Tuesday, July 31, 2012

An Open Letter to America

I am a very PROUD American! I love our country. I love that people from all over the world have come here, penniless and built families and communities here. I love our spirit and the diversity of our people. But I'm frustrated. I'm frustrated with what our political system has become. I'm a very proud Democrat. I have always been and will always be, just because the largest part of my views align with that party. I do not vote along party lines. And I do not defend things within my party that I feel are wrong for the sake of the party. I have many Republican friends/family who feel the same way about their party. What I am frustrated with is this complete lack of respect. It used to be that both parties would essentially disagree (that's why there is more than one party), but would work together in the interest of the American people to COMPROMISE. In my opinion, neither party is doing that at the moment. And if you are really honest with yourself, you'll admit, no matter what party you affiliate with, that the parties aren't communicating and cooperating. Please do not comment below blaming one party over another. It's both. It really is. They bicker to be top dog on the hill at the expense (literally) of our taxpayers. This country was founded by men who did not want what England had - uncompromising leadership who pushed their views on you. They wanted everyone to live their lives as they choose - and for all to be EQUAL under the law. We have politicians on both sides legislating personal beliefs so that people have no choice. Women have no choice in states likes AZ, GA, and Kansas, where they can legally be lied to and beaten. In NYC, women will be made to feel like criminals for asking for formula for their babies. All over the country, men and women are being denied the right to marry under the law because other people don't like their lifestyle. I'm fed up. Our country has become a country of bickering extremists. Over the past month, I couldn't even agree with my GOP counterparts on certain issues without being attacked anyway. Why does everything have to be us vs. them? Why is every statement an opportunity to put down the other party? Just in the last week, I have been called a "Libtard" and brainless because my party affiliation is different from someone else's. I've been called a communist, a nazi, a socialist, and a fascist because my party affiliation disagrees with the other party. And my party calls the other names too. Is this the best we can do, America? Is our best really to throw temper tantrums and resort to name calling? Is our best to threaten to shut down gov't when we don't get our way? Or to revisit the same legislation 30+ times at a huge financial expense? Is our best verbally assaulting each other on the house and senate floors or in ad campaigns? Is our best always arguing the talking points of our party, rather than trying to understand the other party? Like I said, both parties are guilty of this and I'm fed up. Let's get back to basics. Compromise. Communication. Helping one another. Respect. Equality.  Let's remove special interest from our government altogether.  Let's work together and bring back a country united, not divided.  Let's stop all of the hate and start to appreciate each others' points of view, even if we disagree.  Let's stop the spin.  Let's be a shining example for the world over.  Let's lead by example!



Monday, July 30, 2012

Yarn Yummies

I just got some yummies recently!  So here goes:

I was able to get my hands on some Wollmeise during their update 2 Fridays ago.  All of the skeins are Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin.  The colorways are (left to right): Teddy, Schwefel, Koralle, Grashupfer, and Vamp.  Wollmeise also sent a sample of their wool wash: Wollmeisenbad.

While at WEBS on Thursday, I picked up some goodies: I got 2 balls of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in (left - right) Fuschsienbeet and Frische Fische. I also picked up a ball of Freia Ombre Lace in Melon colorway.

Finally, my July, 2012 Into the Whirled Club shipment came.  It's Ulundi Sock (100% Merino) in Captain Tightpants colorway.

Now to figure out what I'm going to do with these pretties!


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Miss Babs!

If you're heading to STITCHES Midwest in Aug., or any of the fiber festivals that the fabulous Miss Babs will host a booth at - be sure to pop over to her booth!  She'll be selling my Crosswords at the Coffee Shop shawl pattern alongside her gorgeous yarn!!!

BTW, I will definitely be at New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY on Saturday, Oct. 20th!  If you have a copy of my pattern & would like me to sign it - just find me and I'll be happy to oblige! (I should be wearing a pin with my Rav name on it!)



Monday, July 23, 2012

On The Needles: Lazy Katy

So I cast on Lazy Katy by Birgit Freyer today in Noro Taiyo Sock yarn, colorway #3 on US Size 8 needles. So far, the pattern is extremely easy and terrific mindless knitting.  What's concerning me a tad is all of the comments from knitters who've knit it, who've had trouble with the edging.  Luckily, there is a terrific YouTube video out there explaining the crochet BO, but I see a lot of knitters also had trouble with the stitch/row counts and picking up the stitches to begin the edging.  So I'm going to whip through the body of the shawl and hope it all clicks when I get to the edging.

If you've knit Lazy Katy and have some hints, tips, or links to tips - please, please share! :)


Off the Needles: Garter Hug

I finally finished my Garter Hug (by Shannon Squire) shawl!  This was a simple and mindless knit.  It was exactly what I needed during all of the chaos of moving!  I used Freia Handpaints - Freia Ombre Lace yarn in Grapevine colorway on US size 4 needles.  As you can see, it's finished but not blocked.  (I still haven't unpacked my blocking mats, T-pins, or wool wash.)


Thursday, July 19, 2012

YouTube Find: Pick Up Dropped Stitch in Garter St

I absolutely ADORE garter st.  In fact, I'm knitting a Garter Hug right now because it's terrific mindless knitting.  The only problem?  I dropped 3 stitches off my needle when I got out of bed and accidentally dragged my project with me down the hallway.  :(  If there's one thing I loathe, it's picking up dropped stitches in garter st.  So, I actually tinked back 4 rows.  Blech!  It was then I decided that I would try to re-learn to pick up dropped stitches in garter fabric.  As luck has it, this video shows just how easy it is!  No more ripping or tinking!  If you like the video, pop over to YouTube and let the creator of the video know how much you enjoyed it!


The Vermont Sessions

Well, after months of preparation, we are finally settling in in Vermont!  It was a lot of work to get here, but so worth it!!  We're currently in a short term rental, waiting for our long term lease house to be available next month.  We aren't sure we want to buy a house because in this economy, you've got to go where the jobs are.  And although we adore Vermont and hope to retire here, we don't know if we want to be saddled with another house yet.  Our next house has a chef's kitchen and a pool!  SO, SO excited about that.  I think knitting poolside will suit me!!

Meanwhile, I want to thank all of the knitters, crocheters, and fiber artists in SE Vermont, SW New Hampshire, and Northern Mass. who've reached out to me!  I cannot wait to meet you all once the kiddos head back to school! I also want to say how much we are enjoying life in Vermont! The people here are so incredibly friendly, down-to-earth, artsy, creative, and laid back.  There's literally not been one night since moving in that we've not had company!  DH has made a few friends already and I am making fiber friends.  The kids are set to start in very good schools and will soon be making oodles of friends.  Which reminds me - Vermont is ranked #1 in the country for disability services!  And there is a small and wonderful autism school here in town that we're trying to get DS into!!  This move has been made painless because of the wonderful town and people in it.

While I've just re-picked up my knitting, I look forward to getting in some knitting time, blogging, and podcasting again once the kiddos start school.  Right now, the kids and I are enjoying exploring the area and the rest of summer break!!

'Hope you're all having a terrific summer!  We'll talk again soon!!! :)

The picture below is the view from our long term lease house's front door - the mountains and New Hampshire!  It's just absolutely gorgeous!!!

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