British author Rumer Godden described her writing as starting out as a grit, some thing or event in everyday life that lodges in the mind and serves as the starting point or the inspiration for a piece of writing. A purl is one of two basic stitches in knitting and it is a homonym of pearl, a thing of beauty in nature, unique in its makeup that starts out as a grit, a tiny grain of sand inside an oyster. And “yarn” is a synonym for “story”. So, it’s only natural that grits and purls, writing and knitting come together, hopefully to create something truly unique and beautiful. Here, Isobel, Terri and I hope to spend some time spinning stories and discovering purls of wisdom in the grits of everyday things and events, learning as we observe life and converse with our readers.
Michele Arduengo is a science and medical writer/editor. In addition this blog, she blogs for Promega Connections, and her writing is also syndicated in a weekly newspaper column. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, and a Ph.D. through the Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology Program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Michele is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and has been writing and editing in the life science area for over 15 years.
You can read the original Cheese Grits article that started it all to learn more about my philosophy for this blog.
Isobel Maciver is a science writer and a mom. Here she blogs about knitting, running, family, and life in general. Michele has been kind enough to share her blog with me, and I am happy to have this outlet to write about topics that are of personal interest.
Terri is a musician and librarian and amazing quilter who has a writing bent as well. Michele is delighted to have her college friend contribute to Grits and Purls.