Wednesday, January 30, 2008

- Comcast SUCKS booty

I can't stand my cable company. They have a DVR product that doesn't work. I've had 4 in less than 3 months and none of them work worth a damn. I've had to take time off of work to get them replaced, and all they say is, "Oh, that's too bad, I understand your frustration. They usually work."

Ok, if they usually work that's great and all, but is my house the DVR death valley or what? They work until I get a hold of them, then they SUCK!!!!! To top it off they keep you on hold for 45 minutes. Ok, I'm already pissed off that you have equipment that doesn't do what you say it does, now you're going to force me to listen to that stupid ass recording that says (In a sickly sweet insincere voice) "We value your business. The next available representative will be with you shortly. Thank you for waiting." AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!!! By the time the "next representative" gets to me, I am spitting nails, and ready to ream them so hard their unborn children will still feel the shock waves of my irritation and disgust.

I am so frustrated with companies that have horrible customer service.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

- I HAVE TO MAKE THIS.....OR THIS

Ok, so hats have been my latest obsession, but I think that is soon to change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am now finding myself fantasizing about aran knitting! Making an aran blanket and draping it artfully over the sofa. Then when people come over and say, "Oh, that's beautiful! Where did you get it?" I can say (as though it's no big deal) "Oh, that 'ol thing? Oh, I made that."

The artful drap over the sofa will be so it looks as though it was used to cover someone, keep them nice and toasty....but in reality just having it drapped, and if FH or anyone else goes near it yelling "Get away from that, it's for show! That's not for you!"

Anywoooooo, here are the two patterns I'm drooling over.

Great American Aran Afghan <---- pictures Amazon listing

AND

Burridge Lake Aran Afghan <---This one is free

Now I have an aversion to paying for patterns. Likely because I'm cheap (YUP, I said it I'm CHEAP!!!! And damn proud of it). But the Great American Aran is worth it.....it's just beeeeaaautiful!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

- Knitters UNITE!! Save Knitty Gritty!!!

I would like to urge all knitters who watch Knitty Gritty (on the DIY and HG Networks) to sign this petition!!!! I'm lucky I have DVR, but let's band together and save Knitty Gritty!!!!

Friday, January 18, 2008

- Randomness (cause it's my blog that's why)

Below you will see a chart of how many people have visited my little blog since I started tracking it. (If you click on the image it will get big enough to read), I just thought it was interesting!

This is information for the past month (Dec 18, '07 to Jan 18, '08)


And this is where I'm going to be getting married!


I got my wedding dress, and it is perfect, I love it sooooo much. It's everything I never knew I wanted in a dress. So I haven't posted in a while because I've been busy with work, life, wedding planning and all that jazz. Stick with me, and I'm gonna do my best to post more often.

- What do I post on knitting site?

The following is a copy of my post on a forum that was discussing same sex-marriage. Yup it was on a knitting site, yup knitter discuss things other than knitting, yup we have brains that hold information other than yarn type or needle size. :-)

It's written stream of conscious, so if there are typos/grammatical errors so be it.

Marriage in terms of the government's view is a contract between two people. In the church you are basically entering into a contract as a couple with God.

Now, if getting married in front of a judge is basically affirming to the government that these/those/any two people are entering into a contract (financially, able to make medical decisions, regarding tax status, and the many other legal things that go along with marriage), how can the government deny two consenting adults the right to enter into a contract?

I think that there are two different sides to this argument.

1) Secular
2) Religious

In the secular world, the government should not be able to say "It's because you two have the same danglely bits...that's why you can't enter into a contract with one another" or "It's that both of you lack danglely bits that you can't enter into a contract with one another".....hmmmmmm?!? WHAT?!? In the US at least the separation of church and state should ensure that marriage/civil unions/what ever people call it to make themselves comfortable (thought the definition be the same) be equal across the board.


In the religious world, since that is the domain of the religion, the "head" of that particular church, etc. Let that be up to them. If a church doesn't want to allow a couple to contract/declare their love to/with God, then so be it. That is their right. I don't understand it, because in the end you and your partner's relationship (or lack of) with God is your own. I don't need to have a priest at my dinner table to say grace and give thanks. I don't have to have my priest in my bedroom/car/kitchen/bathroom/grocery shopping with me in order to pray. Church is my outward experience of faith it's how I choose to express my spirituality. But ultimately my relationship and my partner's relationship with God and how our relationship is accepted by God....well that is our own.


Yup it'd be nice to have Christian religions actually "practice what they preach", but not all do. Just as not all other religions do the same. Just like our constitution/Bill of Rights have a lot of pretty wording but have not always been followed or put into practice.


I had this argument/discussion with a friend who is staunchly against same sex marriage. She came to the conclusion over many discussions that she in fact had a religious problem, and not a secular problem.

Friday, January 11, 2008

- Counterpanes and Cats

Who doesn't love counterpanes? Well maybe the average "Jane Public" or "Joe Public" but knitters we aren't the average now are we? I personally love a good counterpane. They are very versatile, knit a lot and make a blanket, knit a few and make a lapghan, knit one and make a dishcloth.

So I thought why not list a few counterpane sites. If anyone who reads this blog (all 5 of you) has any that you'd like to share, then by all means share away.

Megan's Counterpane/Coverlet Square
Shell Counterpane from 1860
Triangular Leaf Counterpane
Yarn Over list of free counterpanes
Justin's crib sized counterpane
Mountain Laurel Crib Counterpane

If you want to buy a book with wonderful counterpane patterns I would seriously suggest this one. Although on Amazon it's listed at $244.00 (as its out of print) I found it on Amazon about 2 years ago for $30. So look around.

Now to cats. My cat to be specific....well one of my two cats.

My cat doesn't go after plastic or yarn but paper. She chews my books, licks the covers of the paperbacks until they have little tongue groves. I came home one day and she was laying on her side with the Kleenex box cradled lovingly in her two front paws.

I watched her carefully pull one piece of Kleenex out of the box at a time and deposit it in a pyramid shaped pile by her head. She finished with the box, stuck her paw in once to be sure she hadn't missed any, then disdainfully kicked the box away from her with her back paws.

She then stood up, and I swear she stared at the pyramid shaped pile while drooling in anticipation for two full minutes. She then dived head first into the pile like she was Uncle Scrooge diving into a swimming pool full of gold coins. She proceeded to tear each and every piece of Kleenex into little dime sized pieces while rolling around and purring.

I can no longer get the newspaper, because she'll chew it, rip it and drool on it.

It's amazing what we'll put up with from 4 legged furry interlopers isn't it. Not only that but we share with other our obsession and stupidity, and they generally understand, then reciprocate with their own silly stories.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

- Only a knitter

OMG, only a knitter would meet Obamam and ask him to hold her WIP (work in progress) sock so that she could take a picture.

Here is a link to her blog.

I also thought I'd share this article with people. Please read it if you have (or know anyone who has) babies and feed them store bought baby food.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

- Who's gonna vote?

Who do you think is going to vote in this election? In the past two elections there was a lot of talk about "the young people are coming out"......and well.....it didn't really happen.

Personally I think it will in this election. I think that the 18-24 year olds are going to come out of the woodwork and vote, vote, vote!!!

Here is my reasoning, I love to know if people agree or disagree:

1) If they are 18-24 they mainly remember Bush as president. He's been in office for 7 years now....so this age group was between 11-17 when he was elected the first time. They first real recollection of politics would be the whole "hanging chad" debate, and "who really won".

2) They would have been between 12-18 when 9/11 happened. That has GOT to shape your vision of the world at that age.

3) They've grown up with a war. They were between 12-18 when we went into Afghanistan, then we moved into Iraq. This is the fist generation that's grown up with war since Vietnam, before that it was Korea. This too has to shape your perceptions of the world and the country.

4) To many of them civil rights is a thing of their grandparents/parents time....but for many of them the marches, the bus boycott was something that their grandparents lived through. So to this upcoming generation, Obama being black, or half black isn't an issue.

5) They've grown up with Bush bashing, with people being "fed up". Fahrenheit 9/11 isn't just a movie, it's become part of the culture.

These kids (I say kids because I'm older, neener neener) have grown up in a very different world than anyone else who is voting. They not only grew up with a war, but grew up able to talk/see/read about what is going on in real time. They have access to blogs written by people from every country in the world. They chat on myspace with anyone...even kids in Iraq. They have grown up with two elections that raised questions in people's minds about the electoral college, and nepotism, and seen an election where "your vote really counted".

The first election they will be able to vote in is historic. There is a black man, a women, and a mormon running, all of whom are legitimate candidates, and are creating a lot of "buzz". They've grown up in a world with meth not weed, cable t.v. not t.v. test patterns or just an antena, you can pause live t.v. with the right equiptment, the internet not snail mail, phones that snap picture and video not pagers or just home phones, they have text messaging, they have wikipedia and many websites have their own wiki portions, they have ebay not swap meets. These kids don't page their friends with 8008 and giggle 'cause they spelled BOOB or 318008 and have their friend turn the pager over and see that it spells BOOBIE, yup I was in junior high when everyone had pagers....oh, back to the really point....

This is a different generation that even the 18-24 year olds that were voting in the last election, and a WAAYY different generation than the 18-24 year olds that voted in the 2000 election. The generation gap is getting wider faster, and this is a group that has a lot more to worry about than the kids who voted in 2004.

Whats different? Quickly and definitely not all inclusive:

1) Iraq and how it's going.
2) Pakestian (yup can't spell)
3) Iran

I'm not gonna guess whose gonna win, I'm not gonna even try. All I'm saying is don't be surprised if this election is different. If the demographic that votes swings in a way it hasn't in generations and generations.

Interesting Wikipedia article on voter turnout.

Total opinion piece but interesting nonetheless.

Fascinating piece on New Hampshire voters.

- Cool or Interesting blogs.

People blog about all kinds of things. I like to write about knitting and family history. Some people blog about mundane things as a way to keep in contact with friends or family, kinda like an ongoing cyber-Christmas card. Here are a few blogs that I find interesting:

Post Secret this blog updates every Sunday, has spawned books, and is a rather interesting commentary on our society and what people fell they can't share with friends or family.

WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier This blog is written by the grandson of a WWI soldier. He basically transcribes the letters sent by his grandfather. They are being posted 90 years from they day they were written. I think this is particularly interesting in respect to all that is going on in the world now.

The Bloggess I've only read this a few times, but I linked to one particular post of hers that is rather funny.

Crazy Aunt Purl she's pretty funny.

Yarn Harlot and just because she's funny and a knitter.....gotta have a knitter!

Monday, January 7, 2008

- Yet another cool pattern

I first saw this pattern in the Mason Dixon Knitting Book, and wanted to make it then. But I've really been wanting to make it lately. It's the Curve of Pursuit blanket. I am in awe of people who can design stuff like this. My math skills are certainly not up to this sort of thing.

I've been working on FH's hat, still not sure that it's actually gonna work, but we'll see. I've knitted about 1 inch of the visor portion, need to knit about 4 more inches, then move onto the actual hat part.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Ok, I've knit the cuff portion about 2 1/2 inches. I then knit two rounds (for stockinette so when I sew it up it will have a cleaner edge) and now I have started increasing. Here is what I've done:

Round 1: K2, p4 (bar increase before each purl stitch), k2, p4,k2

Round 2: K2, p4, k2, p4, k2

Round 3: K4 (bar increase before each knit stitch), p4, k4, p4, k4

Round 4: k4, p4, k4, p4, k4

Roundd 5: k4, p4, k4, p4, k4 (for 240 stitches)

I know have twice the number of stitches that I started with. What I'm wondering is do you think I should increase anymore, or will twice the number of stitches be good? I am going to knit out about 5 inches, so that the visor when folded over will be 2 1/2 inches. Should I increase again? Or should twice the stitches be enough?

Thursday, January 3, 2008

- Do you know what a Caucuse is?

If not here is an article explaining it.

For those of you who don't know me personally I am fascinated by politics. I find it interesting....but sometimes I also feel like I'm an ambulance chaser when I watch the debates. Or perhaps its more like a train wreck? hmmmmmm, either way, I find it fun to watch and talk about with close friends, and even more fun to play devils advocate.

I get really upset with people who don't vote, and think that if you don't vote, you have NO RIGHT to bitch or moan about the state of the world, your taxes, health care, potholes, the cost of parking tickets, the laws of the land, illegal immigration or what ever else it is that people complain about!!!! If you don't take the time to listen to the candidates, make an informed decision, and drive/walk/skip a few miles out of your way on voting day, and make your voice heard....then shut the hell up for the next 4 years!!!!!

Yeah, I think it is generally a case of voting for the lesser of two evils/dunces/idjiots but hell, the lesser of two is still lesser....right? I do think that we take our Rights for granted in the US of A, but that is a whole other rant and rave, so I'm not going to get into that argument for right now. My main thing is, if you don't vote, you shouldn't complain, if you don't vote, you should shut the hell up and take it like a man/women/adult. I mean you legally have to be given time off of work to vote, you don't have to drive far, you could vote absentee, so many choices.....but if you don't avail yourself of this Right, this privilege and you don't take part in the decision making process, DON'T COMPLAIN! SHUT UP! DEAL! SACK UP!

Ok, I think I've made my point clear.

Now I'm not gonna put it out there who I'm voting for, or who I would like to see win, but I will say this, I'm proud to be an informed voter, I'm proud to be someone who has voted in every election since I turned 18. I'm disgusted that more people don't vote, don't care, don't pay attention. If more people voted, cared, payed attention, demanded the kind of politician who says what they mean and means what they say, backed the kind of candidate that would actually answer a question with a simple "Yes I believe that" or "Nope, I would never back that issue" then those would be the types of politicians we'd start getting. If people thought about what a representative government means, then we'd have it (no not right away, but we'd get there). If politicians were chosen by the people to do the job they were supposed to, and voted out when they were just pushing their own agenda as opposed to OUR agenda I think life would be better.

Ok, for real, I'm done.

And for those few who read this, and wonder....no I didn't get a ticket, no I'm not having tax issues, no I didn't have a run in with a government employee, nothing "prompted" this, it's just how I feel.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

- Hat for FH.

Ok I think I have an idea for how to do the all around brim for FH's hat. I'll just have to figure out the math for the increasing and decreasing.

I've knit 2 1/2 inches which will be the fold up part. (the part in the box is knit, the picture is for example purposes). However, it's knit in K2,p2 ribbing and not cables.


So if I could figure out the increases/decreases and just knit the round brim/visor part now (incorporate it into the pattern) then when I get back to 120 stitches, I could then knit the rest of the hat part.

I want to knit the visor/brim part so that it sticks out 2 1/2 inches.......hmmmmm, as I am not a math wizard, this could be difficult.


Then sew in the brim/visor. What do you all think?

Here's a picture that I drew of what I want to make....I just have no idea how to put it in practice.

- Hats, hats and more hats

So I've kinda got a hat knitting fetish right now. I'm making a had for FH, in dark grey cashmere/wool blend. It's going to be very simple, k2,p2 ribbed hat, with a fold up brim.....but then he wants me to add an all around brim, and I'm not quite sure how to do that.....I'll have to update.

Next I promised the little one I would make him a Sponge bob hat.

Then I have a few more I want to make, The best hat, Reasonably Hip hat and the errata for the reasonably hip hat, Brimster by Vicki Howell of Knitty Gritty fame, Swirly Hat, Jaques Cousteau hat.

I want to make all of these....when I win the lottery I will devote my time and energy to knitting full time....yeah, sure.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

- Charity blanket update

I realized I haven't updated anyone on the Charity Oddball blankets lately. There are now 5 of them and 2 lapgahns making their way around the USA!! Here is a link to the main blog, but if you would like to check on the progress of any particular blanket below are the links:

Blanket #1
Blanket #2
Blanket #3 I'm supposed to be the next knitter but the blanket it missing in action. The previous knitter hasn't been heard from in a month. Hope she's ok.
Blanket #4
Blanket #5
Lapghan #1
Lapghan #2

There are now also Oddball Shawls. All of these Charity projects are being made by the wonderful people on Knitting help.com. There is of course the Australian offshoot of the Oddball blankets.