First a little reminder of last week's Prairie Schooler Spring Sampler progress. I had stitched in the wheelbarrow only to realize that I used the wrong color and so picked it out. And then Stefanie mentioned William Carlos Williams and gave the little teaser . . . "so much depends upon a red wheelbarrow".
Indeed it does. Let me quote the whole poem by William Carlos Williams and then you'll understand why I had to change the color from the called for green to a nice muted red!
The Red Wheelbarrow (1962)
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
It's always fun when books/stories overlap and cross paths. But it's even cooler when I can incorporate poetry with needlework! I think that red wheel barrow is going to really catch the eye when I finish as the rest of the sampler doesn't call for that color again. I am working on the tree next to the house and one of the garden patches that will eventually have plants growing.
Moving right along now. And summer officially begins on the 20th, right? I hope to move now at a good clip and maybe will begin prepping my linen for the Summer Sampler to follow soon.
Oh, by the way, the Baileys Womens Prize winner for 2016 is shortly to be announced. I have been following along on Twitter and have been reading what other bloggers have to say about the shortlist. I only managed to read Anne Enright's The Green Road which I liked and admire, but I didn't love as much as I had hoped I would. It was my introduction to her writing other than a short story or two (as yet have not gotten around to writing about the book, of course). I think maybe my lack of enthusiasm might in part have been due to a general satiation of Irish melancholy perhaps since it was the last of a pile of Irish novels and story collections that I have read this year. I won't be disappointed if it wins however. I was going to say the general consensus seems to be that Cynthia Bond's Ruby will win, which curiously is the one book I was not eager to read--only due to the weightiness of subject matter. Lots of bad things happen in this book and I tend to shy away from stories like that. However . . . I have pulled it from the library shelves and will check it out and give it a go. I've also heard that Lisa McInerney's Glorious Heresies is a very strong contender since it is a breath of fresh air (as is she is doing new and innovative things?) and then there is Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life is a shoe-in (and she has been up for how many other awards?). Of course ask three different readers and you will likely get three different answers, so it is still anyone's guess!
Who shall win the coveted Baileys Award? Hmm.