Monday, October 30, 2006

SOARing in Tahoe City

Haven't I said before that Fiber Folk were the best people?
Well, now there's definitive proof. I've spend a little over 24 hours in the company of (almost entirely) women and have yet to see/experience any of the catty, icky, high-school stuff that occasionally happens in groups like this.

EVERYone is wonderful. I've not eaten with the same people twice. And it doesn't matter. Everyone seems to know everyone else from previous SOARs and if they don't know you, they make you feel like they WANT to know you.

It's lovely.

Pics to come...

Friday, October 27, 2006

A New Rant


Having spent much of my adult live immersed in and teaching American Lit (and, importantly, having cynically disparaged it and a lot of other things during my misspent yute) I feel I can say with some credibility that Young Jefferson felt it was important to criticize a standing president WHEN HE DESERVED IT but Older President Jefferson didn't think so much of the whole mishegas. I think Franklin thought EVERYone was fair game (including himself) and I think that John Adams was so used to being vilified that he SHOULD have been insensitive to it...but wasn't.

That being said, there is nothing more UN-American than censorship. There's a reason that freedom of speech is our FIRST Amendment. There's a lot of debate on the Second. I have my point of view (and it hovers around the words "well-regulated militia") but that's another rant.

The Dixie Chicks, aside from being an AWESOME band, have had their share of the unfortunate end of the stick being know the metaphor, I think. Now, the real horror: read then watch this.

It's bad enough that our president doesn't get it. It's FAR FAR WORSE that NBC doesn't. Remember WE pay for their airwave license. It's appalling that they don't give free air time to politicians (so the little guys might have a shot) but now that they're censoring something critical of CENSORSHIP!?!?! You've gotta be kidding me.

I like the first comment to this post: "Anyone who still talks about “the liberal media” should be sterilized. They are clearly too stupid to breed."

And better yet is the second: “To announce there must be no criticism of the President, and to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, it is morally treasonous to the American public.”
– President Theodore Roosevelt

I love it when past presidents can make my case for me so nicely.

And Off Rant:
I'm homesick.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


some update pics

The Faroese dyed:

The Faroese drying:

I think I'm going to overdye it with a very weak black/grey solution to try to mitigate some of the brightness. This IS what I was going for, but it didn't bleed/blend as well as the test strip I made.

The front of Jim's baby sweater:

And the glorious back:

That ugly carpet is courtesy of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport.

I got the pattern here, but had to play with it a bit to get it to fit the baby sweater.

Monday, October 23, 2006

A sign who's time has come

My DH sent me this link. Too good not to share.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Shawl: Pre Dye

The Shawl!

The skull sweater!

The Night Blooming Cirrus (which only blooms once a year and is gone by noon)!

Monday, October 09, 2006

What Kind of Yarn Are YOU?

What kind of yarn are you?

You are Mohair.You are a warm and fuzzy type who works well with others, doing your share without being too weighty. You can be stubborn and absolutely refuse to change your position once it is set, but that's okay since you are good at covering up your mistakes.
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And beyond the goofy quizzes, I've been finishing things at a remarkable rate for someone who doesn't have much knitting time. I finished the Faroese (whoo hoo!). Now I have to dye it. And, the cool thing is that the lump of goo that I knit
now takes up an entire twin bed. YEAH!

Then I finished socks for Thing One. And am 1/2 way through a sock for me (no really) a Pomotomus sock (love Knitty!).

Thursday, October 05, 2006