November 30, 2004
Hey! Kid! Hey Kid! Who dressed you this morning?
"I crush your precocious little head! Crush crush crush!"
Anybody else miss The Kids in the Hall?
Here's another view of the boxy fingerless mitts.
Boxy because I blocked them on a plastic kids cup saved from Houlihan's.
November 29, 2004
After a long break, this is all I got.
Playing along...89 things about me that you didn't know you wanted to know and may not really want to know anyway!
Posted by Leigh at 11:29 AM
November 19, 2004
Don't put all your yarn balls in the same basket.
I have a feeling I will be asking myself quite soon, "Just how many Fair Isle mittens* do I need?"
November 17, 2004
Regia Mini Ringel Yarn in Greens and Blues
So, that's one. You know what comes next. Cross your toes for Sock No. Two.
I tried the afterthought heel on this sock. It was fun, but it is puckery/pointy at the ends where I kitchenered the stitches together (7 on 7).
This isn't normal is it?
November 15, 2004
Fa, Fe, FI, FO, fum!
After knitting Widdicombe Faire, I decided I'd had enough Fair Isle knitting to last me awhile.
A long while.
But we're coming up on 2 years now of no FI FOs and I figured if George Bush can get elected again, I can try Fair Isle again.
Maybe my tension would improve. That's always been my problem. Puckery tight knitting.
So, I decided to follow the rules I gleaned off other knitting sites about which hand carries the background yarn and which the pattern yarn. (Left=pattern, Right=background. Be consistent!) The reason the pattern yarn is in the left is because these stitches seem to be made looser, and thus, pop more. The background stitches knitted with the right hand are tighter.
Now I know that part of my big problem was that I always always switched the yarn with the most stitches in a row to my left hand, because I prefer to knit Continentally. So, some pattern stitches were tight and some loose.
Here is my most recent attempt at FI:
Medallions in Aurora from Knitting Fair Isle Mittens & Gloves by Carol Rasmussen Noble
Yarn is Hebridean 2-ply in Red Deer, Poppy, Red Rattle and Machair. (In retrospect-- wouldn't have used the machair in middle of design.)
It seems like a good stiff blocking make the stitches even more even. I think I'm addicted! But gosh are there a ton of ends to weave in (33 total--I counted)
November 08, 2004
November 05, 2004
I don't feel like knitting!
"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius. " Pietro Aretino
"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show." Andrew Wyeth
I am coming to the conclusion that I have taken my easy life in America for granted. My civil rights are threatened. Bigotry is masquerading as moral values. Christian fundamentalists are eroding not only the true meaning of Christianity but encroaching on the separation of church and state.
I am bitter!
I am pissed off!
But this can be good. It galvanizes me to get involved and do something. America was built on conflict and revolution and I'm ready to do my part. I appreciate what America can truly be now because of what it currently is not and because of what I remember it to have been.
"Well aware that the opinions and belief of men depend not on their own will, but follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds; that Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making it altogether insusceptible to restraint; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments, or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do, but to extend it by its influence on reason alone; that the impious presumption of legislators and rulers, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who, being themselves but fallible and uninspired men, have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavoring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world and through all time: That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical; ... that our civil rights have no dependance on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry; ... that the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition of their ill tendency is a dangerous falacy [sic], which at once destroys all religious liberty ... ; and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself; that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them. We the General Assembly of Virginia do enact that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burdened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities ... "
November 04, 2004
Definition: [n] a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
[n] a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets
[adj] tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
[adj] showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
[adj] having political or social views favoring reform and progress
Not such a bad word now, is it?
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