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We went to a Precinct meet & greet this afternoon. I was apalled! Our local democratic candidates didn't know about They have never used the ACLU or People for the American Way sites. At least one of them hadn't figured out that you couldn't write-in two candidates on our voting machines.

I want to see what I can do to get the local dem party talking again to the greens and the semi-radical left. We HAVE to get together again. I would love to see the local dems talking to the witches and bifem.

Knitting content -- I have the body of the entrelac sweater to the pits. I am stopping here. I am hoping to get some input from other people. If I don't have anything in a week - I have a couple of ideas.

I think that I want to design a panel fair-isle - they are a bitch to design - but I want to publish something that actually looks good on those of us with ample bodies. Fair isle the way it is done to day just is too horizontal for most of us. I think it will be done in cream and shades of blue - or maybe light blue background with purples for the patterns. mmm, that sounds good.

We have the stuff here to sell silver jump rings now. Morgen and I just need to spend some time packaging and making the safety pins.

:: Liz 5/10/2003 04:25:00 PM[+]

:: Liz 5/09/2003 07:46:00 AM[+]

Off of the Knit List

I couldn't handle the garbage to signal ratio. I am staying on a bunch of the more technical lists (although KBTH and socknitters might go soon). I don't have time to try and hold people's hands. There is some good stuff there, I just don't have the time to search it out and it was getting in my way.

I actually got some knitting done. Working on the entrelac sweater. I am STILL not sure how I am going to handle the neckline and the sleeves. The neckline is a lot easier than the sleeves. I just don't want to do it with drop sleeves, and these are LARGE squares. I am considering binding off and then knitting down using mitred techniques. I also worked on morgen's socks at a party - the short rows did the trick.

I need to get paypal up, and then I will happily start selling knitting markers. My shipment came in. I have to figure out just what I want to do.

I need about 5 more awake hours in every day.

:: Liz 5/08/2003 09:53:00 AM[+]

DJs Suspended For Playing Dixie Chicks

Screw Clear Channel
This is from billboard (without permission)

Colorado Springs, Colo.-based country station KKCS has suspended two disc jockeys for playing the Dixie Chicks, violating a ban imposed after the group criticized President Bush. In March, lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience she was "ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas."

:: Liz 5/06/2003 10:03:00 AM[+]


I think I am either going to have to go to the doctor or stop knitting totally for a short while. I hate excema. Of course, there are good things to be said about not being able to knit. I can catch up on my software projects. I can play with the cats. I can clean the house (nah - that is going too damn far). I can reorganize the wool room? I can make jewelry (unless silver causes another flare up).

I still don't know what causes the rashes - but my fucking fingers are splitting. Various dermatologists and doctors have always said things like "we don't know what is causing your rash". So, we are all in agreement!!!

I have at least 4 books I want to read, a blog to get uptodate, a major program to write and a jewelry business I have been neglecting. I will take this as a sign from the goddess.

This doesn't mean I will stop blogging - it just means about a week of not blogging about knitting. I will still continue to gift you all with my wit and dedication to the finger things in life. Sometimes I think I need emoticons in order to get my wit across, but then I figure - nah.

:: Liz 5/06/2003 08:01:00 AM[+]

I was considering posting directions for the lace socks I made for morgen. But now I am not sure. I added a bunch of shortrows to the top heel flap because they simply weren't going to fit her any other way. Not rocket science, but I am not sure that I want to explain how to shortrow lace (even an easy lace) to net knitters.

Actually, the socks aren't finished, and I don't know if they will be finished soon. The problem with only having the girl weekends during the school year is (among other ones) that I can only get her to try on things Friday night through Sunday night. And these socks are rather strangely shaped....socks for a person with cubical feet.

The lace does look gorgeous, so I might come up with a simpler pattern using this lace (and probably with a shortrow heel) and put it on the net. There are only two rows of lace pattern (a four row lace) but it just works beautifully in a sock. And, wonders of wonders, the pattern comes from a 70's McCalls knitting/crocheting special instead of Barbara Walker. There is a lace somewhat like it in Barbara Walker, but complicated a bit. Also, this lace fits beautifully on a sock. Really girly-girl.

Morgen is knitting much too loosely on dpns. I have to figure out how to get her to tighten up. Anybody have hints on how to teach somebody to tighten up? I don't have any 0's for her to use, and I know she would stab herself with 00's.

I am probably moving the blog to my new server sometime this week. I will have a real server on multiple t-1 lines to play with. This will probably keep me from doing too much knitting for a short time - I am considering putting moveable type on the server. AskMamaLiz might stay here, but the other blogs will definetly move. I will be spending a lot of time on the political blog as a number of people seem to think it is useful.

Somebody on the ample knitters list wants me to refrain from using my sig file. The sig I use on that list is a quote from John Stuart Mill. How much more establishment philosopher can I quote from? I guess I could go back Ben Franklin or Teddy Roosevelt, but I bet she would object to them also.

I am pulling the pele sweater out and knitting on it instead of doing socks (at least until the weekend). I hope to get some pictures of it (and the yarn pile for it) up soon.

:: Liz 5/05/2003 06:28:00 PM[+]

I want one so bad I can taste it

A new handheld for people with bad handwriting.
But the company's new Tungsten C, which goes on sale worldwide today, is at last a Palm for Webheads who can't write. More important than the 400 MHz Intel CPU inside (my last PC wasn't that fast), the lower end of its faceplace sports a tiny thumb keyboard akin to the Blackberry PDAs toted by Unix systems administrators, Silicon Valley capitalists, and Capitol Hill staffers. You can still use a stylus if you want, but why bother? After years of frustration with Graffiti, learning to thumb a one-eighth scale keyboard—punctuated with an occasional stab of the stylus—took about 30 seconds. It felt like mastering the Matrix.

:: Liz 5/05/2003 05:44:00 PM[+]

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