April 28th, 2006
The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is coming up soon, and I’m really looking forward to it.
I’m so working on my shopping list! One thing I’ll definately be looking for is Koigu KPPPM. I love that yarn! I’m toying with the idea of making the Charlotte’s Web shawl as a Christmas gift for someone, so I recently bought several skeins of Koigu KPPPM in blues and purples. I’ll be looking for some additional colors to add to the shawl. I seem to recall seeing some KPPPM once that was all dark red and burgundy tones — I’ll be keeping my eye out for that as well. I’m being drawn to orange and red tones more and more these days.
I’m also going to be looking for sock yarn. A few years ago, my Mom gave me a very healthy supply of sock yarns for Christmas. They were all Opal self-patterning fair isle– which I really enjoyed knitting with. But I’m a bit tired of that sort of thing, and I’d like to start making socks with more interesting stitch patterns, so I’m going to be looking for some different sorts of sock yarns, perhaps some almost-solids or some hand-painted variagated yarns, or even some self-patterning yarns that aren’t fair isles!
And finally, I made the Baltic Sea Stole last summer, and I really enjoyed it — so I’m going to be on the look-out for some fingering-weight yarns to make a few more wraps or shawls for myself. In any kind of yarn, I usually shy away from solid colors — I like yarns that are a bit tweedy, and if variagated, with long repeats. So I’m going to be on the look out for something cool for a new shawl.
I’m going to Sheep and Wool with some members of my Stitch ‘n Bitch — one of our members thoughtfully created a helpful list of tips for attending the festival. It’s gonna be a great time!
April 24th, 2006
I just joined a knitters tea swap — yay! There’s a pretty button for it over in the right sidebar.
April 21st, 2006
Some have noted the lack of current events topics here lately. The truth is that I simply haven’t had the stomach for it. I am reconsidering what I’m doing with BtW, and you may see comment on more current items here soon.
This post is really just to let those who’ve noted that I’m still pondering their comments and thoughts. I haven’t forgotten.
April 18th, 2006
I’ve been putting a lot of links about Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (a polygamous Mormon sect), over in the right-hand “quick links” sidebar. This article from the Great Falls tribune is a good summary of the situation and the charges against Jeffs.
This isn’t about religion, and it’s not about the sexual mores of such groups. I don’t care who people have sex with, or how they organize their family lives. This case is about child and domestic abuse. It’s about a group of people who break the law in ways that cost the states they live in a lot of money (they don’t pay taxes, but they do get welfare and other forms of state support). And that’s not right.
April 14th, 2006
It was pointed out to me that yesterday’s entry didn’t make a lot of sense. What I meant to say was that I like all the songs on the list, but that I am embarrassed about liking one of them. D’oh!
April 13th, 2006
I haven’t shared a workout playlist lately, so here’s this morning’s:
Mysterious in Black, The Mendoza Line
Just Another Day, Oingo Boingo
Low Rider, War
Debbie, The B-52s
Freedom of Choice, Devo
My Sharona, Knack
Crocodile Rock, Elton John
88 Lines About 44 Women, The Nails
Mickey, Toni Basil
Vasoline, Stone Temple Pilots
I’m embarassed about liking one — and only one — song on this list. Can you guess which one?
April 12th, 2006
This column about sexism at Slashdot left me musing about the idea cultural evolution — is there a counterpart? a sort of cultural creationsim that argues that god made our culture the way it is and efforts to change it are therefore immoral and wrong? I suspect this is a close companion to the kind of creationism that we more commonly hear about — and in fact, that it might not be news to anyone but me. But it’s interesting to think about nonetheless — exactly how much of the world do Christian conservatives see as pre-ordained?
April 10th, 2006
I’m putting this book on my “to read” list: The Cutter Incident: How America