I just finished reading Hermione Lee's biography of Penelope Fitzgerald, "Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life". Two of my favorite Fitzgerald novels are "Offshore" and "The Bookshop." Read them! Fitzgerald is a master of understatement, irony, and the deft combination of the tragic and the comic. One of the many delicious moments in Lee's bio is the revelation of some notes for Fitzgerald's projected (but sadly never written) novel about grandmothers:
A grandmother clock is smaller than a grandfather clock and, by inference, weaker … A granny knot is one that comes undone at once, granny bonds are or were a saving scheme which was simple enough for even the densest to understand, a granny flat is a subsection of the main house where the damage granny may do through absent-mindedness will be under kindly control. Grannies lose things, which they call not knowing where they’ve put them … I suppose the expression “Teach your grandmother to suck eggs” implies that grannies know how to do something , but not anything of any practical use.
Today's studio time was spent in finishing the bottom hems of the Double Twill Project. This makes me think of an old friend who once offered me a job indexing a book about Asian bureaucracies. "I've observed that you enjoy repetitive tasks involving a lot of detail," he said. Hm-m-m. I would rather say that I enjoy tasks that involve a lot of detail, with scope for meditation. In any case, I did complete 90% of the index before childbirth intervened. As I am now an old Granny in a retrospective mood, I will say that handstitching is more fun than indexing.