The fight for Betty Boop’s soul

Fascinating

F Yeah History

Almost 90 years ago, Betty Boop appeared in the 1930s cartoon, Dizzy Dishes.Over the next few years she’d transform from the anthropomorphic dog sidekick/girlfriend of leading man, Bimbo, to a woman who ran her own show.

Decades later she remains an icon, and a very profitable one at that! You can go almost anywhere in the world and pick up Betty Boop merch. Whether it’s a ‘Betty Boop Red’ MAC lipstick, an emblazoned tee or a $750 Boop inspired Zac Posen dress. The Betty Boop business is still booming.

But the story behind this gold mine is a dark one. Steeped in racism, theft and an infamous court case that saw a bloody battle for Betty Boop’s very soul.

Betty Boop and Bimbo gif.gif Believe me when I say, that wink is covering a LOT of scandal and wrong doing

Helen Kane had been treading the boards for years before she got a break.

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Fresh off the Hook!!!!Nature CAL by 3amgracedesigns & Currently on the Hook: Christmas Character Afghan by RepeatCrafterMe

I FINALLY completed the Nature CAL by #3amGraceDesigns. The original pattern can be found at  3amgracedesigns.com and  https://3amgracedesigns.com/nature-blanket-c2c-cal/

I really enjoyed this pattern but had such a hard time choosing which squares to do that I did them all. I then had really too many squares to make a usable afghan. I seriously considered breaking it up into 2 afghan’s but in the end decided to make it queen-bed sized and use the last row, extra 4 squares to make 2 pillows.

This is the completed bottom banner.

https://3amgracedesigns.com/nature-blanket-c2c-cal-week-6/

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For the edging I used Elisabeth Spivey’s Youtube video: How to Mini C2C: Part 4 Edging Squares

This is the final layout of the blocked and trimmed squares. Since I made this for a queen size bed, I decided not to put the top or bottom banner on the top and bottom. I wanted the words to be able to be read on a made bed.

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I used Elisabeth Spivey’s How to Mini C2C Part 5 Joining Squares-simulated braided join.

This is all of the squares attached but before the border.

For the border I did just a simple HDC all of the way around and 2 HDC, ch 2, 2 HDC in the corners. I liked the simplicity and so did not add the lace pattern edging to it.

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Below are the 2 pillows, both sides. It was really hard to choose which squares to pull out of the afghan. I chose my least liked squares but now think I probably should’ve gone with my favorites instead.

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I used the same HDC border on the pillows as I used on the afghan.

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I laid this out on the queen size bed in our spare room, which we use for storage, The Grands and occasionally, guests. I wanted to give a better idea of size of the completed afghan.

I was unable, from this angle, to get the full afghan in the frame, so this is the missing right corner.

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Once on the bed, the pillows are really a focal point. I truly wish I had chosen the bottom row instead of the squares I chose. They aren’t my favorite squares but they are my middle favorite? medium favorite?

A better image/angle of the afghan with the pillows. The colors are so bright and spring like. I chose the mint yarn because it matches my mother in laws bedroom but I actually think the color works well with this design.

This is probably the best image as far as closest to the true colors of the yarn/afghan. The main color is a Caron pale green and the words and edging are Caron sage. This used a ton of yarn. I truly have no idea how many one pound skeins went into this. I’d say at least 6, maybe as many as 10. I did not keep track of course.

Currently on the hook: Christmas Character Afghan by #RepeatCrafterMe

This is a free graph as well as full written pattern available at: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2015/09/crochet-christmas-character-afghan.html

I am using Caron One Pound in lace for the background and scraps for the designs. This Santa is the first square I completed. I LOVE it. So cute.

The christmas tree is my 2nd square.

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Currently I’m working on my 3rd square, the snowman.

I am having fun with this afghan and hoping to finish it before the holidays. I am struggling with graphing the knives image and hope to have a graph good enough to start work on that by the end of the year.

Happy Holidays!

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

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Today’s audio book and crochet selection is #lyinginwait by #liznugent
This title is available as an ebook from #kindle and #googlebooks for $9.99
This is also available as an audio book from #audible for $11.90 and #googlebooks for $13.95
This title is currently unavailable to borrow from #hoopla or #libby

This is a psychological thriller featuring a prominent family and estate in Dublin, Ireland. The husband and father, Andrew, is a successful Judge. The wife and mother, Lydia, is a stay at home mom and the daughter of a wealthy well connected family, the house and estate are hers. Laurence is their only child, a very much bullied for being over weight mama’s boy.
The family of the victim, Annie Doyle, is not so blessed. They could best be described as working class and struggling.
This books is just a wild ride. The action begins with the first sentence, ‘My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it’. The tone the author uses throughout the narrative is perfect: humorous and horrifying at the same time.
Most of the action takes place in the early 80’s. There are flashbacks to the 40’s and the last 2 chapters take place in 2016. This story is told in multiple pov chapters between: Lydia, Laurence and Karen the sister of Annie Doyle.
I can’t say too much without ruining reveals. I found the ending particularly satisfying and unexpected.

This is definitely worth the read. I’m planning to read her book published before this, Unraveling Oliver, and it appears she released a book this year in Ireland as well, Skin Deep.

The Bargain I, II, III & IV by Vanessa Riley

Today’s ebook and crochet selection is #thebargainnovellas by #vanessariley
The ebooks for this series are available from #kindle and I think some of the novellas offered audio versions as well but I’m not sure.
Honestly these aren’t really worth purchasing.
This title is currently unavailable to borrow from #hoopla or #libby
This story was released in 4 novellas: part I, II, III & IV which I read on #kindle

The Bargain is an interracial historical romance set in Regency Era London and a colony in South Africa, Port Elizabeth. Of the 2 settings I found Port Elizabeth more interesting.
These novellas features the primary love interest and main character, Precious Jewell (PJ). Her love interest is the man holding her in bondage, Gareth Conroy, third Baron Welling.

I don’t really read many romances, it’s not a genre I’ve enjoyed since middle school. Still, I always loved historical romances and as a teen longed to read one featuring a character that looked like me. A theme of romance books I remember from my youth and ultimately why I lost interest in this genre, routinely involved the men love interest displaying toxic masculinity to the point of abusiveness; usually emotional abuse but occasionally even physical. I can remember non consensual spanking scenes sold as sexy. As a high schooler I became interested in feminism and moved away from reading these types of narratives.
I have to say that this story made me uncomfortable in many ways. This is delicate subject matter and just was not handled sensitively enough for me.
A love story between an abuser and the person they are abusing, which is the basis of a love story between the enslaved and their captor, is a hard sell. I’m not going to say it can’t be done. A highly skilled writer who was fully prepared to truly deal with the unsavory aspects of this narrative might make this work.
This story is unable to reasonably sell this as a story of love versus a story involving abuse and manipulation.

In the first installment Gareth extends PJ’s bondage via lies and manipulation. As PJ is living in London at this time, she has been freed from bondage since she arrived in the country. Gareth tricks her into extending her now gone bondage in an attempt to keep her with him. This is after she has already agreed to stay and his actions are unnecessary and cruel.

This author has published a lot of Regency era interracial romances and I was kind of excited to find her books. I highly doubt I’d read another of her romances because I found this to be extremely distasteful. Though none of the other novels may feature enslaved or formerly enslaved blacks as main characters. I’m sure that would make a huge difference to story dynamics.

Tara Revisited by Catherine Clinton

Today’s ebook and crochet selection is #tararevisited by #catherineclinton. This title is currently available to borrow as an ebook from #hoopla

While easy to read and interesting, this is just a fail on every other level. This is not a look at the civil war from the view of southern women both black and white.
Instead this book primarily focuses, at least 70-75%, on southern white women who held black people in bondage. There’s maybe 5-10% about middle class southern white women who became nurses or were the wives of overseers. Overseers wives, we know from The Slave Narratives, held a lot of power over the lives of enslaved peoples.
I’d say maybe 20% of the book deals with black women during the Civil War. Of that 20%, a minuscule amount of the narrative is actually from the pov of black enslaved women. A sizable portion is reflective of how southern white slave holding women were impacted by the actions and choices of black folks during this period. How these white women were frightened and inconvenienced by the growing freedoms of enslaved blacks. The author very much cherry picked the Slave Narratives as a source.
Even the language used in the black women sections was condescending and racialized. There’s a section on enslaved blacks being ‘self sufficient’ as in growing food and feeding themselves. White slave holders being self sufficient was the true surprise, as they had needed assistance to provide for themselves, hence the institution of chattel slavery. White slave holding women didn’t even feed their own infants, they had zero self sufficiency. Most enslaved people’s were responsible for growing their own food in addition to working sunrise to sunset, blacks were always self sufficient as in their labor more than provided for their consumption needs. West Africans were amazingly self sufficient and highly knowledgeable regardless of nation which is why they were attractive enough to Europeans to create the chattel slave trade in the first place. The author’s racism is cringe worthy.
White women on slave owning plantations: whether the wife or daughter of the owner or the overseer had a lot of control over the lives and punishment of the enslaved. Wives of slave holders hung children by their thumbs in closets, implored various other means of corporal punishment as well as deprivation and emotional punishment on enslaved peoples as young as infants. White women were often the instigator of sales and the break up of families. All of this is in the Slave Narratives. As well as various individually published slave narratives. Unfortunately the author did not choose to tell black enslaved women’s history where it incriminated white slave holding women or the confederacy.
Instead the sections on black enslaved women are told from primarily the pov of how white women are impacted by the enslaved. For example black men leaving and other enslaved families walking off after the war gets going which intensifies after the Emancipation Proclamation. How white women were impacted and felt about that as they were left in charge by their husbands.
At no point is it addressed that this is the best thing to happen to black people in the US since the first West African arrived here in what would become the US in chains. History tells us black folks left to seek out family members: lost parents, siblings, spouses and most especially children. Many left to take advantage of freedom or to go with their spouses and keep families together. Whole enslaved families but mostly individuals joined ‘contraband’ camps and later the Union Army, the men fought and the women cooked. No doubt this was a very exciting and anxiety provoking time for black women. There very world was being made anew. For black folks this is the war of independence.
I can not imagine the pride, joy, honor and happiness black enslaved women must’ve felt seeing black men in Union uniforms. This is not really discussed. Only from white women’s pov and as if black union soldiers existed solely to intimidate racist white southern women. Here’s the thing though, white women are responsible for their own racism and bigotry so if they felt fear at seeing armed black union soldiers, that should not be treated as a valid fear. Because it is not. Historically white women have always caused considerably more harm to black folks, than ever they have to them. If confused by this, Google Emmett Till and how his accuser lied and is still free to this day.
This book even backs up that more sexual assaults are reported against black enslaved women than white slave holding women by union soldiers. No mention made of southern white wen and women sexually assaulting black men, women and children for centuries, and how this must have continued amongst the confederacy during the war.
The author wants to paint southern white slave holding women as sympathetic and, well, they are not. White men weren’t the only ones who participated in the crimes against humanity that occurred during chattel slavery. White southern slave holding women are as complicit as their respective husbands, brothers, father’s, uncles, sons, etc. This text simply acknowledges that black enslaved women existed in the confederacy and stipulates, erroneously, that they were ‘managed’ not held by white women.
Sparingly is the term ‘white women’ used to designate white women in this text. Instead terms like ‘south carolina women on plantations’ which the reader is supposed to understand means white women. As if no black women existed on south carolina plantations or were they not women? In contrast black women are always identified, as African American, I prefer black. AA may have been more commonly used academically when this was published.

This book presents the confederacy: women and soldiers as heroes and brave souls. With the Union as tyrannical human rights violators who are prone to antagonistic violence.

The only problem is this books promises to give a ‘diverse’ view of the Civil War. This is a white southern slave holding view. That’s not at all diverse. What about poor white women who had husband’s that held no enslaved peoples? How did they feel watching rich slave holding white men buy their way out of serving in the Confederacy when their husbands had to fight? How did jewish southern women feel? Other woc living in the South? This book has an extremely narrow view.

White Confederates, women or not, were human rights violators and treasonous losers.

Every single white person who held enslaved peoples or participated in the chattel slave trade was a human rights violator and monster. As were blacks and other poc who profited off of the chattel slave trade.
That doesn’t mean those white slave holding women deserved to be assaulted by Union Soldiers, no one deserves that. However you can’t tell the story of enslaved black women without talking about how white women who held them in bondage used and abused them. I understand that makes it hard to make these white women sympathetic. That is as it should be. Southern white slave holding women are more than the crimes they participated in but they can’t be removed from their crimes wholesale. That would be a misrepresentation of actual history and disrespectful to their black enslaved victims.
To sum this up, white feminism writes a racist history of white slave holding women on plantations during the civil war. Tara is not revisited, this upholds much of the racist misconceptions that occur as a result of the ridiculous novel and movie, gone with the wind.

Currently on the Hook: Holiday Cables Throw modified version

I was intrigued by the idea of modifying Bonnie Barker’s Holiday Cables Throw pattern. I really found this pattern easy and did not become bored by the repetitive stitches. Also I was disappointed with the size of the finished afghan.

Ultimately I decided to go ahead and modify the pattern like I want now, while the pattern is still fresh in my mind, write down my changes so I can remember for future remakes. If I like a pattern I tend to make it and gift it often.

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Also my grandkids were visiting and they get way too excited by the hanging yarn set up I need in order to do graph crochet. This is so much easier to keep their sticky fingers out of.

This pattern needs to have a starting chain or foundation row that is a number divisible by 2 , 4 and that is divisible by 3 plus 2. Not that hard to do but does require thinking and planning. In the end I went with a base width of 152.

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The pattern is written for the blanket to be worked side to side. I modified the pattern to work bottom to top. I simply extended the woven stitch and celtic weave stitch sections. Let’s hope it ends up long enough but not too long. I considered doing the sections as written and doubling the pattern but hopefully this will also work. I left it this way because the celtic weave stitch makes up the middle of the afghan. So from there I can easily add or remove celtic weave rows until my estimated length is what I desire.

I really like the detail work of the pattern so I added an accent color in hopes it would highlight that detailed stitch work. I’m not sure that it brings more attention to the detail of the stitches but I do like the way it looks. I’m not enjoying hiding all of the yarn imvolved in changing colors but it’s honestly nothing compared to doing graphs.

I’m using my favorite Etimo Rose Tulip needles in 10 6mm and 10.5 6.5mm. Originally I wanted to use larger needles because my tension is much tighter than it used to be. I chose these needles because they are the most comfortable to use when my arthritis is flaring up. I’m satisfied with the results so far.

This is the original pattern: Holiday Cables Throw by Bonnie Barker.
Pattern free on Ravelry: https:/www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/holiday-cables-throw
Helpful YouTube videos: https://youtu.be/IxmI8v5Dk20

I’m also planning my next graph crochet project. I’m working on graphing this now:

Most likely I’ll graph the image on the right because it’s cleaner and adjust the words to those in the image on the left. I’m super excited about this design.