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Because I couldn't resist

Cool granny
You are a masterful knitter! I don't know how you
got this result, but what the hell... Enjoy
your title, and try selling some of your
"unvented" patterns- you may make
enough for that bundle of qiviut you've been
drooling over...

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:: Liz 6/27/2003 09:28:00 PM[+]

Feeling good about things

A friend from NY visited today. She wanted to explore local yarn shops so I took her to Uniquities. There was a bag of yarn I wanted there that I DIDN'T BUY. At least I know what will be the base of the next sweater (an aran in a lighter weight wool). I am going to use Nature's Pride - it comes in a whole lot of nice colors and it is NOT A SINGLE. I loved some silk/merino they had there in a moss green - but they didn't have enough for a sweater and it is moss green. They also said there won't be any more of it - another beautiful, discontinued line. Of course - they had plenty of ribbon. Why doesn't somebody discontinue some of the ribbon lines and bring us back silk/merino and Germantown.

Sarah saw the swatches for the gaia sweater and swatched some yarn I had while I was working on the ribbing - ribbing is now at least half done. She is another ample (very ample) woman. She said she would buy a book if I put one out. I was just thinking of 4 sweaters to start.

I will work on the afghan on the way to the wedding tomorrow. I am not about to work on the sweater while talking to people. Too complicated as soon as I finish the ribbing.

:: Liz 6/27/2003 08:45:00 PM[+]

I am knitting

Knitting and reading Harry Potter. Morgen and mg gave it to me at 10 pm. It is now 5:30 the next day - and even though I was doing other things - I am still almost 700 pages into it. Some people say I read fast.

Still managed to get a whole bunch of ribbing knit. I cast on with a long needle because I hate the twisting junk. I am not sure if I like long needles for long term knitting. Yes, there is less of a chance of my 360 odd stitches to fall off the needles, but I have to keep pushing the knitting to where I want it to go. I might stay with the needle until I finish the ribbing though.

Have I mentioned how much I detest knitting k2/p2 ribbing? Or how much I detest knitting corrugatted ribbing? I am using both. I ripped and decided to do it right. I have now cast this beast on for the last time. I will put a picture of the ribbing up as soon as I get it finished - so that people can see the colors at least.

I am not doing a whole bunch of knitting - HP has my attention right now, and refinancing the house and getting new car insurance. There are some good things to be said for being old enough to join AARP.

Be sure to read the story preceding this. It lets you know just how humanitarian we are being.

:: Liz 6/26/2003 02:45:00 PM[+]

This soldier has guts

Burned Iraqi Children Turned Away
On a scorching afternoon, while on duty at an Army airfield, Sgt. David J. Borell was approached by an Iraqi who pleaded for help for his three children, burned when they set fire to a bag containing explosive powder left over from war in Iraq.

Borell immediately called for assistance. But the two Army doctors who arrived about an hour later refused to help the children because their injuries were not life-threatening and had not been inflicted by U.S. troops.

Now the two girls and a boy are covered with scabs and the boy cannot use his right leg. And Borell is shattered.

"I have never seen in almost 14 years of Army experience anything that callous," said Borell, who recounted the June 13 incident to The Associated Press.

A U.S. military spokesman said the children's condition did not fall into a category that requires Army physicians to treat them - and that there was no inappropriate response on the part of the doctors.

:: Liz 6/26/2003 02:40:00 PM[+]

Back on Track

I bought the only small 45" needle I could find at Uniquities. I wanted a 2.25 - I got a 2 mm. I hadn't realized how off Addi's were on sizing.

I am now casting on the sweater for the nth time. I know, this is ridiculous - but I was having major problems with twisted rows. The last cast on would have worked, but I just didn't like it. If I am going to put this much trouble into a sweater - at least the ribbing can be perfect.

I feel better knowing that I am doing it right.

In other news --

I went to the Howard Dean thing last night and voted in the primary today. Do I love Howard Dean? The answer has to be no. But I like the idea of a president who has most of the right ideas, who is a politician and who can speak in complete sentences and thoughts. I also like Dennis Kucinich, but I just can't vote for him, not sure why. Maybe it is that he is a vegan. Something about him reminds me too much of Nader, and I still detest Nader.

Kerry is still up there for me, but I still prefer Dean.

:: Liz 6/24/2003 01:06:00 PM[+]

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