, bum leg and
all). I want her to help Raven with maintenance and improvement on the Ark, and
I want Raven to teach her about mechanics and science. And Raven isn’t going to
be able to run around all over the Ring, sourcing scrap or carrying things or
flitting from different bits of machinery. That’s where Emori’s legs come in. And
then separate from both of their physical capabilities and limitations, I want
to see what their combined innovative brainpower can do to improve life on the
Ring. We all know Raven is a genius, but I would love to see what Emori’s ‘survival
at all costs’, fake-Baylis-killing mind can come up with if she is given tools
and education to work with.
I asked my dad what he wanted me to knit for his birthday and since we recently saw Hamilton, he said King George.
This plushy has a removable cape (which is lined with a sparkly fabric that you can’t see in the photos) and a removable crown. The polka-dots were drawn on by hand and in total, he probably took around 4-6 hours to knit.
Starting my purple series with chapter 6. Unfortunately I’ve developed a tennis elbow (and I’m denial about it having anything to with knitting… nope, no relation) so I’m having to slow down and not stress it too much.
This chapter we followed our new dragon friend who tried to get us to understand mystical writing… nope, doesn’t look like anything to me. We started towards the capital (only 440 skeins) but were attacked - luckily Lunarens (my shapeshifting moth friends) was able to use my snake horoscope spell to fend them off.
Woe. I had yarn. I had beads that contrasted and yet set off the yarn. I watched videos on how to do beaded knitting. I was READY.
Except I have no needles with eyes big enough to accept yarn that will also fit through the hold in a bead, and no idea where or how to find such a thing. Of course I can’t find anything through google– the people who say they have such things don’t bother to give information, not even a brand name.
Anybody out there with ideas?
HA! Never mind. Logic and good old fashioned ingenuity saved the day. I put a tiny thread through the needle hole twice, creating a loop, then fed the yarn through the loop and used the tiny thread to pull the yarn through the hole. TAKE THAT YOU BUGGER