Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday, where we chat about 3D and writing. Today I have a bit of a twist on the topic. Since Book 2 of the Persis Chronicles, Emerald Keep, is out on April 8th, I figured I’d share a little bit about knitting and 3D and use the opportunity to share about the book, too.
When Rachel and I created Persis, we wanted a world that valued handicrafts and the home arts. The job of a homemaker has become invisible and thankless, thanks in part to the fact that it’s largely women’s work. The women’s liberation movement in the United States did a lot to emancipate women from being chained to the kitchen sink, but as a consequence, their traditional work of raising children and caring for the home became less than laudable.
I have a friend who is about thirty-five years older than me. She decided to stay home and raise five boys of her own, as well as twenty-nine foster children. She told me that she’s endured a lot of grief from women friends who said that she wasn’t living up to her full potential, and that she was oppressed. That made me sad, because she’s an incredible mom and creates a home in which people enjoy spending time.
Because of that, we wanted the home arts to be elevated in importance such that they were considered to be a critical part of society. The job of the Keeper is a desirable part of the fabric of life. Developed to support miners and livestock farmers, the Keepers are trained to manage household bookkeeping, cooking, and various arts.
For our book release, we’ve both made scarves. The picture at the top of this post is the Emerald Keep Scarf. I knitted it because I love to make things, and this was fun to do because it was referential to my own book. I felt closer to the world we created by making something for the book, which is an unexpected side benefit.