The Daily T LOunge for April 2, 2020

Posted on April 02, 2020

Les Ambassadeurs, Paris


Kittens, are you feeling LUXE yet? Because if this gilded-and-velvet bar isn’t making you feel aristocratic as shit right now, it probably means you need a drink or two to loosen up. Belly up to the bar and have as many as you want on us. The sun is shining and the birds are singing outside our window, which means we’ve decided that today is a Good Day. But if you feel like designating today a Bad Day and would rather spend it in drawstring pants with a scowl on your face, then that’s fine too, darlings. It’s about getting on with it – and no one here is going to judge you for how you do that.

We have a lovely selection for our Menu of Distractions today:


How Christian Siriano Turned His Fashion House Into a Mask Factory

Siriano, a former “Project Runway” winner who has dressed the likes of Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift, realized that he was in a position to help. He had closed his atelier a week earlier, as the outbreak in New York City was accelerating. But his team of eight sewers had brought their machines with them. Siriano had intended to keep them busy—and on the payroll—with client orders for wedding dresses and gowns for fall galas. 


Here Are All the Live Streams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus Crisis (Updating)

As the nation adjusts to the new reality of life under self-quarantine in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of artists and musical institutions are taking the show online to share some musical joy during these trying times.


Feminist Politics and Women’s Rights Syllabus

Our syllabi series highlights articles, books, and journal issues that encourage discussion of today’s most pressing issues. The Feminist Politics and Women’s Rights syllabus lists titles that tackle feminist politics and women’s rights. Topics include reproductive justice, women’s marches, transnational feminism, and more.

All journal articles and issues in this syllabus are freely available online until September 30, 2020.


What I’m Really Watching: Instructional Knitting Videos

Frequently resorting to the space bar to pause and dragging the red progress dot back a few centimetres to rewind the action, I worked out not just how to knit and purl, but which way to wrap the yarn to make a yarn over – or “YO” in the abbreviated language of knitting patterns. Decoding patterns is where YouTube tutorials are truly essential. Any good pattern should explain in its abbreviations section what the terms mean, but nothing beats seeing a demonstration of “Sl2, K1, PSSO decrease”. In fact, increasingly, as more and more patterns are sold individually as pdf files through website Ravelry (the one recently made famous for banning Trump boosterism in its forums) instead of in books or on printed copies at yarn shops, designers will put hyperlinks right in the pattern to direct the maker to video tutorials.


So tell us: Is today a Good Day or a Bad Day for you? And how are you handling it in either case? We’re going to go out on the roof and get some sun. We can’t really do any more cleaning or organizing at the moment because we’re pretty much caught up on that. Maybe a prison-yard workout routine later and perhaps some bread-baking. Who knows? It’s all wide open at the moment and we’ve decided that’s a fun and exciting thing. For today, at least.


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