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Senator Byrd hits another one out of the park

Read this and be educated
Regarding the situation in Iraq, it appears to this Senator that the American people may have been lured into accepting the unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation, in violation of long-standing International law, under false premises. There is ample evidence that the horrific events of September 11 have been carefully manipulated to switch public focus from Osama Bin Laden and Al Queda who masterminded the September 11th attacks, to Saddam Hussein who did not. The run up to our invasion of Iraq featured the President and members of his cabinet invoking every frightening image they could conjure, from mushroom clouds, to buried caches of germ warfare, to drones poised to deliver germ laden death in our major cities. We were treated to a heavy dose of overstatement concerning Saddam Hussein's direct threat to our freedoms. The tactic was guaranteed to provoke a sure reaction from a nation still suffering from a combination of post traumatic stress and justifiable anger after the attacks of 911. It was the exploitation of fear. It was a placebo for the anger.
The Administration assured the U.S. public and the world, over and over again, that an attack was necessary to protect our people and the world from terrorism. It assiduously worked to alarm the public and blur the faces of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden until they virtually became one.

What has become painfully clear in the aftermath of war is that Iraq was no immediate threat to the U.S. Ravaged by years of sanctions, Iraq did not even lift an airplane against us. Iraq's threatening death-dealing fleet of unmanned drones about which we heard so much morphed into one prototype made of plywood and string. Their missiles proved to be outdated and of limited range. Their army was quickly overwhelmed by our technology and our well trained troops.
What makes me cringe even more is the continued claim that we are "liberators." The facts don't seem to support the label we have so euphemistically attached to ourselves. True, we have unseated a brutal, despicable despot, but "liberation" implies the follow up of freedom, self-determination and a better life for the common people. In fact, if the situation in Iraq is the result of "liberation," we may have set the cause of freedom back 200 years.

:: Liz 5/22/2003 11:18:00 AM[+]

On Design 3

I am not designing in a vacumn. One of my closest friends in the world - Robyn - is also my long time knitting partner. We have different skills and likes, but we both really respect each other's knitting.

Last night I met her at the knitting meetup (more about that later). We both looked at the graphs and the swatch. I need to elongate parts of my central motif in order to get better color seperation. We both agreed on it - so before I knit another stitch - I have to regraph and do this. I also think that this time I will graph it in color. I have a much better idea of the clors now. I have to figure out a way to cut down on the leaf green and put a lot more of the dark greens in.

The knitting meetup was fun. Two other people besides robyn and myself. One of them was a new knitter who is scared of not following directions. She is also having tendonitis problems. I showed her how I slow down the tendonitis - taught her how to throw while knitting continental. She had a kids sweater without an error. Not bad at all. A friend of hers also came. She was test-knitting a pattern she seems to hate. I didn't talk as much to her.

So, I will spend the rest of the day doing my blogging (if blogspot behaves), regraphing, and possibly swatching some more. I *SHOULD* go grocery shopping but I would rather watch the Emily's List candidate forum. Tomorrow I take morgen to Yarns International.

:: Liz 5/22/2003 09:26:00 AM[+]

:: Liz 5/22/2003 09:18:00 AM[+]

On Design 2

Last week I came up with a design for a panel fair-isle. Something that would look good on somebody with a shape like mine (let us just say that I am ample). This means a fair-isle where the vertical element is more important than the horizontal element think of an aran setup for a fair-isle. I charted part of it friday, charted the rest over the weekend - started knitting a huge swatch on Saturday night.

By Sunday I discovered that the design was not going to work in just 4 pattern colors (I needed another contrast). I also discovered that the color I had ordered for my background would not work with one of the pattern colors. So I went back to the store (Yarns International) today and found another yarn that is almost exactly the same without the yellow-green tweeding. This will be used behind the leaf green and the yellow. Too much subtlety just doesn't work. I cut down my special order to less yarn and brought home what they had of the beige. This means that I can actually start the sweater without worrying about dye lot as soon as the swatch is finalized.

I also reworked the pattern. I had a lot of dicing in this pattern. The colors just didn't jump out in the dicing. The new pattern doesn't have much dicing - I am not sure if will have any. I also totally changed one pattern so that what had been the lines in pattern color became the lines in background color.

I am going to start knitting up this swatch in about 5 minutes and see just how well it works. This is a swatch - I can make mistakes. I want the sweater to be perfect - or at least perfect enough so that people will want to buy the pattern.

I am not sure just what the color sequence is going to be, I am not sure what I will use for fill on the sides (I need to have additional patterns for different sizes), but I will have some idea how it will knit up.

Wish me luck. I am psyched.

:: Liz 5/19/2003 06:40:00 PM[+]

Big day at the soup kitchen

Morgen's shawl is on the blocking board (yah I have a dedicated blocking board - but a bunch of us share it).

The blocking wires were WITH the blocking board - so life was good. The errors showed up - but it is a damn good try for a kid doing her first lace. I am so proud of her that it is hard to keep from crowing. This was her first commission, her first shawl and her first lace (talk about a big bite for her to chew). It is knit in indecita alpaca. She didn't have any joins because she used it from a cone.

Morgen was pretty amazed at how it blocked out. She wasn't happy with the unblocked shawl....she now knows that you STRETCH lace.

I got the first chart out for the fair-isle - enough to do a real swatch. I need to swatch the entire pattern - this is going to be a HUGE swatch - I am doing it in the round on a 24" needle. It has been awhile since I did a fair-isle - so this will get me to remember my technique. I am ALWAYS too loose on J&S - I am probably going to have to go down to a #2 needle - and some people will still prefer it tighter. If the swatch washes to where I want it - I will be happy.

The fair-isle is going to be a panel fair-isle in greens and yellow on rye. In my mind's eye it is still in purples on ice-blue - but I couldn't find the colors. If it turns out as well as I envision I will do a second colorway in a dk if I can find a dk or sportweight with the colors in my head.

:: Liz 5/18/2003 01:16:00 PM[+]

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