Monthly Archives: September 2008

Airplane Knitting

My elderly Uncle Bobby was hospitalized with advanced metastatic cancer a week ago, and died last Friday. On Saturday I flew to Florida where he had lived. He was cognitively impaired (I’m not trying to be coy – the specific diagnosis is unclear) and lived with a guardian. I spent several not-so-fun days going from one bleak task to the next. Thank goodness for the soothing colors of the scarf I’m working on!
I got back last night or more accurately early this morning. * Yawn *

Lacy Mystery is Starkers

Am I the only one who thinks this KAL has become a little crazy-crazy?
I sent $10.00 months and months ago.
At this point I don’t even care about the pattern, much less the KAL.
It’s all kind of absurd. Not meaning to sound callous, and
truly, I have no idea what the tragic disaster was —
car wreck? divorce? theft? computer crises?

But, whatevs. No tragedy, not even your whole family being wiped out,
would keep a person from walking to Kinko’s, paying for an hour of computer time,
and emailing the ding-danged pattern.

I only read this because the drama queen aspect makes me laugh.
Yeah, I know this will inspire a new round of “How cruel people are!!”

Again, I have no clue what the author’s circumstances are.
However, wouldn’t you have either (1) sent the pattern, or (2) returned the money, or (3) apologized for not being able to do either, like MONTHS ago? If it were you? I sure would have.

Needed – Pattern for Kitty-Cat Theme Bookmark

So, I joined a swap wherein you send your swapee
(1) a mystery that includes a cat;
(2) a knitted or crocheted kitty toy, and;
(3) a bookmark.

I’ve got the book and the toy.
I’d like to knit a cat themed bookmark.
I need ideas.

Oh, I know – a contest!
Whatever idea I use, that person will get a bookmark too!

Teeny Tiny Itsy Bitsy Knitsy

Miniature Knitting is an amazing, weird,
and curiously fascinating enterprise.

One of the most incredible practitioners is Althea Crome.
Here is her website, Bugknits

Excerpt From Sam Harris Column

By Sam Harris | NEWSWEEK
Published Sep 20, 2008
From the magazine issue dated Sep 29, 2008

The point to be lamented is not that Sarah Palin comes from outside Washington, or that she has glimpsed so little of the earth’s surface (she didn’t have a passport until last year), or that she’s never met a foreign head of state. The point is that she comes to us, seeking the second most important job in the world, without any intellectual training relevant to the challenges and responsibilities that await her. There is nothing to suggest that she even sees a role for careful analysis or a deep understanding of world events when it comes to deciding the fate of a nation. In her interview with Gibson, Palin managed to turn a joke about seeing Russia from her window into a straight-faced claim that Alaska’s geographical proximity to Russia gave her some essential foreign-policy experience. Palin may be a perfectly wonderful person, a loving mother and a great American success story—but she is a beauty queen/sports reporter who stumbled into small-town politics, and who is now on the verge of stumbling into, or upon, world history.

The problem, as far as our political process is concerned, is that half the electorate revels in Palin’s lack of intellectual qualifications. When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country. “They think they’re better than you!” is the refrain that (highly competent and cynical) Republican strategists have set loose among the crowd, and the crowd has grown drunk on it once again. “Sarah Palin is an ordinary person!” Yes, all too ordinary.

We have all now witnessed apparently sentient human beings, once provoked by a reporter’s microphone, saying things like, “I’m voting for Sarah because she’s a mom. She knows what it’s like to be a mom.” Such sentiments suggest an uncanny (and, one fears, especially American) detachment from the real problems of today. The next administration must immediately confront issues like nuclear proliferation, ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and covert wars elsewhere), global climate change, a convulsing economy, Russian belligerence, the rise of China, emerging epidemics, Islamism on a hundred fronts, a defunct United Nations, the deterioration of American schools, failures of energy, infrastructure and Internet security … the list is long, and Sarah Palin does not seem competent even to rank these items in order of importance, much less address any one of them.

Shhh – Entralac Scarf in Progress

I’ve got it – by Jove, I’ve got it!
Photos to follow if I ever don’t have to work again.
She said pitifully.
Back to working on the weekend . . .

Yes oh yes Wonkette

What they said:

“Is This Tomorrow?”