Thursday, September 14, 2006


First--Second Sock Syndrome, conquered!

Here are some pics to prove it.

First, the pic of my sweet 2-1/2 year old, wearing his new socks (that rock!).

Note the detail on the toe.

This kid has the squarest toes I've ever seen on a human. So I have to knit his toes especially boxy. I love that I can do that. I used the magic cast on from Knitty's Widdershins pattern, then I used the Sock-u-Lator V which is great.

Now, on pair II for my 6 year old, look at that turned heel.

I know I didn't get into a slip stitch heel, but could YOU tell that this nice turned heel-wtih-flap didn't get created from the top down? No, I didn't think so.

Nice to be able to do this when you're not sure how many socks a skein will make.

And on a completely different topic:

I heard something so ludicrous, I just had to post. There is a Navy Chaplain who is in trouble because, as a Naval Chaplain it is incumbent upon him to serve his constituency--which would include Muslims and Jews, not to mention Unitarians. Anyhoo, the problem was he kept adding, "In Jesus' Name" to all of his egalitarian prayers...thus making them more than a little NOT egalitarian.

He claims he's being persecuted and excluded and that this is an attack on Christianity.

Now, I have no problem with him praying in anyone's name...when he's not on the job. But when he represents the entire US Navy (which he does when he's in uniform) then he needs to represent all of them. That means adding a "Jesus" here or there won't fly. It's not that Jews or Muslims don't "believe" that Jesus lived, or that he did and said some really good things while he was here. It's that their religions specifically state there is only one God, and that would be...well...God. To pray in someone else's name is...well, it just isn't done.

I find this as spurious an argument as I do the attacks on churches for not allowing Gay Marriage. If a Church doesn't want to marry Gay folks, which is an eccumenical decision, then...well...that's it's decision. Marriage is, after all, a religious institution. However, if a city or county or state decides to legalize Gay Civil Unions, well that's just GREAT and I'm very happy they were sane enough to recognize how important committed relationships are to the stability of our culture. Not to mention how wonderful it would be for all of my Gay friends.

Marriage is between you, your clergy, and God. Civil Unions are, definitionally, part of the world of Civics and decided by your government.

Bit of a rant, but BOY did that irk me this morning!


mrspilkington said...

hey, rant away! :)
that is a great sock on that cutie of yours. i've only knit one in my lifetime.

April said...

I second that! Rant away. That's the most concise, coherent explaination for the way I feel that I've ever heard. I've never been able to express it as well as you did, so thanks!

As for the kid in the socks....So CUTE! and so are the socks! Keep knitting!

Lyn in Tucson said...

Heather, you're here! Did you get my phone #? I'm glad you found the folks at Kiwi. Lynn's great.

Give me a call when you get a chance.


Anonymous said...

Heather, I'm so glad you wrote about this issue. It needs to be addressed again and again. This weekend I attended my guild's biannual retreat, held in space rented from a religious organization. I was horrified when the resident director insisted on leading a rousing Christian grace before every meal, even breakfast. Why that was imposed in spite of our having rented the space, I have no idea. I fled to the bathroom each time to avoid having to stand there with a scowl on my face. I didn't wish to be rude to those who do find it appropriate.